If you’re using Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser — whether on MacOS, Windows, or Linux — it’s time to check for important security updates. On Friday, Google released a Chrome update to patch a significant vulnerability that is actively being exploited in an ongoing cyberattack. Google urges users on all operating systems to update Chrome as soon as possible.
The security lapse involves a collection of back-end libraries called Mojo, which are used by Chromium-based browsers, including Opera, Brave and Microsoft Edge. The zero-day vulnerability is classified as high severity and is labeled CVE-2022-307. The Google update patch fixes the vulnerability and updates your current version of Chrome to version 105.0.5195.102.
If you haven’t applied the latest updates — or if your updates aren’t automatically turned on — here’s how to check your Chrome version and get updates quickly.
How to update Chrome on Android
By default, Android phones and tablets are set to allow Google Chrome to automatically check for and install updates. If you’ve disabled this setting, you can easily re-enable it by opening your Play Store app, selecting Google Chrome, then tapping the three-dot menu on the app’s Play Store page to open your update settings.
Here’s how to check if your Google Chrome app is updated on Android.
1. Open your Play Store app. In the top right corner, tap your profile icon.
2. Knock Manage apps & devices to bring up Summary tabs.
3. The second option on the Overview tab will say All recent apps or Update available. If you see Update Available, tap it.
4. In the list of applications that appears, find Google Chrome. Next to the app name, tap Renew.
How to update Chrome on iPhone or iPad
For App Store users, Google Chrome should be set up automatically to find and install app updates. Here’s how to manually check if the update has been applied.
1. Open App store app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Knock Profile Properties in the top right corner (that’s your circular profile icon). This will open a screen labeled Account. Scroll down to Available Updates.
3. Search for Google Chrome. If Chrome is listed, tap Renew to install the latest browser updates. You may be asked to provide the App Store with your Apple ID and password. If so, provide them and the updates will start downloading and installing.
If Chrome isn’t listed in Available Updates, you can also go to Google Chrome on the App Store. If the option to update Chrome appears, you can tap the button to start updating. Alternatively, you can update Google Chrome from within the iPhone Chrome app itself.
1. Open Chrome, and in the lower right corner of the app, tap the three dots Again Can not.
2. From the screen that appears, scroll right to find, then tap, Arrangement.
3. Scroll down to Security Check and tap. In the new Security Checkup menu that appears, tap Check now. From here, Chrome will start updating if a newer version is available.
How to update Chrome on desktop
Whether you’re on MacOS or Windows, your Google Chrome update process remains the same. Here’s how to quickly check for updates and install them.
1. On your computer or laptop, go to Google Chrome and click on Again the menu is found in the upper right corner of the browser (looks like three dots, stacked vertically).
2. Here you will be able to see if an update has just been released. If you see a green icon, the update was released less than two days ago. The orange icon means there’s been an update pending for four days now. And the red icon means the update has been waiting for you for at least a week.
3. Near the bottom Again menu, click Help then click About Google Chrome.
4. In the new screen that opens, click Update Google Chrome knob. Can’t find the button? Big. That means you are up to date.
5. If you have clicked the Update Google Chrome button, complete it by clicking Relaunch.
Chrome will now restart and you will be completely up to date.