If you use Google Chrome on your Mac, and you probably think so, you may have noticed that it updates itself automatically. While this is definitely a good thing, partly because it saves you from having to update another app, and partly (and this is important) because you’ll always have the latest security updates pushed to your browser. However, the problem is that you cannot disable automatic updates in Chrome. There is absolutely no option in Google Chrome that allows you to disable automatic browser updates. This is probably so users don’t disable updates and leave themselves vulnerable. However, if you really want to disable Google Chrome’s automatic updates, follow these steps:
Check Chrome Update Check Interval
Google Chrome has a set interval to check for available updates. If it finds one, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically. While checking the current value of the refresh check interval is not strictly necessary, it’s a good idea to do so so that you can reset it to the default if you wish. To check the current scan interval, just follow the steps below:
1. Start the terminal and to give ” Read Patterns com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval “. Press Enter.
2. On the next line you will see a number. this is the time in seconds), which Google waits before checking for an update. Typically, this value is set to 18,000 seconds or 5 hours.
Disable Chrome’s automatic updates
a warning : It is not recommended to disable Google Chrome’s automatic updates as this will expose you to potential security threats that may be fixed by Google in a later version. Only do this if you know what you are doing. It is also recommended to manually update Google Chrome from time to time to ensure security. At the end of this article, I will show you how to manually check for updates.
All it takes is a Terminal command and Chrome’s automatic updates will be turned off on a Mac. If you’re sure you want to disable Google Chrome’s automatic updates on your Mac, just launch Terminal and type the command ” defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0 ” one.
If you set checkInterval to 0, Google Chrome is generally unresponsive to updates verified . This means Google Chrome will not update unless you manually check.
Update Google Chrome Manually
If you’ve turned off automatic updates for Google Chrome, I definitely recommend still running the updater manually to keep the version up to date. To run the updater manually, follow these steps:
1. Launch Finder and press ” Command + Shift + G “. Or click ” Go – Go to folder “. type here” /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/ ” One and Press the enter key.
a warning : If this location does not contain anything, go to ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/.
2. Here, double-click ” CheckForUpdatesNow.command command “. This will launch the terminal and check for updates. When the process is complete, a message will appear stating “ [Vorgang abgeschlossen] ” displayed .
That’s it. You have successfully checked for available updates. If updates are available, they will install themselves and all you need to do is run the CheckForUpdatesNow.command program.
Re-enable automatic updates
If you think automatic updates were probably better for you, you can always turn them back on. All you have to do is this terminal for start and ” Default values write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 18000 ” log in . This will reset the refresh interval to the default value that Google Chrome includes. You must restart Chrome for the changes to take effect.
Turn Chrome’s automatic updates on or off
Now you know how to turn Chrome’s automatic updates on and off. You can always play around with the settings and change the refresh interval to whatever you want (maximum 24 hours) to set how often Google Chrome will automatically check for updates. If you have any problems with these methods, please let us know in the comments section.
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