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.
- Login to your Chrome OS device and open a browser.
- To get to the right place click the three dot menu in the top left, then:
- Click ‘Settings’ then ‘About Chrome OS’
- Hover over ‘Help’ and select ‘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
(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.
Now, you want help Powerwashing your Chrome OS device? Well, we have a How To for that too.