Chromebooks have a fluid operating system that allows them to get things done quickly. Their non-parallel speed, competence, and productivity have made them optimal working computers in businesses, schools, and other IT fields. However, a Chrome OS that’s found in such institutes has been typically enrolled in their system. This limits their functionality to a certain extent, making them fit for the tasks at hand only.
Therefore, if you’ve recently bought a used Chromebook that has been enrolled in a similar system, or you’re an administrator looking to unenroll your device, look no further because Chrome Ready has you covered. This article will guide you in getting your system off admin restrictions and bring it back to its full potential.
Unenrolling a School Chromebook
Quite fortunately, the process of unenrolling is simple and uncomplicated. You have to enable the Developer Mode on your Chromebook, and that should sort you out. Beware that the following will essentially “Powerwash” your Chrome OS, and all locally present day is subject to deletion. Back up now or continue while knowing what’s about to happen.
The following steps will show you how to get started.
1) Begin by pressing and holding the “ESC” and “Refresh” keys together, followed by pressing the “Power” button. This will take you to Chrome OS’s Recovery Mode.
2) As you do that, you’ll be taken to Chrome OS’s “Recovery Mode.” The display in front of you ought to say, “Please insert a recovery USB Stick.” However, if you’re currently using a model that came out 3-5 years back, you might see a different screen that’ll say, “Chrome OS is either missing or damaged.” This is perfectly normal, and you should proceed anyway. To continue, press “CTRL + D,” and that should do the trick.
3) After that, a new screen will appear that’ll show you, “To turn OS Verification OFF, press ENTER. Your system will reboot, and local data will be cleared.” By OS Verification, the system means that after enabling the Developer Mode, your Chromebook will no longer be able to perform a self-check when booting up. This usually keeps malware and viruses at bay. Anyways, press the “Enter” key to continue.
4) As soon as you do that, your Chromebook will restart. When it boots up, there’s going to be a new screen that’ll say, “OS verification is OFF. Press SPACE to re-enable.” Now, you again have to press “CTRL + D” together to enable the Developer Mode. Note: If the screen remains idle for too long, it’ll start beeping to get your attention.
5) You’re almost done now. After pressing “CTRL + D” on the screen above, your system will restart, and when it does, it should be preparing your Chromebook to enter the Developer Mode. This shouldn’t take too long.
6) One more screen will appear that’ll still tell you that it’s going to take a while. You have to wait until there is progress and completion.
7) Lastly, when the system is all done with the preparation and transition, it’ll come back to the screen, as shown in Step 4. What you have to do here is press “CTRL + D” one final time, and you’re good to go.
That’s about it! The device will restart for the last time, and now it’ll just be the usual “Welcome” screen. You can continue with the set-up now that your Chromebook has been fully Powerwashed and sign back in with your Google account to resume functioning normally.
By now, your Chromebook has been unenrolled, and it’s good as new. However, you might notice the “Enable debugging features” option on the screen. To know what’s that and how you can turn the “debugging” features on, give this article a read.