Google Chrome updates depend on your platform:
- Google Chrome on Windows and Mac auto-updates itself on a regular basis. The auto-update is performed by Google Update.
- Google Chrome on Linux does not auto-update; it relies on your package manager to update it.
Turning off auto-updates on Windows
To turn off auto-updates of Google Chrome on Windows, you need to instruct Google Update to not update it. To do this, you can either:
- Use the Google Update ADM template, as described in Google Update for Enterprise.
- Set the value of
REG_DWORDvalue of "0".
Turning off auto-updates on Mac
For a Mac network, use Google Software Update to turn off auto-updates.
Turning off auto-updates on Linux
Google Chrome is not auto-updated automatically on Linux; your package manager handles this.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know if there's an auto-update happening soon?
You can subscribe to the Google Chrome release blog, which lists every dev, beta, and stable release of Google Chrome.
- How often do auto-updates happen? How many can I expect this year?
Major version updates to the stable channel of Google Chrome tend to happen about four times a year, although security fixes can come at any time.
- Are there release notes with each version?
The Google Chrome release blog provides an overview about what changed, plus revision logs showing all the fixes made.
- Is there a particular reason to keep auto-updates on?
Yes. Turning off auto-updates means you may miss an update that includes security fixes, leaving your users at risk.
- Can I turn auto-updates back on later?
Yes. Just set the value of the registry key you changed back up to a reasonable number of minutes between update checks (greater than "0").
- How can I update my users without turning auto-updates back on?
You can deploy the latest release for your platform. For more information, choose your platform:
- I need auto-updates turned off so I can test new versions of Google Chrome before everyone else gets them. What do you suggest I do?
- Turn off auto-updates as described above, and push the group policy to your network.
- Watch for updates on the Google Chrome release blog.
- Whenever you see a new version that you want to release, download and deploy the latest version on your test machines. See the previous question for instruction links.
- Do your verification tests.
- Once Google Chrome is certified, deploy the new Chrome to the rest of your network.