You’ve probably checked out some Chromebooks before your purchase of one. Before purchasing ours, we did some heavy research ,as we wanted something portable, yet powerful, for writing and doing tasks on while on the move. Anything with less than two gigabytes of onboard memory was taken right off our list. We wanted to be able to multi-task—and for that, your preference should favor at least four gigs.
If you’re looking at a Chromebook for light use for browsing the Internet and using Google services such as writing documents, listening to Google Play, and that sort of thing, then two gigabytes of memory will work. (Just throwing that out there.) If you want to do more than that, then you’ll definitely be better off with more memory.
Since you’ve probably already purchased your Chromebook and found the one that’s right for you, let’s talk about how to check the specs while on your Chromebook. There are a few different ways to get all the information you need to know about your Chromebook and the Chrome operating system.
Checking Storage for Google Drive and Your Chromebook
Now, you knew when you purchased your Chromebook what size storage it had included on the device. However, how do you check and see how much storage space you’ve used and have left available to use in Google Drive, your cloud storage? Good question. Here’s our answer:
- Click on your Chromebook’s Launcher in the lower left-hand corner of your Chromebook’s display.
- Once Launcher opens, then you’ll select “All Apps” to display all the applications installed on your Chromebook.
- Navigate to the icon of a file folder that says “Files” and click on it.
- When the file folder opens, click on “Google Drive,” then click on the three little white dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- At the bottom of the window that pops open, it’ll display how much storage you still have available on your Google Drive.
Pretty straightforward; not too complicated. So, now you know how much cloud storage you’ve got left on your Google Drive.
That’s great, right? Yes, but how do I see the storage space on my actual Chromebook? Well, to do that:
- Type “chrome://quota-internals/” in your Google Chrome browser.
This shows you the internal disk space that’s still available for use on your actual Chromebook on the first page, which is the summary page. You can click on the “Usage & Quota” or “Data” tabs as well to see the information listed there also.
Show All Chromebook Specs
What about a full spec overview that shows you everything all at once? You can also do that from the Chrome browser.
- Type “chrome://system”
You’ll see everything about your Chromebook in a long list and, unless you know what you’re looking at specifically, it can be a little overwhelming. If you want an easier, quicker, more user-friendly way of going about things, then you could get an application from the Chrome Web Store.
Chrome Web Store Applications
At this time, there are two applications available to add to your Chromebook that check your system information and display it immediately for you to view. Go to the Chrome Web Store and type “system info” in the search bar. You’ll want to get one of the top two apps listed: Cog—system info viewer—or System, whichever you prefer. You can also get both if you’d like to see the differences between the two.
The Cog application gives you an overview of the operating system, platform, CPU, architecture, memory usage, Internet/network, battery, primary display, primary language, and the plug-ins installed on your system. It’s easy and clear to understand with a very simple user interface. With that said, it’s pretty plain; there’s not much more you can get from it or do with it.
The System application gives you all of the same information, but makes it more visually appealing and broken up. You’ll have selectable tabs on the left-hand side of the app. They are “General,” “Storage,” “Display,” “Network,” “Media galleries,” “Current location,” and “App settings.” Personally, we prefer this one over the Cog app, but that may just be personal preference.
These two applications give you the system information you need without having to hunt all over your Chromebook for the information you want to know about your Chromebook and Chrome OS.
Now you’ll be able to find out all the spec information about your Chromebook. When you just need to know how much storage you’ve got available in your Google Drive or on your Chromebook, use our first set of tips. If you’re in need of knowing some more in-depth information about your Chromebook, check out one of our recommended applications to get you what you need, when you need it.