Device encryption is one of the reasons why Chromebooks are renowned for being both simple and secure. Your local data is protected when you set up a password for your Chromebook. This ensures that even if your Chromebook is stolen, no one can access your data unless they know your password.
Unfortunately, Chromebook may prompt you to enter your previous password even after you’ve changed it due to this encryption feature. This is because to sign in with your new password, the Chromebook must first decrypt your data.
Why Chromebook Asks for Old Password
Your Chromebook may request your previous password for one of several reasons:
You recently changed your Google password. Chromebooks are automatically updated with new Google passwords as soon as you change your Google password. Even after you change your password, your Chromebook will need to decrypt any data stored on it using the previous one.
Your Chromebook was restarted or shut down improperly. It is possible to damage data on Chromebooks due to incorrect restarts or shutdowns. Due to this, your Chromebook may request your previous password to decrypt your files.
Your Chromebook has been powerwashed. When you do a factory reset, also known as a powerwash, all of your local data and settings are erased. To retrieve data from a Chromebook that you have recently power washed, you will be prompted to enter your previous password.
How to fix a Chromebook asking for an old password?
If you see an error message asking for your previous password, try the following:
Make sure you’re entering the correct password.
You need to make sure that you are putting in the password that you used to log in to your Chromebook before you change it.
Try restarting your Chromebook.
When there are problems with the encryption process, sometimes all that needs to be done is to restart.
Powerwash your Chromebook.
Some of the above methods might not work on your Chromebook, so you might need to power wash it. You should make sure you have a copy of all of your important files before you continue, as this will delete all of the data and settings that are stored on your device.
Preventing Future Password Issues
Follow these guidelines to make sure you won’t have any problems with passwords in the future:
Use a Strong Password: Do not use obvious or easily guessed information as your Google account password; instead, choose a robust and distinct password.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Using two-factor authentication (2FA), which entails entering a code sent to your mobile device, when you log in, further strengthens the security of your account.
Regularly Update Your Password: To increase security, make changing your password a habit.
Store Passwords Securely: To avoid accidentally writing down your passwords, use a trustworthy password manager to store them securely.