How do I update Chrome OS, is a question asked by most of the new Chromebook users. It is normal, because most of them come from Windows, OS X or Linux, and all of them push updates here and there. Some update when they feel like, and others maintain regular update cycles.
Chrome OS has a regular update cycle. You will receive an update every 6 weeks. Do you have to update every six weeks? No!
Because Chrome OS updates automatically and you do not have to do anything.
Yes, Chrome OS downloads and updates your Chromebook in the background. The update is applied when you restart your Chromebook next time. You will see a “restart required” icon when the update is ready to install.
Release Channels – Stable, Beta and Dev
Chrome OS has three release channels similar to Chrome browser. The stable channel is what all of us get by default and yes, it is the stable version 🙂
Beta is where they test new features with the help of a larger user base who opt-in to this channel. Dev channel is more experimental. You will get latest features before they are released but you are likely to see some bugs as well.
Switching Release Channels on your Chromebook
Now that you know about the different release channels, here is how to change to different release channels.
- Go to Settings and click Help
- Click More Info
- From the drop down list, select the channel of your choice
- Restart your Chromebook, come back to the same location and check the channel.
Note: Some users have reported that it takes a while for the channel change to reflect. So don’t panic!
Hope I answered the question for you! More Chromebook questions and answers here.