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Google updates Chrome with major new versions every six weeks and security patches more often than that. Chrome normally downloads updates automatically but won’t automatically restart the browser to install them. Here’s how to immediately check for updates and install them.

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How to Update Google Chrome

While Google Chrome downloads and prepares updates in the background, you still need to restart your browser to perform the installation. Because some people keep Chrome open for days—maybe even weeks—the update could be idly waiting to install, putting your computer at risk.

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In Chrome on Windows, Mac, or Linux, click the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner, hover your mouse cursor over “Help,” and select “About Google Chrome.” You can also type chrome://settings/help into Chrome’s location box and press Enter.

Click More, point to Help, then click on About Google Chrome

Chrome will check for any updates and immediately download them as soon as you open the About Google Chrome page.

If Chrome has already downloaded and is waiting to install an update, the menu icon will change to an up arrow and take on one of three colors, depending on how long the update has been available:

  • Green: An update has been available for two days
  • Orange: An update has been available for four days
  • Red: An update has been available for seven days

Google Chrome begins to update

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After the update has been installed—or if it’s been waiting for a few days—click “Relaunch” to finish the update process.

Warning: Make sure you save anything you’re working on in any open tabs. Chrome reopens the open tabs after the relaunch but doesn’t save any of the data contained in them.

To complete the update process, click Relaunch

If you’d rather wait to restart Chrome and finish up the work you’re doing, close the About Google Chrome tab. Chrome will install the update the next time you close and reopen it.

When you relaunch Chrome, and the update finally finishes installing, head back to chrome://settings/help and verify you’re running the latest version of Chrome. Chrome will say “Google Chrome is up to date” if you’ve already installed the latest updates.

Chrome is now up to date with the most recent version

Looking for how to update your Chromebook? The process is nearly identical.

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