The team behind Google Chrome regularly releases updates with new features and bug fixes. Mostly the browser updates in the background and you won't even notice the whole process. If you are having trouble updating Google Chrome on Windows and Mac, please follow the steps below to fix the problem.
The Chromium build (which Google Chrome is based on) is regularly updated every two weeks. Failure to update Chrome can leave you with an outdated browser and may develop incompatibility with Chromium extensions and applications.
1. Check the internet connection
The first thing you can check on your Windows and Mac is the working internet connection.
In Windows, open the Settings application and go to the Network and Internet menu. Make sure the Wi-Fi connection says connected status. While you're at it, try connecting to the 5GHz network frequency and ditching the slow 2.4GHz.
Mac users can click Control Center on the menu bar and check the Wi-Fi connection. You can also visit Fast.com and check your current internet speed.
2. Run the Internet troubleshooter (Windows)
Are you having problems with the Internet connection in Windows? Microsoft offers a built-in Internet troubleshooting tool to troubleshoot network connectivity problems in Windows. Here's how you can use it.
Step 1: Open the Settings app in Windows.
Step 2: Go to the System menu.
Step 3: Select Troubleshooter.
Step 4: Open other troubleshooters.
Step 5: Run an Internet connection troubleshooter in Windows and let Microsoft fix the problem for you.
Once you have a working internet connection, you can open Google Chrome and go to Settings. Select the About menu and manually update Google Chrome to the latest version.
3. Check antivirus applications
If you use third-party anti-virus or parental control software in Chrome, you may need to review it for a smooth Chrome update process.
You need to make sure that software updates are not blocked from connecting to the internet. From antivirus software, make sure tools.google.com and dl.google.come are not blocked.
If these sites are blocked, Chrome won't connect to the update tool on the web.
4. Remove antivirus applications
You don't need a third-party antivirus application in Windows. Microsoft Defender's default application is more than capable of removing malicious files from your computer.
These antivirus apps come with strict security protocols in the name of privacy and can interfere with the Chrome update process. You need to uninstall such applications from your computer. That's how.
Step 1: Open the Settings application in Windows (use Windows + I keys).
Step 2: Go to the applications menu.
Step 3: Select Apps and Features.
Step 4: Find antivirus applications in the list and click on the three-dot menu next to it.
Step 5: Select Uninstall and follow the instructions on the screen to remove the software from your computer.
5. Check for malicious software
This is another suggestion from the Google Chrome forum to fix the problem. Unwanted software or malicious files can prevent Chrome from updating properly. You need to scan your PC and delete incomplete files.
Press the Windows key and open the Windows security software. Open the Virus and threat protection menu and run a scan on your computer.
On Mac, you need to open the Finder menu. Go to Applications and look for unrecognized software in the list. Right click on it and move it to the trash.
6. Clear Chrome's cache
Google Chrome cache overload can mess up the browser update process. The corrupted cache can be the main factor behind various Chrome issues such as login failure, black screen, blank pages, and more. Let's clear the Chrome cache and try the update process again.
Step 1: Open Google Chrome on Windows or Mac.
Step 2: Click on the three-dot menu at the top and go to the More Tools menu.
Step 3: Select Clear browsing data.
Step 4: In the Advanced menu, select Clear data.
From Chrome's Settings menu, go to About and start the update process again.
7. Reinstall Google Chrome.
New versions of Chrome are available on the official website. If you are having trouble installing it on your PC or Mac, you can uninstall Chrome and download the latest version from the official source.
If you are working on Apple's M-series MacBook, be sure to download the M1-compatible version of Chrome and not the Intel version.
Enjoy the new features of Chrome
To access new Chrome features such as Tab Groups, you must have the latest version of Chrome installed on your PC or Mac. The steps above should help you troubleshoot Chrome not updating in no time.
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