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How to Reset Chromebook to Factory Settings [Powerwash Chromebook]



Reset Chromebook

Chromebooks are simple and effective to use. They are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. The main advantage of using Chromebook is that you can restore the device to its initial factory state with ease. There are plenty of reasons to reset a Chromebook.

  • Changing your profile and user preferences
  • Reselling your Chromebook
  • Buying the used one
  • Clearing cookies, favourites, and settings that aren’t working for you

In this article, we will show you how to reset Chromebook (Powerwash Chromebook) to factory settings. Factory reset or Chromebook Powerwash will delete all the information on your Chromebook, including the files in the Downloads folder. Before you reset, make sure to back up them on Google Drive or an external hard drive.

Reset/Powerwash Chromebook
Reset/Powerwash Chromebook

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How to Powerwash Chromebook using Shortcut Keys?

Before resetting your Chromebook, make sure to back up the data that are very important to you. Because, the reset will erase all the data including files, apps, and settings.

  • First of all, sign out of your Chromebook.
  • Now, press and hold CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + R keys simultaneously.
  • Select Restart and a dialogue box will appear on the screen.
  • Click Powerwash or Reset -> Continue.
  • Sign in to the Chromebook with your Google account credentials.

How to Reset Chromebook to Factory Settings? (Using Settings Menu)

Whether you’re using Shortcut key or settings menu, you should back up all your important data (files, apps, and settings).

  • Click the time located on the taskbar (bottom right corner of the screen).
  • Click the Settings icon.
  • Scroll down and select Advanced.
  • Again scroll down the screen and click Powerwash.
Reset Chromebook using Settings Menu
Powerwash Chromebook using Settings Menu
  • Under the powerwash section, select Restart.
  • Tap Continue on the dialogue box and follow the steps that appeared on the screen.
  • Now, Sign in to the Chromebook with your Google account credentials.

These are the two methods available to reset Chromebook. After the factory reset, you have to set it up from scratch. As we mentioned earlier, make sure to back your data before using any method.

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