How To Update Google Chrome (on Windows and Linux)?

Google Chrome is a popular web browser that is the most used web browser on the earth. Google Chrome is actively developed by Google and every six weeks a new major version is released. This update contains bug fixes, security patches, and new features. This means we should update Google Chrome every six weeks to be safe and less error-prone while using Google Chrome.

Update Google Chrome via “About Google Chrome”

The easiest and less technical way to update Google Chrome is using the “About Google Chrome” menu. Google Chrome checks updates in the background while running. If there is an update an orange dot is displayed in the Menu icon. But we can open the “About Google Chrome” to check new updates manually. First, click on the Menu icon which is depicted as 3 dots.

Check Google Chrome Update via “About Google Chrome”

In the following “About Chrome” screen the Google Chrome updates are checked automatically. If there is an update it is downloaded and during download, the progress is displayed as a percentage. When the new version of the Google Chrome is downloaded in order to complete the update the Relaunch button appears and we click on the Relaunch button in order to start an updated and new version of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Update Check and Download

Enable Automatic Google Chrome Update via “Google Update Service”

Google provides a lot of desktop tools like Google Chrome Web browser, Google Drive, etc. Google created the “Google Update Service” or “gupdate” which is installed where one of the Google products is installed on Windows. We can use this “Google Update Service” in order to update Google Chrome automatically even it is not running. First, we open the Services by using the Start Menu and typing “services” like below.

Open Services for “Google Update Service (gupdate)”

In the services, the screen navigates to the “Google Update Service (gupdate)” and check if it is running. Generally, it is not enabled to autostart at boot. Select this service and then click on the start button to start the update service.

Enable Automatic Google Chrome Update via “Google Update Service”

Update Google Chrome via Package Manager (apt or dnf) In Linux

Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora, CentOS provide package managers in order to install and update programs and applications. These package managers can be used to update Google Chrome.

Update Google Chrome for Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, and Kali:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade google-chrome

Update Google Chrome for Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL:

$ sudo dnf update google-chrome

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