Update Google Chrome

To make sure that you're protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available.

When are updates available

Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your browser. However, if you haven't closed your browser in a while you might see the Chrome menu on the browser change colour to green Update Chrome, orange Sync error or red . If you see green that means an update has been available for 2 days, orange – 4 days and red – 7 or more days. To apply an available update, just follow the steps below.

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Update Google Chrome.
  3. In the confirmation dialogue that appears, click Restart. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time that you restart your browser, the update will automatically be applied.

Windows 8 users: Make sure that you close all Chrome windows and tabs on the desktop and Windows 8 app, then relaunch Chrome to apply the update.

More information for Mac and Linux users

  • Mac users: You can also set up automatic browser updates for all users of your computer if Google Chrome is installed in your Applications folder. Go to the "About Google Chrome" dialogue and look for the Set Up Automatic Updates for All Users button. If it's available, click the button and authenticate to set up automatic updates.
  • Linux users: Use your package manager to update Google Chrome.

Check for update manually and see the current browser version

Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar and select About Google Chrome. The current version number is the series of numbers beneath the "Google Chrome" heading. Chrome will check for updates when you're on this page. Click Relaunch to apply any available update.

More information

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might choose whether you can update Chrome, in which case you won’t see an option to update Chrome. Learn about using a managed Chrome device