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, which are the experimental channels of Chrome OS. If you have owner permissions, you can switch channels to test these latest features and fixes.

To see which channel you're using, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click the About Chrome OS link at the top of the window. An "About" window will open with your version number and channel.
  4. Alternatively, you can type chrome://help in the omnibox to open the "About" window.

Pick a channel

Stable channel: This channel has the full testing of the Chrome OS test team, and is the best bet to avoid crashes and other issues. It's updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor changes, and every 6 weeks for major changes.

Beta channel: If you are interested in seeing upcoming features and enhancements with minimal risk, Beta channel is the place to be. It's updated roughly every week, with major updates coming every 6 weeks, more than a month before the Stable channel will get them.

Dev channel: If you want to see the latest Chrome OS features, then you want the Dev channel. The Dev channel gets updated once or twice weekly. While this build does get tested, it is still subject to bugs, as we want people to see what's new as soon as possible.

Switch channels

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook with the account that has been designated as the owner.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the About Chrome OS link at the top of the window.
  5. In the "About" window that appears, click the More info... link.
  6. Click the Change channel... button.
  7. Pick a channel from the Change channel dialog box that appears.

Move to an experimental channel

If you decide to switch to a more experimental channel of Chrome OS (for example, from Stable to Beta), your Chromebook will begin downloading the update and install it the next time you turn on your Chromebook.

Move to a more stable channel

To go back to a more stable channel (for example, 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.

Note: Remember, this will delete all local data on your Chromebook such as downloaded files, photos, owner permissions, and saved networks for all accounts, and all users will have to enter their Google Accounts again.

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

Discuss with other Chromies in Chromebook Central.

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