How to find your Chromebook's AUE date

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of finding out how long your Chromebook will continue to receive updates. Understanding your device's update lifecycle is crucial for maintaining security and accessing the latest features.

Why Chromebook Updates Matter

Chromebook updates are essential for several reasons:

  • Security: Regular updates patch vulnerabilities and protect your device from threats.
  • Performance: Updates often include optimizations that can improve your Chromebook's speed and efficiency.
  • New Features: Google frequently introduces new functionality through these updates.
  • Compatibility: Staying updated ensures your Chromebook remains compatible with the latest web technologies and apps.

It's important to note that each Chromebook model has a different update lifecycle, typically ranging from 5 to 8 years from the device's release date. After this period, your Chromebook will no longer receive automatic updates, which could potentially expose it to security risks.

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to find out when your Chromebook's updates will end:

  1. Open your Chromebook's System Settings
  2. Navigate to the "About Chrome OS" section in the left panel
  3. Click on "Additional details"
  4. Look for the "Update schedule" section

Here, you'll see the date until which your Chromebook will receive automatic updates.

What to Do After Your Chromebook Reaches End of Life

When your Chromebook reaches its end-of-life date, you have several options:

  • Continue using it: Your Chromebook will still function, but it won't receive security updates, potentially leaving it vulnerable.
  • Install a Linux distribution: Some users choose to install lightweight Linux distributions to extend their device's lifespan.
  • Upgrade: Consider purchasing a new Chromebook to ensure continued support and security updates.

Remember, staying informed about your device's update status is key to maintaining a secure and efficient computing experience.

Additional Resources

For more information about Chromebooks, check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide. This resource can be particularly helpful if you're considering upgrading to a new model.

If you have any questions about this process or Chromebooks in general, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section below. We're here to help!