What is “Powerwash” On A Chromebook?

What does it mean when you say “Powerwashing” a Chromebook?

Powerwashing is what Google Chrome OS calls a “Factory Reset”. In simple words, Remove all user accounts and reset your Chrome device to be just like new. Here is the official description:

You can clear all local user data stored your Chrome device by resetting your Chrome device to its original factory state, also known as powerwash. This step might be helpful if you want to reset owner permissions or if you’re experiencing issues with your user profile.

All data stored on your Chrome device such as downloaded files, photos, owner permissions, and saved networks, will be deleted for all accounts. After clearing this data, you’ll be guided through the initial setup again. Resetting your device will not affect your accounts themselves, or any data synced to these accounts.

Since all your settings, extensions and files on Google Drive are synced to the cloud, you can do this without worrying too much. Just take care of files saved on your local drive.

How To Powerwash Chromebook

To do a powerwash, go to settings and search for Powerwash. Click the Powerwash button, and click Restart to confirm. A restart is required to finish powerwashing your Chromebook.

You can also reset your Chrome device from the sign-in screen by holding down the keys Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R and clicking Restart.


After Powerwash

After a powerwash, your Chromebook is just like a fresh piece. You will need to go through the set up process again. Since this is Chrome OS, this process will not take more than a minute or two.

Why A Powerwash

Powerwashing can help you reset your Chromebook and start fresh. This is helpful if you are experiencing trouble after installing so many extensions and apps on your chromebook and things are on the slower side, when it comes to performance.

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Antoine 28/05/2013, 12:57 pm

    what happens to the 100 gig of storage space
    i would like to give away my samsung with the 100 g and buy for myself a pixel with one terrabyte

    • Dinsan Francis 28/05/2013, 5:24 pm

      Powerwash won’t hurt your Google Drive space.