So, you have been enjoying using Opera GX, a modified version of the standard Opera browser. It has all those features built within that you would want in any browser. However, it’s important to update Opera GX from time to time to keep potential risks at bay.
The makers release frequent updates for security concerns and it’s important to get to the latest ones and enjoy new features, UI, and enhanced privacy. The last major update to Opera GX added AI prompts, an AI feature to boost the browsing experience.
Updating Opera GX to the latest version can also resolve several issues or problems that prevent several things from working correctly. For instance, you can fix wallpaper not working issues, VPN malfunctioning, and trouble enabling GX mods with the help of the newest updates.
Opera GX gets new updates every four to six weeks. However, the frequency may vary depending on the severity of the issues that need to be addressed.
And, yes you should set Opera GX as your main browser if you have been using it as your daily driver.
Opera GXUpdate Opera GX to the latest version and enjoy new features!
How do I know what version of Opera GX I have?
Before you update to the latest version, it’s important to check the current browser version so, that you’ll know what’s the latest version the Opera GX is getting after the update.
To check the version of Opera GX installed on your system, follow the below steps.
- Click on the Opera GX icon for Menu on the top left corner.
- A list of options will appear, hover over Help
- Click About.
- A new tab will open that will show you the version of Opera GX, alongside the Update stream, your system’s configuration, and the Chromium version as well.
- In case, the newest update is available, Opera GX will show the “Relaunch Now” button.
As the screenshot shows, the Update stream shows ‘Early Access,’ which means it’s a pre-release version that is still being developed and tested and may contain bugs.
However, a Stable release undergoes extensive testing before it gets dispatched to the public. A Stable build is more reliable and offers a consistent user experience.
Follow the below instructions, in case you want to be on Early bird access. To access the Settings page, click on the Settings icon provided on the left sidebar. Alternatively, you can press Alt+P while the Opera GX on Windows is still open to launch Settings quickly.
Click on Basic. On the right side, scroll down till you find “Early bird.”
Being on the “Early bird” lets you access new builds before the stable public release. You can test features, which are still in development and report them to the makers.
How do I update Opera GX to the latest version on my desktop?
It’s pretty easy to get to the newest version of Opera GX. The makers release timely updates to keep any bugs or unknown issues at a distance. Some updates are not really heavy because they mostly bring fixes.
Some releases are heavy because they contain new features that directly get integrated into the browser for a better user experience.
It’s interesting to see that the makers take care of the Opera GX the same way as they do for the main Opera browser. Apart from some gaming-specific features, the Opera GX also gains other important features.
Follow along to know how you can bring the Opera GX to the latest update on Windows PC.
- Click on the Opera GX icon provided on the top-left corner of the browser window.
- A menu will open, Click on Update & Recovery.
- A new tab will open that will show if Opera GX is up to date.
- You can also click on “Check for update” to check if there’s any new update available.
On an Android phone, click on the Opera GX icon, provided in the bottom-right corner and scroll down to the About section to check the current version.
To update, you can simply go to the Google Play Store and look for new updates. Additionally, the browser app can also prompt you when a new update becomes available.
Will updating Opera GX delete my browsing history and bookmarks?
No, updating the Opera GX browser will not delete your browsing history and bookmarks. They will stay intact even after the update. You can always manage bookmarks on Opera GX.
Also, your installed extensions and themes will still be available. Because these things are usually saved in a separate file or database that is not affected by the update process.
However, there are times, when installed extensions start misbehaving with the latest updates. This is because some extensions may not be compatible with the new version of the browser.
So, you can go for a backup before performing any updates. Also, Opera GX lets you export bookmarks the same way Opera allows in case you plan to switch to a different browser.
During the process, if you face any trouble updating Opera GX, try restarting your computer and then checking for updates again.