Your Chromebook automatically checks for updates, but you can also check for and install updates manually, and sometimes you have to force and update to happen. Here’s how to easily make sure you’re on the latest version of Chrome OS.
Your Chromebook automatically downloads software updates when it’s turned on and connected to Wi-Fi. After an update is downloaded, you need to install it.
To Install an Update (already downloaded)
Look in the status area, where your account picture appears, for the Update icon Update. This icon shows up only when an update is ready. Click on the icon, then select “Restart to update.” The Chromebook will restart, and you’ll be on the latest operating system.
To Force an Update to Load Manually
Sometimes, the updates aren’t loaded automatically. This can happen when the device is stored for a long time, or sits in a cart, or is powered off, and hasn’t been online for a while. To manually force an update to happen, start by making sure you’re connected to the internet.
- Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
- Click Settings and then About Chrome OS.
- In the “About” window that appears, click Check for and apply updates. Your Chromebook will start to install any available updates.
- After the updates are installed, click Restart to update.
- To confirm that your Chromebook is up to date, you can check the “About” window.
If you’re not on a Chromebook, click on the the 3 dots / stripes in the top right hand corner of the browser window, and follow the above steps.
Check the Chrome OS Status
To check the status of your Chrome operating system, or browser – enter the settings, click About, and check your status.