When users report that their Chromebook is running slow, we recommend they update Chrome OS to the latest version. Google regularly releases update patches that include performance fixes and new features, so it’s important to stay up-to-date. Keeping an update pending for many days is strongly discouraged, as these updates also help keep your Chromebook secure.
In this guide, we have added three different ways to update your Chromebook. You can update the stable ChromeOS build or move to the Beta or Dev channel to try out new features. Apart from that, you can update the Linux container in Chrome OS as well.
How to update Chrome OS on your Chromebook
- Open the Quick Settings panel from the bottom-right corner and click on “Settings“.
- Move to “About ChromeOS” in the left sidebar.
- Click on “Check for updates” in the right pane, and your Chromebook will search for any pending updates.
- If there is an update available, your Chromebook will start downloading the fresh build automatically.
- After a few seconds, click on “Restart” to install the new build. Your Chromebook will be updated to the new version after the restart.
How to update Chrome OS to Beta or Dev Channel
- Open the Quick Settings panel from the bottom right corner and click the “Settings” (cogwheel) icon.
- Move to “About ChromeOS” in the left sidebar and then click on “Additional details” in the right pane.
- Chrome OS will show the current channel builds you are using on your device. Click on “Change channel“.
- Now, select the “Beta” or “Developer – unstable” option in the pop-up window. We suggest joining the Beta channel as it has fewer bugs and a good amount of new features.
- Next, go back to the “About ChromeOS” page and click on “Check for updates” in the right pane.
- Click on “Restart” and your Chromebook will be updated to the new channel.
How to update Linux on your Chromebook
- Open the Terminal app from the App Launcher. Head to the Linux folder in the App Launcher to access the Terminal.
- Run the below command to update all the packages and dependencies.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
- Finally, run the below command to upgrade the Linux distribution to the latest version. If there is an upgrade available, then it will be downloaded and applied automatically.
sudo apt dist-upgrade -y
- After the update, run the below command to check the current Linux version installed on your Chromebook.