How to Update Google Chrome

Attacks against Google’s popular Chrome browser are on the rise. Therefore, it has never been more important to keep your browser up to date, regardless of the platform you use. This is how you stay safe.

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Although you can find a description of each version of Chrome on my page, the best official location is Google’s Chrome Blog. The company has released every new version of Chrome on all major platforms, helping you stay ahead of the curve.

What to look for

If following the Chrome blog seems to be going too far, the easiest option is to keep an eye on the three vertical dots (they represent “More”) in the upper right corner of your browser. Once an update is available, Google will turn the dots orange and “Update” will appear next to it. It may turn red if you wait too long.

As simplistic as this method is, it does have one flaw, though: waiting for Google to prompt you to update can mean you’re waiting days or even weeks longer than other users. As Google warns on its Chrome blog with each new release: “This will roll out over the next few days/weeks.”

But there is a way to skip the queue:

How to manually update Google Chrome

Again, the key is the three-dot/More menu:

  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome
  2. Click on Settings > Help > About Google Chrome.
  3. Chrome will be forced to manually check for an update

How often you do this is entirely up to you. This is also why following the Chrome blog or my posts (click the blue “Follow” at the top of my author page) makes sense as it will eliminate random checks. That said, for example, a morning and evening check can keep you ahead of the pack, and you can even receive updates before Google officially announces them.

Don’t forget to restart

The last step is the most crucial and is overlooked by many: after each update still restart your browser. This is because Chrome will not be protected until you complete this step. Yes, some updates on platforms like macOS, Linux, and Windows can be applied without restarting your computer, but Chrome requires the browser to be restarted each time.

While it can be a hassle, forgetting/choosing not to restart presents an open target for hackers and negates Google’s hard work in trying to keep users safe. So don’t skip this step. And remember that all Chromium-based browsers work the same. This means Microsoft Edge, Brave, Amazon Silk, Samsung Internet, Vivaldi and many more.

Note: If you’re worried about your tabs being lost on restart, be sure to change the setting so that Chrome always restores them on startup (More > Settings > On startup: pick up where you left off).

Stay safe. Go check Chrome for updates now.

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