How to Update My Now Outdated Internet Browser

By Rochelle Connery

If your Internet browser is out of date, chances are the browser settings were not set up to automatically update the browser when the creator released the new version. Even if you did configure the settings to check for updates, it does not mean that the browser was faithful in doing so. To fix this, you must update the browser manually. The exact method varies based on what browser you use, but in most cases, the overall procedure remains the same.

Step 1

Update Mozilla Firefox. Open the Firefox browser. Select "Help," "Check for updates" from the top menu. Firefox will open a new dialog box and scan for new updates. If it finds one, it will display the update version in the window and prompt you for the next command. Click the "Update Firefox" button. This will automatically update Firefox. The instructions might prompt you to close existing Firefox windows or to restart Firefox.

Step 2

Update Google Chrome. Open the Google Chrome browser. Choose the wrench icon at the top right of the window. Select "About Google Chrome." This selection will automatically check if there is an update available for Chrome. If there is, select the "Update Google Chrome" option. Restart the browser when prompted.

Step 3

Update Internet Explorer. Open the Internet Explorer browser. Choose "Tools," "Windows Update" from the top of the browser. This will redirect you to a Microsoft Web page that will prompt you to check for updates on your computer. Select the "Custom" button to choose just the ones you want. If one appears for Internet Explorer, select the update option for the program. You may need to restart the browser if prompted.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must be using the browser of choice in order to update it. For example, you cannot update a Firefox browser while using Chrome.