The advantage of using Chromebooks is that you can access multiple accounts at once. However, if you find yourself with too many accounts associated with your Chromebook, it might be a good idea to manage them and clear the clutter. This rings especially true if there are certain accounts on your Chromebook that you no longer use, such as old school or enterprise accounts.
This article will guide you step by step to remove various accounts from your Chromebook. Read on to learn more about this process.
How to Delete an Owner Account from a Chromebook
The Chromebook owner account has access to certain features that other Chromebook accounts will not. This includes adjusting settings such as time zone, Wi-Fi network preferences, and connection permissions.
Typically, the first Google Account used on a Chromebook is referred to as the owner account.
Owner permissions cannot be transferred directly to another account on a Chromebook. Instead, users are encouraged to reset their Chromebooks and erase all existing data and accounts. Before performing a full factory reset on your Chromebook, it's a good idea to back up any important files you may have stored on Google Drive or another external storage device.
To perform a full factory reset of a Chromebook, follow these steps:
- Sign out of your Chromebook account.
- On your keyboard, use the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R.
- In the pop-up window that appears, click "Restart".
- In the next dialog you see, choose "Powerwash", then "Continue".
- Follow the on-screen steps and sign in with your Google account. The account you log in with will be named the new owner account.
Can I remove a school account from a Chromebook
If a school or company issued your Chromebook, it would not be possible to remove the management account assigned to the device. If so, your best bet is to invest in a new Chromebook that isn't tied to any institution.
On the other hand, if you already use a Chromebook that you bought yourself, it is possible to delete a school account. If you no longer need it, having a school account on your Chromebook can be an inconvenience and take up unnecessary space and memory. Fortunately, deleting an unwanted account from your Chromebook is a relatively simple process.
Here is what you will need to do:
- Head to the Chromebook login screen.
- Click on the profile you want to delete – in this case, the school account.
- Next to the account name, select the down arrow.
- From the list of options that appear, choose "Delete this user".
If your school account is registered as an owner account, you'll need to reset your Chromebook to remove the account and change the owner position. To do this:
- Go to your Chromebook account and sign in.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R, then select "Restart".
- In the information area that appears, click on “Powerwash”.
- Select "Continue".
- You will be prompted to sign in again using a Google account. Keep in mind that the account you use at this point will be your new owner account.
How to Remove a Guest Account from a Chromebook
Guest mode on Chromebook allows others to access your Chromebook through a temporary account. When browsing a Chromebook in guest mode, it is not possible to access your primary Google account or any files associated with your hard drive. Additionally, guests won't have access to your Google Chrome profile, passwords, or browsing history.
Maybe your guest accounts are a bit crowded and you want to make room for other accounts. Or maybe you just want to declutter your Chromebook. Whatever your reason, deleting a guest account from the Chromebook is relatively simple. Just follow these steps:
- Log in to your Chromebook using the host account details.
- In the lower right corner of the page, click the time.
- Select “Settings”.
- In the "Security and privacy" section, choose "Manage other people".
- Disable "Enable guest browsing".
Why can't I find the "Delete this user" feature?
If you're trying to delete an account and you don't see the "Delete this user" feature, you may be using an account managed by an administrator. Factory restart your Chromebook or contact your administrator to resolve the issue.
Does Chromebook require you to have a Google Account?
Yes, to use a Chromebook you need to access a Google account. However, it is possible to use a different account if you access a Chromebook using a "Guest" account. It is also possible to register a Google account with an email address other than Gmail.
Get organized on Chromebook
A Chromebook is your personal internet-browsing device, so it's understandable that some people are reluctant to share their accounts with others. While adding multiple accounts to a Chromebook has many benefits, the last thing you want is for things to get cluttered.
Fortunately, deleting accounts from your Chromebook is a relatively simple process. We hope this guide has helped you get a better idea of how to do it.
Have you tried deleting an account on Chromebook? If so, what was your reason? How did you find the process? Let us know in the comments section below.