Notify users to restart to apply pending updates

Applies to managed Chrome Browsers and Chrome devices.

As a Chrome Enterprise administrator, you can set policies to tell users that they need to restart their device running Chrome OS or relaunch Chrome Browser to apply pending updates.

Step 1: Review policies

You can set one or more of the following policies:

Policy Description and settings

RelaunchNotification

Tells users to relaunch Chrome Browser or restart their device running Chrome OS to get the latest update. Choose one of the options:

  • Relaunch recommended—Users can close the notification and keep using the old version of Chrome Browser or Chrome OS until they choose to relaunch Chrome Browser or restart their Chrome device.
  • Relaunch required—Users can close the notification but will see a recurring message that Chrome Browser will automatically relaunch or their Chrome device will restart after a certain time. Use the RelaunchNotificationPeriod policy to set the relaunch time (details below).

Unset: On the toolbar, the More icon More changes to indicate that an update is available but users aren't forced to relaunch.

RelaunchNotificationPeriod

Sets the time period, in milliseconds (ms), that a user is repeatedly notified to relaunch Chrome Browser or restart their Chrome device to apply an update.

Unset: The default time period is:

  • Chrome devices—345,600,000 ms (4 days)
  • Chrome Browser—604,800,000 ms (7 days)

Step 2: Set the policies

Windows

Applies to Windows users who sign in to a managed account on Chrome Browser.

Using Group Policy

In the Group Policy Management Editor (Computer or User Configuration folder):

  1. Go to Policiesand thenAdministrative Templates and thenGoogleand then Google Chrome
  2. Turn on Notify a user that a browser relaunch or device restart is recommended or required.
    Tip: If you don’t see this policy, download the latest policy template.
    Leaving this policy Not Configured uses the Unset behavior described above.
  3. Set an option:
    • Show a recurring prompt to the user indicating that a relaunch is required
    • Show a recurring prompt to the user indicating that a relaunch is recommended
  4. (Optional) To set the notification period:
    1. Turn on Set the time period for update notifications.
      Leaving this policy Not Configured uses the Unset behavior described above.
    2. Click Set the time period for update notifications.
    3. Enter the number of milliseconds for the notification period and click Apply.
  5. Deploy the update to your users.

Mac

Applies to Mac users who sign in to a managed account on Chrome Browser.
 In your Chrome policy configuration profile (.plist file):
  1. Add or update the following keys: 
    • Set the <RelaunchNotification> key to <integer>value</integer>, where value is 1 (relaunch recommended) or 2 (relaunch required).
    • Set the <RelaunchNotificationPeriod> key to <integer>value</integer>, where value is the number of milliseconds for the notification period.
  2. Deploy the change to your users. 

The example shows how to:

  • Repeatedly notify users to relaunch Chrome Browser or restart their Chrome device to get the latest update
  • Automatically relaunch Chrome Browser and restart Chrome devices after 5 days (432,000,000 ms),  if users have not already done so
<key>RelaunchNotification</key>
<dict>
   <integer>2</integer>
</dict>
<key>RelaunchNotificationPeriod</key>
<dict>
   <integer>432000000</integer>
</dict>

Linux

Applies to Linux users who sign in to a managed account on Chrome Browser.
Using your preferred JSON file editor:
  1. Go to your /etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed folder.
  2. Create or update a JSON file.
  3. Set RelaunchNotification to 1 (relaunch recommended) or 2 (relaunch required).
  4. Set RelaunchNotificationPeriod to the number of milliseconds for the notification period.
  5. Deploy the update to your users.

The example shows how to:

  • Repeatedly notify users to relaunch Chrome Browser or restart their Chrome device to get the latest update
  • Automatically relaunch Chrome Browser and restart Chrome devices after 5 days (432,000,000 ms),  if users haven’t already done so

{
  "RelaunchNotification": 2
}
{
   "RelaunchNotificationPeriod": 432000000 
}

 Step 3: Verify policies on user devices

After you apply any Chrome policies, users need to relaunch Chrome Browser or restart their device for the settings to take effect. Then, check users’ devices to make sure the policy is correct.

  1. On a managed device, go to chrome://policy.
  2. Click Reload policies.
  3. Check the Show policies with no value set box.
  4. For RelaunchNotification and  RelaunchNotificationPeriod, make sure Status is set to OK and the policy values match what you set in the policy.
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