How to Powerwash your Chromebook

Introduction to Powerwashing Your Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of powerwashing (factory resetting) your Chromebook. Powerwashing is a useful tool for troubleshooting persistent issues, preparing your device for a new user, or simply starting fresh with a clean slate.

Why Powerwash?

Powerwashing your Chromebook can help in several scenarios:

  • Resolving persistent software issues or glitches
  • Improving performance on older devices
  • Preparing your Chromebook for sale or transfer to a new user
  • Starting fresh after a malware scare

Remember, powerwashing will erase all locally stored data, so be sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

Step-by-Step Guide to Powerwashing Your Chromebook

Follow these steps to powerwash your Chromebook:

  1. Open your Chromebook's System Settings
  2. Click on the "Advanced" section in the left panel
  3. Scroll down and click on the "Reset" section
  4. Click on "Reset" again
  5. Choose to restart your Chromebook
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process

For a visual guide, please refer to the video tutorial below:

After Powerwashing

Once the powerwash is complete, your Chromebook will restart and prompt you to set it up as if it were new. This is a great opportunity to reassess your Chrome OS settings and only reinstall the apps and extensions you truly need.


If you encounter any issues during or after the powerwash process, try these steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook is connected to a stable internet connection
  • If the powerwash seems stuck, try a hard reset by holding the power button for 30 seconds
  • For persistent issues, consult the official Chrome OS support documentation

Additional Resources

To make the most of your Chromebook experience, consider checking out these resources:

If you have any questions about the powerwash process or Chromebooks in general, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section below. We're here to help!

Stay tuned for more Chromebook tips and tricks, and happy computing!