How To Update Google Chrome Browser? – POFTUT

How To Update Google Chrome Browser?


Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world. Chrome is a present from Google. Google Chrome has also an operating system that uses Google services for corporate work. In this tutorial, we will look at how to update the Google Chrome browser for operating systems like Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora, CentOS, RedHat.

Google Chrome Update Cycle

Google has a stable release cycle for Chrome. It provides a new major version for Google Chrome every 10 weeks by using predictable release phases. A popular, fast-moving, and feature full browser contain a lot of security-related issues that force new updates in short periods.

Update Google Chrome For Windows Operating Systems

Google Chrome provides a simple and easy update mechanism for Windows operating systems like Windows 10, 7, Server 2012, Server 2016, etc. When a new update is published the Google Chrome browsers show a red up arrow icon in the Google Chrome menu. This informs that there is an update to be applied. The color of the red upside arrow has the following meanings.

  • Green: An update has been available for two days which can be installed.
  • Orange: An update has been available for four days and this update should be installed in a short time to prevent security issues.
  • Red: An update has been available for seven days and this update should be applied as soon as possible which is very important.
Google Chrome Update Available Warning

We will apply the Google Chrome warning from the Google Chrome menu like below by clicking to the Update Google Chrome like below.

Update Google Chrome

Alternatively chrome://settings/help screen can be used apply updated by relaunching the Google Chrome. This screen can be also accessed from Google Menu->Help->About Google Chrome .

In order to complete the Google Chrome update, the Google Chrome should be restarted or relaunched. So the following Relaunch Chrome question will be asked where we should click to the Relaunch button like below.

Relaunch Google Chrome To Apply Update

If there are some websites opened with Google Chrome we will be asked to leave the site and some changes may e not saved automatically. In order to prevent data loss click to Cancel and save unsaved changes then click to the Leave.

Google Chrome Leave Site

Google Chrome will be relaunched and a new version will be started with previously opened tabs. We can check the new version information from Help -> About Google Chrome. We can see below that the updated and latest version of Google Chrome is 84.0.4147.105 which is 64-bit software.

Google Chrome Version

Update Google Chrome For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, and Kali

Google Chrome is also supported in different Linux flavors. The update process of Google Chrome on Linux is a bit different. As Google Chrome is provided via packages or using related distribution repositories we can use package management commands like apt-get.We can use apt-get command in order to update Google Chrome in Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali. We need root privileges to run apt-get update . Google Chrome package is named as chromium-browser in deb based distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Kali. The following command will also update the required dependencies automatically without manual operation.

$  apt-get upgrade chromium-browser
Update Google Chrome For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint and Kali
Update Google Chrome For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint and Kali

Update Google Chrome For Fedora, CentOS, RedHat

Fedora, CentOS, and RedHat are other RPM-based distributions that have Google Chrome. We will use yum update in order to update Google Chrome. We need root privileges in order to run yum update command.

$  sudo yum update google-chrome-stable

Alternatively, if the version of the Fedora, CentOS, or RedHat is recent you can use the dnf package manager in order to update Google Chrome-like below. If you take attention you can see that it is the same with the yum command where the yum is replaced with the dnf.

$  sudo dnf update google-chrome-stable

Start The Google Chrome Web Browser

Google Chrome web browser can be started by using the operating system start menu or command line. The operating systems like Windows, Ubuntu ,CentOS, Fedora, Kali, Mint, RedHat has the start menu which provides the Google Chrome under the Internet category or alphabeticcally.

Start Google Chrome In Windows Start Menu

Also, Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora, CentOS, RHEL, etc provides the command-line interface in order to start Google Chrome easily. Just use the google-chrome-stable command line below.

$ google-chrome-stable

Can’t Update Google Chrome and Solutions

While trying to update Google Chrome you may face some errors which can prevent the update. Here we will list some of the most common Google Chrome update problems and their solutions.

  • “Update failed: Updates are disabled by administrator” problem is mainly related with the administrative rights and the update can be done with an administrative level account.
  • “Update failed (Error: 3 or 11) An error occurred while checking for updates: Update server not available” is related about access to the update server which is generally the Google servers. This can be solved by installing offline version of the Google Chrome or adding exception on the firewall for the google domains and subdomains.
  • This computer will no longer receive Chrome updates because Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported” is related with the Windows XP and Windows Vista may be Windows 7 in the future. You just need to update your operating system or try to stick with current version.
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As a generall suggestion reboot your computer if there is an Google Chrome update problem.

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