How to Bypass the Administrator on Chromebook?

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Bypassing the administrator, in simple words, needs the user to switch to Developer Mode. We shall discuss the Developer Mode in detail further in the article. 

For now, let us focus on how we can bypass the administrator on Chromebook. You may want to bypass the administrator on Chromebook for multiple reasons (some of which may not be legit). Remember that bypassing the administrator block on a Chromebook that you are not allowed to bypass to begin with can land you in trouble. 

Thus, be very sure before you proceed with bypassing the administrator on Chromebook.

How to Bypass the Administrator on Chromebook?

The method mentioned below shall easily let you bypass the administration block on Chromebook. 

Warning: If you are currently using any flash or memory devices on your Chromebook, remove them before you start with the procedure.

  • Press the ‘esc’ + ‘refresh’ + ‘power’ buttons simultaneously. The ‘refresh’ button on the Chromebook is usually the 4th key from the left, denoted by a swirly arrow.
  • Now, press ‘ctrl’ + ‘d’.
  • Press ‘space’ or the spacebar on the Chromebook. Different models of Chromebooks have different key functionalities; in some Chromebooks, you may need to use the ‘enter’ button instead of the spacebar. 

Pressing the spacebar or ‘enter’ in the step above will put the user into Developer Mode. Let the Chromebook load up everything, and do not turn it off yourself (exaggeration on ‘DO NOT’). Once in the Developer Mode, your Chromebook will restart and start initializing the Developer Mode, which in turn will bypass the administrator on the Chromebook. 

This will put you off the domain.

Note: The method above works only if the Developer Mode is not blocked by the administrator on the Chromebook. If your Chromebook says that the Developer Mode has been blocked by the admin, follow the workaround method discussed below.

When dev mode is blocked on the Chromebook:

  • When the message says that the Developer Mode is blocked on the Chromebook while trying to turn on the dev mode, do not turn off your Chromebook. If you do turn off your Chromebook, you will be taken back to the registration process. 
  • Instead of turning off your Chromebook, try pressing ‘esc’ + ‘refresh’ + ‘power’ again. 
  • Press ‘ctrl’ + ‘d’. Press the spacebar or ‘space’ again (or ‘enter’) and then repeat the process repetitively until it works.

Warning: We suggest not repeating the last step incessantly if it does not work. Constantly pressing the dev mode keys can cause crashing BIOS and UEFI information. This, in turn, will result in your Chromebook being a ‘hot mess.’

Another workaround to unblock the Developer Mode on your Chromebook is discussed below. However, keep in mind that this process may nullify the warranty of your Chromebook, and there is a possibility that static charges may damage the motherboard of your device (the possibility is remote, however). 

Use this method only if Developer Mode on your Chromebook is blocked. If you are just experimenting around with your school Chromebook and force initiate the Developer Mode using this method, not only will you be in a heap of trouble, but you may also be fined for the same.

Alternative to pressing developer keys to unblock dev mode:

  • Make sure your Chromebook is off. Next, unscrew your Chromebook back cover.
  • Unscrew the battery from the Chromebook. It is mandatory to unplug the power cord that connects the motherboard to the battery. 
  • Now, open the device again and press the ‘power’ button. Although there is no specific timeframe, we advise pressing the ‘power’ button for about 30 seconds. This will bypass the administration block on Chromebook.
  • Now, it’s time to put the Chromebook back into one piece. First, put the battery back in and connect the power cords that connect the battery and the motherboard. Next, screw back the back cover of the Chromebook.
  • Power on your Chromebook and press ‘esc’ + ‘refresh’ + ‘power’. The booting time may vary between 9 – 15 minutes.
  • When you see a dialog that says “Chrome OS is missing or damaged’ upon booting up your Chromebook, press the developer keys, i.e., ‘Ctrl’ + ‘d’. 

This shall unblock Developer Mode on Chromebook while also bypassing thr administration on the device.

Who is the administrator on Chromebook?

The administrator on your Chromebook can be the person who provided you with your username or someone from the IT department or Help Desk of either your company or your school. It could also be the person who manages your email service for the school or company you are associated with.

To check the device administrator on your Chromebook, go to the ‘Security and Privacy’ option and then go to ‘Device Administrators.’ Now, you will be able to see the applications that have device administrator rights.

 

What Is Chromebook Developer Mode?

Now that you have learned to bypass the administration block on Chromebook (solely due to switching to Developer Mode), it is worth knowing what Developer Mode really is on Chromebook. 

Put plainly, Developer Mode on Chromebook is similar to rooting your android device which gives you access to a multitude of new options. You can also consider it to be equivalent to jailbreaking your iOS device. 

The Developer Mode on Chromebook allows you to run commands, install a different OS, and even customize your Chromebook. If you had not been an administrator on your Chromebook, you probably already know that you could never carry out any of these actions mentioned above without bypassing the enterprise block (or by turning on the Developer Mode).

