How to download and install the Google Chrome browser

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Google Chrome is the number one modern desktop browser. It has the largest number of users / market shares. By comparison, competitors like Firefox and Opera only control a small fraction of the browser market.

Despite the popularity of Google Chrome, it doesn't come pre-installed on Windows or macOS. Both operating systems have their own stock browsers. That said, the browser is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Users can easily install it for free.

Download the Google Chrome browser

To download Google Chrome you need to use a browser. Both Windows 10 and macOS come with a stock browser that you can use to download Chrome.

On Windows 10

About Microsoft Edge.

  • Visit the .
  • Click Download Chrome.
  • Once the file is downloaded, run it.
  • The installer will download more files and install the browser.


Open Safari.

  • visit
  • Click Download Chrome.
  • Select your Mac's processor, such as Intel or M1.
  • Once the file is downloaded, open it.
  • Chrome will be installed (grant it additional permissions as you go).

Set Google Chrome as your default browser

If you plan to use Google Chrome as your default browser, you will need to change the default browser on your desktop. Make sure you've installed Chrome correctly, then follow the steps below.

Windows 10

  • Open the Settings app with the Win + I keyboard shortcut.
  • Go to App.
  • Select the Default apps tab.
  • Click the default browser button.
  • Select Chrome.


  • Open System Preferences.
  • Go to General.
  • Open the Default Web Browser drop-down menu.
  • Select Google Chrome.

Configure Google Chrome for use

Google Chrome can be used for navigation as soon as you install it. There are no further changes to be made. Setting your browser as your default browser is optional and is done for convenience only.

When you first open Google Chrome, you will be prompted to sign in with a Google account. This will allow you to sync your information such as form data, history, bookmarks, extensions, and so on with any other instances of Chrome installed on other computers you own. It will also allow you to send links from one browser to another, for example from Chrome installed on a Windows PC to Chrome installed on a Mac.

You can skip signing in and use Google Chrome without an account.

Google Chrome release channels

When users download Google Chrome, they download the major / stable version. Chrome has two other versions that users can download. These are experimental or beta versions which are some versions ahead of the main / stable version.

  • Google Chrome Beta: You can download the beta version of Chrome and.
  • Google Chromium: You can download Chromium.
  • Google Chrome Canary: This version is not recommended for use as it features nightly builds, however, you can still install it if you wish.

Update Google Chrome

Google Chrome will regularly check for updates and download them, however, you can manually check for an update whenever you want.

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Click the More Options button (button with three dots) in the top right.
  • Go to Help> About Google Chrome.
  • On the About page, wait for Chrome to check for updates.
  • If an update is available, it will be downloaded.
  • Restart your browser to install the update.

Check the version of Google Chrome

To check the version of Google Chrome;

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Click the More Options button (button with three dots) in the top right.
  • Go to Help> About Google Chrome.
  • The version number will be listed at the top.

Google Chrome functionality

Google Chrome isn't the first browser to introduce tabbed browsing. Many browsers have tabbed browsing, but Chrome was initially able to handle this exceptionally well with each sandboxed tab as its own process. In addition to improved and optimized navigation, Chrome has the following features;

  • Profiles: Users can create multiple Chrome profiles. Each profile is separate from the other with its own user data.
    Extensions: The Chrome Web Store has a fairly large library of extensions that you can install to change how your browser works and additional features.
  • Built-in protection: Chrome will warn users when they are about to visit an unsafe website, known for distributing malicious or potentially dangerous content. It also warns users if a file they are downloading could be dangerous.
  • Download manager: Chrome has a standard download manager that can pause and resume downloads.
    Casting: Google Chrome is designed to work with Google Chromecast. If you have a Chromecast device, you can cast to it from your browser without installing additional extensions.
  • Tab Grouping: Users can create tab groups that they have opened in a window to keep everything organized.
  • Window Name: Users can give Chrome windows individual names that make it easier to identify a window from multi-tasking view on a desktop operating system.
  • Mobile versions: Google Chrome has functional and feature-rich mobile versions. Chrome mobile is available for both iOS and Android and has many of the same features as its desktop counterpart.
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