The Chromium bug tracker is not just a home for users and developers to track and resolve Chromium related issues. For many it is a place to submit feature requests and is often the gateway to said features becoming reality.
One such feature we’ve come across is what appears to be a user asking for the addition of a “safe mode” for Chrome OS. In other systems, such as Windows and Android, safe mode allows users to boot their operating system in a diagnostic mode to identify and fix possible software issues.
Currently there are several situations a user can get into which can prevent them from using their device effectively. Finch experiments, flags, bad apps/extensions, bad settings, etc.
We’ve covered the different methods by which Chrome OS can be reset and how extensions can sometimes create headaches for users. The inclusion of a safe mode would be another addition to your Chromebook’s already very secure OS and possibly give us another way to fix system issues without having to fully reset or powerwash our device.
We want to be able to provide a way for a user to log in, with everything disabled and just the stock Chrome browser experience. In this mode, they can reset their settings, remove apps/extensions, and do various things to recover their normal session.
The submission, created last October, looks to be getting some attention from developers as of late. Whether or not safe mode actually becomes a thing for Chrome OS remains to be seen. We will keep a close on on this and who knows, we may see it implemented in a future update of Chrome OS.
What do you think? Do Chromebooks need a Safe Mode feature?