Google Chrome OS is the core of Chromebooks that use Google account to manage all data and apps. This means whatever you have signed in or installed on your Chrome browser using an account, if you have used the same account in the Chrome OS you will get all extensions and apps active in the browser. This means Chromebook Chrome OS is more inclined towards a Cloud ecosystem.
However, the thing which really bothers, is the Google has designed the Chrome OS in such a way that you cannot remove the owner of the device completely without resetting it. However, we can sign-out the primary account and can mark some other Google account as the primary one without resetting it. This will hide the owners or initial primary account data and will not let access others until the owner account has not signed in to the platform again.
Signout Primary account on ChromeBook to Add a new one
As we are using the Google account to sync our data on multiple platforms including the Chromebook running Chrome OS. Thus, we can remove it from any other system.
Step 1: Open myaccount.google.com on smartphones or any other OS such as Windows, Linux, or macOS. The only thing you need is the browser. Don’t use the same Chromebook machine from where you want to remove/signout the Primary Account.
Step 2: Select the Security option give in the left side panel menu and then click on Manage Devices.
Step 3: Now, you will be able to see all the login devices along with the Google Chrome OS running Chromebook.
Click one of three dots given on the Chromebook device and select the Signout option.
Confirm the Signing out process…
Step 4: Go to ChromeBook and you will see the Sign-in error notification. Now, what you have to do simply Sign out the current primary user or owner of your system.
Step 5: Now, if you have only an owner account then that will not be removable, instead just click on the Add person. This option will let you add a new Gmail account and the system will make that one as a Primary account for Chromebook. However, if you have multiple accounts apart from the owner one, then simply click on the arrow icon and select the Remove Account option.
In this way, we can switch off the Primary owner account of ChromeBook until we don’t want to use it again on the same system.
However, those users want to completely remove the Owner account before hand over the Chromebook to someone else they have to reset it. Follow the below steps for that.
Completely Remove Owner or Primary account of Chromebook
- Go to Settings of ChromeBook.
- Click on the Advanced drop-arrow to reveal further options.
- Now, select the Reset Settings.
- Hit the Reset button.
- This will remove all user accounts and rest Google Chrome devices just like a new one. Remember this will also delete all the data present on the system.