The CR-48, the oldest Chromebook patriarch celebrated it’s 5 year birthday in December of 2015.
It hardly seems like Chromebooks have been around that long, but they have. Not long after the CR-48 Samsung and Acer released models of their own to consumers. And of course since then, every computer manufacturer under the sun has jumped on the Chromebook bandwagon.
Google’s recent announcement that Chromebooks will have about a 5 year EOL (End of Life) policy means that as we enter into the second half of 2016 that users are going to start seeing some device EOLs.
Here’s a helpful little post from a Googler in the Chromebook Central Google Product Forum:
Older Chromebooks have older hardware parts, and these parts eventually lose the ability to get the latest updates. If your Chromebook is more than 5 years old, you might see one of these messages pop up:
- “This device will no longer receive software updates”: This means that your Chromebook won’t get automatic software updates anymore, only security updates.
- “This device will no longer receive regular security updates”: This means that your Chromebook won’t get software or security updates anymore.
For those seeing either of these messages, you have a few options:
1) Upgrade to a new Chromebook
You can switch to a newer Chromebook. Browse this list to find a Chromebook that works for you.
2) Keep using your Chromebook
If your Chromebook is working well, you can keep using it. Just keep in mind that it won’t get any more software updates.
Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school, ask your administrator for more information about end-of-life for Chromebooks.
Administrators: Learn more about the Chromebook end of life date.
3) Recycle your old Chromebook (US only)
If you want to get rid of an old Chromebook you’re not using anymore, you can recycle it at a facility near you. Learn how to recycle your old or unused devices.
Hope it helps, thanks!
I know the options he gives are rather obvious, you either get a new Chromebook or you continue to use your old one and assume the risk. But I believe the posts mainly serves as a gentle reminder that our first wave of Chromebook EOLs are coming and it’s better to start figuring out what you’re going to do now rather than when you open your Chromebook and see the “This device will no longer receive updates” message.
If you’re a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of Chromebook devices out there, here’s a couple websites that can help you narrow down your search: