How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

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How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

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There comes a time in your Chromebook’s life when it no longer receives updates from Google. It’s inevitable and could be a lot sooner than you think. Here’s how to see your Chromebook’s scheduled end-of-life date.

Google is transparent about the update policy it has for all devices running Chrome OS. Every Chrome computer received regular updates from Google until it reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date. You can see the exact month and year all makes of Chromebooks will stop receiving updates on the Automatic Update policy webpage.

With the recent addition of an Update Schedule section in the Chrome OS Settings app, it’s a lot easier to keep track of how much time you have left with your Chromebook until Google considers it outdated.

First, open up the Settings app. Do this by clicking on the clock in the bottom-right corner to open the system tray and notification panel. From there, click on the Settings gear icon.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Next, click the hamburger menu icon and then select “About Chrome OS” at the bottom of the menu.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Here, you can see which version of Chrome OS you’re running, update your Chromebook to the latest version, or report an issue. But for now, click on “Additional Details” to see its update schedule.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

If you don’t see this setting, you might be running an older version of Chrome OS. Hit the “Check for Updates” button to get up to speed with the current version.

Under the “Update Schedule” section, you’ll see your device’s AUE date. After this date, you’ll no longer receive automatic software and security updates.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

While your Chromebook’s automatic updates lifespan might be set in stone, it in no way means that it’s completely dead after this date. If you’re not ready to kill your device, we’ve put together a few options to extend the life of your Chromebook when its end-of-life date has come and gone.

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Your Chromebook gets a software update every six weeks. The latest version of Chrome OS is downloaded and installed automatically. This, however, will stop after a few years. This varies from device to device and depends on the Chromebook’s end-of-life or EOL date. This article explains how to find this end-of-life date.

You can find your Chromebook’s end-of-life date from the Settings app. Open the Settings app and go to About Chrome OS > Additional details and check the date under Update schedule. You will find the EOL date here.

Here are the detailed steps.

Find Chromebok EOL Date from Settings App

Google recently made it easy for us to look up the “expiration date” of our Chromebooks. They added this information to the “About” section of the Settings app. To find this date:

Time needed: 1 minute.

To find your Chromebook’s end-of-life (EOL) date:

    Open the Settings app.

Click the Settings icon and open the app. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

From the left-pane, click “About Chrome OS”. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Click Additional Details link. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Under the Update schedule section, you will see your Chromebook’s EOL date. Here is an example:
“This device will get automatic software and security updates until June 2026. Learn more“ How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Google currently shows the EOL date in future tense for all Chromebooks. If your Chromebook has already crossed the EOL date, it will still say “will get automatic software updates…” This will be fixed soon. The updated message for such Chromebooks will read “This device stopped getting automatic software and security updates in..”

EOL Chromebook – Frequently Asked Questions

You will be able to use your Chromebook even after reaching the EOL date. However, you will no longer receive security updates or new features.
Another option is to switch to a third-party build like CloudReady. With that, you will continue to get newer versions of Chromium OS, the open-source version of Chrome OS, through CloudReady. You will miss a few features, but your Chromebook will stay up to date.

Google generally provides six years of software updates for Chromebooks. This might vary according to the manufacturer. In some cases, you might get extended life up to eight years too.

A list of Chromebooks and their EOL dates is available on the Auto Update policy page.

Yes. Your Chromebook will continue to work even after the EOL date. However, you will no longer receive security updates or new features.

You cannot update an EOL Chromebook with the official Chrome OS version. However, you can use a third-party build like CloudReady to use Chromium OS, the open source version of Chrome OS.

About Dinsan Francis

Content Strategist and Digital Minimalist. Loves testing new Chromebook features and writing about them. Favorite Chrome OS Channel is Canary. | Twitter | YouTube.

Your Chromebook gets a software update every six weeks. The latest version of Chrome OS is downloaded and installed automatically. This, however, will stop after a few years. This varies from device to device and depends on the Chromebook’s end-of-life or EOL date. This article explains how to find this end-of-life date.

You can find your Chromebook’s end-of-life date from the Settings app. Open the Settings app and go to About Chrome OS > Additional details and check the date under Update schedule. You will find the EOL date here.

