Long-term ChromeBook storage: best practices
EarthWalk values our customers, and we would like to share with you the Google-recommended best practices for storing Chromebooks for extended periods of time as well as preparation for these devices prior to the new school year.
STEPS—Before long-term storage
Typically Chromebooks are in stand-by mode, when the screen eventually turns off, but the device still uses a bit of power. What you want to do is shut down each Chromebook, so there is no trickle of power needed and the battery’s current lasts longer for extended periods of time—like summer break. More detailed description as follows:
Charge the Chromebooks so the batteries are at least 80% full. One by one:
- Connect device to a charger and turn it on.
- Hold Refresh and Power buttons at the same time:
- While still holding these keys, remove the power cable from the device and then release
the keys. The device should shut down and remain off.
- To confirm battery disconnect, press the power button. The Chromebook should not power on
despite having a battery charge. It won’t power on by touching the power button or opening the lid
until you plug the device back into a power source.
- Store in a cool, dry location.
NOTE: If you can’t put your model of Chromebook into the battery disconnect state described above, charge the battery to at least 80%. Then turn off the device, unplug it from a power source, and store it in a cool, dry place.
STEPS—To redeploy the devices
About a week before classes resume, follow these steps to prepare for use:
- Connect the Chromebooks to the factory-supplied AC adapters and connect to a power source.
This is needed to get them out of the battery disconnect state.
- Power up your devices.
- Connect your Chromebooks to WiFi and update them to the latest Chrome OS release. This could take
some time if there have been multiple versions released swince the last time devices were updated.