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April 24, 2015

Switch to the Chrome OS Beta channel to give new features and enhancements a test drive

google_chrome-600Switching to the Chrome OS Beta channel on a Chromebook is not as daunting as you might think, in fact it’s quite easy.

Before any software changes make it into the official stable version of the operating system, they’re tested in the beta and development versions, which are the experimental channels of Chrome OS. If you have owner permissions, you can switch channels to test these latest features and fixes.

Pick a channel

Stable channel: This channel has the full testing of the Chrome OS test team and is the best bet to avoid crashes and other issues. It’s updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor changes, and every 6 weeks for major changes.

Beta channel: If you are interested in seeing upcoming features and enhancements with minimal risk, Beta channel is the place to be. It’s updated roughly every week, with major updates coming every 6 weeks, more than a month before the Stable channel will get them.

Dev channel: If you want to see the latest Chrome OS features, then you want the Dev channel. The Dev channel is updated once or twice weekly. While this build does get tested, it is still subject to bugs, as we want people to see what’s new as soon as possible.

To see which channel you’re using, follow the instructions below:

Switch channels

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook with the account that has been designated as the owner.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the About Chrome OS link at the top of the window.
  5. In the “About” window that appears, click the More info… link.
  6. Click the Change channel… button.
  7. Pick a channel from the Change channel dialogue box that appears.
  8. Alternatively, you can type chrome://help in the omnibox to open the “About” window.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini