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How do I reset my Chromebook?

This Process will reset the device hardware and software back to defaults and is used to solve many issues a user may be experiencing:

  •  This process will not erase user data that is stored online in the cloud, but may erase local pictures if they have not been uploaded.


Reset Instructions

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Step By Step:

  • Ensure your Chromebook is powered on and at the login screen. Sign out if you are still logged in.
  • Press the CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + R keys at the same time. 

  • The following screen should appear:

  • Click or Tap the Powerwash button
  • Click or Tap Continue to confirm the powerwash.
    • Note: Your device will be reset and all user accounts and local data will be removed. This cannot be undone.
  • Your Chromebook will restart and begin the powerwash process.
  • Once completed, the Chromebook will restart to the Welcome screen.
  • Select the Let's go button.
  • If you are in a school district building, select the IPSD_GUEST network.  Choose your local Wi-Fi Network when away from a school district building.
  • Press Accept and Continue to accept the Google terms of service.
    • Note: If using the IPSD_Guest network, scroll to the bottom of the Guest Network Acceptable Use Guidelines and press ACCEPT.
  • The Chromebook will then begin its auto enrollment process and check for updates.
  • Once the Chromebook is successfully enrolled, click Done, and sign into the Chromebook as usual.




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