Chromebooks are designed to store files in the cloud. However, this does not mean that they cannot process local files. If there’s something on your Chromebook that you want to move around using a USB flash drive, we’ll show you how.
First, connect a USB flash drive to your Chromebook. You will see a notification that says “Removable Disk Detected”.
Then click the App Launcher icon in the lower left to see all of the apps on your Chromebook. From there, open the “Files” app.
Find the file you want to copy to your flash drive and right click on it.
Select “Copy” from the context menu.
Now click on your “USB drive” in the left sidebar.
Right-click on an empty space in the USB drive window, then select the Paste option.
If you want to put the file in a folder on the flash drive, first open that folder and then Insert.
Alternatively, you can copy files using drag and drop. Click and hold a file and drag it over your USB drive. Hovering your mouse over the drive for a few seconds will expand it to show all of the folders on the drive. Drop the file to paste it on the drive.
To safely remove the USB flash drive, click the Eject icon and pull out the drive.
That’s all there is to it! Copying files to a USB flash drive on Chromebooks works the same as any other Windows 10 PC or Mac.