How to restart Chromebook devices

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This page details how to restart Chromebook devices, regardless of brand or model. There are several different ways to accomplish this, and we will be listing both regular restart and hard restart methods. Most Chromebooks don’t have a dedicated reset button, unlike desktop computers for instance, but the process can be done almost as quickly.

How do you restart Chromebook devices?

The most straightforward way to restart Chromebook devices is to shut them down. Shut down should log out of your Google account, save your current work and any tabs that you had open in Chrome. The device will then power off, and you can restart the Chromebook by pressing the power button. 

In order to do this, simply tap the notification area in the bottom right (where WiFi, power, and time are shown) then press the Shut down icon

Although this process should automatically log you out of your Google account, if you want to do this separately just to be absolutely sure then follow the below methods instead.

How to restart Chromebook power menu

An alternative method to restart your Chromebook is to hold down the power button for at least three seconds. This should first log you out of your Google account, saving your work, any tabs you have open, and the general status of your machine, before powering down the Chromebook. 

This enables you to then restart your Chromebook using the power button as normal.

Instead of the above, you can also hold the power button for a single second. This will bring up the Power menu from which you can:

  • Shut down
  • Log off
  • Lock your Chromebook
  • Provide feedback

Either select Shut down from the list by left-clicking, or first select Log off and then Shut down.

A hard restart aka hard reboot is usually done when your computer (Chromebook or otherwise) freezes up, meaning you cannot restart it using the more conventional methods via the operating system (see above). 

A hard restart typically bypasses the operating system and restarts the hardware of the machine directly. This means that you will lose any unsaved work, open tabs, and the general status of your Chromebook as it was before the restart, so it’s advisable to only use it as a last resort and/or if you’re confident that your work has been saved, and your have logged out of your account.

Assuming your Chromebook hasn’t completely frozen you should attempt to log out. You can do this from the power menu as described above, or through a keyboard shortcut: hold Ctrl + Shift and press the Q key twice.

How to restart Chromebook refresh button

On most Chromebooks, you hold the refresh button (a curled arrow icon on the top left of the keyboard) and press the power button. This should cause your Chromebook to instantly restart. On some models however, there are different methods you have to use to achieve the same affect. Have a look at the list below for more information.

Different Chromebook brands and models can have different processes you need to undertake in order to enable a hard restart (besides the above method). Take a look at the list below to see if your Chromebook is there and , if so, follow the relevant instructions.

  • First, turn off the device.
  • Remove the power cable from the device, wait at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in.
  • Turn the Chromebook back on.
  • First, turn off the device.
  • Remove the battery from the back of the Chromebook (this may require a screwdriver), then replace it.
  • Turn the Chromebook back on.
  • First, turn off the device.
  • Remove the power cable from the device, wait at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in.
  • Turn the Chromebook back on.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up + Power button for at least 10 seconds.
  • This should cause the Chromebook to do a hard restart.
  • First, turn off the device.
  • Remove the power cable from the device.
  • Remove the battery from the back of the Chromebook (this may require a screwdriver), then replace it.
  • Plug the power cable back in.
  • Turn the Chromebook back on.

How to restart Chromebook hard reset 1

  • First, turn off the device.
  • Remove the power cable from the device.
  • Using a pin, paperclip or similar tool, gently push into the hole shown in the picture and hold it there.
  • Whilst still holding your tool in place, reconnect the power cable.
  • Turn the Chromebook back on.

How to restart Chromebook hard reset 2

  • First, turn off the device.
  • Remove the power cable from the device.
  • Using a pin, paperclip or similar tool, gently push into the hole shown in the picture and hold it there.
  • Whilst still holding your tool in place, reconnect the power cable.
  • Turn the Chromebook back on.

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Final Word

This has been our guide on how to restart Chromebook devices. We hope it has proven useful. Be sure to check out our other how-to Chromebook guides for other great tips and tricks to help improve your user experience.

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