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 Google Updater for the Mac - FAQs
Google Updater for Mac has been retired because Google software, such as Desktop and Notifier, no longer require its use. If you had it installed, we did some housecleaning and automatically removed the program for you, using GoogleUpdaterGhostInstaller.pkg, in order to free up processing power on your computer.

Frequenly Asked Questions


Introduction - How does Google Updater work?

What is Google Updater?

Google Updater is the installer for Google products on the Mac. You can use Google Updater to see which Google software you have installed and to see other Google applications you might be interested in. Google Updater helps keep your software up-to-date by installing updates when they become available. And you can use Google Updater to uninstall Google Software.

Why is Google Updater installed when I install another Google product?

Google Updater makes the software installation process more convenient in several ways. First, it streamlines the software installation process. Also, once Google Updater is installed, you can see which Google software you have already installed. Finally, Google Updater provides you with a central place for discovering and downloading more Google software. New Google applications are just a few clicks away.

What is the Usage Statistics feature?

If you enable Usage Statistics in Preferences, Google Updater may send non-personal usage statistics to Google. We use this data to help us improve our software.

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Get Started

What are the system requirements for Google Updater?

You need a Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Do I need the password to an administrator account on my computer in order to install Google Updater?

No, Google Updater can be installed without an administrator password. However, to install some applications, including Google Desktop, you will need to have an administrator password. (If you're the only user of the computer, you're probably an administrator. Just use your usual login and password.)

I use a dial-up Internet connection. How long is installation going to take?

Google Updater is designed to download and install programs in the fastest and most efficient way possible; however, if you're using a dial-up connection, it may still take a while to install programs. You can look at the progress bar in the Google Updater window to see how your installation is progressing.

Can I use any Google products if I don't have Mac OS X 10.4 or later?

Some Google products work with Mac OS X 10.3 or later. Google provides separate installers for these. To see which products are available, go to http://www.google.com/mac.

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Install

How do I install programs?

To install a Google program with Google Updater:
  1. In Google Updater, click Explore Google Products.
  2. Click the program you want to install.
  3. Click the Install button.

What if I don't want to install all the programs that Google Updater shows me?

That's fine. You can pick and choose whichever Google programs you like. And you don't have to decide all at once. Whenever you want to add or remove a Google program, you can use Google Updater.

If I choose not to install a program initially, can I install it later?

Yes. Once you have installed Google Updater, you can use it any time to install more software.

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Updates

How will I know when there are updates or new programs available?

Google Updater keeps track of the programs you have installed and can alert you when new versions become available. By default, updates are installed automatically. If you don't want to be notified when updates are available, follow these steps:
  1. From the Finder, choose Go > Applications..
  2. Double-click the Google Updater icon.
  3. Choose Google Updater > Preferences.
  4. Uncheck the box labeled "Notify me when updates are installed".
  5. Click "Done".

Can I configure Google Updater to update only some of my software?

No. Google Updater is set to update all your installed Google software.

Does Google Updater update itself?

Yes. Google Updater keeps itself up-to-date automatically, in addition to updating the other Google software you've installed.

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Uninstall

How do I uninstall programs?

To uninstall a Google program with Google Updater:
  1. In Google Updater, click My Software List.
  2. Click the program you want to uninstall.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.

How do I uninstall Google Updater?

To uninstall Google Updater, you first have to uninstall other Google software on your computer. You can't uninstall Google Updater while you have Google software on your computer because we need it there to keep your software up-to-date.
  1. In Google Updater, click My Software List.
  2. If you have any Google software (other than Updater), click it, then click Uninstall.
  3. Click Google Updater.
  4. Click the Uninstall button. If asked, enter an adminstrator account name and password.

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