Here are the detailed steps.

Find Chromebok EOL Date from Settings App

Google recently made it easy for us to look up the “expiration date” of our Chromebooks. They added this information to the “About” section of the Settings app. To find this date:

Time needed: 1 minute.

To find your Chromebook’s end-of-life (EOL) date:

    Open the Settings app.

Click the Settings icon and open the app. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

From the left-pane, click “About Chrome OS”. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Click Additional Details link. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Under the Update schedule section, you will see your Chromebook’s EOL date. Here is an example:
“This device will get automatic software and security updates until June 2026. Learn more“ How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Google currently shows the EOL date in future tense for all Chromebooks. If your Chromebook has already crossed the EOL date, it will still say “will get automatic software updates…” This will be fixed soon. The updated message for such Chromebooks will read “This device stopped getting automatic software and security updates in..”

EOL Chromebook – Frequently Asked Questions

You will be able to use your Chromebook even after reaching the EOL date. However, you will no longer receive security updates or new features.
Another option is to switch to a third-party build like CloudReady. With that, you will continue to get newer versions of Chromium OS, the open-source version of Chrome OS, through CloudReady. You will miss a few features, but your Chromebook will stay up to date.

Google generally provides six years of software updates for Chromebooks. This might vary according to the manufacturer. In some cases, you might get extended life up to eight years too.

A list of Chromebooks and their EOL dates is available on the Auto Update policy page.

Yes. Your Chromebook will continue to work even after the EOL date. However, you will no longer receive security updates or new features.

You cannot update an EOL Chromebook with the official Chrome OS version. However, you can use a third-party build like CloudReady to use Chromium OS, the open source version of Chrome OS.

About Dinsan Francis

Content Strategist and Digital Minimalist. Loves testing new Chromebook features and writing about them. Favorite Chrome OS Channel is Canary. | Twitter | YouTube.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Your Chromebook isn’t going to last forever. Check out how to find your device’s end-of-life EOL date.

Just like PCs and Macs, Chromebook’s don’t last forever. That is the version of Chrome OS running on the device doesn’t last forever. After a certain amount of time, similar to Windows and iOS, Chrome OS will no longer continue receiving operating system updates. Here’s how to find your Chromebook’s end of life (EOL) date.

How to Find Chromebook End of Life Date

If you want to find your Chromebook’s End of Life date, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Open up Settings by clicking the clock in the system tray.
  2. Click on the gear icon to open the Settings app.
    How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date
  3. Click on About Chrome OS at the bottom of the list in the left panel.How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date
  4. Click the Additional details entry from the About Chrome OS menu.
    How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date
  5. Underneath the Update schedule section, you’ll see your End of Life date for your Chromebook. This details the month in which your updates will end.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

For example, in the shot above, the Chromebook in use will keep getting automatic software and security updates until June 2024. After that date, it will no longer receive automatic software updates.

If your Chromebook isn’t working (or you can’t access it currently), you can check whether your model’s EOL date by looking up the Chromebook End of Life list using the Google Support website.

What to Do With a Chromebook After End of Life

Now, there are a few things worth pointing out here. First of all, this date is not set in stone. You can continue using the Chromebook after the EOL date but you won’t get any more updates. It would be like Microsoft killing Windows 7. You can still use the PC (for a while) but won’t get any more security updates that put the device at risk.

Chromebook’s, on the other hand, aren’t as vulnerable to a security attack after their EOL dates. But this gives you a good idea of when you might want to start thinking about putting the Chromebook out to pasture and getting a new device.

For example, in the shot below, this Chromebook has already reached its EOL date, but it is still much useable…albeit much slower at what it does compared to a new Chromebook.

Update Sept 30: Google has extended the life of eight Chromebook models: Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook, Lenovo 100e Chromebook (2nd Gen), Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook, Lenovo 300e Chromebook (1st and 2nd Gen), Lenovo IdeaPad S330 Chromebook, Lenovo IdeaPad C330 Chromebook, Poin2 Chromebook 14. Support for these laptops was due to expire on June 2022 but has been extended to June 2025.

Are you thinking about buying a Chromebook? If so, find out how old the model is or risk purchasing an unsupported laptop.

