How to Check Chromebook Hardware or System Specs

Discover what's under your Chromebook's hood

A Chromebook is very different than a regular computer when it comes to hardware and system specs. When you want to check Chromebook system specs or hardware, you have to search in places that aren't at all like where you'd look on a regular computer.

Check Chromebook's Available Storage

Storage on a Chromebook is very different than storage on a Windows or Mac computer. A Chromebook has two types of storage, both local storage and cloud storage.

Local storage is an SSD, mostly used as a cache and for downloaded files. Cloud storage is your Google Drive account, and this is where the bulk of your saved files and other work should go. Checking the available storage of each from your Chromebook is very easy.

Check Local Storage

  1. Select the Launcher icon at the lower-left corner of the screen. Find and select the Files icon.

    Screenshot of selecting the files icon on Chromebook
  2. Select My Files from the left navigation pane, then select the three dot menu at the upper left of the My files window. This will pop up a dropdown menu and at the bottom you can see the available storage space you have on your local SSD drive.

    Screenshot of available local storage on a Chromebook
  3. Select that available storage space to open a new window with a break down the storage usage on that drive.

    Screenshot of local storage breakdown on Chromebook

Check Google Drive Cloud Storage

To see the available storage on your Google Drive account, select the Launcher icon at the lower-left corner of the screen, then select the Google Drive icon. Once Google Drive opens, you can see the available storage space at the bottom of the left navigation pane. You'll see both total storage and available storage.

Screenshot of Google Drive storage viewed from Chromebook

Another quick method to check Chromebook storage is to open a Chrome browser and type chrome://quota-internals into the URL field.

Show Chromebook's Process Memory, CPU, and Network Usage

On a regular PC, you might use an app like Task Manager to see how much memory, CPU, or network bandwidth an app is using. On a Chromebook, you'll need to use the Chromebook Task Manager.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your Chromebook.

  2. Select the three dot menu at the upper right, then select More tools > Task manager.

    Screenshot of opening Task Manager on Chromebook
  3. This will open the Task Manager app. In here, you can view all active processes, along with how much memory, CPU, and network bandwidth each process is currently using.

    Screenshot of the Task Manager on Chromebook

If there are any processes out of control (consuming too much of any resource), you can select that process, then select End process to kill the process.

Use System Page to See All Chromebook Specs

If you want to see the bulk of your Chromebook system specs all in one place, the System Page is the perfect place to check.

To access the System Page, open a Chrome Browser on your Chromebook and in the browser bar, type chrome://system. This will open an About System page with a long list of system specs.

Screenshot of meminfo item in Chromebook

There is a mountain of information tucked into this list. To dig deeper into the details, scroll down to the item you want, then select Expand. For example if you want to see a full breakdown of memory usage, scroll down to the meminfo item, then select Expand. This shows you free, available, cache, active, inactive memory, and much more.

See Chromebook's Network Connection Info

It's also very easy to view the connection status, IP, and other information about your active network connection.

  1. Open the Settings page on your Chromebook, then select Network from the left navigation pane. Here you'll see the name of the Wi-Fi network you're currently connected to.

    Screenshot of the network connection on Chromebook
  2. To see more information about that connection, select it. On the Wi-Fi window, you'll see the Connected status for that network.

    Screenshot of network connected status on Chromebook
  3. The Advanced dropdown section will show you the SSID, BSSID, signal strength, security type, and the frequency of that network.

    Screenshot of advanced network info on Chromebook
  4. The Network dropdown section will show you your IP address, Routing prefix, Gateway, and IPv6 address as well as current name servers.

    Screenshot of network information on a Chromebook

View Chrome OS Info

A quick way to check the version and other information about your Chrome OS is to open the Settings menu, then select About Chrome OS from the left menu. This will show you the platform version, firmware version, last build date, and more.

Screenshot of viewing Chrome OS info on Chromebook