What is the Chrome Automatic Update Expiration?

When evaluating Chromebooks for your project, the Automatic Update feature helps keep devices and data secure. Google’s Automatic Update Expiration (AUE) policy ensures the latest software is always operating on the most suitable hardware.

Secure by Design


Multiple layers of security enable Chromebooks’ effortless sharing model. These include verified boot, sandboxing of data, and automatic updates applied approximately every 6 weeks.


Automatic Updates


Google provides regular automatic updates to Chrome devices to guarantee their security and reliability. They include updates to the device itself, Chrome OS, Chrome Browser and firmware, and are applied seamlessly in the background, causing no interruptions to user productivity. Once applied, a simple reboot of the Chromebook (<10 seconds) is all it takes for the updates to take effect.

With Chrome OS, you don’t even notice your system updating with the latest and greatest features.

Google announced in September 2023 that the AUE date has been extended for all Chromebooks manufactured in 2021 and newer. You can read more about that here.

Keep Devices Secure & Updated


Google works closely with hardware and software partners to provide fixes that allow Chrome to continue providing OS improvements. Agreements with all of the component vendors allow them provide seamless security patches and stability improvements along the way. However, the technology these agreements are based on will eventually become obsolete and so the AUE cannot be managed for an indefinite amount of time.

AUE ChromeThat’s why Google has the Automatic Update Expiration, a shelf life that ensures the latest software is always operating on the most suitable hardware. All devices have a date when automatic software updates expire, which is determined by when the hardware platform was first introduced to the market, rather than the purchase date of the device.

Remember: AUE dates keep devices safe – once passed, they may be fine to use, but they’re no longer the secure devices they were designed to be and may not meet regulatory requirements for your school or district.

ScholarBuys vs. the Competition


With our focus on private schools, we know that the expanding use of technology in classrooms and curriculums can seem like a daunting task. By utilizing the ScholarBuys White Glove service it removes some of the burden from internal IT staff, who may also be fulfilling other roles within the organization. Chromebooks will be ready for deployment upon delivery which means you can have them into the hands of students and utilized for learning sooner than ever before.

ScholarBuys also offers a technology financing programs. This can help provide additional purchasing power for educational technology. Our leasing options can stretch your budget and allow for more frequent device refreshing. You have the ability to lease your entire technology purchase including the devices, software licensing, warranty, and carts. At the end of your lease you have the option to purchase devices outright at fair-market value or return them to facilitate the next device refresh.

We are committed exclusively to the education market. Let us leverage our experience to find the right solutions for your school.

ScholarBuys Buyback Program


We can also help schools earn money for devices that are no longer being used or need to be replaced. The Device Buyback program helps offset the cost of a new technology purchase! The process is simple:

  1. Reach out and let us know how many laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, or iPads you have for Buyback
  2. ScholarBuys will provide a quote for the value of your devices
  3. If you accept the quote, we will send you a shipping label to send the devices in
  4. All data is wiped from the devices
  5. Once all devices are processed you will receive a check in the mail for your earnings

ScholarBuys Chromebook Manufacturers


ScholarBuys works with all manufacturers of Chromebooks and can put together a custom solution that fits your project. Brands that we see many of our current customers using include:

These manufacturers have a solution that is built for Education. Their Chromebooks are not only affordable, but are also durable and can withstand the rigors of every day use in the classroom.

Please contact one of our education technology experts to for more information on the Chrome Automatic Update Expiration. ScholarBuys can help refresh devices to keep things updated and secure!
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