How to Turn Off Automatic Updates in Google Chrome

Google Chrome being one of the most popular web browser for Windows users mainly has its own advantage. Even though, the browser is available for all the mobile platforms, but I wouldn’t be using it anywhere other than my Windows PC. Why not smartphones? because the native browser of almost every smartphone does the job perfectly for me. Well, it’s a personal opinion and preference after all. Check below how to turn off automatic updates in google chrome.

How to Turn Off Automatic Updates in Google Chrome

The Chrome browser is fast and fluid. It has been designed in a way that it updates itself automatically or checks for the available updates automatically to keep itself updated with the latest available updates. Too many updates in one sentence? Well, you can surely ignore them, but not the Google Chrome automatic updates.

General perception is  that keeping any software utility up-to-date is a better thing to do. But, this is not the case always. At times, new updates bring more glitches and bugs than the fixes.

I don’t like the idea of automatic updates when it comes to software. Some people prefer to update their software after days of its release so that they can be sure of its stability.

Now if you are one of those who does not like automatic updates in Google Chrome, here is how to disable automatic updates in Google Chrome in PC. Check below how to turn off automatic updates in google chrome.

How to Disable Google Chrome Automatic Updates in Windows : Steps to Follow

Note: To do this we need to edit Windows registry, hence make sure that you follow all the steps correctly.
  • Login with administrative rights to your PC. If you want to prevent your current chrome version from getting future updates then proceed with step 3.
  • If your Chrome version has been updated already and you want to move back to the earlier version then uninstall the Chrome on your PC. Follow instructions given here to install the older version of chrome.
  • Download this registry file, which will be added to the Google Updater controller on your registry. Once downloaded, run the registry file and click on Yes, if asked to confirm the decision.
  • You should see a success message saying ” the keys and values contain in xxxxxxxxxx.reg have been successfully added to the registry”.
  • Now open Google Chrome, and go to Chrome://chrome and you should see an updates are disabled by the administrator message.
  • Now that you have disabled automatic updates in Google Chrome, you can be sure that the future updates will not affect your browser unless you want to update to the latest version manually.
Note: The Google Chrome developers recommend to keep your browser up-to-date as most of the time it may contain security patches.

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  1. I have tried many many many different and similar methods. NONE OF THEM WORK!!!! Even the ones you suggested.

    I have put the following in the registry and I have tried them one at a time, various combos of them and all of them and NOTHING works.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update]
    “UpdateDefault”=dword:0
    “DefaultUpdate”=dword:0
    “AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes”=dword:00000000
    “Update{8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96}”=dword:00000000

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update]
    “UpdateDefault”=dword:0
    “DefaultUpdate”=dword:0
    “AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes”=dword:00000000
    “Update{8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96}”=dword:00000000

    I have tried placing them in the user registry, did not work.

    I tried putting them under the Google key above the update key, did not work.

    I need to be able to stop the updates PERMANENTLY forever from now until the end of time via a .bat file etc as I have 100s of Frozen PCs I would like to put Chrome on, but IT MUST NEVER EVER UPDATE on its own as the update causes problems with CPU usage etc during the update and the system is FROZEN so the update is lost as soon as it reboots. It is unacceptable that there is not a simple way to do this for all version and flavors of Chrome. It is one of the reasons I only recommend FireFox.

    I do not want to use local policy nor Active Directory Group Policy as the first option is too time consuming to do and cannot be automated and the GP way would effect ALL of our systems, as the powers that be have designed it, and I do not want to disable it on NON Frozen PC if I can help it. I also do not want to have to remove/disable/rename Google update services as that is NOT the right way to do this. THE ONLY RIGHT WAY is for Google to allow a simple reg setting to determine for ALL users etc whether update will be automatic or manual with no BUGGING or OBTRUSIVE messages about a need to update.

    I am installing, during my tests, Enterprise version 52.xxxx x64 .MSI on a Virgin install of Win 7 x64 system. No matter when or how I place the options in the registry, when I run Chrome it immediately updates to ver 53.xxxxx. THIS MUST STOP!!!!! Or I can never install Chrome on these systems. The users want it for an option, but as an IT professional I cannot install and will not install nor recommend ANYTHING/Software that I cannot completely control!! Especially Updates!!!!

    My thanks to anyone who can solve this ridiculous unacceptable problem. Google WAKE UP!!!!!

    Ralph

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