Chromebooks are wonderfully simple devices to use. There’s very little room for clutter, and that’s one of their main advantages over PC laptops. Still, sometimes you want to start fresh, and the best way to do so is to reset a Chromebook. Maybe you’ve got troublesome cookies, favorites, and settings that just aren’t working for you. Or maybe you’ve inherited a Chromebook that you want to make your own. There are plenty of options for resetting your Chromebook. Here’s a quick breakdown to give you all the best tips and tricks on how to perform a Chromebook reset.


Do you really need to reset your Chromebook?

Before taking this major, irreversible step, make sure it’s really what you need. There are plenty of reasons to reset a Chromebook, but you might have other options, like manually changing up your profile and user preferences.

Then again, some reasons for resetting your Chromebook are unambiguous. These include reselling your Chromebook or buying a used one, having problems after you’ve tried resetting it, having profile issues, or simply seeing a message pop up on your screen that says something along the lines of “Reset this Chrome device.” If you’re in any of those boats, it will probably be best to go ahead and reset your Chromebook.


Alternatives to a full reset

How to reset Chromebook -- Acer Chromebook 13

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Before you go for the full Chromebook reset, try these two alternatives, just in case.

  • Turn off each of your Chrome extensions, one at a time. For every extension you close, check if your Chromebook is working normally again. Here’s how to manage your Chromebook extensions.
  • Sometimes you might just need to power your hardware down. This will reset your keyboard and trackpad. It will also delete some of the files in your Downloads folder that might be causing problems. To do this, turn off your Chromebook, then press Refresh > Power.

If you’re still having problems, you’re now at the stage where you’ll want to do a full Chromebook reset.


How to reset Chromebook using shortcut keys

Chromebook reset

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Before you reset a Chromebook, make sure you back up anything you don’t want to lose. The reset will wipe all files, settings, and apps on your hard drive. So before resetting, sync your settings to your Google account and back up any important files to Google Drive. That is, if you want to keep any of those.

  1. Sign out of your Chromebook.
  2. Press and hold Ctrl > Alt > Shift > r simultaneously.
  3. Click “Restart.”
  4. A dialogue box will appear. Click “Reset.”
  5. Sign in with your Google account.
  6. Follow the steps for setting up a new Chromebook.
  7. Make sure whatever problem led you to reset your Chromebook has been resolved.

How to reset Chromebook in Settings

How to reset Chromebook

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Again, make sure to sync your settings to your Google account and back up any important files to Google Drive before you reset Chromebook.

  1. Click the area in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Select the cog next to lock to go into “Settings.”
  3. Click the hamburger menu icon on the top left.
  4. Go into “Advanced.”
  5. Click “Reset settings.”
  6. Select “Powerwash.”
  7. A dialogue box will appear. Click “Restart.”
  8. Sign in with your Google Account.
  9. Follow the steps for setting up a new Chromebook.
  10. Make sure whatever problem led you to reset your Chromebook has been resolved.

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Those are the steps you’ll want to follow to reset Chromebook. Hopefully, that covers any questions you might have about resetting your Chromebook.

If you’re still unsure of anything or have some helpful tips, let us know in the comments!

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