+ Thursday October 24th, 2019

Chrome OS is fun, it’s a fast growing operating system, which means you can get features fast, and if you want them faster you can run a slightly more risky version of Chrome OS with newer features, but how do you do it.

First a bit of background. Chromebooks, Chromebases, Chromeboxes and Chromebits, no matter which form factor you choose you’re running Chrome OS. Chrome OS updates on a 6-weekly cycle, with features arriving first on the Developer channel, before heading to the Beta channel and finally to the Stable channel as they’re deemed ‘ready’.

You will find bugs on Developer and Beta channels (and Stable sometimes, but less so). If you’re having issues with say Netflix, change channel to a more stable version: Developer > Beta or Beta > Stable and you may find your issue disappears.

But how do you do it?
Well, it’s absolutely simple.

  1. Login to your Chrome OS device and open a browser.
  2. To get to the right place click the three dot menu in the top left, then:
    • Click ‘Settings’ then ‘About Chrome OS’
    • Note: You can also just hit the activity menu in the bottom right and go to ‘Settings’ then ‘About Chrome OS’ too

    • Hover over ‘Help’ and select ‘About Chrome OS’
  3. You’ll then see an ‘About Chrome OS’ screen listing the current version of Chrome OS you’re on as well as a ‘Check for and apply for updates’ button and a ‘More info…’ button.
  4. About Screen

  5. Clicking ‘More info…’ will expand with a button to change channel. Click that and you can choose from Stable, Beta or Developer, with the obvious (Unstable) warning attached to Developer
  6. Once you select your desired channel, Chrome OS will then check for and download the update to that channel. You’ll be asked to reboot your Chrome OS device when the download is complete to apply the update
  7. (Note: this is a rare time you’ll need to reboot a Chrome OS device to apply an update)

Now, you’ve updated to a higher channel – what happens if you want to go back? Well, it’s just as easy, but you will need to Powerwash your device. Simply select the lower channel (Developer > Beta or Stable/ Beta > Stable), then wait for the update to download and restart.

Dev to Stable - Power Wash

Now, you want help Powerwashing your Chrome OS device? Well, we have a How To for that too.

Daniel Tyson  


Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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