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How to Update Google Chrome in Ubuntu

Chrome is one of the most famous web browsers with more than 60% of market share. It is known for its usability and simplicity but also the amount of Memory it consumes. But unless and until we find a suitable replacement for chrome, let’s keep using it. In Ubuntu, there are several methods in which you can update Chrome and you guys probably will not read this and jump to the commands section to copy paste in the terminal. So, Lets get started. [ uhh, Great Scott ]

Method 1: Using the Software Updater

It’s the most Easiest way and recommended one too to update software on Ubuntu, which is via the Software Updater tool. This is recommended because the updater makes sure that all the software installed via that is up to date and provides you with updates from the right source.

  • Open the Software Updater:
    • Click on the Ubuntu Dash icon (top-left corner) or press Super (Windows) key.
    • Type “Software Updater” and press Enter.
  • Check for Updates:
    • The Software Updater will open, and it will automatically check for available updates.
    • If updates are available, you’ll see a list of software that can be updated, including Google Chrome.
  • Install Updates:
    • Click the “Install Now” button to update all the listed software, including Google Chrome.
  • Enter Password:
    • If prompted, enter your administrator password to authenticate the update process.
  • Wait for Completion:
    • The updater will download and install the updates. Once finished, restart your browser to apply the changes.

Method 2: Using Terminal Commands

For users comfortable with the command line, updating Google Chrome via the Terminal is a quick and efficient method.

  • Open Terminal:
    • Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a Terminal window.
  • Update Package Lists:
    • Run the following command to update the package lists
sudo apt update
  • Upgrade Google Chrome:
    • Run the following command to upgrade all installed packages, including Google Chrome
sudo apt upgrade
  • Restart Google Chrome:
    • After the upgrade is complete, restart Google Chrome to apply the changes.

Method 3: Using Google’s Repository

Google provides an official repository for Chrome on Linux. Adding this repository allows you to receive updates directly from Google.

  • Download and Install the Signing Key:
    • Run the following commands to download and install Google’s signing key
wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
  • Add Google Chrome Repository:
    • Run the following command to add the Google Chrome repository to your system
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'
  • Update and Install:
    • Update the package lists and install or upgrade Google Chrome using the following commands
sudo apt update
sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
  • Restart Google Chrome:
    • After installation or upgrade, restart Google Chrome to apply the changes.

By following one of these methods, you can easily ensure that your Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu is up to date. Regularly updating your browser not only provides the latest features but also enhances security and overall browsing experience.

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