Chrome rolls out its automatic updates very frequently with the ambition of providing you with useful, comfortable and safe browsing experience. Sometimes, new updates either change too much stuff or take ages to download and install. Moreover, what can be irritating sometimes is that it starts to download the update without your permission which might hamper your productivity. Luckily, you can prevent automatic Chrome updates on both Windows and Mac.
In this article, we are going to talk about how to stop automatic Google Chrome update in Windows and Mac. So, here we go!
How to Stop Automatic Chrome Updates in Windows
It is the easiest and simplest way to stop automatic Google Chrome updates in Windows.
Step 1: Go to ‘Start’ button and type run in the search programs and files field. You can also press Windows key + R to open Run window.
Step 2: Type “msconfig” in the Run prompt and hit ‘Ok’.
Step 3: Select ‘Services’ tab from the System Configuration window.
Step 4: Search for Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem). You will find them under Google Inc or you can check ‘Hide all Microsoft services’, which you will find on the bottom right corner of System Configuration window.
Step 5: Now, uncheck both Google items.
Step 6: Hit on ‘Ok’ to continue.
Step 7: Now, your machine will prompt you to restart it to make the required changes.
How to Stop Automatic Chrome Updates on Mac
In order to disable automatic Chrome updates in Mac all you need is ‘Terminal’ application. Follow the below steps to do the same.
Step 1: Navigate to ‘Finder’ icon (the one which looks like a smiley face).
Step 2: Locate Applications.
Step 3: Go to ‘Utilities’ folder and open the ‘Terminal’.
Note: You can also press Command + Shift + U to open Utilities folder.
Step 4: Now, enter the below command
defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0
Then, press Return key from your keyboard to disable automatic updates for Google products.
Step 5: You need to restart your Chrome in case it’s opened to apply the new changes.
Step 6: That’s it, it is done. After making the required changes your Chrome will no longer check for automatic updates.
Note: You can easily enable automatic updates by accessing Terminal by using the same command. You can replace 0 with the interval between update checks in seconds. In fact, you can set checkInterval 86400, if you want to check for updates in every twenty-four hours. It is possible to check updates by opening the Chrome menu < choosing ‘Help’ < ‘About Google Chrome’.
Overall, it is not recommended by Google to disable Chrome automatic updates. Moreover, it also fixes security holes and minor bugs. However, it is the best possible way to preserve your internet data and save you from the annoying notification to install the updates.