Update your Google Chrome ASAP
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Written by Alexander Pan
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For all those using Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser - irrespective of device or operating system - you will need to check for a critical security update to patch a serious vulnerability that's being exploited by hackers.

Google has urged all its users on all operating systems to update their Chrome as soon as possible to version 105.0.5195.102. If you haven't updated your Chrome recently or if you don't have auto-update turned on, we're going to go through how you can check your version of Chrome and how to update it quickly.

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How to update on Android

Android devices are set to allow Google Chrome to automatically update by default. If this setting has been disabled, it can be reactivated by opening your Play Store app, selecting Google Chrome, and tapping the three-dot menu on the app's Play Store page to open your update settings.

As for how to check whether your Chrome is updated, here's what to do:

  • Open your Play Store app. In the top right corner, tap your profile icon.

  • Go to 'Manage apps & device' to bring up the 'Overview' tab.

  • The second option on the 'Overview' tab will either say "All apps up to date" or "Updates available". If you see Updates Available, tap it.

  • In the list of apps that appears, find Google Chrome. Beside the app's name, tap Update.

How to update on iPhone and iPad

Apple devices are set to allow Google Chrome to automatically update by default. If this setting has been disabled, you can manually check whether your Chrome has been updated by:

  • Open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Tap 'Profile Properties' in the top right corner. This will open a screen labelled 'Account'. Scroll down to 'Available Updates'.

  • Search for Google Chrome. If Chrome is listed, tap 'Update' to install the latest updates. You may be asked to provide the App Store with your Apple ID and password, in which case you will need to enter them in order to get the update.

If Chrome isn't listed under 'Available Updates', you can also go to Google Chrome in the App Store:

  • Open Chrome, go to the bottom right corner of the app and tap the three-dot 'More' menu.

  • Next, scroll all the way to the right to 'Settings'.

  • Scroll to 'Safety Check' then tap 'Check now'. From here, Chrome will begin updating if a more recent version is available.

How to update on desktop or laptop

Regardless of whether you're using Windows or macOS, the Google Chrome update process is the same:

  • Open Google Chrome and click on the 'More' menu found in the top right corner of the browser (it's the vertical three dots).

  • Here you'll be able to see if an update has recently been released. If you see a green icon, an update was released less than two days ago. An orange icon means there's been a pending update for four days now. And a red icon means an update has been waiting for you for at least a week.

  • Near the bottom of the 'More' menu, click 'Help' and then click 'About Google Chrome'.

  • Next, click the 'Update Google Chrome' button. If there is no button, that means you're already up to date.

  • If you've clicked the 'Update Google Chrome' button, click 'Relaunch' once the update has been installed and you're all good to go.

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Information sourced from: CNET

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