It’s no secret that Google really screwed up Chromebook users with its botched Chrome OS 91 update. When it released 91.0.4772.165 on Monday, it locked many people outside their devices, forcing them to wash and lose their valuable files. We learned yesterday that Google forgot to add a new “&” to a conditional statement, which violated the ability to decrypt login information (required to sign in). Google issued a statement saying it plans to push for a solution on July 21

, and now it appears the company has kept its word.

Chrome OS 91.0.4772.167 is now available on the update server, which should eventually close the curtain for this serious issue. With the new build, Chrome OS should be able to decrypt your user account and sign in so you can access important files. Unfortunately, those of us who have power-washed their devices will not be able to get the data back – a reminder that you should always save more backups in case things go south. There’s still no excuse for Google to push out a destructive update, and we seriously hope that developers will pay more attention to their stable channel releases.

How to update your Chromebook

It may take a few hours for your Chromebook to receive the 91.0.4772.167 update automatically – hold the device on the sign-in screen and wait until you are prompted to restart. To manually update your Chromebook in case it has trouble downloading the update:

  • Log in as a guest.
  • Open Chrome OS Settings by clicking the system tray and tapping the settings icon
  • Click About Chrome OS, then tap Check for Updates

You should be able to sign in with the new Chrome OS 91 build. In the event that Google rolls out another corrupted update, we recommend activating the following flag bold to prevent your Chromebook from automatically downloading it:

chrome: flags # show-metered-toggle

Displays a Metered switch in the network setting interface for WiFi and mobile. The switch allows users to specify whether a network should be considered as measured for bandwidth purposes (eg for automatic updates). – Chrome OS

Measure your network by clicking the drop-down button below the Wi-Fi switch, selecting the network name, and then changing the switch. We hope Google learned its lesson from this huge breach – fingers crossed it will not happen again.