As it turns out, every Chromebook as an expiration date on which Google stops supporting the device. As reported by The Register, Google will provide new hardware with 6.5 years of auto-update support.

While that may sound like a long time (Chromebooks were first introduced just 8 years ago), the timer starts counting down from the time “when the first device on the platform is released.” We’ve reached out to Google for clarification, but that vague phrasing seems to suggest that support begins when the first unit of a specific model is released.

Google’s support page on the matter also states that if a manufacturer releases a device on a “1-year-old hardware platform” then it will have only 5.5 years of auto-update support remaining.

That wouldn’t be a problem if Chromebooks were frequently refreshed. However, some older models, especially budget notebooks like the Samsung Chromebook 3, have been selling as new for years. In fact, Google’s documents show that the Chromebook 3, one of our favorite budget Chromebooks, will receive support for only two more years.

So, what happens when the Auto Update Expiration date expires? First, Google will stop pushing automatic updates to that specific laptop model, which means it won’t get the latest Chrome OS features or security patches. Also, that model will no longer receive technical support and business users and teachers won’t be able to use the Google Admin console or other tools to manage their devices.

Unfortunately, some users found out about Google’s end-of-life support the hard way by purchasing a new Chromebook only to find out that it would stop receiving auto-updates within a few years.

“My Dad just got a big FU notification on the Chromebook he bought new less than 3 years ago that it is now out of support under the Google AUE policy,” Martin Woodware wrote in a tweet.

How to check if your Chromebook’s support will expire

Before you buy a Chromebook, check to see when the model was first released. Unfortunately, that information isn’t typically provided by laptop manufacturers. Instead, the easiest way is to visit the support page on Google’s Auto Update policy.

Here, Google lists all Chromebook models and their corresponding expiry dates. Models due to expire in less than 90 days are highlighted in bold.

Once your device reaches its Auto Update Expiration date, you will receive a notification saying “This device will no longer receive the latest software updates. Please consider upgrading.” You can still use a Chromebook beyond its expiration date, but it will stop receiving important updates that give it new features and crucial security patches, so we strongly suggest you avoid doing so.

Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life datePhoto: Cory A Ulrich, Shutterstock

At some point, all of our spiffy new devices will become old and decrepit. Warranties run out, hardware improves, and companies only support their products with software or firmware updates for a limited amount of time. To help you figure out when your Chromebook will reach its end-of-support date, Google will soon add this information to the Chrome OS settings menu.

To find your Chromebook’s “expiration” date when the feature launches, open the settings menu, then go to “About Chrome OS” > “Additional details.” The end-of-support date will be listed under “Update Schedule.”

We’re currently running Chrome OS version 78.0.3904.92, and we don’t see this feature live just yet. However, an XDA Developers forum member saw the feature in a Canary version of Chrome OS, which (hopefully) means it’ll be on its way soon.

We’d like to see more companies—and more Google products—adopt this sort of transparency, but for now, it’s cool that Google is at least giving its Chromebook users a clearer idea of how long their devices will receive updates.

While we’re on the subject, here are few things to note about operating system updates and support lifespans for just about every device or OS out there:

The lifespan of a device begins from its initial launch date, so you won’t have the full window of support if you buy an older device.

The specific lifespan varies between devices and operating systems, but Google tends to support Chrome OS devices for about 6.5 years following its public release date. That said, companies can and do change these support windows all the time.

You can still continue using a Chromebook—or really any device with any operating system—even after the support window has passed; you just won’t get any further features or other updates.

There are occasional exceptions to these rules, especially if a major security bug is found that requires patching even if a device is no longer being actively supported—the recent Windows 7 BlueKeep updates are a prime example.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

Did you know that all Chrome OS devices such as Chromebooks and Chromeboxes have a pre-determined lifecycle? Eventually, Google will stop updated your device essentially signaling the end of its life. Here’s how to find out when your Chromebook or Chrome OS device will die.

One of the best things about Chromebooks is the fact that they are kept up to date automatically. You don’t have to worry about downloading updates manually or waiting getting pinged with constant notifications that updates are available from your system’s app store (are you listening, Apple?).

