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How to Manually Force Google Chrome to Update Extensions

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Google Chrome normally updates your extensions automatically, but when you see the news about a new extension version, you want it right now. Here’s how to force Chrome to upgrade all your extensions without reloading.

Forcing Chrome to Update Extensions Now

Head to chrome://extensions by either right-clicking on an extension and choosing Manage extensions, or just typing it into the location bar. Once there, click the Developer mode link on the right-hand side.

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And then click the Update extensions now button.

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That’s pretty much all there is to it. Note that you’ll likely have to reload any tabs that you want to use a new extension version on.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/24/11

Comments (4)

  1. zs474

    Thanks.

  2. Odin

    staples easy button anyone?

  3. rws8258

    See also: “Secbrowsing – plugin version checker” (by Google)

    Periodically checks if your browser is running any out-of-date, vulnerable plugins (e.g., Java, Flash) and notifies you if you do… supports multiple operating systems; toolbar icon does not appear if your plugins are up-to-date.

  4. joshua hastings

    Thanks for the help, really simple once you know what your doing. You do a great job of breaking it down so anyone can understand it also.

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