Note: Before attempting the troubleshooting steps below, please try restarting the browser as well as restarting your computer/device. Sometimes, the updater can get "stuck" in place and a quick reboot often resolves this issue.
If you've restarted the browser and/or your device already and are still getting update errors, please proceed to the troubleshooting steps below.
We have seen that a small group of Windows users were unable to update automatically to the newest versions of Brave and wanted to provide instructions to fix this situation if you're stuck on an older version of Brave.
This appears to be related to users who have downloaded the installer named
brave_installer_x86.exe from Github. Unfortunately this installer was not intended for direct
installation without specific configuration parameters included, and for this reason we no longer upload it to our GitHub releases. Users should be installing Brave with the files
BraveBrowserSetup32.exe, which will correctly configure Brave to
contact our update servers and automatically update to the newest versions when they are released. This is the setup file that gets run when users go to brave.com/download.
To fix your install if you are stuck on an older version of Brave, we recommend the following steps:
- Make a backup copy of all your user data (if desired) by navigating to:
%LOCALAPPDATA%\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\and copying the
User Datafolder somewhere safe.and making a copy of the
Brave-Browserfolder somewhere safe.
- Uninstall Brave using
Add or Remove Programsbuilt into Windows
- Reboot your machine
- Delete any remaining the files and directories in the
C:\program files (x86)\BraveSoftware\folder (if any exist)
- Re-install Brave from https://brave.com/download
- Verify channel is now correct by:
- Opening Regedit
- Browse to:
- Verify name
aphas data set to
x64-relfor Windows x64, or
x86-relfor Windows x86 platform (if you are using Brave Beta, Brave Dev or Brave Nightly this will be a different value, such as
Regedit should look like this after you have completed these steps: