One of the greatest strengths of Chrome OS is its stability. Whenever I hand someone a Chromebook, I know they’re not going to run into any problems. However, for those that like to tinker — like me — there is the option to test new features for Chrome at the possible expense to stability. You can switch between the three software channels on a Chromebook if you want to. Here’s what each one is and what to know before you switch.

What are the Chrome OS channels?

Each Chrome device can be on one of three software channels: the stable channel, the beta channel and the developer channel.

  • Developer channel is where new features and software changes are added to Chrome OS builds. This is the channel that lets you test the newest tweaks, but also the channel that has the most bugs. If you’re using a Chromebook for critical work or it’s your only computer, Developer channel is not for…

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