Google releases updates for Chrome every six weeks, and security patches more often when needed. Chrome will automatically download these updates but does not install them automatically. Find out how to install the update below.
Update Google Chrome
In order for updates to take effect, Chrome needs to be restarted. Most of us leave our browser windows open for days or even weeks. As a result, the updates and patches will be waiting to install.
There are multiple ways to update Chrome. Firstly type chrome://settings/help into the address bar. Alternatively, press the three dots in the top right of the screen. In the new dropdown menu, hover over Help, then select About Google Chrome. Chrome will automatically look for and download any available updates.
How To Know
If an update has already been downloaded, Chrome will notify you. The menu icon (three dots) will change to an arrow and take one of three colors depending on how long it’s been ready:
- Green: Update has been available for two days
- Orange: Update has been available for four days
- Red: Update has been available for seven days
Once an update is installed, Chrome prompts for you to Relaunch the browser. Make sure you save any data you were working on, as the browser doesn’t store it during a relaunch. Once Chrome opens back up, you’re good to go. Remember to check back periodically to ensure you always up to date.
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