To access your Chromebook, entering a password is always required. However, if your password is overly lengthy or if someone else has knowledge of it, changing to a new password can be done with ease. There are two ways to do this, let’s explore them.
It’s important to note that your Chromebook password and your Google account password (used for Gmail, Google Drive, etc.) are the same. To update your Chromebook password, simply change your Google account password. This will also modify the password you use to log in to your Chromebook.
1. Change Chromebook Password from Chromebook
Now, you can do that either from your Chromebook or from any other device. Let’s check the steps to change the Chromebook password from the Chromebook itself.
Open the Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
Click on your profile picture at the top-right corner and select “Manage your Google account.”
Chromebook Google Account Info
The Google account page will open. Click on “Security” from the left sidebar.
Chromebook Google Account Security
Scroll down on the page that opens and click on “Password” present under the How you sign in to Google section.
Chromebook Google Account Password
Enter your current password and hit the “Next” button.
Chromebook Google Account Password Change
Type your new password twice in the available boxes and click on the “Change password” button.
Congratulations! You have successfully changed the password of your Chromebook.
2. Change Chromebook Password from Any Other Device
Since Chromebook’s password is your Google account’s password, you can log in to your Google account in a browser from any other device – mobile or PC and change the password. Simply, open the Google Account page, log in to your account, and follow steps 3-6 of the above method to change the password.
However, please note that this method will not be helpful if you have forgotten your Chromebook’s password. That’s because your Chromebook will need your old password to log in. Once you log in with your old password, the Chromebook then needs an internet connection to sync the new password and make it active on your ChromeOS device.
How to Change Password on ChromeOS if Forgotten
Sadly, there’s no way to log in to your Chromebook if you forget your Chromebooks password except resetting aka power washing your Chromebook. That’s because even if you change your Google account’s password on another device, your Chromebook will require the old password for the first sign-in before it syncs the new password.
What Happens When You Change Your Chromebook’s Password
If you change the Google account password from your Chromebook, you will remain signed into your Chromebook but you will be logged out of your Google account from other devices. You will also be logged out from third-party apps or smart home devices that have access to your Google account.
Google lets you use a PIN to sign in to your Chromebook instead of your Google account password. If you have enabled PIN sign-in, follow these steps to change the PIN of your Chromebook.
Click on time at the bottom-right corner of the Chromebook to open Quick Settings. Then, click on the “Settings” icon.
Chromebook Settings Open
Go to “Security and Privacy” from the left sidebar and click on “Lock screen and sign-in” in the right panel.
Chromebook Setting Lock Screen
Enter your Google account password on the pop-up window and hit the “Confirm” button.
Chromebook Lock Screen Password
Click on “Change PIN” next to PIN or password.
Chromebook Lock Screen Pin
Enter the new six-digit PIN and click on the “Continue” button. You will need to enter it twice.
Chromebook Lock Screen Pin Change
That’s it. You have successfully changed the Chromebooks PIN.
What’s my Chromebook’s email address?
If you have forgotten the email address of your Chromebook, don’t worry. Turn on your Chromebook and click on the small down arrow next to your name on the lock screen. You will see the registered email ID.
How to Fix Chromebook Password Not Updating
If your Chromebook continues to ask for an old password even if you shut down your computer, you should make sure that you have a working internet connection on your Chromebook. Also, try to use a Wi-Fi network instead of a mobile hotspot. Next, disable VPN on your Chromebook. Or add “googleapis.com” to the white list of your VPN. You can also try manually signing out by clicking on the Sign Out icon in the Quick Settings panel instead of shutting down your Chromebook.