Chromebooks have been popular for their lightweight operating system, fast booting, and affordable price.

Many users have tried installing a Linux operating system on their Chromebooks to have more flexibility and access to different applications. But, some may decide later to remove Linux from their Chromebook to free up space or for other reasons.

In this article, I will provide a “Step-by-Step Guide” on how to remove Linux from Chromebook.

How to Remove Linux from Chromebook?

Before removing Linux from your Chromebook – it is necessary to back up any important data and files you have saved on the Linux operating system. Once you have backed up your files – Follow these simple steps to remove Linux from your Chromebook:

  • Step 1: Power on your Chromebook and sign in to your account.
  • Step 2: Click on the Settings Icon (the gear icon) – located in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  • Step 3: Scroll down and click on the “Advanced” option at the bottom of the settings menu.
  • Step 4: In the Advanced menu, select “Developers.”
  • Step 5: Click on the “Disable OS Verification” option.
  • Step 6: Restart your Chromebook, and you will see a warning message about “OS Verification” being disabled now. Press “CTRL+D” to continue.
  • Step 7: After you have pressed “CTRL+D,” the Chromebook will reboot and will remove the Linux operating system from your device.
  • Step 8: After the removal process is complete, your Chromebook will restart, and you will be taken to the setup screen. Follow the prompts to set up your Chromebook again.

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  1. Why would you want to remove Linux from Chromebook?

There are several reasons why someone might want to remove Linux from their Chromebook. For example, if they are not using it frequently, it is taking up valuable space on their device, or they have encountered issues with the operating system.

  1. What are the risks of removing Linux from Chromebook?

Removing Linux from a Chromebook can be risky, as it involves disabling the OS verification and modifying the device’s firmware. This process can potentially brick your device, making it unusable. Therefore, it is crucial to back up your data and follow the steps carefully.

  1. Can you remove Linux without disabling OS verification?

No, you cannot remove Linux from your Chromebook without disabling OS verification. The process requires disabling OS verification to modify the device’s firmware and remove the Linux operating system.

  1. Can you reinstall Linux after removing it from Chromebook?

Yes, you can reinstall Linux on your Chromebook after removing it. You can do this by enabling developer mode; downloading the Linux operating system, and installing it using the command line interface. However, it is essential to note that reinstalling Linux on your Chromebook can be a complicated process, and it is best to follow a guide or tutorial carefully.


Removing Linux from your Chromebook involves disabling “OS Verification” – which can be risky. Therefore; it is crucial to back up all your personal data and follow the steps carefully. If you encounter any issues during the process – it is best to seek assistance from a professional.

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James R. Kindly

My Name is James R. Kindly i am the founder and primary author of Storaclix, a website dedicated to providing valuable resources and insights on Linux administration, Oracle administration, and Storage. With over 20 years of experience as a Linux and Oracle database administrator, i have accumulated extensive knowledge and expertise in managing complex IT infrastructures and databases.

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