The latest Chrome OS update has recently been rolled out on all devices and brought along a couple of interesting new features and optimizations. Of course, we’ve got a hang of them a couple of weeks ago, by using Chrome OS’s Development Channel. And if you want to, you can also join the dev channel, test the newest beta versions of the Chrome OS and help the Chromium team by sending them feedback.
All you have to do to join is to move your device (Chromebase or Chromebook) from the Stable Channel to the Beta channel, and this can be done through a simple modification.
We’ll guide you through the initiation and show you, step by step, how to set your Chromebook to use the dev channel and how to return to the stable channel when you’re don with it.
Keep in mind that the beta versions might have more bugs and performance issues, so don’t expect for a smooth experience. After all, the main purpose of this channel is not to allow these things to be released on the stable channel. So, take this as a commitment that while being one of the first persons to enjoy the new features, you’ll also give the Chromium team a heads up concerning any issues you encounter. Don’t do it if you don’t have time for this.
Now, if you’re decided to go for it and deal with a few bugs, here’s how it’s done.
Change Your Chrome Os Development Channel
Go to Settings-> About Chrome OS and click on the More Info link; after the other options menu has been made visible, click on the button Change Channel.
A new window with three options will be revealed:
- Stable, which is the production build of Chrome OS and the recommended option for regular users.
- Beta, which is the channel that hosts ok-ish builds for testing before being released to the stable channel and this is where bugs and new features are tested by a wider range of users.
- Developer, which is the most unstable version, hosting early builds that have a lot if issues and bugs; however, these versions are released mostly for developers that need to know what changes are coming to set their apps and test them early. If you don’t think you need to go this deep, you should really stay to the beta channel.
Click on the radio button next to your option and then Ok when prompted to. If any beta version is on the channel, it will automatically be downloaded on your Chrome OS device and reboot the device.
Switching back to the Stable Channel
If you want to switch back to the stable channel, you will have to do a power wash of your Chrome OS device. The process is made automatically so you won’t have to do much, but you will have to backup your system and necessary files because your device will be wiped clean.
So, follow the steps above again and change the channel by selecting the Stable option this time. After hitting OK, the stable channel will be downloaded and installed on your Chrome OS device.
After your device has rebooted, it will be restored to its factory settings and you’ll have to customize it again according to your preferences.