Install Guide

Manual steps in Chrome OS

Download CloudReady

Before starting the manual USB creation process, you must download the .zip file that contains CloudReady.  Start by downloading the CloudReady .zip file to your standard downloads folder, not a USB device.  


  • If you are a current CloudReady customer, or have already signed up for a trial, download the .zip file from my.neverware.com on the Downloads tab. 
  • You can start a 3 week trial of the Education or Enterprise Editions of CloudReady, totally free, by signing up at try.neverware.com. After signing up, you'll be able to download the .zip file from my.neverware.com.
  • If you are an individual user and don't need support or management, download the .zip file for our free Home Edition here.


This guide assumes that you have downloaded your image and that it is in your Downloads folder.

Unzip the CloudReady file


1.  Make sure the CloudReady file you downloaded (ending in .zip) is in your Downloads folder or a similar location on your Chromebook’s internal storage.

2. Double click the zip file so that it shows as a folder on the left-hand side of your Files app.
3. Click the zip file on the left hand side of your Files app, and copy the “.bin” file inside to your Downloads folder. This may take a few minutes depending on the performance of your Chromebook. One the .bin file is in your Downloads folder, you are ready to create a CloudReady USB installer!
Install and launch the Chromebook Recovery Utility


Download and add the Chromebook Recovery Utility extension to your Chrome browser:

Chromebook Recovery Utility Add to Chrome
You must have this extension installed to create a CloudReady installer.
1. Locate the blue "Add to Chrome" button on the top right hand corner of the page.
2. The Chromebook Recovery Utility will be installed in your browser, and will show up on the Apps launcher.
Create the USB Installer
1. Launch the app and click on the blue Get Started button.
2. Locate the gray gear icon on the top right of the window.
3. Click the gray gear icon and choose Use local image.
4. Locate the CloudReady zip file you downloaded and follow the instructions on the screen. When prompted, insert your 8GB or 16GB USB flash drive. During the process, it is normal for the utility to show unusual percentages.
5. When the process is completed, remove the USB flash drive from your computer. Your USB flash drive is now a CloudReady installer, and is ready to use!