Running out of space on your Chromebook? Here's what you need to know about expanding storage if you need it.
These days, Chromebooks have become popular with users for their simplicity, but that comes with a cost. Many lower-priced Chromebooks have very little storage space to use.
This is usually not a disadvantage as they are designed primarily to be used with the web. However, sometimes you need more storage space. Fortunately, it's very easy to get extra space when you need it.
The easiest way to get extra storage space on a Chromebook is to use a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google's own Google Drive.
Cloud storage is great if you regularly switch devices or share files with other people. The downside is that uploading large files can take some time. You'll also have to pay if you need more space on the platform than the free tier offers.
Since many Chromebooks have MicroSD slots, these are a great option for adding more storage locally.
They're also useful if you want to use Android apps on your Chromebook. If you use media apps like Netflix, you can download content to your device for times when you don't have internet access. This is a good use for SD storage as videos take up a lot of space on a device.
Open to allow Android to use your Chromebook's SD card the settings and go to Device> Storage Management> External Storage Settings and you should see your SD card under the list Available devices Section. Make sure it is checked.
Now you need to activate individual apps to use your SD card. Go over to Apps> Manage your apps and choose your app from the list. Activate warehouse under permissions. You may need to tell your app to use the SD card in its own settings.
Another reliable standby mode is the USB drive. You likely have one or more lying around at your home or at work. These are great for storing backups as you can keep them away from your Chromebook. USB sticks work the same way as on other systems. Just plug them into the USB port and open the file manager to access the files. You can even use USB hard drives and optical drives if necessary.
Chromebooks aren't as limited as you think they are
While some people still insist that Chromebooks only use web apps, you can expand your storage options with cloud storage, SD cards, and USB drives.
Although Chromebooks are easy to use, some users find it difficult to adapt to a new user interface. If you still find your bearings, it can be helpful to know how to get the most out of your new Chromebook.
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David is a freelance writer living in the Pacific Northwest but originally from the Bay Area. He has been a technology enthusiast since childhood. David's interests include reading, watching quality TV shows and movies, retro games, and collecting records.
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