Chromebooks are great, they generally keep themselves up-to-date, grabbing updates in the background and only prompting you to restart when absolutely required. But it doesn’t work that way all the time. If you’ve noticed that your Chromebook isn’t updating, there could be a reason why, and it’s likely due to you being tethered to a mobile hotspot.
By default, a Chromebook (or Chromebox) won’t update when it’s connected to a Wifi access point which is using cellular data. ChromeOS is smart enough to detect when a cellular connection is in play and even if you ‘Check for and apply updates’ or ‘Powerwash’ your machine, your version number will stay the same – unless you enable updates over cellular. So how do you do it?
Well, it’s easy.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a CROSH window in a tab.
- Enter this command: ‘update_over_cellular enable’ and hit enter.
Once you’ve done this, simply go to ‘Settings’ > ‘About ChromeOS’ and click on the ‘Check for and apply updates’ button and you should be then prompted to update.