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Chromebooks to Let You Restore Apps on Startup

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You will soon be able to control what happens to your session, apps, and pages, on startup. Do you want your Chromebook to restore apps and pages every time you log into your Chromebook? Or do you want it to ask you before restoring them?

Restore Apps and Pages

A new setting added to the Chromebook Settings app lets you choose from the following three options:

  • Always
  • Ask ever time
  • Do not restore

I spotted this toggle on the Canary channel of Chrome OS. However, it does not work as expected on my device yet. That, however, is expected. Canary is the bleeding edge version of Chrome OS.

I had a feeling that this feature isn’t new. You have a similar option on Chrome browser:

Chrome restore settings
Chrome restore settings

I checked the Settings app on the Stable channel to make sure that we don’t have this option there.

Chromebook settings app side panel
Chromebook settings app side panel

Now, here is a screenshot from the Canary channel. Notice the new “On Startup” section?

Chromebook "on startup" option
Chromebook “on startup” option

Here is the notification that you will see:

Restore apps and pages?
Restore apps and pages?

It might take a while for us to get this feature in the Stable channel. However, when it comes, which of these three will you choose? Let me know in the comments section below.


3 responses to “Chromebooks to Let You Restore Apps on Startup”

  1. Jim Dantin Avatar
    Jim Dantin

    This sounds like a very nice feature which extends the existing On Startup feature.

    BUT – I hope that there is some sort of override option for anyone who selects the Always option. It is far too easy to get into a startup problem if the system tries to reload a problematic app/extension/website.

    There are open feature request bugs for a “Safe mode” boot option. I hope they become part of this feature.

    1. Man, if they give me the Safe Mode option, I think I’ll use that always. I don’t want these Linux apps and (99.99%) Android apps.

  2. Sanjay Syam Avatar
    Sanjay Syam

    I’m currently in a situation where I need to shut down the system after usage and it’s a bit of a hassle needing to reopen the same few apps each time after logging in such as Discord, Telegram, Messages, Gmail etc. This new ability to have your Chromebook do that for you will prove to be massively helpful in getting back to my workflow instantly, so yes I will be picking “Always”. Thanks for spotting this.


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