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July 2020

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/.

Say hello to the Explore app

We’re making it simpler for you to get the most out of Chromebook. The new Explore app gives visual tutorials and answers FAQs to help Chromebook owners take full advantage of their device. The app also offers special Perks for Chromebook owners to redeem. Find the Explore app by clicking on the Launcher in the bottom left corner of your screen and searching “Explore.”

Multitask across windows masterfully

It’s easy to multitask across different windows and screens on Chromebook. In Overview mode Overview Key you can now drag windows from your Chromebook’s screen to an external monitor and vice versa. You can also easily split your screen from Overview mode, which makes multitasking simple — you can have two documents open at one time, or review an article while taking notes.

New features for Family Link

Family Link lets you create digital ground rules and healthy habits for kids. Now Family Link users can add a school account to easily sign in to Google services like Classroom and other websites to do schoolwork at home. Plus, parents can also now let their children personalize Chrome with thousands of extensions from the Chrome Web Store. To approve extensions, parents just need to enter their password on the supervised Chromebook.

Learn more about Family Link

Next level gaming

Stay entertained with your favorite games on Chromebook. We’re excited to announce that more titles are now optimized for great gameplay on Chromebooks including DOOM, DOOM II, Star Wars™: KOTOR, Limbo, and Stardew Valley.  

Visit the Google Play Store to purchase

Express yourself with more emojis

Capture more emotion with hundreds of emojis to choose from. There are now more emojis for you to use natively within ChromeOS, like a yawning face emoji (🥱), an ear with a hearing aid (🦻 ), and a sari (🥻). To use emojis on Chromebook, right click in any text field and navigate to “emoji.”

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.