Now that Google has released the 64-bit version of Google Chrome, you may be wanting to try it out. Unfortunately, getting upgraded to the 64-bit version is not as intuitive and quick as you might think. That's why we have decided to make this guide and share where you can find the 64-bit version of Google Chrome and how to install it.
IMPORTANT: If you want to learn more about the 64-bit version of Google Chrome and what's different compared to the 32-bit version, we recommend that you read this article: Google Chrome 64-bit - Is It Better Than The 32-bit Version?.
How to Download and Install Google Chrome 64-bit
To install the new Google Chrome version, you do not need to uninstall the 32-bit version. You can install the 64-bit version on top of it, and the upgrade will be automatically performed by the installation process. However, some users did report having issues when performing an upgrade. If you want to be as safe as possible, then remove the 32-bit version prior to installing the 64-bit version. This guide will help you out: Seven Ways to Remove Desktop Programs and Modern Apps in Windows.
When removing the 32-bit version of Google Chrome, it is best that you don't remove your browsing data, so that it can be used by the 64-bit version.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that, for the time being, the download for the 64-bit version of Google Chrome is available only in English. If you want to download it in another language like French or German, it is not yet available. However, translations are available for other languages. This is a bit strange from Google's part and we hope that they will soon offer for download versions in languages other than English.
If you want to download it, open any web browser and go to the Google Chrome homepage. By default, you will download the 32-bit version of Google Chrome. There's no big button or big section advertising the 64-bit version.
But, if you look carefully you will see some text that says: "You can also download Chrome for Windows 64-bit, OSX or Linux". Click the Windows 64-bit link placed under the Download Chrome button.
The Google Chrome homepage is reloaded and the download button will now help you download the 64-bit version.
Click Download Chrome.
If you want Google Chrome to be your default browser check the box that says: "Set Google Chrome as my default browser".
The last step is to click "Accept and Install" so that the download can start.
If you do this from Internet Explorer, the installation is started automatically. If you do this from another browser you will only download the ChromeSetup.exe file which you need to run manually.
Once you run it, this file will automatically handle the download and installation process and, after a couple of moments, you will have the 64-bit version of Google Chrome installed.
Now that you know how to download and install the 64-bit version of Google Chrome, give it a try and let us know what you think. Does it work well for you? Do you enjoy using it more than the 32-bit version?