How do I update my browser?

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

Keeping your Internet browser up-to-date is important for security, and ensures that web pages load properly and you have all the newest features. We recommend you also 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.

To proceed, select the browser you want to update from the list below and follow the instructions.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Google Chrome updates automatically as new iterations are released to the public. To verify Chrome is at the latest version or to update it manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button Chrome settings in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Help, then select About Google Chrome.

About Google Chrome selector.

  1. In the next window, Chrome automatically checks for updates and displays the current version. If updates were installed, click the Relaunch button to restart the browser.

Update Google Chrome

Tip

Users can type chrome://chrome/ into the omnibox (Chrome address bar) to achieve the same results.

Chrome on Android tablet or phone

On an Android tablet or phone, the Chrome browser should automatically get updated, like other apps. However, if automatic updates are not working, open the Google Play app to check for an updated Chrome browser version.

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox should automatically download updates and prompt you when they are available to install. To verify Firefox is at the latest version or to update it manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click the Open menu button Firefox menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu that appears, click the Firefox help icon Help option at the bottom.
  4. Select About Firefox.

About selector in Firefox.

  1. In the window that appears, Firefox automatically checks for updates and displays the current version. If updates were installed, click the Restart to Update Firefox button.

About window in Firefox.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge updates automatically as new iterations are released to the public. To verify Edge is at the latest version or to update it manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click the Settings and more icon Microsoft Edge More menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, near the bottom, move the mouse cursor over Help and feedback, then select About Microsoft Edge from the side menu.

About Microsoft Edge

  1. When the next window opens, Edge updates automatically if it isn't at the most recent version.

Updating Edge browser

  1. If Edge was updated, click the Restart button in Edge. button to refresh the browser.
Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Microsoft updates Internet Explorer using its Windows Update feature. As long as you are regularly installing Windows updates from Microsoft, the latest version of Internet Explorer is installed.

To manually check for and install Windows updates, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Check for updates, and press Enter.
  2. In the middle of the window that appears, under the Windows Update section, click Check for updates.

Checking for updates in Windows 10.

Older versions

If you do not have Windows automatic updates enabled on Windows 8 and earlier versions, you need to update Internet Explorer on your computer manually by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Open the Windows Update utility.
  3. In the left navigation pane, click the Check for updates link.
  4. You can choose to install all available updates or select the updates you want to install.
Safari

Safari

If you have Apple updates turned on, Safari should stay up-to-date automatically. To verify Safari is at the latest version or to update it manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Apple menu by clicking the Apple menu icon. icon in the upper-left corner of the desktop.
  2. Select App Store from the drop-down menu that appears.

App store selector.

  1. In the window that appears, click the Updates selector button at the bottom of the navigation pane on the left.
  2. Find Safari and click Update (or click Update all to update every app).

Safari on iPad or iPhone

On an iPad or iPhone, the Safari browser should automatically get updated, like other apps. However, if automatic updates are not working, open the App Store and check the Updates section to see if a Safari update is available to download.

Opera

Opera

Opera should update itself automatically. However, if you want to check the version or update manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Opera web browser.
  2. Click the Opera icon Menu button in Opera. in the top-left corner of the window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, move your mouse cursor over the Help selector, and select About Opera from the side menu that appears.
  4. In the next window, Opera automatically checks for updates and displays the current version. If updates were installed, click the Relaunch now button to restart the browser.

Updating Opera

Other browsers

There are other Internet browsers available, but we are not able to provide the steps to update each and every one. If your browser is not listed above, the following list has some general tips for how to update your browser.

  • Check the Help menu or look in the browser's main menu for a Help section. The update utility for a browser is often located there.
  • If no Help section is found, check the browser's main menu for a section labeled Update or Upgrade.
  • If you cannot find a Help, Update, or Upgrade section in your browser, visit the browser developer's website for further information.