How To Switch Between Channels on Chrome OS
Chromebook lets its users choose between three channels within ChromeOS: Stable, Beta and Development. Each one offers a different set of feature and stability level, with every single update working its way through a sort of filter system before it finally hits users.
Switching between the available channels on your Chromebook is pretty easy, but before I show you how it is done, let’s take a look at what each channel offers.
Chrome OS Channels Explained
1. Stable Channel
Stable is what your Chromebook comes pre-installed with. The channel is thoroughly tested for crashes and other problems by the ChromeOS team. So if you want as smooth experience as possible on your computer then this the one to go for.
It’s updated roughly every couple of weeks for minor fixes, and every 6 weeks or so for significant changes.
2. Beta Channel
If you’re curious to try upcoming features and enhancements with low risk, this is the channel you should use. Beta is a sort of halfway between unstable and stable in terms of bugs and new features – you get newer features in a more refined form than those using Dev.
Updates get pushed every week, with major updates coming every 6 weeks, usually a month ahead of the Stable channel.
3. Development Channel
The Development or Dev channel is the first to get the latest Chrome OS features, though they are often far from being finished. The software is more likely to have bugs and glitches, as the new features are still in the testing phase. So if you’re capable of dealing with crashes and the odd broken feature then pick this channel, otherwise avoid it.
The Dev channel gets updated once or twice weekly.
Here’s how to switch between various channels within Chrome OS on a Chromebook or Chromebox.
Warning: Switching from an experimental channel to a more stable channel will wipe all local files and user accounts from your Chromebook. You’ll need to log in to all your Google Accounts from scratch again.
Switch between Channels on your Chromebook
- Sign in to your Chromebook with the owner account.
- Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
- Open Settings from the Chrome OS menu or system tray pop-up.
- On the Settings page, select More info….
- Now click the Change channel… button which then leads to the channel selector dialog.
- Pick a channel from the box that appears and click to confirm.
The new software downloads in the background and will be effective after you restart your computer.
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