Mastering the Process: How to Factory Reset a Chromebook

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How to Factory Reset a Chromebook

Hello, I am Tracy, a tech enthusiast and writer with years of experience in demystifying complex tech issues. In today’s article, I will guide you through the process of performing a factory reset on your Chromebook.

Why Factory Reset a Chromebook?

At times, your Chromebook might become slow, unresponsive, or you may want to pass it on to someone else. To resolve these issues or wipe all personal information, performing a factory reset is necessary. Please remember, a factory reset will wipe all the data, so ensure you’ve backed up all important information.

How to Factory Reset a Chromebook

Step 1: Backing Up Your Data

Since a factory reset erases all data, it is prudent to back up all crucial files to Google Drive or external storage. You can navigate to ‘Files’ and then ‘Google Drive’ to perform this process.

Step 2: Logging Out

Ensure you’re logged out of your Chromebook account. If not, click on your profile icon in the lower right corner of the screen, select ‘Sign out.’

Step 3: Accessing the Login Screen

After logging out, you will arrive at the login screen. Press and hold ‘Ctrl + Alt + Shift + r’ simultaneously to bring up the reset window.

Step 4: Initiate the Factory Reset

In the reset window that appears, select ‘Restart.’ Once your Chromebook restarts, a dialog box will appear, select ‘Powerwash,’ followed by ‘Continue.’

Step 5: Log Into Your Google Account

After the factory reset, your Chromebook will restart. You can now log back into your Google Account and begin setting up your device once again.


Performing a factory reset on your Chromebook is a relatively straightforward process, critical for maintaining your device’s performance or preparing it for a new user. Now, don’t let technical issues intimidate you; with these steps, resetting your Chromebook is a breeze.

If you have any more tech questions or need further clarification, feel free to reach me at At, my mission is to make tech less intimidating by providing simple solutions to complex problems.

Enjoy your fresh, factory-reset Chromebook!