Update To Google Chrome 116 With Faster Security Updates

The Early Stable Channel for Chrome has been updated to version 116. Here are the new features and improvements to expect.

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The Early Stable Channel for Chrome has been updated to version 116. Here are the new features and improvements to expect.

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Google Chrome has been updated to version 116 for select users as part of the “Early Stable Channel” release. To be precise, the exact build number is 116.0.5845.82 for Windows and Mac devices. This means that all Chrome users will receive the update soon.

If you didn’t already know, after Chrome 110, Google decided to prerelease the next Chrome versions to a handful of users for pre-release beta testing. This leaves room for improvement before the actual stable release which is expected only a week later.

Since this is an early release, Google did not publish any release notes. However, they did release a statement on making changes to the biweekly security updates that minorly upgraded Chrome’s build number. More on this ahead.

Latest Google Chrome Versions

PlatformVersionRelease Date
Chrome for Windows117.0.5938.62/.6312-Sep-23
Chrome for macOS117.0.5938.6212-Sep-23
Chrome for Linux117.0.5938.6212-Sep-23
Chrome for Android117.0.5938.6012-Sep-23
Chrome for iOS117.0.5938.8213-Sep-23
Latest Google Chrome versions for different OS

Chrome 116 release summary

  • Release Build:
    • Windows/Mac: 116.0.5845.82
    • Android: 116.0.5845.78
  • Release Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2023
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous Build: 115.0.5790.90

New in Chrome 116

Weekly security updates

Before Chrome 16, Google published security updates for the Chrome browser on a bi-weekly basis, which was every two weeks. However, in their security announcement, they now p[lan to switch to a weekly schedule for releasing security updates.

This would mean that you can now upgrade your Chrome version (while remaining within the same major version) on a weekly basis, which would install the latest security patches and mitigate any vulnerabilities. The major version upgrade for CHrome will remain on a 4-week schedule.

Before Chrome version 77, Google published security updates every 35 days. After Chrome 77, they switched to a bi-weekly schedule to mitigate the risk of zero-day exploits. However, with the advancement of both skills and technology on the hacker’s end, they are now shifting to a weekly security release.

That said, Google has a message for Chrome’s users:

Not all security bug fixes are used for n-day exploitation. But we don’t know which bugs are exploited in practice, and which aren’t, so we treat all critical and high severity bugs as if they will be exploited. A lot of work goes into making sure these bugs get triaged and fixed as soon as possible. Rather than having fixes sitting and waiting to be included in the next bi-weekly update, weekly updates will allow us to get important security bug fixes to you sooner, and better protect you and your most sensitive data.

Google

In translation, Google means to say there is no point for a vulnerability to remain unpatched even when discovered and fixed. Weekly updates will help deliver the security patches faster, giving the attackers less time to exploit them.

With that, Google reminds its users to keep on the lookout and update their browsers as soon as one is available. You will be notified about an available update in the browser’s top-right corner, as in the image below.

Notification to update Google Chrome
Notification to update Google Chrome. Source: Google

One Time Permissions

Google is working on a permission dialog box that will enable you to allow certain permissions only one time. The option to select “Allow this time” is being added to the dialog box with Chrome 116.

Revamped permissions dialog box
Revamped permissions dialog box. Source: Google

These are the 3 options that users will now see and choose from:

  • Allow this time: Temporarily allow.
  • Allow on every visit: Persistent allow.
  • Don’t allow: Persistent block.
  • Clicking the “x” button: Temporary block.

Update to Chrome 116

Google Chrome is configured to be updated automatically by default. You can keep browsing the internet while Chrome downloads the newest version for you. It gets installed when you restart the browser.

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 116.

Note: At the moment, the upgrade will only take place if you are a part of the Extended Stable Channel release. There is no way to check except for checking for the available update using these steps.

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-right corner.

    Click the ellipses
    Click the ellipses
  2. Expand Help and click “About Google Chrome.”

    About Google Chrome
    About Google Chrome
  3. Once the update is complete, click “Relaunch.”

    Relaunch Chrome 1
    Relaunch Chrome

    As soon as the About page opens, the browser will start searching for an update and 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.

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 below if you do not already have it.

Note: You may go through the Google Chrome updates blog to check the upcoming features in the beta and dev channels which will then be released to the upcoming version of Chrome 116 next month.

That said, at the moment, you cannot install Chrome 115 using standalone installers.

How to uninstall Google Chrome

On a Windows PC, you can uninstall Google Chrome from the settings app, and the Programs & Features applet.

From the Settings app

  1. Navigate to the installed apps tab.

    • In Windows 11:

      Settings app >> Apps >> Installed Apps
    • In Windows 10:

      Settings app >> Apps
  2. Search for “Google Chrome.”

  3. Click on the 3 dots in front of “Google Chrome.”

    Expand Chrome settings
    Expand Chrome settings

    On Windows 11, click on the ellipses (3 dots) in front of Chrome.

    On Windows 10, click on “Google Chrome” to expand it.

  4. Click Uninstall.

    Uninstall Chrome
    Uninstall Chrome
  5. Click Uninstall again.

    Confirm uninstallation
    Confirm uninstallation

From Programs and Features

  1. Open the Programs and Features applet by typing in “appwiz.cpl” in the Run Command box.

    appwiz
    Open Programs and Features Applet
  2. Double-click “Google Chrome” from the list.

    Uninstall Chrome 2
    Uninstall Chrome

    Alternatively, right-click Chrome and then click Uninstall from the context menu.

Google Chrome will now be removed from your PC.

Google Chrome Releases Version History

Chrome VersionRelease DateFeatures
Chrome 11712-Sep-23New Material You designs, intimation of potentially malicious web store extensions.
Chrome 11615-Aug-23Security update cadence changed to weekly from biweekly, One-Time permissions, 26 security patches
Chrome 11512-Jul-23Includes Topics API (Privacy Sandbox), reading mode, improved Memory Saver UI, HTTP automatic conversion to HTTPS
Chrome 11430-May-23Improves the Google Password Manager, introduces Popover API for developers, and adds auto-verification of CAPTCHAs.
Chrome 11326-Apr-23Makes notes in the sidebar, deletes the last 15-minute browsing history on Android, adds a bookmark or translate button in the toolbar on Android, enable or disables all extensions, and WebGPU enabled by default.
Chrome 1124-Apr-23Removal of Chrome app support, improved UI (experimental), CSS Nesting, WebAssembly Tail Call
Chrome 1116-Mar-23Automatic lazy-loading, sharing selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 1107-Feb-23Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation
Chrome 10910-Jan-23Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support
Chrome 10829-Nov-22Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)
Chrome 10725-Oct-22HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)
Chrome 10628-Sep-22Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox.
Chrome 10530-Aug-22Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations
Chrome 1042-Aug-22Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 10321-Jun-22Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.
Chrome 10224-May-22Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
Chrome 10126-Apr-22Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager
Chrome 10029-Mar-22Multi-screen API, audio controls
Chrome 991-Mar-22Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
Chrome 981-Feb-22Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
Chrome 974-Jan-22Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
Chrome 9615-Nov-21Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
Chrome 9519-Oct-21Save grouped tabs, secure payments
Chrome 9421-Sep-21HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub
Chrome 9015-Apr-21AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
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