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.1 2443641517320480

2. Then tap Settings. 

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3. Type Powerwash into the search bar.3a

4. Scroll down and tap Powerwash. 

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5. Tap Restart. 

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6. Tap Continue.

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The powerwash process will take place, and shouldn't take long.

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You've reset your Chromebook!

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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. 

Author Bio
Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the 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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