To make sure you’re protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your device. With these updates, you might sometimes notice that your browser looks different.

Get a Chrome update when available

Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer’s browser. But if you haven’t closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, look at More .
  3. If an update is pending, the icon will be colored:
    • Green: An update was released less than 2 days ago.
    • Orange: An update was released about 4 days ago.
    • Red: An update was released at least a week ago.

To update Google Chrome:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Update Google Chrome.
    • Important: If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.
  4. Click Relaunch.

The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you’d prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

Other info about updating Chrome

Learn more about when to update Chrome, as well as extra tips for your operating system.

Check for an update & the current browser version

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click Help  About Google Chrome.

The current version number is the series of numbers beneath the “Google Chrome” heading. Chrome will check for updates when you’re on this page.

To apply any available updates, click Relaunch.

Learn about what happens when Chrome updates to a new version.

More information for Mac, Linux, & Windows 8 users

  • Mac users: You can also set up automatic browser updates for all users of your computer if Google Chrome is installed in your Applications folder. Go to “About Google Chrome,” and click Automatically update Chrome for all users.
  • Linux users: To update Google Chrome, use your package manager.
  • Windows 8: Close all Chrome windows and tabs on the desktop, then relaunch Chrome to apply the update.

Get design changes & new features early

Want a preview of what’s coming soon? Download the beta version of Chrome, then join our community and let us know how well it works for you. 

Related topics

  • Having problems updating? Check our troubleshooting guide for more information.
  • Google Chrome uses a process called Google Update to check for updates. Learn more about how Google Update works.
  • Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might choose whether you can update Chrome, in which case you won’t see an option to update Chrome. Learn how to use a managed Chrome device.

Update on Android

Get a Chrome update when available

Chrome should automatically update based upon your Play Store settings. You can check if there’s a new version available:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Store app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu   My apps & games.
  3. Under “Updates,” find Chrome .
  4. Next to Chrome, tap Update.

Get design changes & new features early

Download the beta version of Chrome, then join our community and let us know how well it works for you.

Note: If you are downloading Chrome Beta, it won’t replace your usual version of Chrome.If you’re on Chrome 76 or above, you can also check for updates in your Chrome browser. 

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome .
  2. At the top, tap More  Update Chrome.
  3. Restart Chrome when prompted.

Update on iPhone & iPad

Get a Chrome update when available

Chrome should automatically update based upon your Apple App Store settings. You can check if there’s a new version available:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the App Store.
  2. At the top right, tap Profile .
  3. Scroll down to “Available Updates,” and search for Chrome .
  4. If Chrome is listed, tap Update to install.
  5. If asked, enter your Apple ID password. The updates will download and install.

If you don’t have the Google Chrome app yet, download it from the App Store.

Get design features and new features early

When you see changes in Chrome, those changes have usually been tested out in an early version of Chrome called Chrome Beta.

If you want to get a preview of what’s coming down the line in the future, check out the Chrome Blog.

Features not available on iPhone or iPad

Some of your Chrome features and settings will not be available at this time because of iPhone and iPad constraints including:

If Apple makes changes to WKWebView to allow these features, we will add them back in.

Related topics

  • Having problems updating? Check our troubleshooting guide for more information.
  • Google Chrome uses a process called Google Update to check for updates. Learn more about how Google Update works.
  • Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might choose whether you can update Chrome, in which case you won’t see an option to update Chrome. Learn how to use a managed Chrome device.

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