Transferring data from an old Chromebook to a new one can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be! This guide will walk you through the entire process, from backing up and transferring your data to restoring your old Chromebook settings on your new one. Everything you need to know about how to transfer data from old Chromebook to new Chromebook is right here!
Download Google Chrome For Linux
You can also transfer data from your old Chromebook to a new one by downloading Google Chrome for Linux. You will still have an older version of Chrome, but it should be able to connect with your Google account so you can grab all of your bookmarks and other data. Keep in mind that if you need access to apps or extensions that aren’t available for Linux, you may want to consider a Windows or Mac computer instead. But if all you’re looking for is some basic bookmarks and saved passwords, then transferring your data between Chromebooks isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
Connect Chromebooks Using USB Cables
The simplest way to transfer data from one Chromebook to another is by using a USB cable. All you have to do is use one computer as an intermediary. Plug one device into your primary computer, using a USB cable (or go wireless by connecting through Google’s cloud). Next, open Chrome and log in with your username and password for both devices. Then follow these steps: Open Chrome on your old Chromebook. Click Menu > Settings > Show advanced settings... > Personal Stuff > Manage Your Google Account and choose Transfer your data or Transfer... your info. Click Next and then Next again on Step 2 of 3: Check off all content types you want transferred then click Next once more . . . Now, launch Chrome on your new Chromebook.
Install Chromium On The Source Chromebook
In order to copy your data from your old Chromebook, you need to install Chromium on it. Once installed, you can use Chromium's File Manager application to view and manage your files. First, go ahead and install Chromium onto your old Chromebook by downloading it and opening its download location in a Chrome window. Next, click OK when you see a prompt warning that The package is signed with an untrusted key. Finally, click Launch when prompted by Chrome OS. This will open Chromium in Developer Mode so that you can run apps not authorized by Google Play/the Chrome Web Store.
Run sudo nautilus Command on the Source Chromebook
To transfer data from your old Chromebook to a new one, you’ll first need to access a terminal window. If you’re using a physical keyboard, hit Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard. From there, type in sudo nautilus and press Enter. Once you do that, navigate to /home/chronos and open up your home folder (or whatever yours is named). Then use Shift + Right-click on folders inside of it until you’ve highlighted all of them; click Delete and confirm that yes, you do want to delete all of those empty folders. Next up: open up Chrome OS on your new Chromebook and go through initial setup.
Navigate To Your Files Folder on The Source Chromebook
To get started, first you’ll need to make sure that your Chromebook is connected and signed into a Google account. Then, press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on your keyboard. You should see a file folder open up in your browser with a list of folders such as Pictures, Videos, Downloads, and Documents. Navigate through all of these folders until you find one that contains your old Chromebook data.
Wait For The Destination Chromebook To Pop Up In Nautilus
The first thing you’ll want to do is confirm that your destination Chromebook is visible in Nautilus. You can do that by opening up a terminal window and running a simple command: sudo ls /media/user/[old chromebook model] . The computer will return an entry for each drive on your old Chromebook. If nothing appears, or if it returns an error message, your Chromebook probably isn’t visible. In that case, you may need to reboot into recovery mode and force-mount drives before moving on (see below). When you see both /dev/sda and /dev/sdb , proceed. When you see bothand, proceed.
Drag And Drop Your Files Into Their Respective Folders On The Destination Chromebook
Chromebooks are different than PCs because they don’t really have a hard drive (that you can access) -- but that doesn’t mean data isn’t stored locally. Chromebooks use Google Drive for storage, so when you save a file locally on your Chromebook, it will end up in Google Drive automatically. It also means that if you already have files stored in Google Drive and want to transfer them over to your new Chromebook, you can just drag and drop them into their respective folders on your new computer: Files should be available instantly once transferred. That's it! You're all set!
Summary and Conclusion
Chromebooks are one of today’s hottest technologies. If you have an old Chromebook and you’re ready for a new model, it can be confusing trying to transfer data from your old Chromebook to your new one. Learn how easy it is in these simple steps!