How to Force Wipe a Chromebook

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The steps below depict the manual process of force wiping a Chromebook. Using the Ctrl+D + Enter + Ctrl+D is the most consistent method according to our customer reports. See Google Article:
Wipe a Chromebook

  1. Turn off the Chromebook.
  2. Press Esc++Power to enter Recovery Mode.
    A yellow exclamation point (!) or “Please insert a recovery USB stick” is displayed.
  3. Press Ctrl+D to begin Developer mode, then press Enter.
  4. Press Ctrl+D, then press Enter.
    The Chromebook deletes its local data and returns the device to its factory settings.
    Note: ​If Forced Re-enrollment
    is enabled for the device, you’ll see a note that Developer mode is blocked. This shortens the wipe process, and still allows for re-enrollment when the device automatically restarts in Verified mode.
  5. Enroll the Chromebook before signing into it.