Chromebooks are great for anyone who uses them: they put in an instant, have good battery life and update is a breeze. But the day comes when your Chromebook stops getting updates from Google. What are you doing then?
Google is in advance with its update policy: you can see the exact month and year a Chromebook or Chromebox stops receiving updates. Most Chromebooks still have a long life ahead of them, but Google has already started cutting some of the oldest models. If you have one of the older Chromebooks, start thinking about what to do when the updates stop coming.
Option One: Buy a New Chromebook
This is a little obvious, but it is worth saying: when your current Chromebook stops getting updates, the best thing you can do is probably to buy a newer device. In addition to getting security updates over the next few years, you will also make a big step in processing power, memory and battery life, making your new Chromebook more fun to use.
Chromebooks made over the past two years also have access to Android applications through the Google Play Store, as well as Linux applications. Of course, you can continue to use the new Chromebook as a simple browser, but newer models will give you more productivity options. Here are our favorite Chromebooks.
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Option Two: Install other Linux distributions
Chrome OS builds on the top of the Linux kernel, why new models can install Linux applications. It also means that users can install Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. There are some problems you can get started with installing other versions of Linux, but overall, it's a great way to give your Chromebook a new life.
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Options Three: Install CloudReady by Neverware
CloudReady is an operating system developed by Neverware and is mainly used for to run Chromium OS on older Windows computers. But you can also use it on Chromebooks. Even better, it will look and feel just like Chrome OS, while getting security updates and some new features.
One important thing to keep in mind is that you need at least 8 GB of free space on your Chromebook to unpack the CloudReady OS before writing it to a USB device. If your older Chromebook only has 16GB of storage, you need to borrow another machine with more space to make the USB installation device.
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Options Four: Continue using it normally
Keep in mind that this is not a long-term solution. You want to use a device that gets security updates to keep your information safe and your favorite sites can finally stop supporting the older version of the Chrome browser your Chromebook uses.
But it doesn't feel like you have to make a decision just this other to replace your Chromebook or change the software. It still works most, so you can give yourself a few weeks to compare new models or to determine which Linux operating system you want to switch to.