It's easy to factory reset a Google Chromebook - here's our step-by-step guide
Chromebooks, which run Google's ChromeOS operating system, are increasingly popular, overtaking Apple's macOS in 2020. They're widely used in schools, and increasingly used by consumers and even workplaces, too.
If you're getting rid of a Chromebook - perhaps to upgrade to a newer one - it's very straightforward to factory reset it.
All your data from your Chromebook, including your preferences and setting, is stored with your Google account in the cloud.
The procedure for wiping a Chromebook is called a Powerwash.
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While pretty much everything on a Chromebook is stored in the cloud, if you've taken screenshots or saved edited documents or images to your Chromebook's hard drive, make sure you've backed those iup before you start.
To get started, click in the Notifications area of your Chromebook's toolbar - it's in the bottom right-hand corner - and then click on the Settings cogwheel icon.
In the box that pops up, click on Advanced in the left-hand pane, and then click on Reset settings.
Then in the right-hand panel, click the blue Reset button, and your Chromebook will be securely wiped.
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