How to Check the Specs on Your Chromebook
Chromebooks are valued for being both ultra-portable and powerful, which is useful for working on the go. But not all Chromebooks are created equal. Before you decided to purchase one, you probably looked at a few different models.
Anything with less than 2 GBs of RAM was removed from your list – any less than that, and your laptop would have a hard time handling anything more than email. For the multitasking you require, you wanted something with at least 4 GBs of RAM.
Now that you’ve purchased the Chromebook that is right for you, you might want to know more about what’s inside the machine. Laptops are measured across several different metrics, including processor speed, hard drive size, and graphics card. There are a few different ways to get all the information you need to know about your Chromebook and the Chrome operating system.
Checking the Storage on Google Drive
You probably knew when you purchased your Chromebook how big the hard drive that would be included with the device would be. However, it can fill up fast; you don’t want to run out of space on your Chromebook when you need it most.
Since you’re using a Chromebook, most of your larger files are probably uploaded to Google Drive, which is your cloud storage. How do you see how much storage you have used and have left available to you in Google Drive?
- Click on your Chromebook’s Launcher in the lower left-hand corner of your Chromebook’s display.
- Once Launcher opens, select “All Apps” to display all of 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.
If you are running out of space, here’s how to find and delete the largest files on your Google Drive.
- Click “Go to drive.google.com…” from the drop-down above.
- Click the gear icon from the top right-hand corner.
- Click “Settings,” then “View items taking up storage.”
- When you have found a file you want to delete, right-click and click “Remove.”
- Important: Next, click on “Trash” in the left-hand column. Then click the trash can in the top right corner, and click “DELETE FOREVER.”
- In a few minutes, you will have more room on your Google Drive.
Checking the Storage on Your Chromebook
Checking the hard drive space available on your Chromebook is much simpler – in fact, it’s just one step.
- Type “chrome://quota-internals/” into your Google Chrome browser.
This shows you the internal disk space that is still available for use on your actual Chromebook on the first page, which is the summary page. Clicking on the “Usage & Quota” tab will give you more information on which apps are taking up the most storage space.
Show All Chromebook Specs
If you’re looking for a full spec overview of your entire system, you can also do that from the Chrome browser. Open it, and type “chrome://system” into the address bar.
The screen will display everything about your Chromebook in a long list. Unless you know precisely what you are looking for, it can be a little overwhelming.
Chrome Web Store Applications
Thankfully, there are two apps available on the Chrome Web Store that provide an easier, more user-friendly version of all of this information. To find them, go to the Chrome Web Store and type “system info” into the search bar. The two top apps, which are free, will be “Cog” and “System.” Each has its pros and cons, which we’ll discuss below.
The Cog application was developed by a guy who works for Google, so it is by far the most popular application for its purpose. Cog breaks out the information into different categories, providing charts where possible to help you understand the data.
Among other things, you can use Cog to view:
- Operating system
- Memory usage
- Battery status and level
- Primary language
The application is easy and clear to understand, with a very simple user interface.
The System application gives you all of the same information as Cog, but breaks it up in an even more user-friendly way. The left-hand side of the app breaks the data into several categories:
- Media galleries
- Current location
- App settings
This makes it easier to drill down into what you are looking for.
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 should be able to easily locate the storage available on your Google Drive and Chromebook, as well as any spec you want to find about your Chromebook. Download either of the two applications above to make it easier to find the information you need.