This post will teach you how to stop chrome auto updates on any Windows computer. I have shared two methods on how to disable auto-updates on the Chrome browser. We all know Chrome is the best browser and also the most used, it is fast, offers lots of extensions, syncs your data very fast, able to detect dangerous websites, and provides you lots of security features. However, the downside of chrome is the over-usage of RAM, CPU, and Internet Data, we’ll focus on how to disable automatic chrome updates so your data is not consumed unnecessarily.
If Chrome is your default browser in Windows 10, you should have noticed the Chrome browser automatic checks for updates whenever you connect to the internet. Sometimes these updates download and then you get notified when you are asked to install it. Though Chrome updates are very important because it provides improved security and the latest features, not everyone wants to update to the latest probably because their PC is not able to handle the over-usage of RAM and other PC resources.
Chrome does not let any user stop Chrome auto updates on Windows 10, so this is sad news for low-end computer users. But don’t worry, there is a walk around you need to follow so you can disable automatic updates, that is through the System Configuration utility of Windows 10.
Disable Chrome Auto Updates on Windows 10
So, in this article, two methods have been shared, they are working and you can use the methods to stop automatic chrome updates on Windows 10 in 2020.
#1. Use Metered Connection
Here is the first and best method everyone facing Chrome auto updates have to try before any other advanced method. Windows 10 has a Wi-Fi setting for its users that lets you choose if a connection should be metered or not. If you choose a Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable you are connected to as a metered connection, Windows 10 cannot update in the background, you will not receive notifications from background apps, social media, and the likes, you are indirectly stopping background applications. So Chrome will treat your connection as metered and will not begin updates even when you head to the about section.
- Open Windows 10 Settings.
- Select “Network and Internet“.
- Tap “Properties” of your connected Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable.
- Under “Metered Connection“, toggle it on.
Now you will have a limited data plan, most apps will try not to overuse your internet connection for auto-updates. Chrome auto-updates will then be disabled automatically. Sometimes chrome does not respect the decision of the Windows 10 metered connection, if that is the case, then follow the second method.
#2. Using System Config Utility
- RUN the dialog with Windows + R.
- Search for ‘msconfig’ and hit enter.
- Under ‘Services’ menu, untick both the Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem)
- Click ‘Ok‘ below the bar and then tap ‘Apply‘.
- RUN the dialog again, this time search for ‘Services.msc’
- Under ‘Services‘, disable these two services – Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem).
Now you are good to go, the chrome auto updates will then stop, this is an advanced method, but it is safe, just make sure you do not alter any other settings, follow the tutorial. If you know what you are doing, you can simply disable the automatic Chrome updates on Windows 10 through Task Manager services, works too.
This post should be of great help to you, you’ve seen that even though chrome blocks auto-update disabling, you are able to bypass it and stop chrome auto update on Windows pc. Chrome not auto updating has been enabled, so you can disable it using the same method, but by toggling it if you want to enable it back. Share this post with others, also comment on more working methods.