How to change your password on a Chromebook
Google has been working to make passwords a thing of the past. In fact, device-based authentications such as biometrics, passwords and security keys will make way for a passwordless future in a few years. But right now, most devices and websites still require a password to log in. And so does a Chromebook. So as a good security measure, if you want to change the password on your Chromebook from time to time, this tutorial will help you. You can also change your Chromebook password from other devices and set up a PIN for an easy sign-in experience. Apart from that, we have also explained how to secure your Chromebook password with two-factor authentication. On that note, let’s jump to the tutorial.
Change Your Password on a Chromebook (2023)
We’ve included the steps to change the password on your Chromebook in this guide. Plus, if you’ve forgotten your Chromebook’s password, you can also change it from other devices. And if you want to use a PIN instead of a password on your Chromebook, you can do so by following our guide.
Change the password on your Chromebook
To set up a Chromebook, you need a Google Account. That means yours The Google password becomes the Chromebook password you use to sign in to your device. There is no option for a local account on a Chromebook. So, to change the password of your Chromebook, you need to change the password of the Google account associated with the Chromebook.
Keep in mind that changing your Chromebook password will affect other devices signed in with the same Google Account. So you need to sign in again with the new Google password on other devices as well. With that said, here’s how to go about it.
1. Open the Chrome browser on your Chromebook and click the profile icon Upper right. Here you click on “Manage your Google Account“.
2. Then click on “Safety” in the left sidebar and scroll down to the “Sign in to Google” section. Click on “Password” in the right pane.
3. On the next page, enter your current password for your Google account and confirm your identity.
4. After that you can set one new password for your Google Account, which also changes your Chromebook password. For the best security measures, enter a strong password with a combination of characters and numbers or just use a password manager. You can also take a look at the best LastPass alternatives if the recent breach has you worried about your online security.
5. Now, go ahead and log in with the new password on your Chromebook.
Reset your Chromebook password on other devices
If you’re locked out of your Chromebook and can’t sign in, you can change your password from another device. You need to change your Google Account password and connect your Chromebook to the internet. This will sync your new password and you will be able to sign in to your Chromebook. Here are the steps you need to follow.
1. Open a web browser on another computer or smartphone and go to myaccount.google.com/security. Now you need to sign in to your Google account.
2. Then click on “Password” under “Sign in to Google” section.
3. Enter your Google Account password to verify your credentials.
4. Finally, as we did in the method above, you can change your Google account password single.
5. Now you connect Chromebook for the Internet from the lock screen and enter the new password. This time you will be able to sign in to your Chrome OS device!
Set or change the PIN on your Chromebook
For convenience, some people use a 6-digit PIN instead of a password to log into their Chromebook (easier to remember and no need to change it often). It’s easy and saves a lot of time. So if you want to set a new PIN on your Chromebook, follow the instructions below.
1. Open the Quick Settings panel at the bottom right and click on “gears” icon. This will open the Settings page.
2. Then go to “Security and Privacy” in the left sidebar and click “Lock screen and login” in the right pane.
3. Here you have to enter your Chromebook password (also called your Google Account password).
4. After that click on “Change PIN“.
5. Set a new 6-digit PIN and click “Continue“. Confirm the PIN code again in the next step.
6. Activate Now “Unlock automatically when the PIN code is entered” toggle and you’re done. You’ve set up a PIN as your preferred way to sign in to your Chromebook. You no longer need to use a password.
7. In case you forgot your Chromebook’s PIN and are stuck on the lock screen, you can use your password to sign in. Just click on “Change to password” at the bottom and you can enter your Google password to sign in.
Secure your Chromebook password with 2-step verification
As a good security practice, you should always enable 2-step verification for all your online accounts, be it for Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Microsoft or Discord. Since your Google Account password is used to sign in to a Chromebook, you should take extra steps to protect your Google Account rather than having to change your password frequently.
Two-step verification adds a new layer of authentication and protects your account from being hijacked even if someone discovers your password. So, to enable 2-step verification on your Chromebook, follow the steps below.
1. Open Chrome on your Chromebook and click on profile icon Upper right. Here you open “Manage your Google account”.
2. After that, navigate to “Security” from the left sidebar and click on “2-step verification” in the right pane.
3. Enter your Google Account password to verify your identity.
4. Here you can set up another method to confirm your credentials. I would suggest setting up Google requests or a security key for premium protection. You can also use an authenticator app like Google Authenticator or Authy. Then there is the option to receive a text or voice message with a one-time password on your mobile number.
5. Make sure to generate “Backup codes” and keep them in a safe place. In case you lose all the authentication methods, the backup codes will be useful to access your account.
6. Now, every time you sign in with your Google account, you will get one prompt on the smartphone/tablet to authenticate the login process. If you did not attempt to sign in on a new device or browser, DO NOT allow the request.
Reset the password on your Chromebook
So this is how you can reset your Chromebook password by changing your Google account password. Furthermore, we suggest setting up a PIN for a seamless sign-in experience on your Chromebook. In case you forget your six-digit PIN, you always have the option of using your Google Account password to sign in. Anyway, that’s all from us. If you want to enable privacy indicators on your Chromebook to monitor which apps are using your camera and microphone, follow our linked article. And to learn more about the Verified Access API on Chromebooks, review our explanation of the security feature. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.