How To Video
Change Chrome's channelPeople love Google Chrome, it's as simple as that. But did you know that Google puts out three versions of Chrome? In this How-To video, we recap the differences and show you how to jump between builds, also known as channels, in Chrome.
^M00:00:01 [ Background music ] ^M00:00:10 >> Seth Rosenblatt: People love Google Chrome; it's as simple as that, but did you know that there are actually three versions of Chrome that Google puts out? There's the stable that most people use, but there's also a beta and a cutting-edged developer's build. I am Seth Rosenblatt for CNET and in this "how to" we'll be reviewing how to change builds also known as channels in Google Chrome. The good news is that it's as simple as downloading and installing a program. You can go to either CNET.download.com and search for Chrome stable, Chrome data or Chrome dev or go to Google's Chrome site download the version you want to switch to, make sure that Chrome is not running and run the installer. You can check which version of Chrome you're using by going to the wrench menu and choosing "About Google Chrome". If you're on Windows, there is a program you can get called Chrome Channel Changer. It works fine if you're moving from the stable channel to the beta or the dev, but it doesn't work well for regressing Chrome back to stable. I get asked a lot if it's worth bothering with the beta and dev versions and more than anything that's a personal preference. If you'd like to get a sneak peak at what's coming, such as the merged options menu, then I say go for it. You can alleviate your data loss concerns by backing up your Chrome profile. That, however, is a "how to" for another time. For CNET I'm Seth Rosenblatt. ^M00:01:28 [ Background music ] ^M00:01:32