Note: The Developer Mode and Developer Channel (a chrome OS update option) are two different and disparate things. The former allows your Chromebook to receive frequent updates from the stream that governs the development, whereas the Chromebook Developer Mode grants you access to performing a multitude of options, most of which were previously disabled by the administrator or the enterprise block.

Why don’t Chromebooks come with Developer Mode enabled?

Isn’t it only legitimate to ask why Chromebooks do not initially come with the Developer Mode enabled? The primary reason behind this is to keep the device from being overtaken by some malware due to some pirated or unauthorized installation of software or OS when on the internet. 

No, Karen! The main motto is not to restrain you from watching Netflix when you should be working on assignments on your school Chromebook.

Also, if Chromebooks come with Developer Mode enabled, it would mean that the users will have access to critical system files, which may be accidentally modified by the user or due to a malware attack on the device.

Thus, with Developer Mode disabled, Google reinforces that users are only allowed access to critical files as read-only, so they do not harm the system files (and thus, the device) knowingly or unknowingly.

Pros to Chromebook Developer Mode

  • You can install different software and even a different OS on the device.
  • If your Chromebook is only compatible with Play Store without the Developer Mode enabled, turning on the Developer Mode will allow you to download applications out of the Play Store.
  • You can run more advanced commands with Crosh, the Chrome OS developer shell. This can give you access to completing a huge range of functions without any restrictions whatsoever by the administration or enterprise block.

Cons to Chromebook Developer Mode

  • The biggest downside to enabling Developer Mode on Chromebook is the removal of myriad security features. The lack of these features can leave your Chromebook susceptible to viruses, malware, and certain other issues.
  • There is a possibility that an attacker may be able to run commands on your Chromebook, just like you can.
  • Upon booting the Chromebook, the Chrome OS will no longer validate or inform you of any changes made to the OS.
  • Enabling Developer Mode may wipe off your device initially and invalidate your device’s warranty. 
  • The boot process is slower with Developer Mode turned on.

 

FAQs

How do you unblock a blocked website by the administrator on a Chromebook?

To unlock a blocked website by the administrator on Chrome, follow these steps;

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser and then type “192.168. 1.1” in the address bar. 
  2. Enter the administrator user name and password.
  3. Click on “Block Sites”, scroll down, and find the website which you want to unlock. 
  4. Now click on the site to select it, then choose the “Delete Keyword” button. 
  5. Select “Apply” and then click on the “Log Out” button.

How do I remove an owner from a Chromebook?

To remove an owner from a Chromebook, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the Chromebook Sign-in screen, and then select the profile which you want to remove from the Chromebook.
  2. Click on the Down arrow near the Profile name, and select the Remove option to remove the profile.
  3. A box will appear on your screen; select Remove this user.

How do you do a hard reset on a Chromebook?

Here are the steps which you need to follow in order to perform a hard reset on a Chromebook,

  1. Firstly, you need to turn off your Chromebook.
  2. Once your Chromebook is completely switched off, Press and hold Refresh + tap on the Power button.
  3. Release the Refresh button as soon as the Chromebook starts up.

How do I disable the lock screen on my Chromebook?

Follow these steps to disable the lock screen on your Chromebook;

  1. Turn on your Chromebook, and then launch Chrome.
  2. Now go to the “People” section, select “Screen lock,” and then you need to log in with the user credentials.
  3. Then turn off the “Show lock screen when waking from sleep” option and exit.

How do you unlock a Chromebook without the password?

It happens with a lot of users that they forget their password. It is recommended to always keep a backup of your password.

Here are the methods which will help you to unlock your Chromebook without the password; 

  • Log in as a guest to access the Chromebook without a password.
  • If you have forgotten the password, you can unlock your Chromebook by using the PIN feature.
  • You can also unlock your Chromebook by using Powerwash. Follow the steps given below to use Powerwash:
    • You need to simultaneously press the Alt +Ctrl + Shift + R key.
    • Now simply click on “Restart,” and when a box appears on your screen choose the Powerwash, then Continue.

How do I unlock my Chromebook screen faster?

You can use a PIN instead of a password to unlock your Chromebook screen faster. Here are the steps to set up a PIN on your Chromebook;

  1. Go to the Settings > “People” section and then select Screen lock.
  2. Now you need to enter your credentials and then select Confirm.
  3. Select PIN, then enter a six-digit PIN and select Continue.
  4. Re-enter the PIN, and select Confirm.

What is the lock key on Chromebook?

Chromebook has no Caps Lock Key, but it has a key that acts as a Search key or Launcher key. The key can display a screen with a search bar that can double as Chrome OS’ app drawer when we swipe up.

 

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