Leaders in innovation, Google, launched their cross-platform web browser Chrome in 2008. With initial support for Windows, a highly positive response from the general public as well as organizations led to the launch of Chrome for a multitude of operating systems like Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android soon enough. Today, Google Chrome is synonymous with Internet browsing with billions across the world using it. Licensed as proprietary freeware, Chrome captures a 61% worldwide browser market share across all platforms according to a recent survey. With a success rate like that, it’s hardly a surprise that using Chrome comes naturally to people of all ages.
To fans and others alike, Chrome is one awesome web browser that enhances web browsing experiences many folds. And this post is dedicated to this outstanding product by Google. In here we’ll be highlighting several aspects of Google Chrome and allow you to grasp some basic concepts associated with it like how to download and install it, how to use it easily, and how to keep it updated.
Without much ado, let’s begin.
How to install Google Chrome?
Starting at the first step, let us begin by taking a look at the installation procedure for Google Chrome. It’s quite simple really. Conduct a search for the phrase “Download Google Chrome" and land on the first SERP that you come across. On this screen, click on the big blue button in the center that says “Download Chrome".
You will be greeted with a “Terms of Service" pop-up which you need to accept and thereafter, you will see a small dialog box asking you to save the executable file “ChromeSetup.exe". Once saved, initiate the installation by double-clicking on the executable and follow the subsequent instructions.
Migrate to Chrome from Firefox and Edge
The term “migration" in software brings along with it thoughts of planning, test runs, preparations, and tough executions. However, with browsers, it is a bit different. When migrating from one browser to another, all that you need to carry with you are your bookmarks, saved passwords, and a few settings.
In Chrome’s case, migrating from other browsers like Firefox and Edge is quite easy. When you first install Chrome, you will see a welcome screen asking you to sign in with your Google account.
This is a move to sync your browsing experience with your preferences saved in your Google account. However, for a fresh clean start, skip the syncing for now. You can sync at any time in the future. Click on the “No Thanks" button on the screen to proceed.
You will now see the Google browser home page where you will be given the option to import your bookmarks and other settings from other browsers. This option will be displayed right on the top to make it easy for you to spot. You can use this option to import your bookmarks and settings right away or do it manually later.
If you plan on importing your data manually, here are the steps you should follow:
- To launch the “Import Bookmarks and Settings" wizard, click on the ‘More’ icon in the menu bar on the top right corner
From the drop-down that opens, select “Settings"
This will open the Chrome Settings page. Here, you will easily be able to spot the “Import bookmarks and settings" option. Click on it
Now in the “Import Bookmarks and Settings" dialog box which opens, you will be given the option to select the items to import, like browsing history, favorites/bookmarks, saved passwords, and search engines. Also, you will be able to choose which browser you wish to import this data from. Make your choices and click on ‘Import’.
- Next, Chrome will import the data and give you an appropriate success message. You can repeat this procedure for as many browsers as you require. The bookmarks from different browsers will be stored in “Imported From <browserName>" folder in your bookmarks menu and toolbar, but you can reorganize them however you want to.
Note: Chrome cannot import your add-ons. For this, you’ll have to search for equivalent extensions yourself from the Chrome add-ons gallery.
Check which version of Google Chrome is installed
In order to check which version of Chrome is installed, follow the below mentioned steps:
- Click on the menu icon from the upper-right corner.
Go to Help and click on About Chrome as shown below:
- This will open a page displaying the name of your Chrome version and other information like the version number, system bit information, etc.
Do I have Google Chrome installed already?
If you don’t remember installing Google Chrome, you can check if you have it installed using one of these tricks:
- Check your Desktop for the Chrome icon. By default Chrome creates a desktop shortcut when it is installed.
- Open the Windows Start menu and check in the installed items if Chrome exists.
- Go to Control Panel and open Programs and Features. There in the list of programs, check for Google Chrome.
If you can find Chrome through any of the above mentioned techniques, you have it installed already on your system.
Is my Google Chrome up to date?
If you haven’t made updating your browser a habit yet, you need to start NOW! Every successive browser update promises to bring with it bug fixes, new features, and improved security measures. So if you want to ensure that your browsing is secured with the latest protection, you must update your Chrome automatically or manually from time to time.
To check if your Chrome browser is up-to-date, click the menu button on the top-right corner. Then:
- Click on Help and select About Chrome.
The About Google Chrome window will open and Chrome will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically.
How to automatically update Google Chrome?
By default, Google Chrome is set to update automatically in the background. To trigger an auto-update, go to “About Google Chrome" as shown in the previous section. This will trigger an auto-update check for Chrome. If any update is available, it will be applied automatically.
How to manually update Google Chrome?
Usually, Chrome updates happen automatically, however, if you haven’t closed the browser in a while, you may see a pending update sign on the top-right corner. To launch update manually in such a case:
- Hit the menu button in the upper right corner
- Click Update Google Chrome.
- If you don’t see this button, you’re already on the latest version.
- Re-launch Chrome
Uninstall and re-install Google Chrome
To uninstall Chrome, close all running instances of the browser first. Then follow the below mentioned steps:
- Go to the Windows Control Panel
- Click on “Programs and Features"
- Double click on the item “Google Chrome" from the list of programs
This will open the Uninstall wizard as shown below
- Follow the instructions to uninstall Chrome
To re-install Chrome, again use the installer named “ChromeSetup.exe" saved in your ‘Downloads’ folder.
How to make Google Chrome default browser
Your default browser is the one which is opened automatically when you click on an HTML file, or on a link within a document. To make Google Chrome your default browser:
- Click on the menu button
- Go to Settings and scroll down to reach the ‘Default Browser’ section
Here, click on the “Make Default" button to make Chrome your default browser
- If you don’t see this button, Chrome is already your default browser.
Google Chrome editions
Like any other browser, several versions of Google Chrome have been launched over the years. Each version has its own specific purpose and target audience. Let us take a look at the different versions of Google Chrome and their key highlights.
Stable – The Stable version of Google Chrome is what you get when you conduct a basic search for Google Chrome and download it to your machine. This version is what most of us work on every day. It is the end product of multiple tests run on other versions of the browser.
Beta – The Beta version is one step before the stable build. It is mostly stable with a few bugs which are quite minor and may hamper its working at times. But before the browser has to be released to the general public, these bugs are fixed. You can say that the beta version is the final stage of testing.
Dev – A step ahead of beta, Chrome Dev is slightly more unstable. Mainly used by developers to test out big changes, this version of the browser is more prone to crashes, errors, extension compatibility issues, etc.
Canary – Canary is the most unstable Chrome build since it is regularly updated automatically by Google servers with the latest code development. This version is used by developers to test compatibility issues.