How to Delete Read-only images on Chromebook


Like many computers, Chromebooks have read-only files that you can’t delete. The purpose of these files is to make sure that the computer itself can always access them, even if the Chromebook loses power or crashes. 

However, there are times when you need to get rid of these files, such as if you don’t want your kids to access certain images or when you want to free up space on your hard drive. 

To remove read-only images on a Chromebook, follow these steps.

How to delete images on Chromebook

1. Open your Chromebook 

2. Go to the left bottom corner of your screen, View all your Apps

3. From the apps, select the “Files” app.

4. Choose the Image you want to delete

5. Right-click on the image you want to delete

6. Select “Delete” from the displayed list.

7. Confirm “Delete” in the pop-up window.

How to delete read-only images on Chromebook

On ChromeOS, images and files in the “Recent”, “Images”, “Videos”, and “Audio” folders are shown read-only. 

Whenever you try to delete images in these folders, the “delete” option from right-click are greyed out, which means you won’t be able to delete them.

The files in “Recent”“Audio”, “Images”, etc, are normally stored somewhere. That’s why it is impossible to delete them from these folders.

Follow these steps to delete those images permanently:

  • First, go to the image/file you want to delete (Recent, Images, Audio, or Video folders).
  • Select the image you want to delete.
  • Right-click on it.
  • From the displayed window, select “Go to file location.”
  • It will take you to the location of that image or file.
  • Select the file and right-click on it.
  • Select “Delete” (this time the delete option is available and not greyed out)

How to delete read-only files on Android Management

If the above method didn’t help you delete your read-only files or images from the Chromebook, follow these steps below to delete them:

  • Go to Android Management to get started.
  • Choose the files/images you want to delete.
  • Choose the file
  • Select a storage location
  • Click “Delete” the file.

How to delete a read-only file by name Searching

  • From (Recent, Images, Audio or Video Folders)
  • Remember the name of the file or image you want to delete.
  • Go to the “Google Drive” or “Download” section on your Chromebook.
  • Click on the “Search icon” on top of your screen.
  • Type the name of the file/image you want to delete.
  • Select the file/image and tap on “Delete” at the top of your screen.


I have provided more than three methods on how to delete read-only images on your Chromebook. All the steps are easy, neat, and easily understood by a beginner. 

If you find any problems deleting your read-only image, reach out to me in the comment section below and I will help you out.

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