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How to Reinstall Google Chrome on Any Device

Learn how to reinstall the Google Chrome browser on Windows PC, MacOS, Android, and iOS. We can easily reinstall and update the Chrome browser on any device.

If you encounter any unwanted error or issue within Google Chrome and have tried different solutions to troubleshoot/resolve but are still unable to fix it. In that case, the only option you are left with is reinstalling the Chrome browser. All you need is to remove the chrome browser, delete its stored data, and reinstall the browser from the official online store or website.

Reinstall the Google Chrome browser

The Google Chrome browser has the lion’s share of possession in the web browser domain. And the reason for the same is hardly a secret either.

A plethora of nifty features, a handy sync functionality, and deep integration into the Google ecosystem make it the go-to choice for many users.

However, despite all the goodies it offers, it isn’t free from its fair share of issues. From the browser not functioning along the expected lines to issues with its feature set, there could be quite a few errors that might occasionally bug this browser.

In this regard, simple workarounds for in-app restart or data and cache deletion are usually enough to rectify the underlying issues. However, in some instances, you might have to take the nuclear approach of uninstalling the browser from your device and reinstalling its latest build.

And in this guide, we will help you with instructions and steps to reinstall Google Chrome across Windows PC, Android, iOS/iPadOS, and Mac computers.

Reinstall Chrome on Windows

The Windows PC comes preinstalled with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browser. However, we can manually install Google Chrome alongside the existing browsers. If the Chrome browser is miss behaving, then we can remove and reinstall Chrome on Windows PC.

  1. Open Windows Settings window (Win + I).
  2. Select Apps from the left bar and go to Apps & Features.
    Windows Apps and Feature tab
  3. Scroll to the Google Chrome app and click on the More vertical 3dots icon option.
    Uninstall Chrome context menu in Windows Apps and Features
  4. Select Uninstall and confirm dialog box to uninstall Chrome from Windows.
    Uninstall Chrome Browser from Windows PC
  5. Next, Download and Install Chrome on Windows PC.

That’s it. These were the steps to reinstall the Google Chrome browser on your Windows PC. If you are still facing the issues, delete complete Chrome browser data from the Windows system and reinstall the new browser again.

Reinstall Chrome on Android

Chrome comes bundled with the Android OS and is treated as a system app. Hence you cannot uninstall it from your device. At the very most, you could disable it or uninstall all the updates from that app.

So what’s the difference between the two? Disabling Chrome will stop all its features, and none of the other third-party apps will be able to interact with it. While Chrome would still be in your device, uninstalling updates would strip off all its functionalities.

On the other hand, uninstalling updates will revert the app’s settings and configuration to its factory default state. And since you are planning to reinstall the browser, this is the more appropriate option of the two. So with that in mind, let’s get started.

  1. Open the Android Settings app/screen.
  2. Select Apps and Notifications followed by the See All Apps option.
  3. Search and select Chrome app from the app listing page.
  4. Tap on More vertical 3dots icon from the top right, and select Uninstall updates option.
    Uninstall Updates from Google Chrome on Android
  5. Tap on OK in the confirmation dialog box.
  6. Next, open the Google Play app and search for Chrome.
  7. Tap on the Update command button.
    Update Google Chrome for Android from Play Store

It will reinstall the Google Chrome browser on your Android device. While it’s not precisely a reinstall, downgrading to its earliest build and installing the latest version is the closest one could get on an Android smartphone.

Reinstall Chrome on iOS/iPadOS

The iOS/iPadOS or Apple devices are preloaded with the Apple Safari browser, and it allows the installation of third-party browsers like Chrome from the official app store. If you face any challenges in the Chrome browser on iOS or iPadOS, you can reinstall the browser.

  1. Long-press the Chrome app icon to get the context menu.
    Remove Chrome App from the iPhone Device
  2. Tap on the Remove App command and hit on Delete App in the confirmation box.
    Delete Chrome App confirmation boxIt shall remove Chrome from your iPhone/iPad.
  3. Open the App Store app on the device and search Google Chrome.
  4. Open the App details page and Download the Chrome app on iPhone/iPad.
    Download Google Chrome browser on iPhone device

This will reinstall the Google Chrome browser on the iOS/iPadOS platform.

Reinstall Chrome on Mac

Like iOS/iPadOS, the Mac computer is preinstalled, and set Safari is the default browser. We can install the Chrome browser from Google’s official site on Mac OS. If we encounter any issues with Chrome, we can reinstall the browser without any issues.

  1. Launch the Finder and switch to the Applications folder
    It shall list all the installed apps on the Mac.
  2. Search and select the Chrome app.
  3. Right-click for the context menu, and hit on the Move to Bin command.
    Google Chrome in Mac Application folder with Move to Bin context menu
  4. Empty the Trash Bin from the Dock.
    Empty Bin from the Mac Dock Bar
  5. Next, download and install Chrome for Mac computers.

That’s it; it will reinstall the Chrome browser on your Mac. Emptying the trash bin ensures no residues are lying in the computer.

Bottom Line

So with this, we round off the guide on how you could reinstall the Google Chrome browser on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac devices.

It’s recommended to go for the reinstall approach only after exhausting all your other workarounds or troubleshoots.

Moreover, before opting for it, ensure you have synced all the browser data with your Google account. It is because uninstalling the browser will remove all the app’s data as well. Hence, the next time you install it, you will quickly get them back by signing in via Google ID.

On that note, we round off this guide on reinstalling Chrome on any supporting devices. If you have any queries with the steps mentioned above concerning any of the four platforms, please let us know.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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