How to Maintain a Chromebook

Introduction

Your Chromebook requires very little, if any maintenance. By design, it will take care of most common maintenance tasks for you. There are a few things you can do to make sure your Chromebook is in great shape. This guide will take you through them.

a chromebook

1 Clear Cache

  1. Open Google Chrome.
    Google Chrome.
  2. Select the menu at the top, point to More tools, and select Clear browsing data.
    Menu
    Chrome menu with More Tools and Clear Browsing Data highlighted.
  3. Select Advanced at the top. For Time range, select All time. Place a checkmark next to each item you'd like to clear, then select Clear data.
    Clear browsing data with Advanced, Time range, all items, and Clear data highlighted.
    Browsing history
    Recommended
    This clears the memory of the pages you've browsed to.
    Download history
    Recommended
    This clears the memory of files you've downloaded.
    Cookies and other site data
    Recommended
    Pages store small data to remember you between visits to their pages. These are called cookies. This option clears cookies.
    Cached images and files
    Recommended
    Pages are downloaded and saved to your computer, so they are faster to display. This option clears cached copies, which can resolve many problems you may have.
    Passwords and other sign-in data
    Not Recommended
    The browser saves usernames and passwords for sites you sign into. There's no need to clear this, normally.
    Autofill form data
    Not Recommended
    Your browser stores other form data, such as your address, common search terms, and other things you type often on sites. There's no need to clear this, normally.
    Site Settings
    Recommended
    Checking this will clear specialty site settings you may have save.
    Hosted app data
    Recommended
    Some sites, especially Google apps, store extra app data that will automatically re-download when needed. Clearing this will cause a very small wait and solves problems with those apps.

2 Check Extensions

  1. Open Google Chrome.
    Google Chrome icon
  2. Select the Menu icon in the top-right corner.
    Screenshot of the menu icon of Chrome
  3. Select More tools > Extensions.
    screenshot of the Chrome menu with more tools then extensions highlighted
  4. Look through the extensions listed, make sure you recognize and use them. If you see any you do not use or want, select the Trash Can to remove it.
    Screenshot of Chrome extensions with the trash can icon highlighted

3 Check Downloads Folder

  1. Select the Apps menu in the bottom-left corner.
    Chromebook Apps menu

  2. Select All Apps > Files.
    Apps list with all apps and files highlighted

  3. Select Downloads on the left. These are the only files stored on your Chromebook.
    file browser with downloads highlighted

    • You can open a file by double-clicking on it.
    • You can copy files to your Google Drive by dragging them to My Drive on the left.
    • You can copy files to external storage by dragging them to the icon for that external storage on the left.
    • You can delete them by highlighting a file, then pushing the Delete key on your keyboard, or selecting the Trash icon at the top.

4 Restart

There are 2 main ways to restart your Chromebook. The first method is preferred.

Shut Down From Menus

  1. Select the User menu by clicking your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
    screenshot of the chromebook user menu

  2. Select the Power symbol. Your Chromebook will turn off.
    Screenshot of the user menu highlighting the power button in the center bottom

  3. Wait 10 seconds.
  4. Push the Power Button on your Chromebook to turn it back on.

Shut Down With Hardware

  1. Push and hold the Power Button on your keyboard for 10 seconds.
  2. Wait 10 seconds.
  3. Push the Power Button on your Chromebook to turn it back on.

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Your Chromebook requires very little, if any maintenance. By design, it will take care of most common maintenance tasks for you. There are a few things you can do to make sure your Chromebook is in great shape. This guide will take you through them.

a chromebook

  1. Open Google Chrome.
    Google Chrome.
  2. Select the menu at the top, point to More tools, and select Clear browsing data.
    Menu
    Chrome menu with More Tools and Clear Browsing Data highlighted.
  3. Select Advanced at the top. For Time range, select All time. Place a checkmark next to each item you'd like to clear, then select Clear data.
    Clear browsing data with Advanced, Time range, all items, and Clear data highlighted.
    Browsing history
    Recommended
    This clears the memory of the pages you've browsed to.
    Download history
    Recommended
    This clears the memory of files you've downloaded.
    Cookies and other site data
    Recommended
    Pages store small data to remember you between visits to their pages. These are called cookies. This option clears cookies.
    Cached images and files
    Recommended
    Pages are downloaded and saved to your computer, so they are faster to display. This option clears cached copies, which can resolve many problems you may have.
    Passwords and other sign-in data
    Not Recommended
    The browser saves usernames and passwords for sites you sign into. There's no need to clear this, normally.
    Autofill form data
    Not Recommended
    Your browser stores other form data, such as your address, common search terms, and other things you type often on sites. There's no need to clear this, normally.
    Site Settings
    Recommended
    Checking this will clear specialty site settings you may have save.
    Hosted app data
    Recommended
    Some sites, especially Google apps, store extra app data that will automatically re-download when needed. Clearing this will cause a very small wait and solves problems with those apps.
  1. Open Google Chrome.
    Google Chrome icon
  2. Select the Menu icon in the top-right corner.
    Screenshot of the menu icon of Chrome
  3. Select More tools > Extensions.
    screenshot of the Chrome menu with more tools then extensions highlighted
  4. Look through the extensions listed, make sure you recognize and use them. If you see any you do not use or want, select the Trash Can to remove it.
    Screenshot of Chrome extensions with the trash can icon highlighted
  1. Select the Apps menu in the bottom-left corner.
    Chromebook Apps menu

  2. Select All Apps > Files.
    Apps list with all apps and files highlighted

  3. Select Downloads on the left. These are the only files stored on your Chromebook.
    file browser with downloads highlighted

    • You can open a file by double-clicking on it.
    • You can copy files to your Google Drive by dragging them to My Drive on the left.
    • You can copy files to external storage by dragging them to the icon for that external storage on the left.
    • You can delete them by highlighting a file, then pushing the Delete key on your keyboard, or selecting the Trash icon at the top.

There are 2 main ways to restart your Chromebook. The first method is preferred.

Shut Down From Menus

  1. Select the User menu by clicking your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
    screenshot of the chromebook user menu

  2. Select the Power symbol. Your Chromebook will turn off.
    Screenshot of the user menu highlighting the power button in the center bottom

  3. Wait 10 seconds.
  4. Push the Power Button on your Chromebook to turn it back on.

Shut Down With Hardware

  1. Push and hold the Power Button on your keyboard for 10 seconds.
  2. Wait 10 seconds.
  3. Push the Power Button on your Chromebook to turn it back on.
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