Uninstalling and reinstalling Google Chrome is a breeze on any platform. Be it Windows or macOS, the process is fairly straightforward. Moreover, if you have been experiencing any issues or unexpected behavior from the browser, reinstalling it has a high potential to fix the problem for you.
Let’s first start with reinstalling Google Chrome on the Windows platform and then move towards the macOS.
Uninstall and Reinstall Google Chrome on Windows
Before you can reinstall, you will need to uninstall Google Chrome from your Windows platform and also clear the supporting files to remove every trace of it. Then only you can perform a clean reinstall.
To uninstall Google Chrome, first, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section. Otherwise, you can also type Settings in the search bar to search for it.
After that, on the ‘Settings’ window, click on the ‘Apps’ tab present on the left sidebar to continue.
Then, from the right section of the screen, locate and click on the ‘Installed apps’ tile to continue.
On the next screen, you can either scroll down to locate Google Chrome manually, or you can use the search bar present on the top of the page and type Chrome in to locate the app.
Once located, click on the ‘kebab menu’ icon present on the far right edge of the Google Chrome tile to reveal the context menu. Then, click on the ‘Uninstall’ option from the list to proceed.
After that, an overlay prompt will appear on your screen. Click on the ‘Uninstall’ button to remove the app from your system.
Next, if you wish to remove user profile files as well from your PC, head to the Desktop and double-click on the ‘This PC’ icon to continue.
After that, type or copy+paste the below-mentioned address into the address bar and hit Enter on your keyboard.
Note: Replace the ‘<username>’ placeholder with your username in the address.
Once you are in the directory, press the Ctrl + A keys together on your keyboard to select all the files. Then, use the Shift + Delete keyboard shortcut to delete the selected files.
This will bring up an overlay prompt on your screen. Click on the ‘Delete’ option to delete all the files permanently.
To reinstall Chrome on your PC, head to google.com/chrome using your preferred web browser. Then, click on the ‘Download Chrome’ button present on the webpage to download it. This will bring an overlay prompt to your screen.
From the overlay pane, click the ‘Accept and Install’ button to continue.
Once the download has finished, head to the default ‘Downloads’ directory and locate the downloaded .EXE file, and double-click on it to initiate the installer.
Chrome will now start installing on your computer. Wait till the process is finished. Once the installation is complete, the Chrome browser will launch on your computer.
And that’s it, you have successfully reinstalled Google Chrome on your Windows PC.
Uninstall and Reinstall Google Chrome on macOS Devices
Uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome on macOS devices is a slightly different process when compared to the Windows platform. However, by no means it is difficult. Just follow the steps mentioned below and you will be done before you know it.
To uninstall Chrome on your macOS device, open a new Finder window by pressing the Command+N keys together on your keyboard. Once the window is open, click on the ‘Applications’ tab present on the left sidebar of the window to continue.
Now, on the ‘Applications’ screen, locate the ‘Google Chrome’ app from the list and right-click on it to reveal the context menu. Then, click on the ‘Move to Trash’ option from the menu.
After that, from the home screen of your macOS device, click on the ‘Go’ tab present on the menu bar to reveal the overflow menu. Then, click the ‘Go-To Folder’ option to continue. This will bring up a separate window on your screen.
Next, type or copy+paste the below-mentioned address in the text box and click on the ‘Go’ button to head to the directory.
Once the Finder window opens, locate and click the ‘Chrome’ folder and then press the Command+Delete keys together to delete the files permanently from your system.
Then, if the Trash is pinned on the dock, right-click on the icon to reveal the context menu and choose the ‘Empty Trash’ option to delete the Chrome files from your macOS device. Otherwise, head into the Trash and remove all the files related to Chrome present inside.
To reinstall Google Chrome on your macOS device, head to google.com/Chrome and click on the ‘Download’ button present on the website to continue. This will bring an overlay window on the screen.
Now, from the overlay window, click on the ‘Accept and Install’ button to start the download.
Once downloaded, head to the default downloads directory and double-click on the
.DMG file to run the installer on your macOS device.
After that, your Mac might bring up an alert on your screen. Read it carefully and then click on the ‘Open’ button present at the bottom right corner of the overlay window.
Now, from the separately opened window on your screen, drag the Chrome icon to the ‘Applications’ folder to install it on your system.
The Chrome browser will now be installed on your system. You can launch it from the launchpad of your device
There you go, folks! Hopefully, this guide will help you to have a fresh reinstall of Google Chrome and eradicate any issues you are experiencing with the browser.