When will my Chromebook stop being supported?

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Google advertises the Chromebook as the “always-new” computer. A laptop that updates automatically, for free, and doesn’t need long installations in order to stay updated. Is a Chromebook really “always new”, though? Does these laptops ever reach a point in which they are simply too old? Of course.

These will stay fresh and updated for longer, but that doesn’t mean Chromebooks don’t have an expiration date. As Google tries to improve the web and making Chrome more independent, Chrome’s functions will start being more demanding. The web will become more hardware intensive and certain apps will require more power.

As we know, Google is working on native app adoption for Chrome OS. Even if current Chromebooks were supported until the end of times, they will reach a point in which they can’t handle the improved web of the future. It’s simply the way technology works.

When will my Chromebook reach its end of life?

As it turns out, not only does Google know these computers will reach their end, but they can tell you when. Here are the dates:

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Be sure to remember these dates are estimates for now, unless the date shows a small “2” next to it. This means only the Samsung Series 5 will reach its EOL (End of Life) on said date, which is January 2016.

It’s also important to note that, for now, these only apply to Chrome OS for Enterprise and Education customers. We can assume EOL dates will be similar for regular consumers, but only time will tell.

You mean my Chromebook is no good?!

Not at all. If we base it on the approximated dates above, most Chromebooks have a lifetime of about 4 years. That is not bad at all, and it’s far longer than I have ever kept any computer.

Most people don’t keep computers for that long, unless they buy a super high-end laptop that they want to use get all the juice out of. Unless you are buying a Chromebook Pixel, though, you are not spending much on a Chromebook.

These are some of the most affordable computers out there. We say keeping them updated for about 4 years is more than fair. What so you think?

Thanks, Jorge!

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  • Na7noo7

    Phew. The mighty CR-48 Is always alive.

  • revone

    I don’t like being told when to dispose of my goods. I was going to buy a chromebook for my mother, now, I’m seriously rethinking that idea.

  • Deep_Freeze

    “Most people don’t keep computers for that long (4 years)…” What??? Everybody I know, who spends their own hard-earned money on a personal computer, keeps their computer longer than 4 years! While it is true that Chromebooks are generally less expensive, and likely have some effective life span, arguing that consumers generally replace computing devices every 4 years is flawed logic. I will grant that smaller, personal devices (i.e. smartphones, tablets, and perhaps even chromebooks) are often purchased with a shorter life expectancy than, say, Windows or Mac computers. But the equal comparison between the distinct devices is unwarranted.

  • Peri Boob

    I hate the idea of a machine just dying. It is a little different in that the CB is essentially a dumb terminal, and all my data would be on Google Prime somewhere. But while I get a new computer ~every 2 years, I still have W2k server running as my daily LAN backup, and a WinNT machine that I crank up occasionally. I dont USE the XP machines much, but they are there in case I need a refresher on how something used to work. It is going to take a serious adjustment to become comfortable being told that a computer is going to expire.

  • Jonathan th

    Nobody is telling you you have to dispose of it. This is when it will stop receiving updates, is all. It will remain just as functional as the last update for as long as you care to keep it.

  • McKay tennis

    It won’t just “die”. It will stop receiving updates is all.

  • Peri Boob

    That is a little better. I dont have a Chromebook yet, so I cant test it out–what happens if you disconnect from the internet? Still have a reasonable amount of basic functions running local? With old PCs it is possible to have a fully functional computer running on a LAN with little need for updates.

  • Jan Studebaker

    Microsoft will offer Mainstream Consumer Support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product (N+1) is released, whichever is longer. Extended Support is not offered for Consumer and Multimedia products. Products that release new versions annually, such as Microsoft Money, Microsoft Encarta, Microsoft Picture It!, and Microsoft Streets & Trips, will receive a minimum of 3 years of Mainstream Support from the product’s date of availability. Most products will also receive at least 8 years of online self-help support. Microsoft Xbox games are currently not included in the Support Lifecycle policy.

  • Efjay

    4 years! What crap, my MacBook was bought in 2008 and still going strong. My mother in law’s laptop (the kind of people they are targeting at) bought hers in 2002 and is still running great. This will disappoint a LOT of people, no wonder they are being fairly quiet about this, it’s the first I’ve ever read about it. Just as well Linux works on Chromebooks.

  • Efjay

    Google Calendar, Google Drive (with office functions) can be set to work offline. There is an offline version of Gmail and for other stuff look for offline apps on the Chrome Web Store.

  • tawster

    4 years is plenty. And comparable to other manufacturers and software vendors.

    Many folks keep their computers far longer than 4 years (only really the “money’ed” folks churn them over every 3 years). But it is completely reasonable and normal for update and service to end in that timeframe even if folks tend to continue to use them until they die.

    But, as computers drop in price, and geez! $200 to $400 computers are a fraction of what we used to pay, right? Even compared to just a few years ago. Computers have become more “disposable”. Folks will be more apt to move onto the next thing in a few years.

  • Spud

    Google needs to define the security update lifetime. Sure, I can see not getting new features, but security updates stopping after 4 years is unacceptable. Most people aren’t going to buy right ‘on launch date’ so its more like 3 years. I will not recommend a chrome book until security updates are guaranteed as much time as microsoft does.

  • ipcore

    chromebook users = pwnd by google

  • norcal1953

    7 years would be better. Especially since Google mandates the hardware as part of Chromebook certification/approval. MSFT does much better than 4 years! Linux is forever… (you can replace with the newer distro).

  • norcal1953

    At a minimum it should be 4 years from last sale date of the hardware (from the manufacturer, not resellers).

  • AP f’n S

    True statement, but eventually it goes the way of 98 and you can no longer get updated web browsers and such…i had a 98 machine [my 1st actual PC] which is still alive physically but it got where you couldnt get browsers for it? I guess it wouldve been ok to just run to remember how it was? or work on stuff you could still do on it? i eventually upgraded it to XP Pro but it ran very slowly because you couldnt upgrade its memory ..it was a starter pc! an HP bought in 1999! I guess it still powers on? havent touched it in a while…

  • A trap if you buy a second hand chromebook. It is a pitifully User-Hostile policy of planned obsolescence by Google. Google is money-grabbing and not a customer-service company.

  • And therefore become a security risk

  • What nonsense. Any operating system that stops receiving updates equates to an operating system that turns into a IT Security Risk. It will not remain just as functional – it will increasingly become a liability.