If you have a Chrome OS device – including a Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase or Chromebit – you will receive software updates on that device on a fairly regular basis. However, at a certain point you will no longer see Chromebook updates. But when will that be?
Fortunately, it is very easy to find out when your specific Chrome OS device no longer receives its updates. It is even better news that many older devices will continue to receive updates until at least 2020, so it is very likely that your device will be up to date for a long time.
Before we discuss how we can check your updates for your Chromebook, let's review a few conditions. Each Chrome OS device receives updates directly from Google until that device is & # 39; Auto Update Expiration & # 39; or AUE reached. Each device has a pre-planned AUE date and the device will no longer receive updates after that date.
For clarity, your Chrome OS device will still work after the AUE date. You do not lose any data and you do not have to buy a new device. The AUE date only means that your device will no longer receive Chromebook updates and will therefore no longer see any new software features. It will also be a slightly higher security risk because it will not have the latest security patches for the future.
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To determine what your specific device is AUE date, you need to know the make and model of your device. The brand is usually fairly easy to determine – just look at the lid and you'll probably see the name of the OEM there.
The model is also usually easy to find, usually somewhere on the bottom of the device. Once you have the make and model, you are ready to set your AUE date!
How to check when Chromebook updates end
- First use a web browser on each device (this does not have to be your Chromebook) and visit Google & # 39; s Chrome OS page for automatic updating by clicking here.
- Look for the OEM that created your Chrome OS device in the list.
- Click or tap the company name and you will find a list of all Chrome OS devices launched by that company.
- Find your model in that list and look to the right of the name. There you must find a date, the AUE date for your Chromebook updates.
As mentioned earlier, you will no longer receive updates next to your device name after that date. Your device still works as intended, but you don't see any new features or security updates.