Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers for good reason. It’s available on every mobile and desktop operating system, syncs your bookmarks and history across devices, and is constantly being updated to remain the fastest browser available.
However, Chrome can cause problems occasionally. It can start crashing in the middle of a session or stop working altogether. Sometimes it will refuse to open, or it may display an error message when you open it. When these problems appear, the best solution is to remove all the Google Chrome data from your computer and reinstall the browser.
You may also find that you are just plain old tired of using Google Chrome. You may be breaking out of the Google ecosystem to make the switch to the Apple ecosystem, or you may be looking to increase your privacy by switching to Firefox.
Whatever the case, there are different ways to uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome. This article will explain most of them, depending on your OS.
How To Reinstall Chrome On Windows
To reinstall Chrome on Windows, close all your Google Chrome windows. Then, follow these steps:
- Press the Start button on the far-left corner at the bottom of the screen.
- Start typing “Control Panel” with the Start Menu opened. When it suggests the Control Panel option, select it to open the window.
- Find the Programs menu and select Uninstall a Program. You will then see a list of programs.
- Find the Google Chrome icon, and click the Uninstall button near the top of the window.
- Make sure you check Also delete your browsing data when asked. This will permanently remove all your bookmarks, history, cache, and other temporary files. Some of these may be causing your Chrome to malfunction, which is why they need to be deleted.
- Proceed with the uninstall process. Once you remove the browser completely, you can get the newest version online.
- Open another browser. You can use Edge, Microsoft’s default browser.
- Go to https://www.google.com/chrome/.
- Click on the Download Chrome button.
- Wait for the download to finish.
- Go to the download folder and start ChromeSetup.exe.
- Follow the instructions and proceed with the installation.
If you followed all the steps correctly, you should have a brand new, working Google Chrome on your Windows.
How To Reinstall Google Chrome On A Mac
Reinstalling Google Chrome on your Mac follows a similar procedure:
- Open the Applications folder.
- In the Applications window, find the Google Chrome app. Sometimes it is easily visible in the Applications folder, but it may be moved to another directory. You can use the search bar to quickly find the app if it’s not immediately visible in Applications.
- Click on the Google Chrome icon and just drag-and-drop it to the Trash bin. This will remove Google Chrome from macOS, but not your profile data. You need to do this manually.
- Click on the Go menu and then choose Go to Folder.
- Type “~/Library/Google” and select Go. A window containing the GoogleSoftwareUpdate directory will open.
- Move the GoogleSoftwareUpdate directory to the Trash bin as well. This will remove all your customizations, bookmarks, and browsing history from macOS.
If you want to install Google Chrome again, you will have to:
- Open Safari or any other non-Chrome browser that you installed on your Mac.
- Type “google.com/chrome”
- Go to Download and then choose For Personal Computer. The website will take you to the download page.
- Choose the Download Chrome button and it will start downloading the installer. You will probably need to agree with the terms and conditions before you start.
- When the file finishes downloading, go to the download directory and find it – the file name should be googlechrome.dmg. You may wait a minute or two for it to download everything.
- Just drag-and-drop the Google Chrome icon into the Applications directory. This should automatically install Google Chrome, making it appear in the Applications folder.
How To Reinstall Google Chrome On iOS
If you want to reinstall Chrome on iOS, you need to follow these steps:
- Tap on the Google Chrome icon and hold it. All the icons should start shaking after a moment. You should see an ‘x’ appearing on the top left corner of each icon.
- Select the ‘x’ and agree to remove Chrome and all its data.
- Press the Home button to return to the normal screen.
- Find the App Store in your app menu.
- Type Google Chrome in the search bar.
- Tap Get and then tap Install. This will download the app and install it on your device.
What About Android?
Unfortunately, uninstalling Chrome isn’t always an option. If your Android device already came with a built-in Google Chrome, then you can’t uninstall it and you’ll have to find a different way to fix any malfunctions.
Find out whether you can reinstall Google Chrome with these steps:
- Go to the Settings app on Android.
- Select Apps or Applications.
- Find Chrome in the list and tap it.
If you can see the Uninstall button, then you can remove the browser.
To reinstall Chrome, you should go to the Play Store and search for Google Chrome. Simply tap Install, and then wait until the browser is installed on your Android device.