How to Update Google Chrome
Typically, Google Chrome updates automatically, and when it does, users don’t have to worry about doing this manually. The browser updates itself using Omaha, also known as Google Update. The program verifies whether the latest security updates protect the browser. If it detects a new version that has not been added, the browser will do so immediately. In these cases, the browser carries out the update function in the background, so you don’t have to do anything for it. Nevertheless, in some situations, manual updating of your browser becomes necessary. This requires you to follow a few steps:
- Check the Google Chrome browser version you are using. For this, click on the wrench icon provided at the top right of the browser.
- Next, click on the option marked ‘About Google Chrome’. Here you will see a heading ‘Google Chrome’, and below it will be a number series, which indicates the Chrome version you are using.
- Verify whether an update is available. Check the wrench tool – it will show a small upward pointing arrow if it is available.
- Next, click on the wrench icon.
- A menu with the option to ‘Update Google Chrome’ will be visible. Select this option.
- A confirmation dialog box will then be displayed. On it, you will see text marked ‘Restart’. Click on it. Doing this will save all the tabs that were opened in the browser, and re-open them. The reappearance of the tabs and windows indicates that the browser is re-starting after updating.
- In case you don’t want to restart the browser immediately after updating, you can click on the option marked ‘Not Now’. Later, when you open the browser, the updates will be applied. This will happen automatically.
Mac and Linux Users
Those who use Mac systems also have the option of setting up automatic updates for their Chrome browser. This way, all those who use that system can access automatically updated versions of the browser. For this, Google Chrome should be installed in the applications folder of the system. Once this is done, Mac users can follow these steps to update their browser:
- Open the dialog box marked Set Up Automatic Updates for All Users.
- Click on the button. You will then have to verify that you want to set up the automatic Google Chrome updates.
Those with operating systems running on Linux will have to employ the package manager that comes along with it. This will enable them to update Google Chrome to the latest version.
Steps to Take When Errors Happen
It is possible that when you check for updates, the ‘About Google Chrome’ page may show an error. One of the possible errors could be that the update checks are not getting completed. An indicator of this is that the icon above the message that says ‘checking for updates’ spins continuously. This means that Omaha was not able to communicate with the server. In some situations, the ‘About Google Chrome’ box may not show any message, or may run an error message. In all these cases, you will have to go to the official Google Chrome website and manually download the latest version of the browser.