Update your Chromebook's operating system

Your Chromebook automatically checks for and downloads operating system updates when connected to the internet.

Updates for Chromebook

Finish an update
  1. When your Chromebook downloads a software update:
    • At the bottom right, next to time, find the "Update available" notification.
  2. In the notification, select Restart.
    • Your Chromebook will restart and update.

Tip: To learn more about the newest Chromebook features, at the bottom right, next to time, in the "Update available" notification, select Learn more about the latest ChromeOS update.

If you use your Chromebook at work or school

  1. When your Chromebook needs a software update, you’ll find one of the following notifications:

    • Blue: An update is recommended.
    • Orange: An update is required.
  2. Select Restart to update.
    • Your Chromebook will restart and update.
Check for Chromebook updates
  1. Turn on your Chromebook.
  2. Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi.
  3. At the bottom right, select the time and then Settings .
  4. At the bottom left, select About ChromeOS.
  5. Under "Google ChromeOS," find your Chromebook operating system version.
  6. To update to the latest version, select Check for updates.
    • If this option isn't available, your Chromebook may be up to date.
  7. If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically.

Tip: If your Chromebook uses your phone's internet connection or its own mobile data, you'll get an alert about how much mobile data it needs to update. You can then stop or continue with the update.

Fix problems with updates

System update doesn’t download

If your system update doesn’t download or your Chromebook is several versions behind the current version, try the steps below. Test your Chromebook after each step to check if the problem is fixed.

  1. Turn off your Chromebook, then turn it back on.
  2. If you have trouble with your phone or Chromebook's mobile data to update your system, disconnect from the phone or mobile data. Connect to Wi-Fi or Ethernet instead.
  3. Reset your Chromebook.
  4. Recover your Chromebook.
Work or school manages your Chromebook

If you use your Chromebook at work or school, contact your administrator.

Chromebook is no longer receiving updates

Older Chromebooks have older hardware parts, and these parts eventually lose the ability to get the latest updates.

If you have a Chromebook that was released from 2021 onwards, you'll receive 10 years of updates. For older devices, you might see this message: "This device will no longer receive software updates. You can continue using your computer but should consider upgrading."

What info goes to Google when you update

When your Chromebook checks for updates, it sends some info to Google, like the computer’s version number and language. This info isn't associated with you or your Google Account.

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