Switch to Pixel Slate

Learn how to get started using your new Pixel Slate with this guide. Along the way, you'll see links to resources where you can find more information.

Video: Switching from Windows or Mac Video: Switching from iPad

1. Prepare to switch

On your old device:

Get a Google Account

A Google Account gives you access to all Google services on the web, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.

  • If you don't have a Google Account yet, create one.
  • If you already have a Google Account, you're good to go.

Back up your Chrome bookmarks, apps, and extensions

If you use the Chrome browser on your old computer, sign in to Chrome to save your bookmarks, apps, and extensions to your Google Account. These settings will then show up automatically when you sign in with the same account on your device.

If you use another browser and want to switch to Chrome, you can import your old browser's bookmarks to Chrome.

Back up your files

Option 1 (recommended): Use Backup and Sync to store files and photos on Google Drive and Google Photos

Moving your files and photos from your old computer to your new device is easy with Backup and Sync, an app for Mac and Windows computers that backs up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos. Just choose the folders you want to back up, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Note: Backup and Sync is only available for Mac and Windows computers. To backup from an iPad or iPhone, you can upload files and folders, use Google Drive files offline, and delete and restore files.

When you sign in to your Google Account on your device or any other computer, you’ll be able to see and open your files and photos on Google Drive and your photos on Google Photos.

Option 2: Save your files on a storage device

You can back up your files on a compatible storage device, such as a USB thumb drive or external hard drive. To learn which storage devices are compatible with your device, see Related articles.

2. Set up your new device

On your new Chrome OS device:

Sign in

  1. [Pixelbook only] Plug in your device using the power adapter and cable that came with it.
  2. Turn on your device.
  3. Sign in using your Google Account.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to set up (see Related articles for instructions).

If you've previously used Chrome with the same Google Account, your device will automatically show all of your settings, bookmarks, and extensions from Chrome.

Find your files and photos

Choose the same option you used to back up your files and photos:

Option 1: Find your files and photos on Google Drive and Google Photos

Go to Google Drive

  1. In laptop mode: Select the Launcher Launch icon and then Up Arrow Up arrow and thenFiles Files.
    In tablet mode: Go to your Home screen. To get there, go to the bottom left corner of your screen and select the Launcher Launch icon .
  2. In the left column, select Google Drive and then Computers.
  3. Wait a few moments for your files to appear.

Go to Google Photos

  1. In laptop mode: Select the Launcher Launch icon  and then Up Arrow Up arrowand then
    In tablet mode: Go to your Home screen. To get there, go to the bottom left corner of your screen and select the Launcher Launch icon .
  2. Select Google Photos Photos icon .
  3. Wait a few moments for your photos to appear.

If you used a different cloud storage service, you can find your files using the Files app (for some services) or by opening the service's website in Chrome.

Option 2: Find your files on your storage device

  1. Connect the storage device to your Chrome OS device. If the device you want to connect has a legacy USB Standard-A cable, you’ll need to get a USB Type-C adapter, like this.
  2. Select the Launcher Launch icon  and then Up Arrow Up arrowand thenFiles Files.
  3. In the left column, select the name of your storage device.
  4. To move your files from the external device to your local Files app, select the files from the external device you want and drag them to My files in the left menu.
  5. To move your files to Google Drive, follow these steps.

Tip: Get even more free Google Drive storage for your device.

Set up your printer

You can print from your device using most printers that connect to Wi-Fi or a wired network.

You can also set up Google Cloud Print to make your printers available to you and anyone you choose. If you don't have a cloud-ready printer, you'll need both your old computer and your new device to do this task.

For more information on setting up your printer, see Related articles.

3. Get the most out of your device

Find apps for common tasks

Your device runs Android apps from the Google Play Store (like Google Photos to store and share your photos) and web apps that run in your browser (like Google Docs and Drive to create and share files online).

For more information on suggested apps you can use for common tasks, see Related articles.

Work offline

When you're not connected to the Internet, you can still use your device with apps like Gmail and Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive

For more information on using your device offline, see Related articles.

Download offline apps in the Google Play Store.

Discover what the Google Assistant can do

Find info and get things done on your Pixel Slate with the help of your Google Assistant. Using voice or text, you can ask it questions, tell it to do things, and search what's on your screen. Do even more with the Google Pixelbook Pen.

For more information on Google Assistant and Pixelbook Pen, see Related articles.

Customize your Pixel Slate

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