In this article we will learn about bulk re-enable chrome devices. The Bulk Re-Enable Chrome Devices feature provides administrators with a convenient and efficient way to re-enable multiple Chrome devices within their organization. It's especially helpful if devices disabled due to security concerns or other reasons and need to brought back online quickly.

By streamlining the re-enabling process, administrators can save valuable time and effort, ensuring that devices are up and running again with minimal disruption.

The Importance of Streamlining Device Management

  • Streamlining device management enables administrators to easily deploy, configure, and monitor a large number of devices from a central location. It eliminates the need for manual setup and individual device management, saving valuable time and reducing the risk of errors.
  • Efficient device management is essential for any organization. It not only saves time and resources but also enhances security, improves user experience, and increases overall productivity. There is a growing use of Chrome devices in various industries and sectors, making device management more important than ever.

Understanding Bulk Re-Enabling Chrome Devices

Administrators can easily enable a large number of disabled or deactivated Chrome devices by bulk re-enabling them. Devices can reset, reconfigured, or repurposed quickly using this feature.

When a Chrome device is disabled, it becomes inactive and cannot used until it is re-enabled. This can happen due to various reasons such as device maintenance, software updates, or security concerns. Bulk re-enabling allows administrators to reactivate multiple devices simultaneously, saving time and effort. When to disable a device

Why do we need to bulk re-enable Chrome devices?

Re-enabling a chrome device means setting it back to a Provisioned Status from a disabled device. Different situations would require the Google Workspace Admin to re-enable a device. Some of the situations are mentioned below:

  • Chrome Devices returned after repairs.
  • Devices that have undergone a Factory Reset for some reason. Factory Resetting a device deletes all user information from its hard drive.
  • In case the Chrome device has been stolen and then rescued. After it has been handed over to the user, it needs to be re-enabled.
  • Disabling a device unnecessarily due to a technical fault or lack of sincerity.

All the cases mentioned above require the Chrome devices to be re-enabled. Many educational institutions and health sectors provided their services through Chromebook when Covid-19 was raging on. So, it becomes absolutely inevitable to re-enable Chrome Devices when these professionals or students return to their organization. At the same time being aware of the Chrome OS device management also helps your case.

Benefits of Bulk Re-Enabling Chrome Devices

Bulk re-enabling of Chrome devices offers several benefits for organizations and businesses:

  • Firstly, it saves time by automating the process of re-enabling devices. Instead of manually enabling each device one by one, administrators can select multiple devices and re-enable them in a single action.
  • Secondly, bulk re-enabling improves efficiency by reducing the overall downtime of devices. Instead of waiting for individual devices to be re-enabled, administrators can bring a large number of devices back online simultaneously. 
  • Furthermore, bulk re-enabling allows administrators to maintain better control over device management. By having the ability to quickly re-enable devices, administrators can ensure that all devices are up-to-date with the latest software updates, security patches, and configuration settings.

Step-by-Step Guide to Bulk Re-Enabling Chrome Devices

Bulk re-enabling Chrome devices can be done in a few simple steps:

  1. Log in to your Admin Console.
  2. Navigate to the "Devices" section, which lists all the Chrome devices registered under your management.
  3. Select the devices that you want to re-enable. 
  4. Once you have selected the devices, click on the "Actions" button and choose the "Re-enable" option.
  5. Confirm your selection and proceed with the re-enabling process.
  6. The selected devices will be re-enabled and ready for use.

By following these steps, you can quickly and easily bulk re-enable Chrome devices, saving time and effort in the process. Source

Best Practices for Efficient Device Management

While bulk re-enabling Chrome devices can streamline the device management process, it is important to follow some best practices to ensure optimal efficiency. Here are a few tips to help you manage your Chrome devices efficiently:

  • Regularly update and maintain your device management console to ensure compatibility with the latest Chrome OS updates.
  • Set up device groups and apply policies to specific groups instead of individual devices to simplify management and ensure consistency.
  • Use automation tools to automate routine tasks such as device enrollment, configuration, and software updates.
  • Regularly monitor device usage and performance to identify any issues or anomalies and take proactive measures to address them.

By following these best practices, you can streamline your device management process, improve efficiency, and ensure a secure and well-maintained device environment. Source

How to Bulk Re-enable Chrome Devices with Foresight

The main advantage of using Foresight is that it allows thousands of devices to be bulk disabled at a time. Google Admin, on the other hand, performs this task only for a limited number of devices at a time.

