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Switch between stable, beta, and development channels

You can test the latest features of the Chrome operating system (OS) by switching to a more experimental software channel. Chrome OS has three different software channels:

  • Stable channel: This channel is fully tested by  the Chrome OS team, and is the best choice to avoid crashes and other problems. It's updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor changes, and every 6 weeks for major changes.
  • Beta channel: If you want to see upcoming changes and improvements with low risk, use the Beta channel. It's updated roughly every week, with major updates coming every 6 weeks, more than a month before the Stable channel gets them.
  • Dev channel: If you want to see the latest Chrome OS features, use the Dev channel. The Dev channel gets updated once or twice weekly. While this build is tested, it might have bugs, as we want people to see what's new as soon as possible.

Note: You’ll need to be the Chromebook owner to switch channels. If you're using your Chromebook at work or school, you might not be able to switch channels.

Check which channel you're using

  1. If you haven't yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click your account photo.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. At the top left, click Menu Menu.
  5. Scroll down and click About Chrome OS.
  6. Click Detailed build information.
  7. Next to "Channel," you'll see the channel your Chromebook is using (Stable, Beta, or Dev).

Change channel

Warning: Switching from an experimental channel to a more stable channel will delete everything from your Chromebook, like downloaded files, photos, owner permissions, and saved networks for all accounts. You’ll need to sign in with your Google Account again.

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook with the owner account.
  2. Click your account photo.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. At the top left, click Menu Menu.
  5. Scroll down and click About Chrome OS.
  6. Click Detailed build information.
  7. Next to "Channel," click Change channel.
  8. Pick a channel.
  9. Click Change Channel.
    • If you're switching to a more experimental channel (Beta or Dev), your Chromebook will start to download an update, then ask you to restart your Chromebook.
    • If you're switching to a more stable channel (Stable or Beta), click Change channel and Powerwash. When the update installs, click Relaunch and Powerwash. Everything will be deleted from your Chromebook, and you'll need to sign in with your Google Account again.

Note: If you're using your Chromebook at work or school, and you switch from Dev to Beta or Beta to Stable, your Chromebook won't update right away. Your software will update when your new, more stable software version matches the version that's already installed on your Chromebook. Your apps, data, and settings won't be deleted.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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