Chrome OS is known to be a lightweight OS, but it comes with many desktop-class features. Just like other desktop operating systems, you can right-click on a Chromebook and even record the screen on Chrome OS. So if you recently moved to a Chromebook and are looking for a way to reboot your Chromebook, this guide will help you do that. There are three simple methods to restart a Chromebook, and we have mentioned all of them, including a hidden Chrome URL method. So on that note, let’s go ahead and learn how to restart a Chromebook.
3 Methods to Restart a Chromebook (2022)
Restart Chromebook From Quick Settings
Chrome OS does not come with a dedicated Restart button, so you will have to shut down your Chromebook and manually power it on to reboot the device. You can easily do that from the Quick Settings panel. Here’s how it works:
1. Open the Quick Settings panel from the bottom-right corner where time and other information are displayed. Here, click on the “Shut down” (power) button, and it will immediately power off your device.
2. Now, press the hardware power button on your device to restart the Chromebook.
Restart Chromebook Using the Power Button
1. You can also reboot your Chromebook using the hardware power button. You need to press and hold the power button for a couple of seconds.
2. Once you do that, much like Android, a pop-up menu will appear on the screen. Here, select the “Shut down” option, and it will power off the Chromebook.
2. Now, press the power button again to restart your Chromebook.
Restart Chromebook Using a Chrome URL
Finally, there are several hidden Chrome URLs that many users are not aware of. One of them allows you to reboot your Chromebook with a simple URL execution. Note that it’s a soft reboot and not a full-fledged restart. In the absence of a dedicated restart feature here, you can employ this method on Chrome OS.
1. Open Chrome and type the below URL in the address bar and hit Enter. Make sure you have saved all your work as this will instantly restart your Chromebook.
2. Now, your Chromebook will automatically reboot. That’s it.
Reboot Your Chromebook the Right Way
So this is how you can restart the Chromebook. It would have been better if Google added a dedicated restart option to avoid the hassles of manually turning off the device and turning it back on again. Nevertheless, you can use the Chrome URL for a soft reboot. Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to turn off the touchscreen on a Chromebook, follow our quick guide. And to enable split screen on a Chromebook, just like Windows 11, we have a detailed tutorial for you. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.
The third method isn’t technically a reboot by turning the Chromebook device itself off and on. It’s just a matter of turning off and on the Chrome browser as a GUI shell on your Chromebook device. To use a Linux analogy, it corresponds to turning the X-Window shell off and on. Therefore, if you want to reboot in the same sense as rebooting in general operating systems such as Windows/Linux/MacOS, etc., currently the only way is to turn the device off and then back on.
However, if the developer mode is enabled on the device and you can access the crosh shell, you can reboot through the command like any other Linux.
1. Press Ctrl + Alt + T.
2. Enter shell.
3. Enter shutdown -r.
But enabling developer mode just to get this reboot command doesn’t seem like a good idea.
Hey, you can also just press the curly arrow icon, the refresh icon, hold that button and the power button at the same time and it will instantly restart.
It’s not just a reboot, it doubles as a reset like poking a hole in an electronic device with a ballpoint pen.