How to update Google Chrome?

  • An important aspect to keeping your digital life secure is keeping your software up to date. And, as Chrome is one of the best browsers and the most popular, you'll definitely want to keep it up to date.

    The browser is updated since it's the gateway for just about everything you do online. Every page you visit is through the browser, meaning all the usernames and passwords are going right through it. In Chrome's case, you can keep all your usernames, passwords, and even credit cards stored in the browser.

    So, with Chrome playing such a crucial role, it's good that you're ready to make sure it's up to date. Chrome on your computer. Here are the steps you need to take.

    Updating Chrome manually

    Chrome takes on the job of updating into its own hands. If you regularly close the program, the browser will automatically look for updates. However, if you keep your computer on (only letting it sleep / hibernate), and keep your Chrome browser running all the time, you may not get a chance to apply those updates.

    So, here are the steps to take to apply to update manually (although it's still mostly automatic).

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    Step one: Check the upper right corner of the Chrome browser.

    If a Chrome update is already available and ready to be applied, the menu icon (three vertical dots) will change to an upward facing arrow. The arrow icon wants to be green, orange, or red, indicating how long the update has been and ready for installation. If it's red, that means an update has been over for 7 days, and you should definitely apply it.

    Step two: press the menu icon.

    It appears as the vertical dots or as the up arrow. You'll still get the same drop-down menu. But, the next steps will differ.

    Step three: select Google Chrome and click Relaunch or go to the next step.

    If the menu button has a colored icon, then an update is available. In that case, Chrome wants to add an "Update Google Chrome" option to the drop-down menu. Chrome wants to re-open your windows and tabs when it relaunches. But, you want to make sure you save any data in those tabs.

    If you can not see the arrow, you can go to the next step to double check for an update.

    Step four: From the drop-down menu, select Help> About Google Chrome.

    This will open a new tab, and Chrome will automatically check for any available updates. Here you'll see if your browser is fully updated, if any updates are downloading, or if an update is ready to install.

    Step five: apply any available update by pressing Relaunch.

    If an update is downloading, wait for it to finish. Once you are ready to install, you'll see a "relaunch" button. Press it to complete the update.

    For Mac, you can choose the option to "Automatically update Chrome for all users" if Chrome is installed in your Applications folder.


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