For whatever reason you want to stop the automatic Chrome updates, you can do so in just a few steps. This post will take you through the process of disabling the Chrome auto updates.
Rename the update folder [Windows]
This is one of the easiest methods that anyone can do without hassle.
- On Windows 10, go to the Chrome installation drive which is generally C: drive.
- Then navigate to “C:\Program Files\Google\”.
- You will see the “Update” folder. Try to rename this folder; if you can then this will disable the Chrome update. In most of the cases, you can’t rename this folder.
- Open “Update” folder and rename the “GoogleUpdate” application file to something like “GoogleUpdate1”.
- Now go to Chrome and check the URL “chrome://settings/help”. You should see error in auto update.
On Mac, you can go to “Users > Your Mac Drive > Library > Google > GoogleSoftwareUpdate” and rename this folder. Unfortunately when you check the auto update, Chrome will re-create this folder and run the auto update. So renaming this folder does not work on Mac.
Disable Automatic Chrome Updates from Windows System Configuration [Windows]
- Open the “Run” command by pressing the “Win +R” shortcut keys or type “Run” on the Windows search box, and select the run command.
- Type “msconfig” and click ok or hit “Enter” to open the system configuration panel.
- On the system configuration window, select the “Services” tab. At the bottom of the window, uncheck the box on the left of “Hide all Microsoft services”.
- Navigate the list of services and uncheck both “Google Update (gupdate)” and “Google Update (gupdatem)”.
- Click the “Apply” and then “OK” button to save the changes.
- When prompted to restart the PC, click on “Restart” for the changes to take effect.
3. Disable Chrome Updates from Windows Services Manager [Windows]
- Open the “Run” command by searching “Run” from the Cortana or pressing the “Win + R” keys on the keyboard. Type “services.msc” and click “Ok”. This will open services manager window.
- Alternatively, type “control” on the Windows or Cortana search and select the “Control Panel”, select “System and Security” and scroll down then click on “Administrative Tools”.
- Double click on “Services” to open the service manager screen.
- Look for “Google Update (gupdate)” and “Google Update (gupdatem)” on the list.
- Double click on both (each at a time) and on the “General” tab under “Startup Type” choose “Disabled” option then click ok.
- Restart the PC.
4. Disable Chrome Updates from Registry Editor [Windows]
You can also stop Chrome from automatically updating by editing the registry keys.
- From the “Run” utility “Win + R” keys, type “regedit” and click “OK” to open the registry editor.
- On the registry editor open the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder. You may double click on the folder or click on the arrow to open.
- Open the “SOFTWARE” folder and scroll down to “Policies”.
- Right-click the “Policies” folder, select “New” then click “Key”.
- Rename the newly created key to “Google”.
- Right click on the “Google” folder, select “New” then click on “Key” and rename the key to “Update”.
- On the right hand side of the registry editor, right click on the white space below the “Default” option and select “New” then choose “DWORD”.
- Rename the new key to “Updatedefault”.
- Double click on the “Updatedefault” to edit the DWORD value and set the “Value data” to 0.
Click “Ok” to save your changes and exit the “Registry Editor”.
5.Block Chrome Update URLs [Windows and Mac]
Google uses one of the URLs for updating Chrome. So you can block these domains using hosts file on Windows and Mac to block the update. However, if Google uses different URL for update then the auto update will work.