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March 2024

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 more seamlessly between your Chromebook and Android phone

No need to email yourself to get a picture or link from your phone to your computer. Seamlessly share files between your devices with just a few taps. Quick Share helps you easily share links, photos and other large files between your Chromebook and Android phone associated with the same Google account. Simply select “Quick Share” and the device you want to send it to, and you’re done!

Easily switch between different desks

You may already organize your work with virtual desks to help you stay focused and productive. Now it’s even easier to create, access, switch between, and order your desks with a new button right on your shelf. Once you set up a second desk, the button will appear, and you can tap on the arrows to jump between desks, or click on the button to see all desk thumbnails.

Turn pictures of PDFs into text for screen readers

When you open scanned PDFs in Chrome browser, they can now be turned into text. With the help of Optical Character Recognition technology, previously unreadable PDFs and images can be instantly transformed into text. Text from PDFs and images are automatically extracted by default on screen readers. For screen reader users that need to turn it on manually, use the keyboard shortcut (Everything Button or key + M), then select “Extract text from PDF” from the context menu. Once it finishes, your screen reader will recognize and be able to read aloud the entire PDF.

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.

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.

June 2023

Express your creativity with Google Photos' new movie editor and video editing features, easily organize your apps you've downloaded on your Chromebook in the Launcher, discover new articles about apps in the Explore app, multitask across different windows, and find more options for your handwritten notes.