Most versions of Google Earth and Google Earth Pro will be automatically updated as newer versions become available. This ensures that our users have the most up-to-date and trouble-free Google Earth experience possible. Likewise, Google Earth will only auto-update to a new version once it is no longer in beta.
Note: Linux versions of Google Earth aren't automatically updated
Depending on your system configuration or personal preference, you may wish to install an earlier version of Google Earth. Please note that you will need to completely uninstall a newer version of Google Earth in order to install an earlier version onto your machine. Likewise, if you install version 5.2 or later and don’t wish to receive automatic updates, you’ll need to use the advanced download page.
Google Earth (free version) Direct Installer Links
Google Earth Pro Direct Installer Links
There is a current known issue with auto updates that occasionally causes the Google Earth desktop icon to disappear. If you suddenly cannot find Google Earth on your desktop please run the "Icon Restorer Application" found in this help center article.