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How to Manually Update Google Chrome Extensions 2018

Here's how you can manually update your Google Chrome extensions:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer.

  2. In the address bar, type chrome://extensions. Alternatively, you may go to the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top-right > Settings. Now click Extensions on the left sidebar.

  3. At the top of the extensions page, check Developer mode. This is next to the big Extensions text right at the top.

  4. Click Update extensions now under Developer mode.

This will manually update all of you extensions to the latest version available using Chrome's extension updater process. However, you can also manually update an individual extension by directly downloading it from the developer's website. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the extension file (should end in .CRX) from the developer's website. When you try to download it, Chrome will warn you that this kind of file can be used to harm your computer. Click Keep to continue.

  2. Open the extensions page and enable developer mode in Chrome as explained above. Delete the old extension by clicking on the trashcan icon to its right, and clicking on Remove.

  3. Locate the .CRX file you downloaded, and drag and drop it into the extensions page.

  4. You will be asked to confirm the installation. Click Add. That's it, the new version will be installed.

This process can also be used to add third-party extensions to Chrome, but we would generally advice against using third-party extensions that are not verified by the Chrome Store, since they can be used to spy on your entire Internet usage, and harm your computer in other ways.

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