There comes a time in your Chromebook’s life when it no longer receives updates from Google. It’s inevitable and could be a lot sooner than you think. Here’s how to see your Chromebook’s scheduled end-of-life date.
Google is transparent about the update policy it has for all devices running Chrome OS. Every Chrome computer received regular updates from Google until it reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date. You can see the exact month and year all makes of Chromebooks will stop receiving updates on the Automatic Update policy webpage.
With the recent addition of an Update Schedule section in the Chrome OS Settings app, it’s a lot easier to keep track of how much time you have left with your Chromebook until Google considers it outdated.
First, open up the Settings app. Do this by clicking on the clock in the bottom-right corner to open the system tray and notification panel. From there, click on the Settings gear icon.
Next, click the hamburger menu icon and then select “About Chrome OS” at the bottom of the menu.
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If you don’t see this setting, you might be running an older version of Chrome OS. Hit the “Check for Updates” button to get up to speed with the current version.
Under the “Update Schedule” section, you’ll see your device’s AUE date. After this date, you’ll no longer receive automatic software and security updates.
While your Chromebook’s automatic updates lifespan might be set in stone, it in no way means that it’s completely dead after this date. If you’re not ready to kill your device, we’ve put together a few options to extend the life of your Chromebook when its end-of-life date has come and gone.