How to Factory Reset Your Chromebook

If you’re experiencing issues with your Chromebook or simply want to start fresh, performing a factory reset can be a great solution. This process will erase all data on the device and restore it to its original settings. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to factory reset your Chromebook:

Step 1: Back Up Your Data
Before proceeding with the factory reset, it’s essential to back up any important data you have on your Chromebook. This includes documents, photos, videos, and any other files you want to keep. You can back up your data to an external drive or cloud storage service like Google Drive.

Step 2: Sign Out of Your Google Account
To ensure that your data is not synced back to the device after the reset, sign out of your Google account. Click on your profile picture in the bottom right corner of the screen, then click “Sign out.”

Step 3: Access Settings
Next, click on the clock in the bottom right corner of the screen to open the system tray. Click on the gear icon to access the Settings menu.

Step 4: Advanced Settings
In the Settings menu, scroll down and click on “Advanced” at the bottom of the page.

Step 5: Powerwash Your Chromebook
Under the “Reset settings” section, click on “Powerwash.” This will prompt a confirmation pop-up asking if you want to restart your device and reset it back to factory settings. Click on “Restart.”

Step 6: Confirm Factory Reset
Another pop-up will appear confirming that all local data will be deleted from this device. Click on “Powerwash” to proceed with the factory reset.

Step 7: Set Up Your Chromebook
Once the Chromebook has been reset, you’ll need to go through the initial setup process again. Follow the prompts on-screen to select your language, connect to a Wi-Fi network, and sign in with your Google account.

By following these steps, you can easily perform a factory reset on your Chromebook and resolve any issues you may be facing. Remember that this process will erase all data from your device, so make sure to back up any important information before proceeding.