Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers around the world because of its many features and apps its competitors don’t have. It’s a fast, reliable browser everyone uses, may it be on their Android phone or their Macbook! So if you’re using Google Chrome on your Windows PC, there’s a big chance you’re using the 32-bit version, which is an older version of Windows. The new version is the 64-bit, which is the updated version of the manufacturer.
Why You should Use 64 Bit Chrome Browser instead of 32 Bit:
Unfortunately, Google Chrome won’t update itself to 64-bit, meaning you’ll need to do it yourself. It’s very easy to update it, taking just a few minutes of your time.
Advantages of using a 64-Bit Version of Chrome
There are various reasons as to why people would want to use the older version, maybe to use programs that are only compatible with the 32-bit version, or because of lack of time to update. Either way, there are a whole lot of advantages the updated version has against its predecessor, or here are just some of them:
- The 64-bit version of Windows ensures much more protection than the last version, which also goes the same for the programs installed. Chrome will become more secure, with added features that ensure safe browsing.
- It is said that browsing is faster in various websites, and Chrome’s performance is more efficient compared to its older version, making it more effective and easy to use.
- There are less crashes and stalls. According to Google, crashes have lessened to as much as half of what it used to be!
- Along with an updated version of Chrome, you will also have the 64-bit version of Adobe, which has more security features against exploit mitigations and third party apps.
Disadvantages of Using the 64-Bit Version of Chrome
The only “disadvantage” of updating the web browser would be not being able to use the Java plug-in (NPAPI) and a few other browser plug-ins that are not compatible with the 64-bit version. But even then, Chrome has the Flash plug-in, and it is not able to carry older versions of its browser plug-ins anymore, which is why there really is nothing to stop you from updating your PC!
Are You Using the Updated Version Already?
Don’t know what version of chrome you’re using? You can easily check it using the browser. Here’s how:
- Go to the menu, hover around the “Help” option and select “About Google Chrome”.
- You will see the version number of your browser, which will either say 64-bit, or not show any text at all, but the number itself (meaning you are still using the 32-bit version).
Install the Newer Version of Chrome on Your Windows PC
If you aren’t using the newer version already and want to, it’s a pretty easy procedure that won’t take long. Here’s what you have to do:
- Visit the Chrome download page online and select the 64-bit version. If it only mentions the 32-bit version, click “Download Chrome for Another Platform”. Then you will get the option to download 64 bit version.
- After downloading, Open the installer, following the instructions and proceeding with the download.
- Open Google Chrome and check the about page to see that you are now using the updated version of Chrome!
No need to worry about your files on Chrome, as it will stay intact. It will only update it program, not erase anything you installed. The only reason why you will see an error during downloading would be because you are using the 32-bit version of Windows, so if you are still using the older version, better check to see if your hardware can be updated to the latest version.
What About Other Manufacturers?
I’m sure some of you are using Mac or Linux. No need to worry, you might already be using the updated 64 bit version.
On Mac, they have already updated to the 64-bit version last 2014. If you aren’t using an older version of Mac, then Chrome is most likely using the 64-bit version already.
On Linux, they have already started using the newer version from last March 2016. Just like Windows, check to see if Chrome is using the newer version. If not, upgrade. Before that, check to see if you are using the 64-bit version of Linux. If not, upgrade that first!
Automatic Upgrade for Windows and Chrome?
Eventually, Windows and Chrome will have to be updated either way. It may end up becoming an automatic thing when the time comes. But for now you will have to do it manually and check it yourself. Like what I said, it will only take a few minutes of your time, so best get cracking to it to ensure safe and faster performance when browsing!