Google Chrome portable is a unique build of the popular web browser that you can carry anywhere in a Pen Drive. It is also an offline installer, but unlike the regular Chrome you download, you don’t install the portable edition. All you need is to double-click on the Chrome icon in the download package, and it’s ready for use. It’s the best choice when you want to run a specific version of Chrome where you don’t have admin rights to install programs. We recently required the Chrome portable installer for our Windows PC in 32-bit or 64-bit format, and yes, few sites are offering the latest version 86.0.4240.75. However, we were unable to find the Chrome Portable in zip format, which many people prefer downloading.
Google Chrome portable (zip) installer for (64/32-bit) Windows PC
Chrome or any portable software works well when it is available in ZIP format. Unfortunately, a popular website providing portable apps has a different way. When you download their version of Chrome portable, you get an online installer of about 2MB size. And during installation, it also needs to connect to the internet to download Chrome separately. They do provide a folder with Chrome files, in the end, but the overall experience is underwhelming.
People prefer portable installer for Windows when they don’t have permissions to install a particular software. Privacy, and running the browser without local system interference is the main advantage downloading portable Chrome. However, the download from PortableApps is not an offline version of Chrome, as anyone would expect.
We invite you to test our downloads if you want the latest of Google Chrome 86.0.4240.75 stable, 87 Beta, and 88 Dev in portable format. Just like our download for Skype, it is in an archive format that you can extract to your desktop. Currently, we have links for Beta and Dev variants of the Chrome as 32-bit zip files, and we are trying to add the 64-bit shortly.
Our download for the Google Chrome portable is tested with VirusTotal for any malware and you can see the results here.
The disadvantage of Chrome Portable is, unfortunately with the update process. Since it doesn’t install on the system, it can’t make use of the Google update to download the upgrade Chrome to the latest version. We will add the Google Chrome portable 87, 88 and all upcoming releases in this page — please bookmark this page if you are concerned about the update.
How to run Google Chrome from USB pendrive when you can’t install it
The portable edition of Google Chrome lets you open and run the browser from a pen drive. It is useful when you are at the school or college, where the external installation of software is prohibited. And the process is straightforward if you download one of the ZIP files we have given above.
- First, download the 32-bit or 64-bit version portable Google Chrome installer 86.0.4240.755.
- Extract the zip file to a folder on desktop or USB Pendrive.
- Now, check for the Google Chrome icon in the folder and double-click on it.
- That launches Chrome for you, without any local Windows installation.
System admins have the options to block Chrome update installations on your computer through group policy management tools. But if you download Chrome portable 86, and follow the above process, you can use the latest browser without touching the local installation.