Disable Google Chrome Automatic Software Update

Apr 6, 2012 - 8 Comments

Google Chrome automatic update

Google Chrome automatically updates itself in the background when a new version is out, this takes responsibility out of user hands and makes it simple to keep up to date with the latest version of the app. Generally you should leave automatic update enabled, if not for its ease than for the security benefits of having the freshest browser version pushed to you automatically, but if you want to disable the sizable automatic updates to reduce Personal Hotspot data use or something similar you can do so with a defaults write command.

Disabling Google Chrome Automatic Updates

  • Launch the Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/
  • Enter the following defaults write command and hit return:
  • defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0

  • Exit out of Terminal and restart Google Chrome

Note that this disables all automatic updates for all Google applications on the computer, not just for Chrome. There may be a way to disable Chromes automatic updating only but I haven’t found it, even Google offers the more broad solution outlined above.

Manually Updating Chrome After Automatic Update is Disabled

Now that you’ve disabled Chrome’s automatic updates, you’ll want to manually update. The easiest way would be to just download the latest version of Chrome from the website, but you can also initiate the update process from the command line by following the steps outlined below:

  • From the OS X Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the Go To Folder window, enter the following path:
  • /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/

  • Locate “CheckForUpdatesNow.command” and double-click on it to launch the Terminal and start the Google software update manually

If you get tired of dealing with manual updates, it’s easy to turn back on again:

Re-Enable Google Chrome Auto Updates

  • Launch the Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ and enter the following defaults write command:
  • defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 18000

  • Exit Terminal and restart Google Chrome to reactive automatic updates

The number on the end is the number of seconds between version checking intervals, 18000 is the default setting but if you want to be more or less aggressive select a higher or lower number accordingly.

As mentioned earlier, it’s generally recommended as a maintenance tip to leave automatic updates turned on for all applications, Chrome included.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Bee says:

    Wow, all those other places I looked and this is the first place to just tell me straightaway how to turn it off. I love Google Chrome but, not so much the automatic updates on my Mac. Normally I hate doing things that involve Terminal but this wasn’t too scary. Thanks for the instructions!! :)

  2. Casey says:

    I tried this defaults command, but when I go to the Chrome menu and choose About Google Chrome it looks like it still checks for updates when the info window opens. I’d prefer to block that too… and I have no way of confirming that Chrome is actually not checking for updates otherwise.

  3. casey: google is not using anything but a few cycles from your cpu. you want to check out google accessing the outside the world? try little snitch: http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

    want to block chrome from receiving connections from google? check the os x firewall. it can stop any app from receiving connections other than the ones you initiate. in others words, your web browser will work the same.

  4. Richard Fairbanks says:

    Like Casey, I want to stop Google Chrome from checking for updates when the “About Google Chrome” info window opens. Using the OS X Firewall to block incoming connections for Chrome doesn’t solve the issue. Thoughts? Thanks!

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  6. Ralf says:

    I managed to find a way to completely stop google chrome from auto

    updating itself and you can still re-enable it to update when needed.

    Just follow the steps below:
    1. First, you need to find where the google chrome updater is located

    (they keep on moving it every once in a while), you can either search

    for it with windows search or you can right click on the google chrome

    shortcut then hit “properties” and on the shortcut tab hit “Open file

    location” the “Update” folder usually is in the google folder just 2

    folders back from the location of the google launcher where the

    shortcut will bring you.
    2. Make a backup/archive of the “Update” folder using winrar or any

    similar application you prefer.
    3. Delete the “Update” folder (I’m not sure if you need to close chrome

    first, but to be sure just close any running google application first

    including the updater from the task manager if you can.).
    4. Open chrome, then hit on “The Generals” Button?? which is the former

    “wrench” icon. and click on the “About Google Chrome” button from the

    drop down to see this “Update failed (error: 3)” which will verify that

    the updater is no longer working.

    Then, in the case that you need to update chrome again just extract the

    “Update” folder from step 2 in its proper location (so, make sure that

    you note where that is before deleting the folder) and you will be able

    to update google chrome again.

    Sorry the english,
    Goodluck..

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