Also, Foresight uses different triggers and actions to perform tasks automatically and quickly. Hence, it's time safe and helps to extend production.

Video demo

This video demo shows you the procedure of using Foresight to bulk Re-enable chrome devices so that you can understand it very well.


  • Rule Setup

Let us set up this rule. Suppose we are an organization's classroom in Google Workspace. There you can see the chrome devices from the Admin console. Now, you can find the devices from the Grade 1 organization unit. Each device is provides a Status, making it easy to identify a Deprovisioned device. Deprovisioning means the organization does not allow or authorize them.

So, your task is to Re-enable those devices.

In this example, we use 50 devices for demonstration purposes. However, in a real-life business scenario, the quantity can be in thousands.

Let's jump into the process of how Foresight makes it easy for us!

We divide this process into two parts:

  • Part 1: Exporting Chrome devices in CSV (Comma-Separated Values) list from the Grade 1 Organization unit.
  • Part 2: Re-enabling the Chrome devices via exported CSV files.

Here, am discussing them in detail-

  • Process for Part 1
  1. Sign in to your Foresight account using your Google Admin account.
  2. Go to the Rules page and click on the New rule button button in the bottom right corner.Rule setup
  3. Select the Manual trigger and then list chrome devices action. List Chrome Devices appears by searching with the keyword ‘device’, manually. The manual trigger starts by manually clicking on the Rules card.Rule SetupRule Setup
  4. Follow these steps:
    1. At first, the step required is to grant permission to access the Google Workspace account by Foresight.Rule Setup
    2. Then set up the Columns field by leaving the default columns and select /students/Grade 1 in the Organizational unit field. And just leave the rest of the fields.Rule Setup
    3. Click on REVIEW button, and enter the rule name. Then click on CREATE.Rule Setup
    4. Now, you have created the rule for the Grade 1 chrome devices list. You need to click on the play icon to trigger the rule.Rule Setup
    5. After that, you will see a notification in the top right corner saying the rule setup executed successfully. Click on SHOW ALL to view all the results. Additionally you can see the results on the Logs page.Rule Setup
    6. Finally, the rule is triggered successfully and 50 Chrome devices exported to the CSV file. You can find the download link for the CSV file in the Action history section.Rule Setup    
  • Part 2 Re-enabling the Chrome devices via exported CSV files.
  1. Sign in to Foresight.
  2. Go to the Rules page and click on the New Rule New rule button button in the bottom right corner.Rule Setup
  3. Follow these steps here.
    1. Then select the Data uploaded trigger from the New Rule page and upload the CSV file. After uploading the CSV file, you can find the columns of the CSV.Rule SetupRule SetupRule Setup
    2. Then click on NEXT and select Re-enable Chrome device action from Select an Action.Rule Setup
  4. Follow these steps here.
    1. Grant the necessary permissions to the Foresight account.
    2. Then you need to select the ID in the Device id field and click on the REVIEW button.Rule Setup
    3. Enter the rule name as Re-enable Chrome Devices in Grade 1. Then click on CREATE.Rule Setup
    4. You have now created this rule, and it's time to upload the same CSV file again by clicking the upload icon.Rule Setup
  5. Follow these steps here:
    1. Whenever you upload the CSV file, the rule will run automatically. After that, a notification in the top right corner will appear, indicating the processing of the CSV file. Click on Show all options to view all the results. Additionally, you can view the result in the Logs page.Rule Setup
    2. Once you upload the CSV file, it triggers the rule and re-enables the devices.
    3. Finally, you can observe the status of all devices have been changed to the Provisioned at Admin console page. That means all the devices are accessible now.Rule Setup


Bulk re-enable of Chrome devices takes some vital actions to performed. They are-

  • The re-enabled devices get back all the Chrome licenses, but you have to ensure that the device has an upgraded version.
  • Now, the user can sign-in again with the chrome device.
  • Returns Chromebook serial number, location, and user information.
  • This device returns the printer setup.

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Streamlining device management is crucial for businesses and organizations to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity. Chrome device management, with its bulk re-enabling feature, offers a powerful solution to manage and control a large number of Chrome devices from a central location.

Foresight the right tools and software, and overcoming common challenges, administrators can successfully implement bulk re-enabling and reap the benefits of streamlined device management.

So, if you're looking to improve your device management process, consider adopting Chrome device management and explore the power of bulk re-enabling. It's time to optimize your device management and take your organization's productivity to new heights with the Foresight Automation tool.

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