Chromebooks are geared towards storing files in the cloud, but that doesn’t mean they can’t handle local files. If there’s something on your Chromebook that you want to move with a USB flash drive, we’ll show you how.
Google’s early promotion with Chromebooks was to encourage “cloud computing”. The idea is that your file storage will not be reliable on hardware. However, as Chromebooks become more and more used like “regular” computers, local storage becomes more important. Sometimes, there is no substitute for a trusted USB thumb drive.
First, plug a USB flash drive into your Chromebook. You will see a notification that says “Removable Device Detected.”
Next, click the “Application Launcher” icon in the lower left corner to see all the apps on your Chromebook. From there, open the “Files” apps.
Find the file you want to copy to your flash drive and right click on it.
Select “Copy” from the context menu.
Now, click your “USB Drive” on the left sidebar.
Right-click on an empty space in the USB Drive window and then select the “Paste” option.
If you want to put files in a folder on a flash drive, first open that folder and then paste it.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop to copy files. Click and hold the file and drag it over your USB Drive. If you hover over the drive for a few seconds, it will expand to reveal any folders on the drive. Drop files to paste them on the drive.
Finally, to safely remove the USB flash drive, click the “Eject” icon and remove the drive.
That’s all there is to it! Copying files to a USB flash drive on a Chromebook works the same as on any other Windows 10 PC or Mac.