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How To Access The Hidden Canary Mode On Chromebooks

Kenny Strawn's Chrome OS Canary Desktop

Chrome OS Canary (via Kenny Strawn)

Did you know that Chrome OS has a hidden Canary Channel setting? Until recently, neither did I.

Much like the desktop browser version, Canary mode contains the latest development changes, new features and interface tweaks.

But, unlike the desktop version that can be run safely alongside regular stable Chrome, there is a good reason why it is hidden on Chrome OS: it’s buggier than a swamp full of rotting meat.

Crashes, half-implemented features, and a general lack of polish on UI changes; unexpected hardware issues, broken external monitor support and runaway resource-hungry processes are all scenarios that Chrome OS Canary can throw up.

Sounds like a nightmare. If, despite the potential for headaches, you do want to enable Canary mode you can. The awesome Kenny Strawn has detailed the entire switching process on his blog – from enabling developer mode to accessing the command-line prompt needed to issue the update edict.

But be warned: this is not a procedure to be carried out by the curious or inexperienced and there is no easy way to revert back to a stable build after updating.

Enable Chrome OS Canary