Google Chrome

Overview

 

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.

Google Chrome for Mac is widely popular because it offers Google-specific features on your Mac.

Download Google Chrome on your Mac to get a multi-functional web browser that’s easy to use and customize, no matter your skill level.

Google Chrome is preferred by two-thirds of browser users across platforms, securing that position by serving as a major platform of compatibility for web apps, and should not be confused for Chrome OS which is an operating system.

Licensed as proprietary freeware, Chrome uses the Apple WebKit rendering engine for iOS versions.

When you install Chrome on Mac, you automatically get access to Chrome DevTools with the browser. DevTools allows developers to simulate device and to collect vital information on their code and most other web applications in real-time to debug code and analyze load performance.

Features

  • Bookmarks and settings synchronization across devices and browsers
  • Common Web standards support
  • Advanced Malware and Ad blocking
  • Plugins and extensions
  • Privacy, Speed and Stability
  • A user interface, themes, apps, and desktop shortcuts.
  • Chrome Web Store
  • Automatic web page translation
  • Release channels, cycles, and updates.
  • Release version numbers

Release Channels

Stable Channel

This is the latest stable version and the safe option with all the features tested before release.

Beta Channel

These versions are still in the testing stage so you can expect a bug, but you get to test the newest features first

Dev Channel

Dedicated to the people who use the cutting-edge web platform APIs and developer tools to develop apps for all versions of the web. Weekly updates.

Canary Channel

This is the experimental edition of Chrome with all the newest technologies still under development. This new technology is sometimes referred to as Bleeding edge technology, as it can sometimes break down completely and cause havoc.

The work in progress edition is mainly for developers who want to have information about future releases to help them in their creative processes.

Compatibility

Google no longer provides support for older versions than Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.

FAQ

Can you install Google Chrome on a Mac?

Yes, you can. If you want to use Chrome as your default browser, you will need to manually set it to the default browser on your PC as Mac comes out with the Safari web browser pre-installed.

How do I download Google Chrome on a Mac?

  • Select the correct version and download the installation file
  • Locate and Open ‘googlechrome.dmg’;
  • Find Chrome and drag it to the local Applications folder – you might need admin permissions for certain file locations;
  • Open Chrome;
  • Open Finder;
  • In the sidebar, to the right of Google Chrome, click Eject.

How to make Chrome the default browser on Mac

  • Launch Chrome.
  • Locate the initial “Settings” section and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Click on the “Make Google Chrome my default browser” option.

Can I make Chrome update automatically on Mac?

Click on the “three dots” icon in the top outer right corner. Select the “Help” then click on the “About Google Chrome’ option from the drop-down menu. Enable the “Automatically update Chrome for all users” option and restart Google Chrome on Mac.

How to Export Your Passwords and Login Data From Google Chrome

In Chrome 66, rolling out now for Mac and iOS, Google has added a password export option to the web browser so that you can easily migrate your login details to another browser via a third-party password manager app. In this article, we’ll show you how to export your passwords from Chrome on Mac and iOS.

At the end of the process, you’ll be left with a CSV file containing all your login credentials. Popular password managers like Enpass and 1Password accept CSV files for importing login data. Just be aware that the CSV file you export from Chrome is in plain text. That means your credentials could be read by anyone with access to it, so make sure you securely delete the file once you’ve imported the data into your password manager of choice.

How to Export Passwords From Chrome on Mac

  1. Launch Chrome browser on your Mac.
  2. Select Chrome -> Preferences… from the Chrome menu bar.
  3. Click the Settings button in the upper left corner of the tabbed Settings screen.

4. Click Advanced in the Settings side panel.

5. Click Passwords and forms in the dropdown menu.

6. Click Manage Passwords.

7. Click the column of vertical dots at the top-right of your list of Save Passwords.

8. Click Export passwords… in the pop-up.

9. Acknowledge the pop-up warning dialog by clicking the blue Export Passwords… button.

10. Enter your system password if requested to do so.

11. In the Export window, choose a location on your Mac to export the CSV file to, and click Save.

With the login data exported to your computer, open your password manager of choice and look for the import option, usually found in the app’s menu bar under File. Once you’ve imported the data from the CSV file, be sure to delete it, preferably with a file shredding app like Secure Delete or Incinerator.

How to Export Chrome Passwords in iOS

  1. Launch the Chrome app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right of the browser tab.
  3. Tap Settings in the dropdown menu.
  4. Tap Passwords.

5. Tap Export Passwords….

6. Acknowledge the pop-up warning dialog by tapping Export Passwords….

7.Using the Share Sheet, choose a secure method (i.e. not Mail) for exporting the CSV file. Tapping Save to Files lets you save it on your iOS device or in iCloud Drive, for example.

Again, once you’ve imported the CSV file into your password manager of choice, be sure to delete the file.