Google Chrome foe Windows 8.1 is already here, even before Windows 8.1 operating system itself. This is because the existing version of Google Chrome works fine on Windows 8.1

I recently updated to Windows 8.1 and tested out Google Chrome on it. Yes, it works perfect. I am sharing my experience installing and using Google Chrome on Windows 8.1, in case it helps you.

 Google Chrome for Windows 8.1

Google Chrome for Windows 8.1 – Installation

It is simple. Open up google.com/chrome and download Google Chrome. You should be able to install Google Chrome without any issues. However, there is a chance for the error smart screen cannot be reached now. If you see it, all you need to do is click on “More Info” on that screen and then select “run anyway” . That’s it, Chrome will download the rest of the set up file and install it. If you find any issues doing that you can always download the full set up file and install it.

Detailed installation steps are available here: Windows 8.1 Chrome App Download and Install Instructions.

Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1

 Google Chrome for Windows 8.1

There are couple of ways to do this.

  • Set Chrome Default While Downloading The App
  • After Installation – While Using Chrome
  • From Chrome Settings
  • From Windows 8 Settings

This article explains all these steps in detail: Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1.

How to Enable Metro Mode on Windows 8.1 Google Chrome

Google Chrome team has added the Windows 8.1 feature, metro mode to Google Chrome. You can easily launch Google Chrome in Metro Mode and relaunch in normal mode easily.

  1. Click the Chrome menu  Google Chrome for Windows 8.1.
  2. Select Relaunch Chrome on the desktop or Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode.

Read the article Chrome Metro Mode on Windows 8.1 – How To Enable and Disable.

How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

You can pin a secondary tile to the Start Screen that takes you to a site directly.

  1. Go to the site you’d like to use.
  2. Click the Chrome menu  Google Chrome for Windows 8.1.
  3. Select Bookmarks Pin this page to Start Screen.

To move the tile, click and hold the tile, then drag it to a new position.

To unpin, right click the tile and select Unpin from start.

If you have Google Chrome apps installed, they can be added to Windows 8.1’s metro screen as well, just like any other Windows 8.1 app. Here is a tutorial on how to do it: How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen.