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.
Update Mac OS
To update Google applications on Apple computers, Google Software Update may run:
Change when to get updates
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>
<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>
<previous value>is the value from the “read” command above.
To update all Google applications:
- Open Finder.
- At the top, select Go > Go to Folder.
- Enter either of the locations below. If one doesn’t appear, try the other:
- Double click "CheckForUpdatesNow.command".
- In Terminal, wait for the message "[Process completed]"
- Exit Terminal.
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