How to Reset a Chromebook

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Wanna pass on that new Chromebook to your child or Grandma? You’ll want to reset it to factory settings by wiping all your personal data. But, you should know that you’ll be deleting your files, photos, saved networks and permissions. If you follow our directions below, you’ll then be presented with the initial sign up screens. 

1. Click the menu on the bottom right of the screen. Then tap Settings. 

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2. Scroll down and tap Show Advanced Settings. 

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3. Scroll down and tap Powerwash. 

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4. Tap Restart. 

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Bonus Tip: You can also reset your Chromebook from the sign-on screen by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+R. Then press Restart. When you restart you’ll be presented with the start screens. 

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Anna Attkisson
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A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking and accessories. She's proud to say she loves each and every one of her phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. Robert Conn Says:

    Hey, What If It Doesnt Have The Option For The Powerwash?

  2. ahiker4u Says:

    Power wash does NOT set the device back to factory settings. Your browsing history can be deleted but the laptops history of viruses and upgrades stays. I disconnected the battery for a few minutes and still the history remains. Does anyone really know how to set it back to factory.

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