Update Google applications

Keep your Google applications up to date to make sure you have the most stable and secure versions. The update process will depend on your operating system.

Update Windows OS

To update applications like Google Chrome and Google Earth, Windows uses Google Update. You won't see any new windows, but "GoogleUpdate.exe" will run.

Google Update, or Omaha, also checks when an update is available.

Learn how to fix Google Update problems.

Update Mac OS

To update Google applications on Apple computers, Google Software Update may run:

  • GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent
  • GoogleSoftwareUpdateDaemon

Change when to get updates

Change how many update checks you get

To change when to get updates, paste the code into the Terminal.

If the updates are a temporary change, note your current settings first:

$ defaults read com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval

To change how often Google Software Update checks for updates:

$ defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval <frequency>

where <frequency> is the elapsed time in seconds between checks.

Note: The maximum interval is 24 hours.

To change back to your previous settings:

$ defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval <previous value>

where <previous value> is the value from the “read” command above.
Make the updates yourself

To update all Google applications:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. At the top, select Go > Go to Folder.
  3. Enter either of the locations below. If one doesn’t appear, try the other:
    • /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/
    • ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/
  4. Double click "CheckForUpdatesNow.command".
  5. In Terminal, wait for the message "[Process completed]"
  6. Exit Terminal.
You may also see a window appear for Google Software Update.


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