WARNING: First of all, I want to make it clear that anything you do on your Chromebook that involves opening the chassis will void your warranty. If you’re having trouble with your trackpad and don’t want to lose your manufacturer’s warranty, this process isn’t for you. If, however, you have a reason to make hardware adjustments to your Chromebook and aren’t affected by warranty issues, this video might be for you.
For many years, I was a bit of a trackpad snob. Favoring glass surfaces and sturdy click mechanisms, too often I find that Chromebooks don’t quite have the right feel. Usually this manifests in the trackpad hinge being configured a bit oddly and resulting in what I call a floating trackpad. When the spring-loaded trackpad hinge mechanism pushes too hard on the surface, it creates a scenario where there is movement in the trackpad before it engages the buttons below. This means that users feel a kind of double click every time they press the trackpad. And that drives me crazy.
For many Chromebooks, there’s a simple fix that can be done under the hood and with a bit of tweaking you can dial in the trackpad action and have a much more solid feel under your fingers. If this is something you’ve dealt with that frustrates you, we’ve put together a video on how to fix it in many Chromebooks. Some devices have a slightly different internal configuration, so it won’t work on every Chromebook. In my experience, however, this procedure will work on most devices.
While it is almost impossible to write this process in words alone, it is fairly straightforward to accomplish. This is why we made the video and I strongly encourage you to watch it when you are able to watch the whole process and maybe try it for yourself. You will need a good set of screwdrivers, a prying tool, and a little patience. With a few small tweaks, your trackpad can be much more enjoyable to use, and in the end, you’ll only be left for about 20 minutes.
Again, I can’t stress enough that if all of this makes you wonder if you really need to take your Chromebook apart, you probably shouldn’t. This will 100% void your warranty and if something else should go wrong on your Chromebook, you are out of luck. If you don’t really mind, however, I encourage you to give this a try to really fine-tune the feel of your trackpad. If you have one floating around, you’ll be very glad you took the time to do so.