Google Chrome is today by far the most used internet browser. That is why most of the websites work fine in it despite the many updates. However, there may be times when it is necessary to use an older version of Google Chrome. Some websites don’t work equally well on all versions of the Google browser, so you may want to use an older version. Learn how to revert to an older version of Google Chrome.
Download the outdated Google Chrome version
There was a time when Google allowed resetting the browser version without much hassle. That is no longer the case. So you will have to rely on files uploaded to other websites, which we at Malavida are not responsible for the security of. Do not forget, check all files you download with a virus scanner, so that you have no regrets. After downloading the old version of Google Chrome, you must uninstall the current version before installing it. We prepended this step to avoid leaving you without a browser to download the other browser with.
Uninstall Google Chrome
The next step is to uninstall Google Chrome since it is already updated to the latest version. Before you start uninstalling, please note the following:
- You must delete all your browsing data (cookies, cache, passwords, forms, bookmarks…). Make sure you remember all automatic passwords and export a file for bookmarks if you want to keep them.
- Close Google Chrome before beginning the uninstallation.
PPress the Windows key and type programs a. You will see an option called Add or remove programsclick on it.
From the Start menu, type programs and click Add or remove programs
A new window will appear with a list of the programs you have installed. Search for Google Chrome and click on it. An uninstall button will appear next to it, Uninstallclick on them too.
Search for Google Chrome and click Uninstall
A new message will appear asking you to confirm. Click again Uninstall.
Click Uninstall again to continue uninstalling.
Next, a message will appear asking for administrator privileges. you have to get up Yes click to continue. Next comes the final confirmation message where you have the option Also delete browsing data? tick and for the last time on Uninstall have to click.
Clear all browsing data and click Uninstall to complete the uninstallation.
After that, the uninstallation will be finished in a few moments.
Clear the residual data in Chrome
Despite the complete uninstallation, there may still be some Google Chrome files and folders left for deletion. However, they are easy to find. In the File Explorer address bar, type the following line and press Enter:
Type the line in the address bar and press Enter.
You will see the contents of the folder where all your Google Chrome data is stored. It’s probably already empty; if not, delete all files and folders in it.
Delete all files and folders shown
Install an older version of Google Chrome
After Google Chrome is uninstalled, it’s time to install the old version. Locate the previously downloaded file and run an antivirus scan before double-clicking it.
Double-click the installer for the old version of Google Chrome
Depending on what type of installer you have, you may see some pre-install screens. Continue with the wizard until the old version of Google Chrome is installed.
Disable Google Chrome updates
If you have the old version of Google Chrome installed, you now need to prevent it from updating automatically. To do this, press the Windows key to open the Start menu and type msconfig a. As a result you will see the system configuration, click on it.
Type msconfig and click on the system configuration
A small window will appear. Click on the tab Services.
Click the Services tab to view running services
A list with a large number of different services will appear. Click on the check box Hide Microsoft Services (Hide Microsoft Services) to hide all operating system services..
Click Hide Microsoft Services to hide Windows services
Find Google services and disable them to prevent the update tools from running.
Disable Google services
Now click Apply (use) to apply the changes.
Click Apply to accept the changes
As the penultimate step, click OK to close the window.
Press OK to close this window
Now all you have to do is restart Windows for the changes to take effect. From now on, you should be able to use an older version of Google Chrome without fear of it being updated.