Google Chrome has been updated to version 97.0.4692.71 for desktops, where it is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. This release brings several new features along with 37 security improvements to make your time on the internet more secure. Out of improvements, 1 is deemed critical while 10 others are 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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- Complete Release Build: 97.0.4692.71
- Release Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
- Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- Previous Build: Chrome 96.0.4664.93
- Bug Fixes: 37. More information about security fixes can be found here.
Upgrade to Chrome 97.0.4692.71
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 97.0.4692.71.
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 97.0.4692.71.
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 97.0.4692.71
Click on the links below to download Chrome 97.0.4692.71:
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 97.0.4692.71
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.
What’s New in Google Chrome 97
Delete Data Saved by Websites
You can now delete all data saved by a website on your browsing. Previously, you were only able to delete cookies for individual websites. However, chunks of other information were still stored.
With Chrome 97, you can now delete your data from a website and maintain your privacy. After updating to Chrome 97, this setting can be found at the following path:
Settings >> Security and Privacy >> Site Settings >> View permissions and data stored across sites
On this page, you can clear data across all websites by clicking Clear all data, or click on the 3 dots in front of a website and click Clear data to remove information from a specific website.
Zoom Setting Will Now Save on Mobile
You can zoom in and out of a page in Google Chrome using the Ctrl + “+/-” shortcut keys or Ctrl + mouse scroll to view it better on a desktop. Chrome for desktop saves this setting and maintains it for the next time you visit the same website. However, this was not the case for the mobile version of Google Chrome.
Chrome 97 for mobile will now also save your zoom preferences for individual websites. However, this is only an experimental feature right now, which will need to be enabled manually. Perform the steps below to do so:
- Type in the following on Google Chrome on your mobile:
- Now search “zoom” from the search bar at the top.
- Now select Enabled from the drop-down menu under “Accessibility Page Zoom” and then click Relaunch.
Chrome will now remember your zoom settings for every website.
Better Web Application Layouts
Web applications are a blessing in disguise which allows you to gain the experience of a standalone application via a web browser. However, in the past, the interface for the web apps through Google Chrome kind of gave it away that it was a web app, and not a native application.
However, now, web applications are looking like they belong to the operating system. The area at the top of the web applications (top bar) has been redesigned to make the apps look more integrated.
HDR Where Supported
Developers are now able to detect whether your system supports HDR and then enable HDR content. This prevents the machines that do not support the feature and have HDR enabled, resulting in a bad overall experience.
Google Chrome Update History
Google Chrome Releases Version History
|Chrome 122 (Early Stable)
|WebGPU enhancements, Read Aloud for Android, and Help Me Write introduced
|Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, experimental generative AI tools to write text and create custom themes.
|Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, copy and save video frames, pin side panel elements to toolbar, improved transparent navigation bar on Android
|15 security updates, save and sync grouped tabs, smart Omnibox with typo detection, and continue where you left off on another device for iOS.
|20 security patches, extended Passkey support, Read Aloud in Reading Mode
|New Material You designs, intimation of potentially malicious web store extensions.
|Security update cadence changed to weekly from biweekly, One-Time permissions, 26 security patches
|Includes Topics API (Privacy Sandbox), reading mode, improved Memory Saver UI, HTTP automatic conversion to HTTPS
|Improves the Google Password Manager, introduces Popover API for developers, and adds auto-verification of CAPTCHAs.
|Makes 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.
|Removal of Chrome app support, improved UI (experimental), CSS Nesting, WebAssembly Tail Call
|Automatic lazy-loading, sharing selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
|Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation
|Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support
|Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)
|HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)
|Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox.
|Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations
|Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
|Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.
|Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
|Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager
|Multi-screen API, audio controls
|Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
|Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
|Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
|Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
|Save grouped tabs, secure payments
|HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub
|AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
|Download Google Chrome Offline Installers [Stable, Beta, Canary]
Google Chrome 97 fixes critical and high-risk security vulnerabilities. That is why we suggest that you upgrade your browser immediately to mitigate them.
Previously, Google hesitated from releasing security vulnerabilities to the public so that they could not be exploited by attackers. However, with this flight, Google has released all details on the security fixes that could be read here.