Updating your apps, especially your browsers are very important. They not only add features to the mix but also make the browser more stable and bug-free. However, a lot of Chrome users are deprived of this privilege. According to them, the Chrome browser won’t update on their Windows 11/10 system. In this article, we are going to talk about this issue and see what should be done to resolve the issue.
How do I manually update Chrome on Windows 11?
Before going to the troubleshooting guide, let us once again try to manually update Chrome. To do the same, follow the prescribed steps.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the three vertical dots.
- Select Help > About Google Chrome.
- See if there is an available update.
If Chrome is not updating, move to the troubleshooting guide.
Fix Chrome browser won’t update on Windows 11/10
If the Chrome browser won’t update on your computer, try the following solutions.
- Restart your computer
- Check your Internet Connection
- Clear Chrome Cookies, Browsing Data, and Cache
- Enable Google Update Service
- Reset Chrome
- Disable Antivirus or Firewall Temporarily
- Reinstall Chrome
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Restart your computer
Sometimes, the issue can be resolved just by rebooting your system. Because, it will not only restart the OS but also, services related to Windows and Chrome. So, go ahead and restart your computer and see if that fixes the issue. If Chrome is still not updating, move to the next solution.
2] Check your Internet Connection
Your browser may fail to update if it’s not getting proper Internet. To confirm this, you can use your Chrome browser or any other browser and open a free Internet Speed tester. Run the tool to get the bandwidth. If it’s low, run the same tool on another device connected to the same network. In case, all the devices are concluding that your Internet is slow, restart your Router and if that doesn’t work, contact your ISP. If yours is the only device with the said issue, check our guide to see how to fix slow Internet.
3] Clear Chrome Cookies, Browsing Data, and Cache
Next up, we are going to clear Chrome’s Cookies, Browsing Data, and Cache. If any of them is corrupted, this solution will do the trick for you. Follow the given steps to do the same.
- Open Chrome.
- Click on the three vertical dots.
- Select Settings.
- Click on Privacy and Security > Clear browsing data.
- Stay on the Basics tab, make sure that the Time range is set to All time, all the boxes are ticked, and click Clear data.
Now, check if the issue persists. In case, Chrome is still not updating, go to the Clear browsing data option and then clear all the options in the Advanced tab.
Hopefully, this will do the job for you.
4] Enable Google Update Service
Google Update service is usually enabled on your computer, but since Chrome is not updating, we should take a lot of the services and see if the issue persists.
To do the same, launch Services and look for Google Update Service, there are two services:
- gupdate – Automatic Delayed Start
- gupdatem – Manual
Right-click on them and select Properties, and set their Startup type as shown above:
If they are stopped, you need to set the Start button.
Now, check if the issue persists.
5] Reset Chrome
Next up, we have to reset Chrome, this will disable extensions, delete cookies and caches, and reset settings to the factory default. To do that, follow the prescribed steps.
- Click on the three vertical dots and select Settings.
- Go to Advanced > Reset and clean up.
- Click Restore settings to their original defaults > Reset settings.
Now, check if it’s updating
6] Disable Antivirus or Firewall Temporarily
If you configured a third-party antivirus, it can stop Chrome from fetching its updates. That is why you should disable the third-party antivirus or firewall and try updating Chrome. Once the app is updated, go back and turn on the security program.
Although this cause is usually seen in computers with a third-party antivirus, we can not say that Windows Defender can never interfere with Chrome. To confirm, you can disable Windows Defender temporarily and try updating Chrome.
7] Reinstall Chrome
If nothing works, you can always uninstall Chrome and install its latest version. However, this is not a solution instead it’s a workaround.
Read: Fix Error 0x80040902 during Google Chrome update
Why does Google Chrome not work on Windows 11?
If you are seeing Google Chrome has stopped working then this means that your app has crashed. There could be various reasons why this has happened, but mostly, it has something to do with corruption. You may have a corrupted cache, cookies, program files, extension, etc. You can find some of the fixes in this article, but I would recommend you check our guide on what to do when Chrome has stopped working or is crashing.
Read: List of best alternative web browsers for Windows 11/10.