Google Chrome is one of the most used web browsers around the world. For December 2021, Google has released a security update for the said browser that upgrades the Chrome version to 96.0.4664.93. Since this is a security update, no new features accompany it.
Chrome 96 was earlier released in November 2021, which was an upgrade from Chrome 95. However, in this case, the major build remains unchanged.
This update fixes a total of 22 vulnerabilities, out of which 18 are deemed to be of high importance.
We strongly recommend that you upgrade your Chrome version using the following guide, or you may install it on your device (PC, Android, iOS, MacOS, Linux) using the given links below. You may also use the offline installer to install Google Chrome on a PC with no internet connection.
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Since Microsoft shifted from a 6-week release cycle to a 4-week release cycle, they also introduced a new channel – the Extended Stable channel – which is an 8-week release cycle. This channel has also been updated with version 96.0.4664.93.
The Extended Stable channel is only available for enterprise users on Windows and Mac and can be enabled using the enterprise policies. During the first 4 weeks of the cycle, both Stabel and Extended Stable channels receive the same updates. After this duration, bi-weekly updates are shipped to the Extended Stable channel.
Let us now show you how you can upgrade your current Google Chrome to the latest version, or install it from scratch.
- Complete Release Build: 96.0.4664.93
- Release Date: Monday, December 6th, 2021
- Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- Previous Build: Chrome 96.0.4664.45
- Bug Fixes: 22. More information about security fixes can be found here.
Upgrade to Chrome 96.0.4664.93
If you already have Google Chrome installed on your computer, then updating it would be easy. Please follow the guide below to update your existing Chrome browser to version 96.0.4664.93.
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. Note that the browser closes when you click Relaunch and then reopens, restoring all closed tabs.
Click Relaunch. When the browser reopens, you can navigate to the About Google Chrome page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated to version 96.0.4664.93.
There are a few different methods that can 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 96.0.4664.93
Click on the links below to download Chrome 96.0.4664.93:
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 Offline Installer for Linux
Download: Google Chrome for Android
Download: Google Chrome for iOS
Download: Google Chrome Portable
Install Google Chrome 96.0.4664.93
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.
Type winver in Run to check your operating system’s build and version.
Google Chrome Update History
Google Chrome Releases Version History
|Chrome Version||Release Date||Features|
|Chrome 111||6-Mar-23||Inclusion of sync dialog box, support for Single Sign-On for Azure AD, improvements to Privacy Sandbox, improved downloads UI and Safety Check feature.|
|Chrome 110||7-Feb-23||Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation|
|Chrome 109||10-Jan-23||Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support|
|Chrome 108||29-Nov-22||Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)|
|Chrome 107||25-Oct-22||HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)|
|Chrome 106||28-Sep-22||Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox.|
|Chrome 105||30-Aug-22||Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations|
|Chrome 104||2-Aug-22||Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks|
|Chrome 103||21-Jun-22||Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.|
|Chrome 102||24-May-22||Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches|
|Chrome 101||26-Apr-22||Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager|
|Chrome 100||29-Mar-22||Multi-screen API, audio controls|
|Chrome 99||1-Mar-22||Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements|
|Chrome 98||1-Feb-22||Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android|
|Chrome 97||4-Jan-22||Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled|
|Chrome 96||15-Nov-21||Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100|
|Chrome 95||19-Oct-21||Save grouped tabs, secure payments|
|Chrome 94||21-Sep-21||HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub|
|Chrome 90||15-Apr-21||AV1 codecs support, window naming feature|
This Chrome release brings in no new features to the browser, thus we would understand why many of you would not be excited to upgrade just yet.
However, we still emphasize that you do upgrade your Chrome browser to the latest version available, as this one is a pure security update, and fixes critical vulnerabilities.
Google believes that if they publish the complete details of those vulnerabilities before the majority of the users upgrade their builds, these could be exploited by the attackers. This restriction by Google clearly states just how sensitive these vulnerabilities could be.
- Download Google Chrome 96: Also Available for Extended Stable Channel
- Google Chrome 98 Released With New Features
- Google Chrome 99 Released With Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
- Download Google Chrome 103 With Faster Page Loading
- Download Google Chrome 102 With Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches