Chromebook Setup

Congratulations on your new Chromebook! 

We hope that you will enjoy your Tech Goes Home course and learn how to use your Chromebook and the Internet for work, school and play! Below are videos and instructions on how to set up your Chromebook. If you are using a hotspot for your internet service you will find instructions for that as well.

Check out our COVID-19 Resources page for useful websites and apps.

 
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This video will walk you through what to do when you open your Chromebook for the first time. It explains how to log into the Chromebook and what the set up options are. Once you're logged in, it'll give you a short introduction to your app launcher and show you how to access all your settings. You'll learn how to connect your wifi, change your wallpaper, and other commonly used settings.

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This tutorial will give you written instructions on how to set up your Chromebook and where to find your settings and files. This is a PDF file which may open in your browser or download to your device.

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Este tutorial le dará instrucciones escritas sobre cómo configurar su Chromebook por primera vez y dónde encontrar su configuración y archivos. Este es un archivo PDF que puede abrirse en su navegador web o descargarse en su teléfono, tableta o computadora.

Instrucciones escritas: Conozca su Chromebook

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سيوفر لك هذا البرنامج التعليمي تعليمات مكتوبة حول كيفية إعداد جهاز Chromebook لأول مرة ومكان العثور على إعداداته وملفاته. هذا ملف PDF يمكن فتحه في متصفح الويب الخاص بك أو تنزيله على هاتفك أو جهازك اللوحي أو الكمبيوتر.

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本教程將為您提供有關如何首次設置Chromebook以及在何處可以找到其設置和文件的書面說明。 這是一個PDF文件,可以在您的Web瀏覽器中打開或下載到您的手機,平板電腦或計算機上。

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This official Google Website has lots of great instructional videos on how to do things on your Chromebook. Learn how to download apps, take screenshots, open and edit pictures, watch Netflix when you're not connected to internet and more!

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This is the official Chromebook Help Center by Google. This website includes instructions on how to connect your Chromebook, manage your apps, customize settings, explore accessibility, fix problems, and find device support.

 
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Comcast provides low-cost internet to eligible individuals (includes families with public school students). Once you are an Internet Essentials customer, you have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price.

Message from Comcast: "We have a massive backlog of calls as our volume is unprecedented. We are trying to get this message out to people as much as possible that the simplest, fastest, and easiest way to the apply for the program is from their mobile device at www.InternetEssentials.com"

If you are unable to pay for internet at this time and are registering for a TGH course, you can apply for a TGH Sponsored Internet Essentials account. Contact your instructor to see if you qualify. If you do not qualify for Internet Essentials, you can apply for a TGH Sponsored Mobile Hotspot.

If you were provided an Internet Essentials account sponsored by TGH, use the video below to sign up. 

 

If you are registered for a TGH course, we want to make sure that you have internet access.  If you're unable to pay for internet at this time and you do not qualify for a TGH Sponsored Internet Essentials account, then you can apply for a TGH Sponsored Mobile Hotspot. Contact your TGH instructor to see what the best option for you is.

 

If you have been sent a ZTE Warp Connect Hotspot from TGH follow the instructions below to set it up.
 

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This is the official manual for the ZTE Hotspot. This is a PDF file which may open in your browser or download to your device.

ZTE Warp Connect HOTSPOT Instructions

1. Connect the power cord to the device and plug it into the outlet.

2. To turn on the hotspot press and hold the Power Button (Button #7 in the diagram below).

3. Once the device turns on you will see "Sprint Hotspot" on the display. 

 

4. To find the password for the hotspot, press the Function Button 2 times. (Button #6 in the diagram above.) This will bring you to the Menu.

 

5. Scroll to the option "Device Info" by pressing the Function Button (#6).

6. When "Device Info" is highlighted, press the Power Button (#7) to enter.

7. This will bring up the hotspot information. The first line on the display is the name of the WIFI signal from your hotspot. You will also see the password.

 

8. If you are setting up your Chromebook for the first time, go to the Chromebook Setup instructions now and the Chromebook will ask you for your hotspot wifi information during set up.

 

9. When you are done using the hotspot you can power off the hotspot by holding down the power button (#7).

10. If your Chromebook is already set up go to the WIFI setting on your Chromebook and select the WIFI signal from your hotspot. Once your Chromebook connects to the WIFI signal from the hotspot, you will be prompted to enter the Password. Once you type in the password your Chromebook will connect to your hotspot's WIFI signal and you will be able to get online. For more detailed instructions and pictures of this process view the steps 10-15 in this PDF file.

 

 

Please note that if you received a Jetback from Boston Public Schools, you should not need to follow the below instructions. Your hotspot should be ready to go once turned on. If you have trouble, please call 617-635-8873.

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This is the official manual for the ZTE Hotspot. This is a PDF file which may open in your browser or download to your device.

Jetpack MiFi 8800Li HOTSPOT Instructions

1. Most Jetpacks come with the SIM card and battery already installed! 
If you want to make sure that the battery and sim card are installed remove the back cover. Remove the battery to see the sim card. Insert sim card if needed by sliding it into the Sim Card slot. Align the gold contacts on the battery with the gold contacts on the Jetpack and gently slide the battery into place. Then replace the cover by setting it on the Jetpack where the notches align, then press on the cover until it clicks into place on all sides.

2.  Connect the power cord to the device using the USC-C Port (#4 in the diagram below) and plug it into the outlet. Wait until the battery is completely charged.

3. When the battery is completely charged then hold down the Power Button (button #1 in the diagram above) for 3 seconds to turn the device on.

4. Installation will occur automatically and make take several minutes to complete.

5. When installation is complete you will see the welcome screen. 

6. Tap the information button on the screen.

7. This will bring up the hotspot information. You will see the name of the WIFI signal from your hotspot and the password.

 

8. If you are setting up your Chromebook for the first time, go to the Chromebook Setup instructions now and the Chromebook will ask you for your hotspot wifi information during set up.

9. When you are done using the hotspot you can power off the hotspot by holding down the power button (#1) for 3 seconds.

10. If your Chromebook is already set up go to the WIFI setting on your Chromebook and select the WIFI signal from your hotspot. Once your Chromebook connects to the WIFI signal from the hotspot, you will be prompted to enter the Password. Once you type in the password your Chromebook will connect to your hotspot's WIFI signal and you will be able to get online. For more detailed instructions and pictures of this process view the steps 10-15 in this PDF file.

 

ZOOM

Ask your TGH instructor if they are using Zoom for your course. If they are follow these instructions to download and set up Zoom on your Chromebook. You will need a Meeting ID or Meeting Link from your instructor before you can join the course.

 
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This video will show you how to install the Zoom app on your Chrome Browser and how to log in to your first meeting.

Google Meet

Ask your TGH instructor if they are using Google Meet for your course. If they are follow these instructions to learn how to use Google Meet on any computer, phone or tablet. You will need a Google Meet Link from your instructor before you can join the course.

 

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