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 allow you to turn on offline mode, so you can stay productive and entertained anywhere. If you know you’ll be offline ahead of time, you can even save web pages in your Chrome browser to continue reading without WiFi.
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?
Definitely. There are a number of advantages to storing your files in the cloud. For one, your files are automatically backed up if your laptop ever gets stolen, lost or falls victim to a stray cup of coffee. They’re also encrypted and stored on Google’s servers, so you benefit from the very best of Google security protocols.
Will I lose my stuff if I switch?
Every Chromebook comes with built-in virus security so you’re safe from the moment you open your new Chromebook. Chrome OS also comes with multiple layers of security and updates without interruption.
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.