How to Install Google Chrome on Flashdrive

by Robert Kingsley
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Google Chrome is a Web browser that has been steadily gaining in popularity in recent years. Its simple interface and speedy browsing make it a great contender against the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox. Although it is a popular choice, many users prefer other browsers including those previously mentioned. If you regularly use computers that have other browsers installed, you can install a portable version of Chrome on your flashdrive. You can just plug your drive into any computer and run your favorite browser from there; no installation necessary.

Step 1

Launch your Web browser, and visit either PortableApps or CNET Downloads. Download the most recent version of Google Chrome Portable and save it to your desktop.

Step 2

Insert your flashdrive into a USB port on your computer, and wait while Windows recognizes it. Close the AutoPlay window if it appears.

Step 3

Double-click the downloaded Chrome installer, and click "Run." You may have to enter administrator credentials or agree to a Windows User Account Control prompt.

Step 4

Select a language from the drop-down list, and click "OK." Click "I Accept the Terms of the License Agreement," and click "Next." Click "Browse" when asked for a destination folder, and browse to your flashdrive. Click "OK," and click "Install." The software will now be installed in a folder called "GoogleChromePortable" on your flashdrive.

Insert your flashdrive into a computer that does not have Chrome installed. Click "Open Folder to View Files" when prompted or double-click your flashdrive from the "Computer" window. Double-click the "GoogleChromePortable" folder, and double-click "GoogleChromePortable.exe."


  • Google Chrome Portable will save all configuration files to its home directory on your flash drive. You'll leave nothing behind on the computer you're using.


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About the Author

Robert Kingsley has been writing technical copy and procedural documents since 2007. He has years of experience with networking and hardware troubleshooting to help guide readers through their information technology-related issues. Kingsley received his associate's degree in computer networking systems from ITT Technical Institute in Woburn, Massachusetts.

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