How To Easily Powerwash a Chromebook in 2024(Resetting a Chromebook)

Today, I will show you how you can easily power wash a Chromebook easily. For those who don’t know what Powerwashing a Chromebook means, it is the same as resetting your Google Chromebook device.

Also read: Google Chrome Book Review

Reasons why You would Want to Powerwash a Chromebook

A Google Chromebook does not really take up as many resources as compared to a windows OS-based device, this is because the Chrome Operating System, which the Chrome book uses, is a bit lightweight and therefore runs after and uses few resources. Even though it has this advantage, these devices still run into lagging issues as time goes by, and data piles up. Performing a Powerwash on your Chromebook will save you the headache of having your Google Chromebook perform slower than usual.

powerwashing a chromebook a.k.a how to reset a chromebook

The other reason you might want to reset your Google Chromebook is that you want to pass your device on to another user, maybe as a gift or when selling it to a new user. I know your device has a lot of data, especially personal data, that you would not want to be accessed by anyone else, and therefore, powerwashing your Chromebook will ensure that you reset your device back to its original factory state. This also makes your Chromebook look newer so that the new user can customize it to their own liking.

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What You Need To Note Before Powerwashing a Chromebook

Powerwashing also means wiping your Chromebook data totally, and therefore, you should know that you risk losing any data that is on your Google Chromebook. This includes documents, videos and Audio files, just to mention a few.

Ensure that you have backed up your important files on an external drive so that you will be able to transfer them to another laptop or device of your choice. This external drive can be a hard disk, DVD or SD card.

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How To Powerwash A Chromebook

Wiping your Chromebook clean can be done using two methods;

  • Powerwashing a Chrome device at the Login Screen
  • Powerwashing a Chromebook using your Chrome Browser(the Easiest method).

How To Reset Chromebook Device At The Login Screen.

To Power wash a Chromebook device at the login screen:

  • Either restart your Chromebook or Power it on to access the login screen. You can also log off to be redirected to the login screen.
  • Don’t log in because that is not our intention this time; instead, using your keyboard, press SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + R. This will cause your device to restart, so don’t be alarmed when this happens.
  •  After restarting, you will see a new option for powerwashing the device. Click on the “Powerwash” option to proceed. It is also advisable to enable the “update firmware” option because it generally improves the security status of your device after resetting it. This option is optional, so you don’t have to do it.
  • You will be requested to confirm that you want to proceed. Click “Continue” to proceed.
  • The device will do the rest. After the process is completed, you must sign in to your account or the new owner’s account.

How To Powerwash a Chromebook Device Using Chrome Browser

This is the easiest of the two methods. To reset the Chromebook using your Chrome browser, do the following:

  • Open your Chrome browser. All Chromebooks come with Google Chrome installed by default.
  • Click on the three dots or lines in the top right corner of the browser to access the menu.
  • There will be a popup menu; select settings to be directed to the settings menu
  • Select the “Advanced” option located at the far bottom of the screen, then head over to the reset setting category.
  • You will set your eyes on the “Powerwash” option and click on it.
  • You will receive a request to restart your device to complete the process; click it to confirm that you want your device to restart to complete the process.
  • Done. Remember to sign in to your account when the device has been powerwashed successfully.

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