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Guide to reset a Chromebook

There are lots of reasons you might want to reset your Chromebook, for examples, passing an older device on to a family member or friend, if you want to clear out all the digital rubbish, you want to sell it or if it’s just acting up and you want a fresh start. This guide will show you the way to reset a Chromebook.

 Much the same as Android devices, the highlight of Chromebooks is that can don’t spend too much time for wiping them clean because the process can be done in less than five minutes. Firstly, we mention the options for resetting your Chromebook, it’s important that there are two reset options in the Google parlance: the first is resetting all the Chrome browser features and settings, but will still keep files and apps in place on your device. The rest reset mode is called PowerWash, and will wipe every bit of your device and is a full factory reset. This means PowerWash will delete all the local internal files and apps, even though anything backed up to your Google Drive will be safe.

SD cards are treated as external storage and these will be left untouched. Therefore, if you are passing on a device make sure you take the time to format any SD cards or to remove them.

1. How to perform a basic Chromebook reset

Go to the address bar or Chrome Launcher to set a basic reset of ChromeOS and the Chrome browser settings type chrome://settings/reset

Menu -> Settings -> Advanced -> Reset settings -> Restore settings.

This opens a dialog that warns you this will “This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine and pinned tabs. It will be also unable to all extend and clear temporary data like cookies. Your history, bookmarks saved passwords will not be cleared.”

Then continues to click the ‘Reset settings’ button to do this. These steps won’t provide a full reset. For instance, some settings such as fonts or accessibility won’t be deleted.

You will find this option is more for troubleshooting Chrome issue, as it’ll remove all extensions that could be causing issues or reset cookies, if you’re having browsing issues.

2. How to perform a Chromebook PowerWash reset

As a whole, when people talk of resetting their Chromebook, they’re after a full PowerWash factory reset.

There are two methods of kicking the process off, but as we’ve covered both will totally wipe your local files – so ensure you have everything you want to save off from your Chromebook and that any important documents are backed up to Google Drive or a similar service.

 Firstly, press the search key, then type ‘settings’ and select Advanced > Reset settings. Finnally, click the ‘Reset’ button.

The alternative approach is to log out of your Google account and press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + r. This will initiate the PowerWash sequence. This requires a first reset, that brings you back to the User Account login display.

Wait a minute and the PowerWash dialog will reappear, click PowerWash and Accept and away the process goes.

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