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. 


3. Scroll down and tap Powerwash. 


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4. Tap Restart. 


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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  • San Diego Carol Says:

    Yay ! THANK YOU !!!
    It worked !

  • Dexter Brown Says:

    I agree with the other the other three comments. Did powerwash, didn't work, did everything I read, nothing worked. Please help and post answer here

  • Natalie Forowa Says:

    Tried yo reset the settings, searched the reset, clicked your ctrl+shift+alt+R;
    nothing works, the screen shifts constantly, and will not respond to commands. It is totally out of control. This Chromebook is barely a year old, and is the worst PC experience I have had in 15 years, Cant anybody help me?

  • 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.

  • Robert Conn Says:

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

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