Most PCs I work on seem to have an out of date version of Chrome installed. Update Google Chrome now – making sure that your Google Chrome browser is up to date is essential for your computer’s security. You will also miss out on a lot of new features and usability improvements if you don’t update. Chrome typically keeps itself up to date, but if you need to manually update Chrome, it will only take a minute or two.

To make sure that you’re protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your computer.

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 the Chrome menu in the top right change colours:

Update Google Chrome: Chrome menu greenA green menu means that an update’s been available for 2 days.
Update Google Chrome: Chrome menu orangeAn orange menu means that an update’s been available for 4 days.
Chrome menu redA red menu means that an update’s been available for 7 days.

Update Google Chrome

  1. In the top right, click the Chrome menu.
  2. Click Update Google Chrome. If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.
  3. Click Relaunch.

Manually updating Google Chrome

  1. In the top right, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Select About Google Chrome. This is located towards the bottom, between Settings and Help. A new tab will open in your Chrome window.
    If you have a pending update that has been waiting for several days, you may see an “Update Google Chrome” option appear in this menu.
  3. Wait for the update to install. Opening this page will automatically attempt to update Chrome. After the update is finished installing, click the Relaunch button to restart Chrome as the new version.

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

Updating Google Chrome should be part of your approach to Internet security.