Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#72 Chromebook - Powerwash

Hi ya!

If you’re the owner of a Chromebook, and want to set it back to default (the state when you purchased it) for whatever reason - troubleshooting, Chrome OS getting super slow and none of the other troubleshooting steps work, transferring the Chromebook to another person, etc. - then what you can do is Powerwash.

Powerwashing your Chromebook brings the device back to the original state.

Powerwash your Chromebook
Please  note: When you powerwash your Chrome OS, it will delete all files stored locally. That means, it will remove all the files stored on the files app (unless you placed them in Google Drive. Which you can learn how  via an earlier blog post)

There’s two ways you can Powerwash your Chromebook:
  1. Keyboard command
  2. Via settings page

Keyboard command
  • Sign out of your Chrome OS device
  • Press > hold these keys: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + R
  • Click Restart. Your Chrome OS product will reboot using the same version of your device
  • A dialog box opens > click Reset > sign in with your Google account
    Please note: Whichever account you sign in with is the new “owner” of the Chrome device
  • Follow the prompt

Settings page
  • Navigate to the Chrome menu
  • Select Settings > Show Advanced Settings
  • On the Powerwash category, click Reset
  • A dialog box opens > click Reset > sign in with your Google account
    Please note: Whichever account you sign in with is the new “owner” of the Chrome device
  • Follow the prompt

And that is how you Powerwash your Chromebook!

Summary:
Two ways to Powerwash your Chromebook.
  1. Keyboard command
  2. Via settings page

Keyboard command
  • Sign out of your Chrome OS device
  • Press > hold these keys: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + R
  • Click Restart. Your Chrome OS product will reboot using the same version of your device
  • A dialog box opens > click Reset > sign in with your Google account
    Please note: Whichever account you sign in with is the new “owner” of the Chrome device
  • Follow the prompt

Settings page
  • Navigate to the Chrome menu
  • Select Settings > Show Advanced Settings
  • On the Powerwash category, click Reset
  • A dialog box opens > click Reset > sign in with your Google account
    Please note: Whichever account you sign in with is the new “owner” of the Chrome device
  • Follow the prompt

References:
For more information, check Google’s help center!
Talk to Chromebook users just like you!

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