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Set up your Chromebook

To set up your Chromebook or Chromebox, you'll need:

  • Your Google Account username and password
  • Access to a network

1. Turn on your Chromebook

  1. If the battery is detached, install the battery.
  2. Press the power button.

2. Follow the onscreen instructions

3. Sign in with your Google Account

Enter your Google Account email or phone number and password.

  • This account will be set as the owner.
  • If you’ve already turned on 2-Step Verification, you’ll be sent a code to your selected device.
  • If you don't have a Google Account to add, create one. On some Chromebooks, you can click More options and then Create new account.
  • To use your Chromebook without an account, click Browse as Guest.

If you're having trouble signing in with your Google Account, use the sign-in troubleshooter.

4. Choose your profile photo

For your profile photo, you can:

  • Take a photo with the built-in camera
  • Upload a photo
  • Choose a photo from the list

After you choose a profile photo, you’ll be signed in. Your bookmarks, extensions, and apps will appear automatically.

Set up your Chromebox

You'll also need:

  • An external monitor
  • USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard

Turn on your Chromebox

  1. Plug your Chromebox in.
  2. Plug in your mouse and keyboard.
  3. Connect to an external monitor.
  4. Press the power button.

If nothing appears on your monitor, press Ctrl + Full screen (F4) to cycle through the display options.

Once you turn on your Chromebox, follow the onscreen instructions to complete setup.

Mel is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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