How do I update my browser?

Internet browsersKeeping your Internet browser up-to-date is important for both security and ensuring that web pages load properly. We also recommend that you update any plug-ins, extensions, or other add-ons you have installed. Use the System Information script to detect and update your browser plug-ins.

The following document covers the steps required to update your browser. Select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

Updating Internet Explorer
Updating Chrome
Updating Firefox
Updating Safari
Updating Opera

Internet ExplorerUpdating Internet Explorer

Microsoft updates Internet Explorer using its Windows update feature. As long as you are regularly installing the latest Windows updates from Microsoft, you should have the latest version of Internet Explorer.

ChromeUpdating Chrome

Google Chrome will update automatically as new iterations are released to the public. To verify that your version of Chrome is the latest or update manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the Customize and Control Google button Chrome settings in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. From the dropdown menu that appears, select About Google Chrome.
  4. The window that appears will automatically check for updates and show you the current version of Chrome.

Tip: Users may enter the chrome://chrome/ into the Omnibox (Chrome address bar) to achieve the same result.

Note: If you're running a very old version of Chrome, you may visit the official Chrome download page to get the newest version.

FirefoxUpdating Firefox

Mozilla Firefox should automatically download updates and prompt you when they are available to install. To verify that your version of Firefox is the latest or update manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click the Open menu button Firefox menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu that appears, click the Open Help Menu button Help menu at the bottom.
  4. Select About Firefox.
  5. The window that appears will automatically check for updates and show you the current version of Firefox.

Note: If you're running a very old version of Firefox, you may visit the official Firefox download page to get the newest version.

SafariUpdating Safari

If you have Apple updates turned on, Safari should stay up to date automatically. To verify that your version of Safari is the latest or update manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Apple menu and choose App Store.
  2. In the top of the window that appears, click the Updates button in the toolbar.
  3. Find Safari and click Update (or Update all to do every app).

Note: If you're running a very old version of Safari, you may visit the official Safari download page to get the newest version.

OperaUpdating Opera

Opera should update itself automatically, however, if you would like to check the version or update manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open Opera web browser.
  2. Click the Opera icon Opera button in the top left-hand corner of the window.
  3. Select About Opera from the dropdown menu that appears.
  4. If updates are available, they will be installed automatically.

Note: If you're running a very old version of Opera, you may visit the official Opera download page to get the newest version.

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