However, one day, those updates will dry up and your Chromebook will be about as much use as a chocolate teapot. For this reason, the Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date is hugely important.

What is the Auto Update Expiration date?

The Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date is your Chromebooks death day. It’s the day Google will stop sending automatic updates to the device. Every Chromebook or Chromebox born has a pre-determined date of death. Its fate is sealed from day one.

It’s important to note that your Chromebook will still work after the AUE date, and you won’t lose any data you have on the device or in the cloud. It just means that you won’t get any new features or security updates from this point forward.

How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life date

All Chromebooks are born knowing exactly when they will die. / © NextPit

How to check when Chromebook updates will end

Fortunately, it is very easy to find a Chromebook’s end of life date on the machine itself. Simply follow these steps:

  1. At the bottom right of your screen, click on the time.
  2. Select Settings
  3. On the left panel, at the bottom, select About Chrome OS.
  4. Select Additional details.
  5. In the Update schedule section, you’ll find when your Chromebook will receive its last update.

Alternatively, if you want to find out the AUE date of a Chromebook you don’t own, to work out how long it will last before you buy it, for example, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Google’s Auto Update policy page by clicking here.
  2. Scroll down to the list of manufacturers of Google Approved Chrome Devices.
  3. Select a manufacturer to open a long list of Chrome OS devices.
  4. You will see the Auto Update Expiration date displayed in the right column, displayed as the month followed by the year.

Have you tried a Chromebook yet? Share your experience in the comments section below.

Chromebooks, Chromebases, and Chromeboxes automatically manage updates so that your device has the latest software and security features. To check your Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. On the left panel, at the bottom, select About Chrome OS.
  4. Select Additional details.
  5. In the “Update schedule” section, you’ll find when your Chromebook will receive its last update.

Final software update notification

If you get a “Final software update” notification, your device will stop receiving Chrome OS and browser updates. These updates include:

  • Security updates, bug fixes, and new features for Chromebooks. Existing features may stop working.
  • Support for certain apps and extensions that require specific Chrome OS or browser versions.

Auto Update Expiration policy

Each device has an Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date. We encourage you to check the AUE dates of devices before your purchase.

  • Before the AUE date, devices will receive new software updates from Google.
  • On and after the AUE date, devices will not receive software updates from Google.

Important: The “End of Sale” date is controlled by the device manufacturer and isn’t related to a device’s AUE date.

Look, we love a great deal more than most but sometimes a “killer Chromebook bargain” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and we want to make sure you’re getting a good value when you spend your hard-earned dollars.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to online listings for Chromebooks comes from marketplaces like Amazon and eBay where sellers can list a device practically any way they want with little to no policing from the powers that be.

I’m sure you’ve seen it. The listings all go a little something like this.

Newest, 2019 Chromebook blah, blah, blah

But, wait.

That Acer Chromebook R11 you’re about to spend $230 on has been around for a while. Hasn’t it? A classic example of “buyer, beware.” It doesn’t matter what that listing says. Shoot, it doesn’t even matter if that Chromebook you just bought was assembled last week.

Your shiny, new laptop my be on the short-timer’s list for guaranteed software updates. Google’s Auto Update Policy, which is normally five to six and a half years, has little to nothing to do with the production date of the specific Chromebook as much as it is all about when the device was originally released.

Lucky for us, there’s a place where this information lives and is ready to guide us on our purchasing journey. Google’s Auto Update Policy page contains nearly every Chrome device ever made and lists the month and year each of these devices is promised updates. How to see your chromebook’s end-of-life dateAuto Updates for Google Chromebooks (dark mode enabled)

For some devices that have multiple iterations, (Lenovo Flex 11, C330 and N23 for example) the expiry date is based on the first model. For the Lenovo devices, that would be the Flex 11 which is June 2022 even though the C330 was released just last year.

Hopefully, this will give you a more objective eye when looking at the total value of a Chromebook purchase. For the entire list, head to the link below and see when the device you have or are looking at, will reach its end of life.

Note: The EOL (end of life) date is just the guaranteed update range. Many devices have continued to receive updates weeks and even months after the EOL matured but you should probably plan on looking for a replacement before that date arrives.

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