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June 2021

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/.

Share files fast with Nearby Share

With Nearby Share, quickly and securely share files between your Chromebook and other ChromeOS or Android devices. You’ll be able to send and receive without giving your contact details, so your information and files stay private. Get started by going to your Settings Search key icon and toggling “Nearby Share” on.

See answers automatically

You may already use your Launcher to search for apps, your files, results on Google and more. Now it’ll automatically show answers like simple calculations or weather information without you needing to open up a new browser window. Try it now by pressing the Everything Button (Launcher key icon or Search key icon) and typing “weather” into the search bar.

Get notified with app badges

Check which of your apps need your attention with a glance. If you see a small circular badge on an app icon, this indicates that the app has active notifications available or something new for you to view. You can turn these badges off by visiting your Quick Settings and clicking “Notifications”.

Troubleshooting at your fingertips

Easily troubleshoot your Chromebook with the new Diagnostics app. You can check the status of your laptop’s battery, CPU and memory, and run tests. So if you notice your battery is draining faster than expected, you can check its health right from the app. Open it now by pressing the Everything Button (Launcher key icon or Search key icon) and searching “Diagnostics”.

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.

View previous updates

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.