Update your Chromebook's operating system

Your Chromebook automatically checks for, and downloads updates. To get updates, your Chromebook needs to be on and connected to Wi-Fi.

Finish an update

  1. When your Chromebook downloads a software update, near your account photo, look for the Update icon Update.
  2. To finish the update, click Update Update and then Restart to Update.
  3. Your Chromebook will restart.

Check for updates yourself

  1. Turn on your Chromebook.
  2. Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi.
  3. Click your account photo.
  4. Click Settings Settings.
  5. Click Menu Menu and then About Chrome OS.
  6. Under 'Google Chrome OS', click Check for Updates.
  7. If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically.

Note: To see which version of the Chrome operating system your Chromebook is using, look under 'Google Chrome OS'.

What information goes to Google when you update

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

Fix problems with updates

If your system update won’t download, try the steps below. Test your Chromebook after each step to see if the problem is fixed.

  1. Check if your Chromebook is using mobile data. It could be tethered to your mobile phone, or connected to its own mobile data. To download the system update, disconnect from mobile data and connect to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  2. Turn off your Chromebook, then turn it back on.
  3. Reset your Chromebook.
  4. Recover your Chromebook.

If you're using your Chromebook at work or school, contact your administrator for more help.

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