Last month, a new flag showed up in the Chrome OS that noted “Chrome OS Full Restore.” “Full restore” means user’s applications being restored after shutting down their Chromebook. Enabling the flag creates a new sub-menu in the Chrome OS settings menu labeled “on startup” and as it means, it gives you the option of what you’d like to do when you start your device.
It was first discovered a couple of weeks back and now, the feature flag is partially working in the Canary channel. It prompts to restore your applications when your device powers on. However, clicking restore still does not launch previously opened applications. Still, it is clear that Google is working diligently to get this feature up and running.
This builds on two features of Chrome and Chrome OS that you are already familiar with. When your Chromebook crashes or powers goes down, you’ve probably seen the browser notification that asks if you want to restore your closed tabs. In Chrome for desktop, you can also set your browser to open where you left off when you shut down your device. The full restore feature will take this further by enabling to relaunch every application that you had running when you turned your Chromebook off.
In its current state, “full restore” launches Chrome apps, web apps, and system apps but in the “to-do list” for the feature it is found that Android applications are eventually going to be added. That’s great news for the masses that have opted for Chrome OS and utilize Play Store apps on the regular. Users have the option to disable this feature or they can choose from “always restore” or “ask every time.” There’s still some work to be done on the full restore feature but it is believed that the Chrome OS team will get this one zipped up and ready to ship for the release of Chrome OS 89 in early March.