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Tips To Update Your Google Chrome Extensions Manually

by Chrome Blog on February 21, 2015

Most internet users around the globe prefer Google Chrome to other web browsers because not only it updates automatically, but it also allows you to use great extensions that improve upon the functionality of your browser. Just like the Chrome browser, its extensions update themselves without requiring you to restart your browser.

However, auto-updates do not always work. Lately, an extension called Streamus stopped working when YouTube’s code was updated. Consequently, the developer released a new update of Streamus that fixed the earlier problem. Even after the update was approved, it did not come into effect automatically. Although Google Chrome updates its extensions according to its own schedule, a broken extension might cause a delay in starting the update process. Fortunately, there is a way to overcome the issue.

You can update Chrome extensions manually in the following way:

  • Open your Chrome browser on the computer.
  • Type chrome://extensions in Chrome’s address bar. Otherwise, you may click on the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) that appear on the top-right corner, and then Settings. Then click on Extensions appearing at the left sidebar.
  • Check Developer mode option in the extensions page.
  • Under Developer mode, click on Update extensions now.

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You can also update individual extensions manually by downloading them directly from developer’s website. You need to follow these simple steps:

  • Download the .CRX file from developer’s website. A warning from Chrome will appear, informing you about the possible harm that could be caused to your computer. To continue, you need to click Keep.
  • As explained previously, enable Developer mode by opening the extensions page. To delete the old version of the extension, you need to click on trashcan icon located to its right. Then click on Remove.
  • Drag and drop the .CRX file into extensions page.
  • Click Add when you are asked to verify the installation of the new extension.

installation of crx file of chrome extension picture

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