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.
We will apply the Google Chrome warning from the Google Chrome menu like below by clicking to the
Update Google Chrome like below.
chrome://settings/help screen can be used apply updated by relaunching the Google Chrome. This screen can be also accessed from
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.
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
Google Chrome will be relaunched and a new version will be started with previously opened tabs. We can check the new version information from
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
As a generall suggestion reboot your computer if there is an Google Chrome update problem.