How to Switch Your Chromebook to Beta Channel

If you are eager to test upcoming Chromebook features, you can switch your Chromebook to the Beta channel of Chrome OS. In this article, I will show you how to change the release channel of your Chromebook.

Chrome OS, the operating system used on your Chromebook has a few release channels. These release channels are called Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary. By default, your Chromebook uses the Stable channel. This is the recommended version of Chrome OS everyone should be using.

Switching to the Beta Channel

To switch your Chromebook to the Beta channel of Chrome OS:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Chromebook.
  2. Click About ChromeOS.
  3. Now click Additional Details.
  4. Click the Change channel button.
  5. Click the radio button to select the new channel.

Your Chromebook will now download the selected version of Chrome OS. The process might include a complete reset of your Chromebook.

Do you have any questions on changing the release channel on your Chromebook? Ask me in the comments section below.

7 responses to “How to Switch Your Chromebook to Beta Channel”

  1. eromrab – Houston, TX

    How safe is the Development Channel for Chrome OS? I realize it’s not as stable as the Beta… but… I agreed to use this netbook as my main computer as per the agreement with Google…

    1. I’m using it for a long time now, never had any big troubles, 🙂 but, again, we don’t how and when things break 😀

      1. eromrab – Houston, TX

        Sweet, thanks. I just changed over. No updates available. lol. Well, hopefully I don’t brick it 🙂

  2. “We Trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

    #1) Respect the privacy of others.

    #2) Think before you type.

    #3) With great power comes great responsibility.”

    Is the prompt from sudo.

  3. the reset is a giant PITA….e.g flags and some extensions don’t make the reset cut

  4. when you switch to beta not dev does it still need to reset to factory settings?

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      When you move from stable to beta, you may not need to reset. However, you might have to reset when you go back.

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