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They don’t have the mass-market appeal of Macs or Windows machines, but Chromebooks are great alternatives. They boot up quickly, are safer, and are usually much less expensive than the competition. Chromebooks also have a leg-up on the competition in another area: updates. Not only is it easy to update your Chromebook, but updates only take a few minutes to download and install. By the time PCs and Macs finish updating, you’re up and running with your Chromebook. Not to mention direct updates from Google makes it possible to get the most recent software in a timely fashion. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to perform a Chromebook update.

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How to do a Chromebook update

  1. Connect your Chrome OS device to the internet over Wi-Fi or ethernet.
  2. Click on the settings tray in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  3. Enter the settings using the gear icon.
  4. Click on About Chrome OS on the bottom of the left column.
  5. Select the Check for updates option.
  6. If there is an update available, your Chromebook will begin downloading and installing it.
  7. Once the update finishes, click Restart.

Of course, this procedure is only needed if you want to accelerate the process and manually push an update. While the ability to do this is nice, it’s not always necessary. Chromebooks will get updated automatically. When this happens, you’ll see an “Update Available” notification. You can then click on Restart to update to finish the process.

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