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How to sign out of a Chromebook?

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The Chromebook is a portable computing device similar to a laptop’s design and hardware. Regarding software, it runs on a Linux-based Chrome OS instead of the MacOS and Windows operating systems found in most traditional laptops.  

Chromebooks are meant to be lighter and more portable than traditional laptops and, thus, are more suited for web-based and Android applications. They might not be ideal for heavy apps and functions like those used for gaming or graphic design.

One would need a Google account to sign into a Chromebook, although it is possible to use the device without an account through the Browse as Guest feature. If you have signed in with your Google account and want to sign out of your Chromebook, this article will guide you through the steps. We will also cover a few other functions like removing and adding accounts browsing as a guest and signing out of Chromebook through another device.

Also read: How to change your cursor on Chromebook?


Sign out of Chromebook

Signing out of your Chromebook is quite straightforward.

Step 1: On the desktop, go to the bottom-right corner and click the time section.

Step 2: In the pop-up that appears, tap Sign out at the top.

Sign out of Chromebook.

Another way to sign out of your Chromebook is to hold the power button for 2 to 3 seconds until a pop-up appears. From there, select the Sign out option.

Sign out of a Chromebook with the power button.

Remove account

You can only remove an account if you have signed in to multiple accounts on your Chromebook. To remove one of the accounts, follow the steps below:

Step 1: On the desktop, go to the bottom-right corner and click the time section.

Step 2: Navigate to Settings by tapping the gear icon.

Open Settings.

Step 3: On the panel on the right, select Accounts.

Go to Accounts. In this example, the Remove Account option does not appear because one account is signed in.

Step 4: Click on the account you want to remove and tap Remove Account.

To add an account, navigate to the time section < Settings < Accounts.

On the right, Tap Add Google Account.

Add a Google Account.

Sign in as a Guest

If you don’t want to sign in to your Google account or are lending your Chromebook to someone else temporarily and don’t want them to access your account, they can browse as a guest.

  • Step 1: Go to the main login screen.
  • Step 2: At the bottom of the screen, tap Browse as Guest.
Browse as Guest.

You can tap Add Person to allow a family member, relative or friend to add their Google account to your Chromebook.


Sign out of Chromebook from another device

If you don’t have access to your Chromebook and want to sign out of it, you can do so from your Google account on any other device.

  • Step 1: Sign in and open a Google app like Gmail or Google Drive.
  • Step 2: Tap the profile icon at the top-right of the screen, then tap Google Account (mobile phone) / Manage your Google Account (laptop).
  • Step 3: Tap Security in the menu tab.
  • Step 4: Scroll down to locate Your devices and click on it.
  • Step 5: Tap the session for your Chromebook.
  • Step 6: Tap Sign out.
  • Step 7: Tap Sign out again in the confirmation pop-up that appears.

You will be signed out of Chromebook.

Also read: How long does a Chromebook last?

Vanashree Chowdhury

Being a tech enthusiast, Vanashree enjoys writing about technology and cybersecurity. She is a designer and marketer by profession and is deeply passionate about working on campaigns for social issues. You can contact her here: vanashreec@protonmail.com

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