Download Google Chrome 118 With Extended Passkey Support And Read Aloud

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As per schedule, Google has published Chrome version 118 for everyone. For Windows users, the precise build will be 118.0.5993.70/.71, while the minor build might be different for other platforms.

This release addresses 20 security vulnerabilities, out of which 1 is of critical importance. The CVE-2023-5218 is a “Use after free in Site Isolation” vulnerability that has been patched up in Chrome 118. Moreover, other improvements and features have also been introduced.

Latest Google Chrome Versions

PlatformVersionRelease Date
Chrome for Windows120.0.6099.5629-Nov-23
Chrome for macOS120.0.6099.5629-Nov-23
Chrome for Linux119.0.6045.10531-Oct-23
Chrome for Android119.0.6045.6631-Oct-23
Chrome for iOS119.0.6045.10931-Oct-23
Latest Google Chrome versions for different OS

Chrome 118 release summary

  • Release Build:
    • Windows: 118.0.5993.70/.71
    • Linux/Mac: 118.0.5993.70
  • Release Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2023
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous Build: 117.0.5938.62/.63

New in Chrome 118

Support for Passkeys in iCloud Keychain

A passkey is a digital token created through device-specific authentication and replaces an app’s/website’s credentials. Passkeys stored in your iCloud Keychain will now be supported by Chrome 118. Chrome 118 will be able to use passkeys stored in it in addition to passwords and usernames if you sync all of your login information to iCloud.

To access iCloud Keychain passkeys on macOS 13.5 or later, you must give Chrome permission. Then, these passkeys will be provided as login options. You will only see a generic iCloud Keychain choice if you don’t give access, and you will need to manually select it each time you log in.

Based on what you’ve recently used and whether you have additional passkeys stored elsewhere, Chrome will intelligently decide where and how to create passkeys in the Keychain.

Read Aloud option in Reading Mode

Google already introduced the Reading Mode in Chrome 115 which is ideal for people who do not want to be distracted by images and animations, and only want to read. Now, Google has also incorporated a Read Aloud option in the Reading Mode.

Using this Read Aloud option, you can listen to what has been written on the screen and not actually having to read it word for word.

Security patches

As we mentioned earlier, Chrome 118 addresses 20 security vulnerabilities. Here are the details for some of them:

  • [1487110] Critical CVE-2023-5218: Use after free in Site Isolation.
  • [1062251] Medium CVE-2023-5487: Inappropriate implementation in Fullscreen.
  • [1414936] Medium CVE-2023-5484: Inappropriate implementation in Navigation
  • [1476952] Medium CVE-2023-5475: Inappropriate implementation in DevTools.
  • [1425355] Medium CVE-2023-5483: Inappropriate implementation in Intents.
  • [1458934] Medium CVE-2023-5481: Inappropriate implementation in Downloads.
  • [1474253] Medium CVE-2023-5476: Use after free in Blink History.
  • [1483194] Medium CVE-2023-5474: Heap buffer overflow in PDF.
  • [1471253] Medium CVE-2023-5479: Inappropriate implementation in Extensions API.
  • [1395164] Low CVE-2023-5485: Inappropriate implementation in Autofill.
  • [1472404] Low CVE-2023-5478: Inappropriate implementation in Autofill.
  • [1472558] Low CVE-2023-5477: Inappropriate implementation in Installer.
  • [1357442] Low CVE-2023-5486: Inappropriate implementation in Input.
  • [1484000] Low CVE-2023-5473: Use after free in Cast.

As you can see from these fixes, the focus is not just on a single type of vulnerability. Google has patched multiple vulnerabilities discovered by its security team, as well as individual contributors.

Update to Chrome 118

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 118.

Note: The upgrade will only take place if you are 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
    Relaunch Chrome

    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.

Chrome successfully udpated
Chrome successfully 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 118 next month.

Download Google Chrome 118

Click on the links below to download Chrome 118 for the operating system of your choice:

Download Google Chrome offline installers [Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary]

DownloadGoogle Chrome web installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome offline installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome MSI Installer [Enterprise Edition]

DownloadGoogle Chrome for macOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Offline Installer for Linux

DownloadGoogle Chrome for Android

DownloadGoogle Chrome for iOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Portable

Install Google Chrome 118

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.

Install Google Chrome

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.

    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 12029-Nov-23Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, copy and save video frames, pin side panel elements to toolbar, improved transparent navigation bar on Android
Chrome 11931-Oct-2315 security updates, save and sync grouped tabs, smart Omnibox with typo detection, and continue where you left off on another device for iOS.
Chrome 11810-Oct-2320 security patches, extended Passkey support, Read Aloud in Reading Mode
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
Download Google Chrome Offline Installers [Stable, Beta, Canary]
Google Chrome features introduced in each version
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