Stable, beta, and development channels

Before any software changes make it into the official stable version of the operating system, they're tested in the beta and development versions of the system, which are the experimental channels of Chrome OS. If you have owner permissions, you can switch to these channels to test these latest features and fixes.

To see which channel you're currently using, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu and select Settings > Help. Your channel is listed after your version.

The Chrome OS version in the development channel hosts features that are still being built. You're welcome to try it out, but keep in mind that things may not always work as expected!

How to switch channels

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook with the account that has been designated as the owner.
  2. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Help on the "Chrome OS" page that appears.
  5. Click the "More info..." link.
  6. Select the channel you'd like to use from the Change channel dialog box that appears.
If you decide to test a more experimental channel of Chrome OS, your Chromebook will begin downloading the update instantly and install it the next time you boot. If you decide to return to a more stable channel (say, from Beta to Stable), click the Change channel and Powerwash button, and your Chromebook will return to the more stable channel after your next restart. Remember, powerwashing deletes all local data stored on your Chromebook such as downloaded files, photos, owner permissions, and saved networks for all accounts, and all users will have to log in again.

If you're using a managed device and choose to revert from a more experimental OS version to a more stable one, the change will be applied when the more stable version matches the version installed on the device, and does not require a powerwash.

Next step

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