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Update Google Chrome

To make sure that you're protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your device. With these updates, you might sometimes notice that your browser looks different.

Get a Chrome update when available

Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer's browser. But if you haven't closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, look at More More.
  3. If an update is pending, the icon will be coloured:
    • Green: An update's been available for 2 days.
    • Orange: An update's been available for 4 days.
    • Red: An update's been available for 7 days.

To update Google Chrome:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More.
  3. Click Update Google Chrome. If you don't see this button, you're on the latest version.
  4. Click Relaunch.

The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart straight away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

Other info about updating Chrome

Find out more about when to update Chrome, as well as extra tips for your operating system.

Check for an update and find the current browser version on your computer
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More.
  3. Click Help and then 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.

Keeping Chrome updates (1:05)

Find out about what happens when Chrome updates to a new version.

More information for Mac, Linux and Windows 8 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 "About Google Chrome" and look for the Set Up Automatic Updates for All Users button.
  • Linux users: Use your package manager to update Google Chrome.
  • Windows 8: Close all Chrome windows and tabs on the desktop, then relaunch Chrome to apply the update.
Get design changes and new features early

Most of the time, when you see changes in Chrome, those changes have been tested out in an early version of Chrome called Chrome Beta.

If you want to get a preview of what's coming down the line in the future, check out the Chrome Blog or download the beta version of Chrome and let us know how well it works for you.

Note: Downloading Chrome Beta will replace your usual version of Chrome.

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