How to Factory Reset Chromebook [Four Methods Explained]

Chrome OS is an incredibly lightweight operating system and doesn’t slow down like Windows after a period of time. However, if you’ve been working on it for years, a factory reset can significantly speed up your Chromebook. Also, if someone has created a user account on your Chromebook without your permission, you can factory reset to remove the account completely. So, in this article, we present four different ways to factory reset Chromebooks in 2021. In that sense, let’s go ahead and find the best way to reset Chromebook to factory default settings.

Observation: All reset methods mentioned below will eliminate your local files and folders. So, before proceeding, backup all your files and folders.

Chromebook Factory Reset 2021

From factory resetting your Chromebook without a password to powerwashing and hard resetting, we’ve included every method for your reading. Depending on what you need, you can click on the link below and go to the relevant section.

The simplest way to factory reset your Chromebook

1. Click on the notification center in the lower right corner and open settings (the gear icon).

2. In the left pane, click on “Advanced” and then open the “Reset Settings” menu at the bottom.

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3. Here, you will find the “Reset” option in the Powerwash menu. Click on it and follow the onscreen instructions. In a few minutes, your Chromebook will be factory reset and you’ll be presented with a clean, bloat-free Chromebook. Make sure you keep at least 60% battery life before proceeding with the reset process.

1. Simplest way to factory reset Chromebook 2

Factory reset Chromebook without password

1. In case you forgot your Chromebook password and want to reset it, use this Chrome OS keyboard shortcut. Restart your device and on the login screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R keys at once.

Chromebook Factory Reset Without Password

2. A Reset window will open instantly. Click on “Powerwash” and then select “Reset”. It will start the factory reset process on your Chromebook without a password.

2. Factory reset Chromebook without password

Reboot Chromebook Using Recovery Mode

Hard Reset can be useful when your Chromebook not booting or freezing midway. Also, if the above methods don’t work, you can reset your Chromebook this way.

A hard reset, unlike normal powerwash, restores your Chromebook’s software and hardware settings to Factory Default Settings. It uses Chromebook recovery mode for easy reset option. Now, having said all that, here’s how you can do it.

1. First, turn off your Chromebook completely. After that, press and hold the “Refresh” key (usually above 4) and the physical “Power” button simultaneously. If your Chromebook is not starting up, plug it into a power source and press the above key combination in one go.

Observation: If no screen is showing, press “Esc” with the other two keys as well.

Reboot your Chromebook using recovery mode

2. When the Chromebook displays the “Missing/Corrupted Chrome OS” screen, release all keys. Now, press Ctrl + D to open the Chrome recovery screen. After that, follow the onscreen instructions and it will reset your Chromebook successfully.

3. Reboot your Chromebook using recovery mode

3. If you have a tablet with Chrome OS, press and hold the “Volume Up” and “Power” buttons for at least 10 seconds. After that, follow the onscreen instructions to reset your tablet. It is very similar to the hard reset process on Android devices.

4. Some older Chromebooks come with a dedicated reset key which can be used to reset a device. Google has created a list of Chrome-OS based devices with their specific reset key and hardware information. Then click on the linked article and find the specific instruction.

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Resetting a School Chromebook to Factory Settings

If you have a Chromebook that was given away by your school, unfortunately, you won’t be able to reset the device yourself. How the Chromebook Was enrolled under an administratoryou are not allowed to access reset and other advanced options.

If you manage to reset a school Chromebook somehow, it will still be registered by the assigned administrator. To really earn all the perks, you’ll have to ask your admin to unsubscribe Chromebook on the school console.

4. Resetting a School Chromebook to Factory Settings

Reset your Chromebook the right way

So that was our article on how to reset a Chromebook in different ways. Depending on what issues you are experiencing, you can choose any of the methods in the article. For most people, the first way is the easiest and most straightforward method of resetting a Chromebook.

So now that your Chromebook is running like a champ, check out our articles on the best Chromebook games and Chrome OS tips and tricks for utilizing the new found performance. Anyway, that’s all for us. If you are still experiencing any issues, comment below and let us know.

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