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Largely based on Google’s open-source Chromium, Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers on Windows, macOS, Android, iPhone, and iPad. Installing and uninstalling Chrome on each operating system takes just a few steps.

How to Install Google Chrome on Windows 10

Open any web browser such as Microsoft Edge, type “google.com/chrome” into the address bar, and then press the Enter key. Click Download Chrome > Accept and Install > Save File.

Windows 10 Downloading Chrome

By default, the installer will be placed in your Downloads folder (unless you’ve directed your current web browser to download files elsewhere). Navigate to the appropriate folder in File Explorer, double-click “ChromeSetup” to open the file, and then click the “Run” button.

Windows 10 Installing Chrome

When prompted to allow this app to make changes to your device, click “Yes.” Google Chrome will begin the installation and open the browser automatically upon completion. You can now sign in to your Google account, personalize the web browser, and start using Chrome as your own.

How to Uninstall Google Chrome on Windows 10

Open your Start menu by selecting the Windows logo in the taskbar and then click the “Settings” cog icon.

Windows 10 Settings

From the pop-up menu, click “Apps.” Scroll down the “Apps & Features” list to find Google Chrome. Click “Google Chrome” and then select the “Uninstall” button. You will be prompted to click a second “Uninstall” button, which will complete the uninstall process.

Windows 10 Apps & Features

Windows 10 will retain your profile information, bookmarks, and history.

How to Install Google Chrome on Mac

Start by downloading the Chrome installer. Open any web browser, type “google.com/chrome” into the address bar, and then press the Enter button.

Now, click Download Chrome for Mac > Save File > OK. Open your Downloads folder and double-click the “googlechrome.dmg” file. In the pop-up window, click and drag the Google Chrome icon into the Applications folder directly below it.

macOS Install Chrome

You can now open Google Chrome from your Applications folder or by using Apple’s Spotlight Search.

How to Uninstall Google Chrome on Mac

Make sure that Chrome is closed. You can do this by right-clicking the Chrome icon and then selecting the “Quit” button.

macOS Quit Chrome

Click the “Applications” folder icon to access all of your installed apps.

macOS Applications Folder

Click and drag the “Google Chrome” icon into the trash can.

macOS Applications

macOS will retain some Chrome files in some directories until you’ve emptied the trash can. You can do this by right-clicking the trash can and selecting “Empty Trash.”

macOS Empty Trash

Alternatively, you can open Finder, click “Applications,” right-click “Google Chrome,” and select “Move to Trash.” You’ll still need to right-click the trash can and select “Empty Trash” to remove all files from your machine.

macOS Move Chrome to Trash

How to Install Google Chrome on iPhone and iPad

Open your iPhone’s or iPad’s App Store by selecting the “App Store” icon.

iOS App Store

Alternatively, you can use Spotlight Search to search for “App Store” and then click the icon when it appears.

iOS Spotlight Search

Select the “Search” tab in the bottom-right corner, and type “Chrome” into the search bar at the top. Touch the “Get” button next to Google Chrome, and then tap “Install.”

iOS App Store

Enter your Apple ID password and then tap “Sign In,” or confirm your identity through Touch ID or Face ID. Chrome will begin to install, and the icon will appear on your home screen upon completion.

How to Uninstall Google Chrome on iPhone and iPad

Tap and hold the Chrome icon until the icon starts to wiggle. Touch the “X” that appears at the top left of the Chrome icon and then select “Delete.” This will also remove all your profile information, bookmarks, and history.

iOS Delete Chrome

How to Install Google Chrome on Android

Google Chrome comes preinstalled on most Android devices. If it’s not installed for any reason, open the “Play Store” icon in your apps list by swiping up from the bottom of your screen to open your apps list. Scroll down to select “Play Store” or search for it in the search bar at the top of your apps list.

Android Play Store

Touch the search bar at the top and type in “Chrome,” and then tap Install > Accept.

How to Uninstall Google Chrome on Android

Because it is the default and pre-installed web browser on Android, Google Chrome cannot be uninstalled. However, you can disable Google Chrome instead if you want to remove it from the list of apps on your device.

To do this, open your “Settings” app by swiping down from the top of the screen twice so that the full notification menu is showing and then tap the cog icon. Alternatively, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the app drawer and scroll down to select “Settings.”

Android Open Settings

Next, select “Apps & Notifications.”

Android Settings

If you don’t see Chrome under “Recently Opened Apps,” tap “See All Apps.”

Android See All Apps

Scroll down and tap “Chrome.” On this “App Info” screen, tap “Disable.” You can repeat this process to reenable Chrome.

Android Disable Chrome


No matter what operating system you’re using, Google Chrome is one of the fastest and most commonly used browsers around. Even Microsoft’s latest version of its Edge browser is based on Google’s Chromium software. Let us know where else you’re installing Chrome, and how we can make it easier for you to have a better browsing experience.

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