How to Restore Chrome OS to an Older Version on a Chromebook

Chrome OS generally remains bug-free and provides a seamless experience whether you’re using Linux on your Chromebook or trying to run Windows apps on Chromebooks. I even played Steam games on my Chromebook and enabled developer mode on Chrome OS to download apps, but no issues until recently. However, after the latest update, my Wi-Fi broke down and it no longer works at all. In such a scenario, I have no choice but to revert Chrome OS to an older version on my Chromebook. If you also face such problem, you can follow our guide and downgrade Chrome OS to an earlier version.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

1. First of all, open Settings by clicking the gear icon in the Quick Settings panel.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

2. Next, click on the search bar at the top of the Settings page and search for “powerwash”. Now, open “Powerwash” from the search result.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

3. Once you are here, click on “Reset“. Note that this will completely factory reset your Chromebook, so be sure to back up your important files.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

4. Then click “To restart“, and your Chromebook will restart immediately.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

5. After restarting, wait for a while and a Powerwash window will appear on the login screen. Click on “High pressure washing” to reset your Chromebook.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

6. This process will take a few minutes and your Chromebook will reboot again. This time it will open the welcome screen. Right here, do not continue with your Google account because we still haven’t performed the restore step.

Roll Back Chrome OS to an Earlier Version on a Chromebook (2022)

7. When you are on the welcome screen, press “Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R” and another Powerwash prompt will appear. Again, do not hard reset your device as it will not serve the purpose of downgrading. Instead, proceed to the next step.

How to Restore Chrome OS to an Older Version on a Chromebook

8. On the Powerwash screen, press “Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R” again, and this time the “Powerwash and revert” option should appear. This will allow you to revert Chrome OS to an older version on your Chromebook. Click on “Powerwash and Revert“.

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9. The downgrade process will take a few minutes, so please be patient. After that, the welcome screen will appear and you can sign in with your Google account.

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10. Finally, open Settings and you will find that you have successfully restored Chrome OS to the older version of your Chromebook. This is how you can downgrade Chrome OS to an older version.

downgrade a chromebook

Downgrade Chrome OS to an older version on your Chromebook

So here are the steps you need to follow to restore Chrome OS to an older version. I was facing Wi-Fi issues on my HP Chromebook and upgrading to the latest version solved the problem for me. Anyway, that’s about it for this guide. If you want to install Google’s new Chrome OS Flex on your Windows PC or Mac, follow the detailed tutorial linked here. And if you’re unhappy with the experience and want to remove Chrome OS Flex and reinstall Windows on your computer, we’ve got a guide in place for that, too. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.