How To Fix It When Your Chromebook Won’t Turn On


Check the Power Source

One of the first things to check when your Chromebook won’t turn on is the power source. It may seem obvious, but sometimes a simple oversight can be the culprit. Here’s what you can do:

  • Make sure your Chromebook is properly plugged into a power outlet. Check that the power cord is securely inserted into both the Chromebook and the outlet.
  • Ensure that the power outlet itself is functioning. Plug another device into the same outlet to see if it works. If it doesn’t, you may need to troubleshoot or replace the outlet.
  • Try a different power adapter or charger, if available. Sometimes the charger may be faulty and not providing enough power to charge your Chromebook.
  • If you are using a power strip or surge protector, try plugging the Chromebook directly into a wall outlet. Power strips can sometimes cause issues, so bypassing them will help rule out any problems.

By thoroughly checking the power source, you can eliminate any potential issues related to power supply. If your Chromebook still doesn’t turn on, move on to the next troubleshooting steps.

Perform a Hard Reset

If your Chromebook is not responding or seems to be stuck, performing a hard reset can often resolve the issue. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Hold down the power button on your Chromebook for at least 10 seconds. This will force the Chromebook to shut down completely.
  2. Once the Chromebook is completely powered off, press the power button again to turn it back on.
  3. After the Chromebook restarts, check if it is functioning correctly. If not, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.

A hard reset can help reset any software glitches or frozen processes that may be preventing your Chromebook from turning on properly. It’s worth noting that performing a hard reset will not delete any of your personal data or files stored on the Chromebook.

If the hard reset doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s time to move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Remove External Devices

If your Chromebook still won’t turn on, it’s important to check if any external devices connected to it are causing the issue. Sometimes, a faulty or incompatible external device can interfere with the Chromebook’s normal operation. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Unplug all external devices, such as USB drives, mice, keyboards, and monitors, from your Chromebook.
  2. Once all the external devices are disconnected, press the power button to turn on the Chromebook.
  3. If the Chromebook boots up successfully without the external devices, then one of the devices may be causing the problem.
  4. To identify the problematic device, reconnect each external device one at a time and turn on the Chromebook after connecting each device.
  5. If the Chromebook fails to turn on or experiences issues only after connecting a specific device, then that device is likely causing the problem.
  6. Consider updating the driver software for the problematic device or replacing it with a compatible one.

By removing external devices, you can determine if any of them are causing an interference and preventing the Chromebook from turning on. If the issue persists or no external devices are connected, move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Check for a Charging Issue

If your Chromebook appears to have no power or won’t turn on, it’s essential to check if there is a charging issue. Here’s what you can do to troubleshoot:

  1. Connect your Chromebook to the power adapter and make sure it is securely plugged into both the Chromebook and the power outlet.
  2. Look for the charging LED indicator on your Chromebook. It usually lights up when the device is charging.
  3. If the LED indicator doesn’t light up, try using a different power outlet or power adapter to eliminate potential issues with the power source.
  4. Inspect the charging cable and port for any visible damage or debris that may be interfering with the charging process. If you notice any issues, consider replacing the cable or seeking professional assistance.
  5. Leave your Chromebook plugged in for at least 30 minutes to ensure it has enough time to charge. Sometimes, a deeply discharged battery can take a while to start powering up.
  6. Try performing a hard reset (hold down the power button for 10 seconds) while the Chromebook is connected to the power source. This can help reset any charging-related issues.

If, after following these steps, your Chromebook still won’t charge or turn on, there may be a more serious hardware issue. It’s recommended to contact customer support for further assistance or take your device to an authorized service center for repairs.

Inspect the Power Button

If your Chromebook is not responding when you press the power button, there may be an issue with the button itself. Here’s what you can do to inspect the power button:

  1. Check for any physical damage or debris around the power button. Sometimes, dirt or debris can get stuck and prevent the button from functioning properly. Use a soft cloth or compressed air to clean around the button.
  2. Ensure that the power button is not stuck or jammed. Gently press the button a few times to see if it moves freely. If it feels sticky or unresponsive, it may need to be repaired or replaced.
  3. If your Chromebook has a power button built into the keyboard, make sure there are no unwanted key presses or obstructions around the button. Sticky keys or debris can affect its functionality.
  4. Try using an external USB keyboard connected to your Chromebook to see if the power button on the external keyboard can successfully power on the device. This test will help determine if the issue is with the internal power button.

If you find any issues with the power button or if it doesn’t resolve the problem, it may be necessary to contact customer support or bring your Chromebook to an authorized service center for further assistance. They can help diagnose the issue and provide you with the necessary repairs or replacements.

Try a Different Charger

If your Chromebook is not charging or powering on, there might be a problem with the charger itself. Trying a different charger can help determine if the issue lies with the original charger. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Find another charger that is compatible with your Chromebook. Ideally, use a charger from the same manufacturer or a certified third-party charger.
  2. Connect the alternative charger to your Chromebook and plug it into a functional power outlet.
  3. Observe if the charging LED indicator turns on or if there are any signs of charging.
  4. Leave your Chromebook connected to the different charger for a sufficient amount of time, typically around 30 minutes, to see if it charges the device.
  5. If the Chromebook starts charging or shows signs of life with the alternative charger, it indicates that the original charger may be faulty.
  6. Consider replacing the original charger with a new one to ensure proper charging functionality.

By using a different charger, you can determine if the problem lies with the charger itself rather than the Chromebook. If your Chromebook still doesn’t charge or power on after trying a different charger, move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Perform a Powerwash

If your Chromebook is experiencing software issues that prevent it from turning on, performing a powerwash can help resolve the problem. It essentially resets your Chromebook to its factory settings, removing any potentially problematic configurations or corrupted data. Here’s how to perform a powerwash:

  1. Power on your Chromebook and sign in to your Google account, if possible.
  2. Click on the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen and select the “Settings” option.
  3. In the Settings menu, scroll down and click on the “Advanced” section to expand it.
  4. Under the “Reset settings” section, click on the “Powerwash” option.
  5. Read the warning message carefully, as powerwashing will remove all user data and revert the Chromebook to its original state.
  6. If you’re sure you want to proceed, click on the “Powerwash” button and follow the on-screen instructions to confirm.
  7. Wait for the powerwash process to complete. This may take a few minutes.

After the powerwash is finished, your Chromebook will reboot and be restored to its factory settings. You will need to set it up again, including signing in to your Google account. Check if the issue that prevented it from turning on is resolved. If not, it’s advisable to reach out to customer support for further assistance.

Contact Customer Support

If you have followed all the previous troubleshooting steps and your Chromebook still won’t turn on, it may be time to reach out to customer support for further assistance. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Visit the support website of the manufacturer of your Chromebook. Look for their contact information, such as a phone number or email address.
  2. Explain the issue you are facing in detail. Provide any relevant information, such as the steps you have already taken to troubleshoot the problem.
  3. If your Chromebook is still under warranty, inquire about the warranty coverage and ask if they can provide any repair or replacement options.
  4. If your Chromebook is no longer under warranty, ask if they can offer any out-of-warranty repair services or recommendations.
  5. Follow any instructions provided by customer support. They may ask you to send in your Chromebook for further diagnosis or provide alternative solutions based on your specific situation.

Customer support is there to assist you and provide the necessary guidance or solutions for your Chromebook not turning on. They have the expertise to handle hardware and software issues and can provide you with the most accurate advice.

Remember to stay patient and cooperative throughout the process. It may take some time to resolve the issue, but customer support will work with you to find the best possible solution.