How to Update Google Chrome

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Alright, let’s start with the obvious: it’s important to keep a browser – any browser – up-to-date so that it can stay ahead of any malware or other malicious stuff out there. It also helps you keep track of new features and interface improvements.

If you are a Chrome user, chances are your browser will automatically update to the latest available version when restarted. However, if you (like me) tend to keep your browser open for long periods of time, it may not update. In this case, you can do it manually.

How will you know if your browser needs to be updated? Because when you look at the three dots in the upper right corner (which Google calls “More”), you won’t just see those three dots — you’ll see the word “Update” on a green, yellow, or red background. According to Google, green means there was an update less than two days ago, yellow means an update was released about four days ago, and red means it’s been at least four days. less than a week since the last update.

If you see the word “Updated” here – or just want to see when your system was last updated – just follow these instructions:

  • Click on the three dots
  • Go to “Help” > “About Google Chrome”

You can find out if you need to update in “About Google Chrome”

  • If your browser needs updating, there will be a button that says “Update Google Chrome”. (If no update is available, there will be no button.)
  • An update may have been downloaded, but your browser must be restarted to activate it. If so, there will be a button that says “Relaunch”.

If you need to relaunch to update Chrome, there will be a Relaunch button.

If for some reason the update doesn’t work, or if there are other issues, you may be prompted to reinstall Chrome. Here’s how:

If you only use Chrome on one computer, it’s not a bad idea to back up your bookmarks first:

  • From the three dots in the upper right corner, select “Bookmarks” > “Bookmarks Manager”.
  • Click on the three dots next to the search field and select “Export bookmarks”
  • Choose where you want the file to be saved and click “Save”
Export your bookmarks before uninstalling Chrome, just in case.

Export your bookmarks before uninstalling Chrome, just in case.

Alright, you can now uninstall your current version of Chrome (the process depends on the type of system and the operating system you are working with; here are the instructions from Google). Once it’s uninstalled, download and reinstall Chrome. If you log in with your usual account, you should have all your bookmarks, extensions, etc. back. – if you don’t, you can import your backup by going to these three spots and selecting “Bookmarks” > “Import Bookmarks…” and choosing “Bookmarks HTML File”.

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