Google releases a new version of Chrome every two weeks. These updates include new features, bug fixes and most importantly, security updates. To enjoy all these benefits, you must update Google Chrome to the latest version.
Google Chrome is a free download, so you don’t have to pay to keep it up to date. In this article, I will explain how to update Chrome so that you always have the latest version.
Note: I have used screenshots from a MacBook. However, the steps remain the same for Windows 10 and other computers too.
Step 1 – Open Google Chrome
Open Google Chrome. If you are on Windows, open it from your desktop. If you are using macOS, launch it from the launcher or your dock.
Step 2 – Go to Settings
Click the three dots on the top right corner. This is the Settings icon.
Step 3 – Click “Help”
Step 4 – Click “About Chrome”
Step 5 – Let Chrome Download The Update
If there is an update available, Chrome will now download the update. You will see the progress.
Step 6 – Click “Relaunch”
After Google Chrome completes downloading the update, it will install the update. The next step is to restart Chrome. You will see “Relaunch” on the screen. Click Relaunch.
Chrome will restart and show the latest version number. If it is up to date, you will see the following screen:
How to Update Chrome Manually
If something goes wrong with the auto-update, like your office network blocks the download (that happened to me!) you can use this method.
It is simple. Download the offline installer for Chrome and run the .exe file. Follow the prompts, and you are done!
How to Switch to Beta Version
New features show up on the beta channel before they are made available to the general public. To test these new features, you can update Chrome to beta.
Download the beta version from here and install it. Your Google Chrome will be updated to the beta channel.
How to Turn Off Auto Update
It is recommended that you keep the auto-update on. It is important that the browser and all the extensions and plugins you use to stay up to date to avoid any security issues.
Just in case. You can do this, but NOT recommended at all. Here is a short article with instructions.
Update Chrome Extensions Manually
Google Chrome updates extensions also automatically. However, you can always update them manually as explained here.
- Open your extensions page, by clicking on Menu > Extensions or, type chrome://extensions/ in address bar.
- On the right-hand side, click on “Developer Mode”
- Now, Click on “Update Extensions Now”
How to Update Google Chrome Portable
The easiest and straightforward way to upgrade the portable version of Google Chrome is to download the latest version of the app and delete the older one you have.
Google Chrome Update History
There is no way to find update history from within Google Chrome. However, Google has a blog that they update each time there is an update in the Stable, Beta or Dev channels.
Entries on this blog provide details about major changes in the new version and also a link to all the bugs fixed in the version.
You can read about all the previous Google Chrome updates here on the Chrome Releases Blog. You can find the last update to Chrome on the home page of the blog.
Here is another good resource that you can use to see recent updates to Google Chrome across all the platforms. This is supported by the Chromium team.