+ Tuesday August 20th, 2019

One of the greatest things about a Chrome OS device is the option to basically factory reset it almost instantly. Something not behaving quite right? Powerwash it. You’ll be back online with all your extensions, apps etc almost instantly once you’ve signed in again. But how do you do it? It’s easy.

  1. Login to your Chrome OS device and open a browser.
  2. To get to the right place click the three dot menu in the top left, then Click ‘Settings’; or tap the activity menu in the bottom right and go to ‘Settings’
  3. Scroll down till you find the ‘Show Advanced settings…’ hyperlink and click it
  4. Powerwash Advanced Settings

  5. Once you’ve expanded Advanced Settings, scroll down till you find the Powerwash button.
  6. Powerwash button
    Warning:It’s important to note before going any further, that powerwashing your Chrome OS device, that it wipes everything on the internal drive. If you need to, back anything you don’t want lost up before proceeding.

  7. Once you’re ready to powerwash, click the Powerwash button and then hit the restart button that pops up
  8. Powerwash Confirm

  9. Your Chrome OS device will log you off, then pop up this message giving you one last chances to pull back – if you’re sure, click ‘Powerwash’ then ‘Continue’
  10. Your Chrome OS device will reboot, then you’ll see this message
  11. Powerwashing

  12. You’ll find you’re done at this point, you’ll need to re-connect to Wi-Fi, enter your Google account details and login.
  13. And we’re done. It takes a while while Google drags down all your extensions, apps etc. and gets it all setup according to your preferences, but basically this is as fresh as it gets.

Daniel Tyson  


Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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