Setting up Google Chrome on Windows 10 may be a smooth & uneventful affair. Download and run the Chrome installer and the browser up and running in a few minutes. Although, the fact that Chrome needs online connectivity during installation may trouble many people with intermittent internet. Thankfully, it is more than possible to download and install Chrome entirely offline, just like any traditional desktop app. And you do not have to go out of your way to do that either. So let’s get started.
Why You Should Install Chrome Offline
By default, Google only offers you with a ‘stub’ installer to install Chrome. This installer (is about two megabytes roughly) does not contain the actual files required to run Chrome. Rather than, it downloads the files throughout the setup process and then installs them instantly.
But if you have got a somewhat spotty internet connection, Chrome’s stub installer can run into download problems and end up taking a considerable amount of time to complete. Worse, installation probably even fail in certain instances.
So, connectivity issues aside, you may also want to install Chrome on multiple PCs. In that case, it is impractical to repeatedly use the stub installer to install the browser, especially if there are bandwidth restrictions to take into account. That also holds if you intend to use Chrome on temporary desktop environments like Windows Sandbox.
The best solution is the standalone (offline) Chrome installer. And with the offline installer at your disposal, you can effortlessly install Chrome without downloading anything during the installation procedure.
You can even copy the standalone Chrome installer onto removable media and install the browser on as ample computers as you like—without downloading the installation files each time. You do not even need an active internet connection while installing Chrome.
How to Download the Chrome Offline Installer
Instead of looking around for the Chrome standalone installer, you can grab it from the official Google website itself—you are required to get to the correct download page.
In case your PC only has one user account (or if you need to install Chrome merely for a single user), visit Chrome’s standalone installer download page using the below button. The page seems identical to the regular Chrome download page, but don’t worry.
Check out the box next to ‘Help make Google Chrome better’ if you want Chrome to send usage statistics to Google. Then, tap Download Chrome.
Your browser starts downloading the offline Chrome installer instantly. It should amount to 60-70MBs approximately.
If your computer has multiple users and wants to install Chrome on all of them, you should download a different Chrome standalone installer. Use the below button to get to the relevant download page.
How to Install Google Chrome Offline
Once you have downloaded the Chrome standalone installer, run it from your browser’s download manager. Or, visit the Downloads folder of your PC, and then run the downloaded file.
Alike with the stub installer, the installation process is entirely automatic. The offline installer will set-up Chrome on the primary partition of your PC—you can’t change that.
Note: In case the Chrome standalone installer fails to show up, right-tap the downloaded file, afterward click Run as Administrator.
You probably momentarily see the ‘Download’ status show up during the setup, but the installer does not download anything. The browser will open automatically soon after installation.
Then you can choose to use the automatically generated local profile to browse the internet instantly. Or, you can sign-in with a Google Account & start taking advantage of Chrome Sync. Using a Google Account with Chrome even provides seamless access to a range of productivity web apps and services like Gmail, Google Docs, & Google Drive.
Keep Chrome Up-To-Date
By opting to install Chrome offline, you must get to avoid the numerous negatives of using the default stub installer. Additionally, setting up the browser is much faster, and you can also save bandwidth if you intend to install Chrome multiple times.
That said, keeping Chrome up-to-date is vital and necessary to prevent known bugs & security vulnerabilities from causing issues further down the road. And by default, Chrome updates itself automatically whenever it detects newer versions.
Although, you can update Chrome forcibly by opening the Chrome menu, then click Help, after that click About Google Chrome. Then, Chrome will scan, download, & install the latest updates without further interaction.
Dear Visitors, if you want to install Chrome again later, it’s great to download the standalone installer from scratch. Google updates the stable Chrome release one time every 2 weeks. Thus, getting a fresh copy should ensure that you install the most recent browser version. It also assists you to skip having to update Chrome soon after installation.