Keep Your Web Browsers up to Date

Keeping your web browser up to date is an important way to ensure a good browsing experience. The process varies slightly for each of the three main browsers - Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, but is quick and easy to do. 

Your browsers will self-update on an intermittent basis, but if you follow the steps below, you'll be sure that you have the current version of each.


Normally, Chrome updates happen in the background when you close and reopen the Chrome browser. If you haven't closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, look at More
  3. If an update is pending, you will see a small colored icon like this: 
    1. Green: An update was released less than 2 days ago.
    2. Orange: An update was released about 4 days ago.
    3. Red: An update was released at least a week ago.
  4. To update Google Chrome:
  5. On your computer, open Chrome.
  6. At the top right, click More
  7. Click Update Google Chrome.
    1. Important: If you can't find this button, you're already on the latest version.
  8. Click Relaunch.

The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. Your Incognito windows won't reopen when Chrome restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

Visit chrome://settings/help to confirm that Chrome is up to date.



By default, Firefox updates automatically. You can always update manually, in which case an update is downloaded but not installed until you restart Firefox.

  1. On the menu bar click the Firefox menu and select About Firefox.
  2. The About Firefox window opens. Firefox will check for updates and download them automatically.
  3. When the download is complete, click Restart to update Firefox.



The Safari browser is fully integrated into Apple’s operating systems that you don’t have to keep it up to date. All you have to do to update Safari is install macOS or iOS updates and you’re covered.  

To keep your Mac up to date, see Apple's documentation on macOS security updates.

  1. On macOS Mojave or later, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Software Update to check for updates.
  2. On macOS High Sierra or earlier, open the App Store app on your Mac and click Updates in the App Store toolbar. Click “Update All” to update all available software update.


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