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Managing Your ChromeOS Version & Updates

Is your Chromebook running slow? It might be time to install the latest version of ChromeOS. 

Let’s take a look at the process of installing the latest ChromeOS version and updating  your Chromebook.


ChromeOS Overview

The Chrome operating system is a fast, safe, and versatile cloud-first operating system from Google that powers Chromebooks and other Chrome devices. Simplicity and security are the backbone of ChromeOS. The firmware is lightweight and uses only the most essential hardware components to streamline operations.

ChromeOS devices update frequently to guarantee the highest level of security. And since the OS is sandboxed, hackers can’t gain control of the entire computer in the event of an attack.


Why Is It Important to Update Your Chromebook?

So, why is updating Chrome so important? There are a few main reasons you should update your Chromebook

  • New Features - Keeping your Chromebook updated ensures that you always have the latest features available on your device. 
  • Performance - Regular updates will keep Android apps performing at their best
  • Security - Updates keep your device protected against cyber attacks and malware. Google addresses vulnerabilities and fortifies security with each update. 

How to Check For & Install Updates

With a ChromeOS device, it’s easy to check for and install software updates. You just need to follow a few simple steps to update your Chromebook:

  1. Connect your ChromeOS device to the internet using WiFi or ethernet.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Click About ChromeOS on the left side.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.
  5. If your device has already received the most recent update, you’ll get a message saying Your Chromebook is up to date.
  6. But if your Chromebook isn’t up to date, your device will start downloading and install any pending updates. You’ll get an Updating your device message.
  7. When the system update is ready to go, click the Restart button and reboot to update your Chromebook.

Update Notifications

When updates are available for your Chromebook, you may receive an update notification on your device. Update notifications will appear on the shelf (in the bottom right corner of the screen) with an arrow icon surrounded by a blue or orange circle.

Once expanded, the notification will say Update available and ask you to restart your device.


Managing ChromeOS Versions in Your Google Environment

As we’ve seen, it’s important to make sure that you’re using the latest version of ChromeOS. To ensure that all ChromeOS devices in your Google Environment are up to speed, it’s recommended that you configure Device Settings.

You’ll need to log in to your Google Admin console, go to Other Google Services, then Chrome Management, and then Device Settings. You’ll find a selection of settings to adjust. 

  • Allow auto-updates - Under Auto Update, select Allow auto-updates to ensure all Chromebooks are using the most current ChromeOS
  • Release Channel - Under Release Channel, choose Move to Stable Channel for the most frequent updates
  • Restrictions - Under Restrict Google Chrome version to at most, select No restriction

You can also change channels to test new features. The Beta channel lets you view upcoming changes with low risk before they are implemented in the Stable Channel. The Dev channel gives you access to the very latest ChromeOS features but that channel may have a few bugs that still need to be resolved. 

Please know that some applications may require a specific version of ChromeOS. Please be aware of this to ensure your apps are supported.


Keep Your Chromebook Updated

It’s important to update your Chromebook to keep your device happy and get the most out of ChromeOS. Updates fortify security and give you access to the latest and greatest ChromeOS features.

Since Google gives users a centralized method to check for and install updates, it’s easy to keep your device up to date no matter what Chromebook you’re using. 


Trust Promevo

If you’re interested in leveraging the power of Google devices like Chromebooks for your business, get in touch with Promevo. 

At Promevo, we work with you to develop transformative technology solutions designed to scale with your business as it grows. With our expert consultation, comprehensive support, and exceptional service from end-to-end, you can drive productivity and accelerate the growth of your business.

For a product Demo, contact sales today.


FAQs: Managing ChromeOS Version 

Why is my Chromebook not updating to the latest version?

If you can’t update your Chromebook, go to your Google Admin console and check that Device updates are set to Allow updates.

Is my Chromebook too old to update?

If your Chromebook is more than 5 years old, you may no longer receive updates due to Google’s Auto Update Expiration. You can continue using the device, but for the best experience, upgrading to a new Chromebook is recommended. 


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