How to update Chrome

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Joel Fulleda
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Update Chrome on Windows

The standard procedure for manually updating Chrome on Windows is to click the button Menu which is at the top right (the one with i three dots vertically), select the item Guide from the menu that appears and then that Information about Google Chrome.

If there are no new browser versions available you will see the wording appear Google Chrome is up to date. Otherwise, the files necessary for the update will be downloaded automatically (if everything works properly, of course!). If the update is struggling to start on its own, click the button Update Google Chrome.



Once the update is downloaded, you will see the button appear on the screen Restart which allows the software to restart to apply the update. The browser saves open tabs and windows and automatically reopens them after restart. The button Not nowinstead, it allows you to postpone and apply the update at the next restart of the application.

Also keep in mind that in some circumstances the icon Menu Chrome changes color: if it is green it means there is an update pending installation for at least two days, if it is Orange the update has been available for four days while if it is red the update has been ready to be applied for over seven days (and it is therefore advisable to restart the browser to install it).

So far everything clear, right? Too bad that in some cases - as already mentioned - Chrome gets "tantrum" and does not download the updates as usual. To bypass the problem, you need to roll up your sleeves and put into practice some precautions, such as those I propose below. Try them one at a time, from first to third, not all at the same time.


  • Open the utility of Activity management (by right clicking on the taskbar and selecting the appropriate item from the menu that opens) and terminate the following processes: GoogleUpdate.exe, GoogleUpdateOnDemand.exe, GoogleCrashHandler.exe. Restart Chrome and check for updates as described above.
  • Go to Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Firewall, click on the item Allow apps or features through Windows Firewall placed on the left or up Add program in the tab Exceptions and select the file "C: Program Files (x86) GoogleUpdateGoogleUpdate.exe".
  • Uninstall Chrome by going to Control Panel> Uninstall a program and reinstall the program by downloading it from its official website.


Another precaution that may be useful to adopt in the event that, despite the implementation of the above indications, the problems persist is to carry out an antivirus and antimalware scan in search of any software harmful to the system that in some way could hinder Chrome updates.

To do this, you can first use the antivirus program in use on your computer. If you don't already have one (bad, really very bad!), You can immediately download and install one of the many special solutions that I have provided to show you in my tutorial on how to download antivirus.

As for the anti-malware scan, I suggest you rely on the best Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which is free and allows you to remove trojans, worms, rootkits, dialers, spyware and other types of "insides" from your computer. You can download it from the download page of the program and you can read my article dedicated to anti malware for free to understand how to make the most of it.


Update Chrome on Mac

Also on Mac to check for Chrome updates you have to click on the button Menu at the top right of the browser window, select the item Guide and then that Information about Google Chrome give the menu to compare.

The only difference is the button Set automatic updates for all users which allows you to set the automatic update of the browser for all users of macOS / OS X. For everything else, the same "principles" already illustrated for Windows apply.

And now let's move on to the remedies that can be put into practice when the application does not want to know anything about updating itself. The first is to reinstall the Google Software Update service which manages updates for Chrome and other Google programs.

  • Open the terminal (located in the folder Other of Launchpad) and give the following commands.
  • ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/install.py --uninstall
  • /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/install.py --uninstall
  • Download Google Software Update from this page.
  • Open the package googlesoftwareupdate.dmg, launch the file GoogleSoftwareUpdate.pkg and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Try updating Chrome normally.

In the unfortunate event that the above procedure does not help to fix the situation, unfortunately you will have to proceed to reinstall the browser. To find out how, follow the instructions below.


  1. Download AppCleaner, copy it to the folder Applications macOS / OS X and start it.
  2. Offenses in the card Applications of AppCleaner, click on the button with the lines horizontally located at the top right, click on the item Google Chrome, make sure that all the elements are selected in the new window that will open (and if not, select them manually) and then click on Remove to completely uninstall it from the Mac.
  3. Reinstall the browser by downloading it from its official website.


If even after reinstalling the problems continue you can try, even in the case of the Mac, to scan with a good antimwalre in order to identify the presence of any computer threats (yes, they also exist for Apple branded computers!) prevent you from starting and / or completing the Chrome update procedure.

To do this, you can make use of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac, the macOS / OS X variant of the aforementioned Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which you can download by connecting to the download page of the program. As for the operation, I suggest you read my tutorial dedicated to Mac antivirus through which I proceeded to provide you with all the necessary information.

Update Chrome on Android and iOS

As for the updates of Google Chrome on Android and iOS, being managed by services such as Google Play and App Store, app updates on smartphones and tablets are not subject to many problems. For everything to work regularly, simply make sure you have the automatic updates active on your device or in any case to intervene "manually" by running those that are reported in the respective stores.

To make sure automatic updates are active on your device, just practice the following steps.

  • Your Android - Access the device screen where all the apps are grouped, open the Play Store, presses the icon Menu (Quella with him three lines horizontally) located at the top left and select the item Settings from the bar that appears laterally. In the screen that opens, presses on the item Automatic app update. Also choose to activate the option Automatic app update via Wi-Fi only if you want to make sure that updates are downloaded automatically only when the device is connected to the Wi-Fi network (in order to avoid extra charges by your operator).
  • Your iOS - Access the home screen of the device, tap on the icon Settings, then on the voice iTunes Store and App Store and then brings up ON the switch located next to the item Updates. If you want to prevent updates from being carried out only and exclusively when your iPhone or iPad is connected to the Wi-Fi network (so as to avoid incurring any extra charges from your telephone provider), make sure that in correspondence with the wording Use cellular data the relevant lever is on OFF.


If, on the other hand, you don't want to enable automatic updates but you want to update Chrome (and the other apps installed on your device), proceed as follows from time to time.

  • Your Android - Access the device screen where all the apps are grouped, open the Play Storepigia sull'icona Menu, stop on the item Le mie app ei miei giochi, locate the Google Chrome icon and then press the button Update. You can also update any apps for which an update is available by pressing the button Update everything. If the Chrome icon is not present it is because there are no updates available.
  • Your iOS - Access the home screen of the device, click on App Store and then presses on the voice Updates located at the bottom right. If there are updates available for your apps and also for Chrome, this will be reported to you and you can update the individual applications by tapping on the relevant button Update or you can download all the updates together by tapping on the wording Update everything present at the top right.

For more information about the operations to be carried out both in one case and in the other, I suggest you read my article on how to update applications (it is valid for both Android and iOS) through which I proceeded to illustrate everything in great detail. . I recommend, if you have even one doubt, take a look immediately!

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