Chrome OS will be rolling out a new Consumer Auto Update Toggle feature: All you need to know

Google will soon give Chrome OS device users greater control over their devices by allowing them to use a feature that can disable automatic updates.

Chrome OS, like any other operating system, gets frequent updates, most recently switching from a six-week to a four-week cycle. However, unlike other operating systems, Chrome OS updates are deployed automatically and cannot yet be ignored or canceled.

Chrome OS will download updates in the background during typical internet use and install them the next time you reboot. As of now, the only options to avoid updating your personal Chromebook are to use it offline or to avoid rebooting after an update has been downloaded. Furthermore, business IT administrators may control when an update is applied to their fleet of managed Chrome OS devices.

The new Auto Update Toggle Feature in Chrome OS: Explained

Google is planning a new toggle in the Settings app that will allow you to select whether or not your Chromebook updates automatically, according to a recent code modification. Things will be hidden behind a flag in Chrome: /flags, much as practically every other work-in-progress feature stays hidden.

Once enabled, a new option should appear under About Chrome OS > Additional details in the Settings app.

When you attempt to deactivate Chrome OS automatic updates via this feature, a pop-up window appears, reminding you of the reasons why you should definitely keep updates enabled. You may then confirm or cancel the adjustment.

The recent release of Chrome OS Flex might be one reason for Google to start making upgrades optional. Google has a stringent testing mechanism in place for Chromebooks — that is, devices that run Chrome OS out of the box – to guarantee that bugs are not introduced on any actively supported device.

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Meanwhile, Chrome OS Flex is designed to run on nearly any PC hardware, a situation that Google cannot test to the same extent as Chromebooks. It’s conceivable that this is only to give Chrome OS Flex users direct control over when their device updates. However, there’s no reason to believe that this won’t be accessible to other Chromebook users as well.

Even if you deactivate these larger system updates, your Chrome browser will be able to continue upgrading normally in the foreseeable future. Google has been working for over a year to split Chrome updates from Chrome OS upgrades, which would assist both individuals who have blocked system updates and those whose Chromebooks are now dead.


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Shazia Irani

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