Control Auto-updates

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.
Warning: Use caution when turning off auto-updates. You might not receive the latest security updates if you disable auto-updates.

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 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.

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.
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