Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about switching to Chromebook.
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a computer that runs Chrome OS—the fast, smart and secure operating system that powers all Chromebooks. Chromebooks’ software is designed and built by Google, then paired with hardware from leading brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer and ASUS.
Is Chrome OS easy to learn?
Chrome OS is designed to be intuitive so making the switch is as easy as possible. It runs the apps you know and love from Google Play and comes with helpful features like the Google Assistant.
Can I work and study at home on a Chromebook?
Yes! Chromebooks are great for working and studying at home, because:
Built in security Chromebooks keep you safe from malware thanks to multiple layers of security and automatic updates.
Simple setup Simply log into your Google Account to get going, and access your Google Drive files and Chrome preferences on your new Chromebook.
Easy access to Google services Google Hangouts Meet works seamlessly with Chromebooks for easy collaboration with colleagues.
No monitor? No problem Cast your Chrome browser tabs to Chromecast-enabled TVs or use Virtual Desks to expand your desktop.
Google Play apps Access apps on your Chromebook for getting things done and for staying entertained, like Microsoft Word and Netflix.
Good for family use Add users to share your Chromebook with the whole family. Family Link helps you supervise your children’s activity.
Digital wellbeing Digital wellbeing tools like Night Light and Do Not Disturb help you set boundaries with work and maintain a healthy relationship with technology.
Are Chromebooks easy to use?
Yes! Just log into your Google Drive account and you’ll find your backed-up files on your new Chromebook. Chromebooks also come with apps like Gmail and Google Docs built-in, so you’ll feel right at home with the productivity staples you use every day.
What if I don’t have WiFi?
No problem - Chromebooks will keep you entertained and productive, even offline.
Check your emails with Gmail offline mode.
Balance budgets or plan parties with Google Sheets and Docs offline mode.
Look up your schedule in the Google calendar app.
Organize your to do list in Google Keep.
Watch a movie with the Netflix app*.
Listen to your favorite podcast on the Pocket Casts app.
Save web pages when browsing on Chrome for future offline reading.
Can I keep using Office?
Yes. You can download the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on your Chromebook, or access through the web, to collaborate and stay productive anytime, anywhere on any device. Chromebooks also come with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, which allow you to work on your files with multiple people at once across all your devices.
Is my stuff safe in the cloud?
There are lots of advantages to storing your files in the cloud. Files saved in your My Drive folder are automatically backed up if your Chromebook gets misplaced. Plus, everything is encrypted with the best of Google security protocols.
Will I lose my stuff if I switch?
Switching to a Chromebook is simple. Just drop your files into Google Drive on your soon-to-be-old computer and then log into your Google account on your new Chromebook. Voila! All your stuff will be there waiting for you.
What people are saying
With any Chromebook, the setup is immensely simple. Just log into your Google account, and everything you’ve used is on your laptop. Even Android apps like Instagram or Snapchat can be downloaded to Chrome OS.
Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically... and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time.
There's no antivirus software to fret over... and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns. By and large, things just work — like, for real.
Security and ease of use were built into Chrome OS from the ground up and it shows.
Ready to make the switch?
It’s easy to switch from your Mac or PC. Walk through our step-by-step guide to back up and transfer files from your old computer to your new Chromebook.