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How to Manually Force Google Chrome to Update Extensions


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, check the Developer mode box on the right-hand side.


And then click the Update extensions now button.


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


  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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