After its initial release 13 years ago, Google Chrome has now reached the 3 digit version which might break the internet. Google Chrome version 100 has been released which brings some significant changes to the browser but can potentially disrupt the internet as well.
Google Chrome version 100.0.4896.60 also fixes 28 security vulnerabilities, of which at least 9 are of high importance. Google has yet to disclose the complete details of the vulnerabilities fixed. This is until most Chrome users have installed these patches, so attackers cannot exploit them.
You can now upgrade to this Chrome version or use the links below to download it right away! However, we suggest you read through the new features, as well as the repercussions version 100 might have before installing it.
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- Complete Release Build: 100.0.4896.60
- Release Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
- Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- Previous Build: Chrome 99.0.4844.84
- Bug Fixes: 28. More information about security fixes can be found here.
What’s New in Google Chrome 100
After 8 years, Google has finally updated the Chrome logo. The new logo, as you can see in the image above, has sharper colors with a brighter contrast, and a slightly redesigned center circle. You can get a better comparison of the new and older logos from the image below.
Disabling Data Saver Mode
Google Chrome’s Data Saving mode for Android, iOS, and iPads will now be disabled going forward.
In the previous versions, you could see the “Lite Mode” in the Chrome settings, which shows the percentage of data saved. However, Google argues that the data packages in many countries have gotten cheaper, so Chrome can use its full potential to use more data.
Now be prepared to pay more for more data consumed on your mobile network.
Mute Tabs With One Click
You can now mute audio playing directly from the tabs at the top of Chrome without having to switch to the tab and then muting the audio/video file.
The feature was initially introduced back in 2018 but had been removed by Google. At the moment, this feature needs to be enabled through a Chrome flag. Here is how:
Paste the following into the address bar in Google Chrome:
Now search for “Audio” through the search bar at the top.
In front of “Tab audio muting UI control,” expand the drop-down menu and select Enabled.
Now click Relaunch to implement the changes.
When Chrome relaunches, you can now see a speaker icon in the tab at the top while playing audio. Simply click on this icon to mute or unmute the audio coming from that specific tab.
User-Agent Strings contains the version numbers of the browser you are using, which are sent to the HTTP headers. Since Chrome’s version number has now reached 3 digits, it is still uncertain which websites will support the new format of User-Agent Strings.
Web developers have been testing all kinds of techniques for parsing these strings, from custom code to using User-Agent parsing libraries, which can then be used to determine the corresponding processing logic. User-Agent Strings and any other version reporting mechanisms will hopefully now report a 3 digit version number.
However, in Chrome 100, this string has been disabled so that it can allow more time for developers to configure their websites to 3 digit version numbers so that the internet does not break altogether.
Multiple Screens for Web Apps
You can now use web applications on more than one screen if multiple displays are connected.
The new multi-screen Windows Placement API is now available in Chrome 100 which automatically detects if the host device has more than one display, allowing the user to use more than one display for a web app.
Let us now show you how to upgrade to this build.
Upgrade to Chrome 100
If you already have Google Chrome installed on your computer, then updating it would be easy. Follow the guide below to update your existing Chrome browser to version 100.
Launch Google Chrome and click on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-right corner of the browser. Then, expand Help, and click About Google Chrome.
As soon as the About page opens, the browser will start searching for an update and then automatically download it. Once it is ready to install, you will be presented with a Relaunch button. Click Relaunch.
Note: The browser closes when you click Relaunch and then reopens, restoring all closed tabs.
The browser will now close and reopen. Once it does, you can navigate to the About Google Chrome page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated to version 100.
There are a few different methods that can also be used to update your Chrome browser to the latest version, including:
- Update using Google update
- Use the downloaded Chrome installer
- Using Ninite
- Download Chrome without using a browser
You can learn more about these methods in this guidepost.
You may also download the Chrome browser from the links given below if you do not already have it.
Download Google Chrome 100
Click on the links below to download Chrome 100:
Download: Google Chrome web installer
Download: Google Chrome offline installer
Download: Google Chrome MSI Installer [Enterprise Edition]
Download: Google Chrome for macOS
Download: Google Chrome for Android
Download: Google Chrome for iOS
Download: Google Chrome Portable
Install Google Chrome 100
Installing the Chrome browser on a Windows PC is as easy as downloading them. The process may vary for different platforms.
Download the file from the links above and then double-click it to execute. The rest of the process is pretty much automatic. The setup will download the required files (if the web installer was downloaded), install them for you and the browser will launch itself as soon as it is installed successfully.
The process is the same for all Windows versions.
Google Chrome Update History
|Chrome 102||Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches|
|Chrome 101||Improved downloads ui, save group tabs and password manager|
|Chrome 100||Multi-screen API, audio controls|
|Chrome 99||Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements|
|Chrome 98||Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android|
|Chrome 97||Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled|
|Chrome 96||Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100|
|Chrome 95||Save grouped tabs, secure payments|
|Chrome 94||HTTPS only mode, sharing hub|
|Chrome 90||AV1 codecs support, window naming feature|
After using Chrome 100, we think it is safe to use and no website we have opened had any issues loading.
With that said, let us know if you experience any problems in the comments section below.
- Download Google Chrome 101: Improved Downloads UI And Password Manager
- Google Chrome 99 Released With Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
- Download Google Chrome 90: AV1 Codecs Support + Window Naming Feature
- Download Google Chrome 89: Web Sharing + Web NFC for Android
- Download Google Chrome 88 with Less Intrusive Permissions And Enhanced Dark Theme