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, check the Developer mode box 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.

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