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December 2019

What’s New with Chromebook?

Chromebooks update automatically to provide you with the latest features and keep the software fresh and speedy. Here are some highlights from recent updates.

*See how long a device is eligible for updates at g.co/chromeosupdates/en/.

Master your multitasking

Master your multitasking with Virtual Desks. Use different sets of screens to create spaces for separate projects and activities. To create a new virtual desk, just press Shift + Launcher key + =, or tap the “Show all windows” button on your keyboard and select New desk.

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Lock Screen Media

Now you can control your media right from your lock screen. When you’re listening to audio on your Chromebook, you can play, pause, and skip tracks without unlocking. This new feature works with YouTube Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, dozens of other apps, and media played through Chrome.

Click to call

While browsing on Chrome, right-click any phone number on your Chromebook to place a call from your supported Android phone. To get started, sign in to your Google Account from your Chromebook and phone, and turn on sync in Chrome.


Compatible printers will now appear automatically in your printer list — no setup required. Follow these simple steps: Press and hold CTRL+P.  Choose your printer from the destinations list. Click “Print.” That’s it.

App Settings

We’ve made it easier to manage permissions for all apps that you use on your Chromebook. It’s now simple to change your notification settings and location, camera, and microphone access for all apps, straight from Settings.

Looking to make a switch?

Switching from Mac or Windows is as easy as logging in. In just three simple steps, you’ll find your files and photos ready to go on your new Chromebook.

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Latest update

May 2024

Chat with Gemini, write like a pro with 'Help me write', and try more Google AI features -- all on your Chromebook Plus. On all Chromebooks, check out new Google Task checklist integrations, create and send GIFs of your screen recordings, and more.

March 2024

Quickly share files between Chromebook and Android phones, switch between desks with a tap, and transform PDFs into text.

November 2023

Easily find and add gifs with just a tap, multitask with new Clipboard features, slow your battery's decline with Adaptive Charging, and more.

September 2023

Personalize your device with a new set of accent colors that match your wallpaper, select a shared Google Photos album for your wallpaper to rotate through, multitask across different window screen configurations, and more.