Control auto-updates in Chrome

To make sure your users always have the latest and best version of Google Chrome, Chrome automatically updates their computers with feature and security updates. If you want to try new versions of Chrome before your users do, you can turn off auto-updates and update their computers manually.

If you turn off auto-updates, your users might not receive the latest security updates and be left at risk.

Using auto-updates

Not available on Linux

Updates depend on your platform:

  • Windows and Mac: Google Chrome auto-updates itself using Google Update.
  • Linux: Google Chrome doesn't auto-update. You use your package manager to update Chrome.
How often auto-updates occur
Major version updates to the stable channel of Google Chrome tend to happen about four times a year. Security fixes can happen at any time.
Learn about upcoming updates and see what changed
Visit or subscribe to the Google Chrome release blog. This blog lists each version of Google Chrome, including an overview of changes and revision logs of fixes.

Turn off auto-updates


To turn off auto-updates of Google Chrome on Windows, tell Google Update to not update Chrome in one of the following ways:

  • Use the Google Update ADM template.
  • In the Windows Registry, set the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\UpdateDefault to the REG_DWORD value of "0".

For more information, see Manage Chrome browser updates on Windows.


For a Mac network, use Google Software Update to turn off auto-updates.


Google Chrome is not auto-updated automatically on Linux. Instead, use your package manager to update Chrome.

When auto-updates are off

Update users manually 
When auto-updates are turned off, you can deploy the latest version of Chrome manually. For details, choose your platform:
Test new versions of Chrome before users gets them
  1. Turn off auto-updates as described above.
  2. Push the group policy to your network.
  3. Watch for updates on the Google Chrome release blog.
  4. When you see a new version that you want to use, download and deploy the latest version on your test machines. See the previous question for links to instructions.
  5. Do your verification tests.
  6. Once Google Chrome is certified, deploy the new Chrome to the rest of your network.
Turn auto-updates back on

Windows: Set the value of the registry key from 0 to a reasonable number of minutes between update checks (greater than "0").

Mac: Use Google Software Update to turn updates back on.

Linux: Auto-updates aren't available on Linux computers so you can't turn them back on.

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