People use Google Chrome browser the most and the majority of these users make it the default browser. Google chrome was officially released in the year 2008. Over time, Google has consistently improved this platform. And this quest for improvement has led them to continuously update Chrome. Most of these updates are done in the background, without the knowledge of the user, and it does not require any contribution from the user.
What are Chrome components?
These are specific or individual components of chrome that are not so visible yet they perform very important tasks from the background. In fact, they are the brain behind those other features you see on Chrome, and each of them has specific tasks they take care of. These are all geared towards improving the user experience. For instance “Widevine Content Decryption Module” is a Chrome component that allows the browser to play Video with digital rights. Hence, if for any reason something goes wrong with this component, like when it is not updated, you will be unable to play digital rights-protected videos on your Chrome browser. A few other Chrome components are Chrome Improved Recovery, Adobe Flash Player, and PNaCl, Swift Shader and many more.
- The Adobe Flash Player component sees to it that the Adobe Flash Player on your Chrome browser is functioning well.
- The Chrome Improved Recovery component is mostly used to repair any damage that happens while installing Google Chrome and to see to it that Google Chrome is installed accurately in the first place.
- The Portable Native Client(PNaCl) is mostly used by developers to running certain unfamiliar codes in the Chrome Secure Sandbox.
How To Update Individual Chrome Components
Most of the issues the browser usually have is as a result of lack of update. It might interest you to know that Google Chrome constantly updates itself whenever there is a new update, and this usually takes place in the background without the knowledge of the user. Of course, the reason for the update is to keep your system in tune and smooth running. Nevertheless, most times after an update you still discover that some issues still persist, such as frequent crashing of the browser. This is because certain individual Chrome components are still not updated and there is no way to check and update them individually.
The good news is that Chrome now has a solution for this. All these individual Chrome components can now be viewed on a single page called the Chrome Components Page, and from there you can update the ones that require updating. The process the simple one. Just follow the steps below:
Step 1. Open Google Chrome browser on your computer
Step 2. Type in “chrome://components” in the search bar of the browser
Step 3. A single page containing the list of all the Chrome components will show
Step 4. You can now individually check the ones that need update and update them
How do I turn on auto-updates in Chrome?
Step 1. Before you start this process, you have to first shut down Google Chrome.
Step 2. On your keyboard, type Windows Key + R, to reveal the run dialogue box
Step 3. Type msconfig into the new window, and press Ok
Step 4. A new window will come up, and that is the System Configuration window. Scroll to the Services tab
Step 5. On the Service tap, locate Google Update (gupdate) and Google Update (gupdatem) and check both services.
Step 6. Press Apply and Ok
Step 7. Restart your system and reopen the browser
How do I turn off auto-updates in Chrome
To turn it off, follow the process below:
Step 1. Open Google Chrome Browser
Step 2. Navigate to the right top and click on the vertical three dots
Step 3. Choose Help and then choose About Google Chrome
Step 4. check if the installed browser is up to date.
Step 5. Open File Explorer, navigate to the left side of the menu and click on This PC
Step 6. Click on Local Disc (C:)
Step 7. Open Program Files (x86)
Step 8. Open Google folder
Step 9. Right-click on the Update folder and open it
Step 10. Delete the Google update file by right-clicking on it and select Delete
And that is it. To confirm if it was successful. Go back to that About Chrome page (step 3 and step 4). And reload it, an error message will pop up instead which reads “an error occurred while checking for updates: Update check failed to start”.
How do I turn off automatic updates for Chrome on Mac?
Step 1. On the taskbar, look for Finder and open it
Step 2. On the left side of the menu, under Favorites, click on Applications
Step 3. You will see a list of all the applications on your Mac.
Step 4. Right-click on the folder for Google Chrome, and select Show Packaged Content to open it.
Step 5. Open Content folder
Step 6. Under the Content folder, click on Info.plist to open the file.
Note: You will need an Xcode editor to be able to open the info.list file. Also, you should have the permission to write on both the “Contents” folder and “Info.plist” files, this will enable you to edit them.