Chromebooks are definitely ready-to-go machines as you power them on. It runs on Chrome OS, a Google’s operating system, heavily relies on Google’s suite of application, and is much smoother and lighter than heavily loaded OS like windows. If you need to change your Owner account to a new one, and you don’t know how to change. Then you are on the right page here we will guide you to change the ownership on Chromebook.
What is Chromebook Ownership?
Chromebook’s owner account is the primary account that you used to sign into it for the first time. It has some exclusive rights that include.
- Time zone settings
- Sign-in permissions (In case of a guest account)
- WiFi network preferences (switching between them)
In general cases, your primary individual account that you used to login at the beginning will be your owner account. If you are using a Chromebook that is given by a company, school, or any organization, then your owner account will be an administrator account with a domain name @company.com. Google has no right to reveal or make changes to this owner’s account since they are not a part of Google. Hence, if you are working in such Chromebooks, head over to this page to know more.
Backing up the data
Before you do anything, quickly take a back-up of all files and settings. To do this,
- Open your Google account from the top right corner. Select the People and sync option from the Settings menu
- Select the files and settings you want to sync. This will create a backup of People, Google drive, and photos.
- Additionally, if you need to just switch google account data to a newer account you are about to sign-in as the owner, then turn on sharing for the new account in Google drive settings.
Steps to change owner on Chromebook
To change Chromebook ownership Google demands you to mandatorily wipe out the data and set up another account.
- To reset your Chromebook to factory settings sign-in to your Chromebook. Select your photo icon by clicking the timer option below.
- Select Settings>Advanced. In the powerwash section, Select powerwash or simply press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+R in the login screen. This will powerwash your Chromebook, meaning all the accounts that you signed into and everything that comes with those accounts (extensions, apps, files, and settings, etc.).
3. After this, the Chromebook will restart and now you can sign-in with a new account that you want as the owner. Follow the steps below.
Setting up a new Owner Account:
- Turn on Chromebook. Choose your preferred language, and select a network to proceed.
- Accept the terms of service.
- If you already have a Google account sign-in on the next page or create one. If you wish to continue as Guest, Click Guest.
It must be noted that you cannot change the ownership of your administrator as said earlier and you need to contact your administrator for the same. If you find any problem while following this method use the comment box below to ask us.