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How to Root Chromebook

How to Jailbreak a Chromebook to Access More Features

There is a lot you can do with a Chromebook if you are willing to jailbreak it. When you jailbreak a Chromebook, Chrome OS becomes not only an Operating System you can use for many purposes but actually a good Operating System. In this tutorial, I will go over how to jailbreak a Chromebook in order to get access to good features.

A Note Before You Do This Tutorial

There is an important note that I must state before you go on with this tutorial. I have a list of reasons you may not want to root your Chromebook:

  1. The warranty will be voided, meaning that if you brick it, there will be no tech support to assist you.
  2. All of your locally stored files will be deleted when you root your Chromebook. However, because of how Chrome OS works, most of your stuff is saved in the cloud, so you shouldn’t need to worry as much about this.
  3. Unless you are tech-savvy, you probably don’t want to root your Chromebook, because you won’t know how to use most of the root features if you’re not tech-savvy.
  4. If your Chromebook is no longer being updated by Google, a lot of the root features such as crouton will not work.

What You Will Need

There are a few things you will need before you do this tutorial:

  1. A Chromebook
  2. Power Supply to be plugged into the Chromebook (this goes without saying. You don’t want the Chromebook to run out of battery while you’re rooting it.)
  3. An Internet Connection

Instructions

Alright, if you are ready to root your Chromebook, what you’ll want to do is to first log in to this tutorial somewhere that’s not on your Chromebook, or write this information down on a piece of paper. Once you’re done with that, you need to turn off your Chromebook. Then, press and hold the ESCAPE and REFRESH (F3) keys, and then turn on your Chromebook.

You should get this scary warning:

The Recovery Panel
The Recovery Menu on Chromebooks, Image by HowToGeek

Once you get that warning, press CONTROL+D. Then press ENTER. Then, give your Chromebook about 5 minutes to clear all of the data and install the Developer mode stuff. Your Chromebook will now reboot.

Booting the Machine

You will have to do this every time you boot. It will show this scary screen every time the Chromebook starts:

Chomebook OS Verification Screen
The OS Verification Screen on a Chromebook. Image by HowToGeek

That screen exists for a reason. A person could potentially install a keylogger onto the Chromebook and have them sign in as a guest to their Google account. This is why it shows this warning every time a Chromebook boots. However, if you were the one who rooted it and you know there is no keylogger installed, there is nothing to worry about.

The screen will normally last 30 seconds each time the computer boots. To skip the screen, type CONTROL+D, and the screen will be skipped. The Chromebook will then boot normally. Stay tuned for more tutorials on how to use the Chromebook you just rooted.

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  1. Thanks for this. My chromebook wouldn’t go into developer mode. Those school folks turned it off.

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