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15 Common Problems with Chromebooks, and how to fix them

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Having problems on your Chromebook, Chromecast, or other Chrome OS device? We’ve got all the major problems that Chrome users have come across, and the solutions that make them go away.

Before we get started, a quick word on Chrome to save you some time. Because Google juggles the Chrome browser, the Chrome OS, and Chromium OS, terms can grow a little confusing. The Chrome operating system is a unique OS that is most often found in the lightweight Chromebooks and Chrome computer sticks. This is easy to confuse with the open source Chromium OS, which is a free OS project that began when Google opened up Chrome’s code to create a big user base of free software for Chrome across a variety of devices.

Chrome OS is based on web apps, so it’s also hard to tell the difference between the OS and the Chrome browser when using a Chromebook – functionally, they are the same thing. The big difference is that the Chrome browser can be downloaded as a separate app on any computer. This browser has many of the same capabilities, but it is not technically the OS.

There has been some discussion on whether Google will retire all this Chrome stuff for a greater focus on Android, but the company has assured users that Chrome OS will remain very much active and evolving. With that out of the way, pick your problem from the list below, or click on the next page to get started!

Related: Update: Google denies plan to “phase out” Chrome OS

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