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How to update Chrome

This guide will step you through the process of updating your Google Chrome web browser.

Chrome auto-updates itself, and that's awesome

Google's Chrome web browser was the first web browser to provide automatic updates. This was something of a revolution, because prior to this, it was the user's responsibility to update their web browser. This usually meant that only the most vigilant and technically savvy users had up to date web browsers.

Having an up to date web browser is vital to having a safe and fully-featured web experience and Chrome's auto-update feature facilitates this very easily.

In most cases - actually, unless you have specifically disabled it - Chrome will check for updates every couple of hours and automatically update itself.

What if Chrome is not already auto-updating?

If you are being told that Chrome is out of date (our homepage will tell you if Chrome is out of date) then in most cases you just need to wait a few hours and Chrome will auto update itself.

If this doesn't occur, it's possible that:

  • Your computer's firewall is preventing Chrome from checking if there are updates
  • Your employer has blocked Chrome from auto-updating
  • You (or someone else) has configured your Chrome to not auto-update

Fixing these issues is beyond the scope of this article; these situations are typically rare.

Updating Chrome

This guide will show you how to manually trigger Chrome to check for updates and install them if they are found.

The screenshots below are taken from Mac OS X, but the process is the same on Windows.

Simply opening the "About Chrome" interface is enough to trigger Chrome to check for updates and download them if there are any found.

  1. Click the "Chrome" menu

    Screenshot showing the location of the Chrome menu

    This will reveal a menu with lots of options. One of them will be named "About Google Chrome".

  2. Click "About Google Chrome"

    Screenshot of the Chrome menu - click the 'About Google Chrome' menu item

    You will be taken to the About page for Chrome.

  3. Chrome will automatically check for updates

    Screenshot showing the 'About Chrome' dialog - the update section is already checking for updates

    Chrome tells you "Updating Google Chrome..." while it checks for a newer version.

  4. If Chrome finds updates, it will automatically download them - Click "Relaunch" to install them

    Screenshot showing that you need to relaunch Chrome to apply the updates

    Chrome tells you "Updating Google Chrome..." while it checks for a newer version of Chrome (and downloads it if one is found).

  5. When Chrome relaunches, you should be running the latest version

    Screenshot indicating that Google Chrome is up to date

    Chrome now tells you "Google Chrome is up to date".

Congratulations, you have now ensured that your copy of Chrome is up to date.

In normal circumstances, Chrome will keep itself up to date automatically - if for some reason Chrome didn't update itself, please speak to your IT Support team for further help.

Looking for guides to update other web browsers?

Here are some guides to update other web browsers like Safari or Firefox.

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