Chromebooks are known for their fluid operating system that lets them complete tasks quickly. These non-parallel performance characteristics make them ideal for use in business, schools, and other IT fields. Chrome OS is typically installed in institutes like these since it’s an integral part of their system. Due to this limitation, they are only suitable for a limited range of tasks.
In that case, if you’ve purchased a used Chromebook that was already enrolled in such a system, or if you’re an administrator looking to unenroll your devices, Chrome Ready can help you. You can use the information in this article to regain control over your system and free it from admin restrictions.
School students should not proceed further if they’re using their school Chromebooks. For Chromebook owners who are system administrators, this tutorial is designed for you.
How to unenroll a school Chromebook
In most cases, the process of unenrolling is straightforward and straightforward. Turn on your Chromebook’s Developer Mode to solve the problem. There will be a power wash on your Chrome OS. All locally installed software will be deleted. Continuing with knowledge of what is coming is safer.
The process will get rid of all your current data on your device, so make sure to back it up on your computer as well as locally.
You can get started by following the steps below.
- By holding down the ESC key and pressing the refresh key together, then pressing the power button, the system will reboot. You will be taken to Chrome OS’s Recovery Mode.
- Once you do that, Chrome OS will enter its “Recovery Mode.” You should see the message, “Please insert a recovery USB Stick.” You may see an error message saying, “Chrome OS is either missing or damaged” if you are currently using a model that came out 3-5 years ago. You should move forward anyway despite this. Continue by pressing “CTRL + D.” That should resolve the issue.
- In the following screen, you’ll see, “Press ENTER to turn off OS Verification.”. After you enable the Developer Mode for your Chromebook, it will stop performing a self-check when booting up. By OS Verification, this means that your Chromebook will not do a self-preview after restarting. Usually, this prevents malware from spreading. You can continue by pressing “Enter.”.
- The Chromebook will restart once you’ve done that. On boot-up, you’ll see a screen that says, “OS verification is OFF.”. The Developer Mode can be enabled by pressing “CTRL + D” together again. A beep will sound if the screen remains inactive too long.
- It’s almost time for you to finish. In the screenshot above, you should press “CTRL + D” to initiate a restart, and after it does, your Chromebook should enter Developer Mode. You shouldn’t have too much trouble with this.
- A second screen will appear telling you it will take some time. Until progress is made and the project is completed, you have to wait.
- The system will come back to the screen when it’s done with the preparation and transition, as shown in Step 4. One last press of “CTRL + D” is all it takes.
It’s that simple! Upon restarting the device, it will just show the usual “Welcome” screen. Now that you have full power washed your Chromebook, you are able to connect back to your Google account and continue setting it up.
All that’s left for you to do is unenroll your Chromebook and have it good as new. The screen, however, does include an option for enabling debugging features. Check out this article for details on what that is, what it does, and how to enable it.