How to remove USB from Chromebook

Ejecting your USB drives after use is always a best practice you can adopt to avoid the risk of losing important data. This theory applies to all devices, including your Chromebooks.

However, compared to ejecting via Windows PCs, ejecting Chromebooks is slightly different due to the different user interface. In any case, the process is relatively simple and shouldn’t take more than a few seconds of your time.

Let’s see a detailed guide on how to eject USB drives from your Chromebook in this article.

How to eject USB from Chromebook?

With your USB drive connected to your Chromebook, you’ll need to navigate to your Files app to view and access all available external drives. This app is similar to File Explorer on your Windows PC or Finder if you’re using a Mac.

To view all available USB and external drives, go to the left pane of the navigation pane.

Ejecting these drives is safe to do by clicking the eject icon, right-clicking the drive name, or using a handy keyboard shortcut.

Here’s a step-by-step guide you can follow to eject any USB drive attached to your Chromebook.

  1. Connect your USB drive to your Chromebook.
  2. Go to the bottom left corner of your screen and click on that launcher Symbol.
  3. Now find and open the Files app from the list of options.
  4. Navigate to the left sidebar and click the eject button next to your external drive. You can also right click on the drive and Eject device
  5. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + E USB drive eject buttons for easier access.
    Eject the Chromebook
  6. Now wait a few seconds for the USD disk icon to disappear from the navigation pane.
  7. Finally, remove the USB drive from the port on your device.
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Annotation: Ejecting other external devices like your SD or memory card all follow the same steps. The only difference is the name change in the Files navigation pane.

Why can’t I remove my USB from the Chromebook?

If you are having trouble with your USB flash drive not ejecting, there could be several reasons. Some of the causes are:

  • Your USB drive will continue to be used in the background.
  • Other apps or background processes were interfering with the ejection.
  • The USB drive is infiltrated with virus or malware.

To fix this problem, the first thing you need to do is close all processes involving the USB drive. If not, you can try closing all background applications and see if that fixes the problem.

If the problem persists, we recommend shutting down your device. This is the safest method you can use to eject the device without worrying about data corruption.

To do this, press and hold the power button on your keyboard for about a second 3 seconds. In the popup, click the Switch off Button. Now proceed to remove the USB drive from the port.

related questions

Why isn’t my USB showing up on my Chromebook?

If you are having trouble with your USB not showing up, there are a few causes of this issue. This can be mainly due to incompatible format types, outdated operating software and faulty USB cables or connectors.

How do I eject an iPhone from a Chromebook?

If you have connected your iPhone device with a USB cable, the ejection follows the same process. You can go to the Files app, find iPhone in your navigation pane and click the Eject icon. Now wait a few seconds for it to disappear. You can now remove the device from the port.

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