Chrome is the most popular modern desktop browser. It has the most users and the largest market share. Competitors such as Firefox and Opera, on the other hand, control only a small portion of the browser market. Google Chrome browser does not come pre-installed on Windows or macOS, despite its popularity.

Both operating systems come with built-in browsers. The browser is, nevertheless, available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It is simple to set up and free to use.

How to download and install Google Chrome browser

Download Google Chrome browser

You will need to use a browser to download Google Chrome. Both Windows 10 and macOS have a built-in browser from which you may download Chrome.

On Windows 10,

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Visit the Chrome download page.
  3. Click Download Chrome.
  4. Once the file downloads, run it.
  5. The installer will download more files, and install the browser.

On macOS,

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Visit the Chrome download page.
  3. Click Download Chrome.
  4. Select the processor that your Mac has i.e., Intel or M1.
  5. Once the file downloads, open it.
  6. Chrome will be installed (grant it additional permission as you go along).

Set Google Chrome as default browser

If you want to use Google Chrome as your default browser, you’ll need to alter your desktop’s default browser. Make sure Chrome is installed correctly, then proceed to the procedures below.

On Windows 10;

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Apps.
  3. Select the Default Apps tab.
  4. Click the default browser button.
  5. Select Chrome.

How to download and install Google Chrome browser

On macOS;

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Open the Default web browser dropdown.
  4. Select Google Chrome.

Set up Google Chrome for use

As soon as you install Google Chrome, you may start browsing. There aren’t any more adjustments that need to be done. Setting the browser as the default browser is purely a matter of preference.

When you first launch Google Chrome, you’ll be prompted to sign in using your Google Account. This will allow you to sync information including form data, history, bookmarks, extensions, and more across all of your Chrome instances on different computers. It also allows you to send links from one browser to another, for example, from Chrome on a Windows PC to Chrome on a Mac.

You can use Google Chrome without an account if you don’t want to sign in.

Google Chrome release channels

Users download the main/stable version of Google Chrome when they install it. Users can download two more versions of Chrome. These are beta or experimental versions that are a few releases ahead of the main/stable release.

  • Google Chrome Beta: You can download the beta version of Chrome here for Windows and here for macOS.
  • Google Chromium: You can download Chromium here.
  • Google Chrome Canary: This version is not recommended for use as it features nightly builds however, you can still install it if you want. Download it here.

Update Google Chrome

Google Chrome will check for updates on a regular basis and download them; however, you can check for updates manually at any time.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the more options button (three dots button) at the top right.
  3. Go to Help>About Google Chrome.
  4. On the About page, wait for Chrome to check for updates.
  5. If an update is available, it will be downloaded.
  6. Relaunch the browser to install the update.

Check Google Chrome version

To check the Google Chrome version;

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the more options button (three dots button) at the top right.
  3. Go to Help>About Google Chrome.
  4. The version number will be listed at the top.

How to download and install Google Chrome browser

Google Chrome features

Tabbed browsing was not introduced by Google Chrome for the first time. Tabbed surfing is available in many browsers, however Chrome managed it remarkably effectively at first, with each tab sandboxed as its own process. Chrome includes the following capabilities in addition to better, streamlined browsing:

  • Profiles: Users can create multiple Chrome profiles. Each profile is separate from the other with its own user data.
  • Extensions: The Chrome Web Store has a fairly large library of extensions that you can install to modify how the browser works and additional features.
  • Built-in protection: Chrome will alert users when they’re about to visit a website that isn’t secure, known for distributing malicious content, or is potentially dangerous. It also alerts users if a file they’re downloading may be dangerous.
  • Download manager: Chrome has a standard download manager that can pause and resume downloads.
  • Casting: Google Chrome is built to work with the Google Chromecast. If you own a Chromecast device, you can cast to it from the browser without installing additional extensions.
  • Tab grouping: Users can create groups of tabs they have open in a window to keep everything organized.
  • Name windows: Users can give Chrome windows individual names that make it easier to identify a window from the multi-tasking view on a desktop operating system.
  • Mobile versions: Google Chrome has functional and feature rich mobile versions. Chrome mobile is available for both iOS and Android and has many of the same features that its desktop counterpart has.

Google Chrome shortcoming

Google Chrome is a popular browser, but it has been consuming more and more RAM over time. It used to be resource-light on the system, but that has changed over time. The browser may hang, slow down the rest of your system, or even crash if you have too many tabs and windows open.


Because of the engine on which Chrome is based, it is a fantastic browser. It’s what makes the browser so quick and capable of processing complicated web applications. Because of its speed and efficiency, several modern browsers, including Safari, Edge, and Opera, employ the same engine. Despite its flaws, there is little else that can compare to it.