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What's my Browser?

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Using the most recent version of your browser is essential for a quick, problem-free user experience while using the internet. This guide tells you how to discover what browser version you are currently using.


The word "browser" refers to the type of software that allows you to use the internet, responsible for navigating and viewing web pages, and displaying them on the screen of your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Browsers are nowadays almost always included free with any new device, with alternative options being easy to find and install.

Whatever your operating system, whichever one of the many browsers you use, it is important to keep it up-to-date and know whether you are using the most current version. Older versions may be slower and cause problems when running certain websites.

In addition, older browsers may be more vulnerable to threats from hackers, viruses, and malware, as newer versions often include important security upgrades. Knowing your browser version is also useful when troubleshooting problems that may occur with specific programs.

For the best possible experience when using the Selectra website and others, the following is a guide to finding out what browser version you are currently using. It will focus particularly on discovering your browser version when using a PC or laptop.

For mobile devices, the version number can often be found by clicking on the main menu of your browser software. Alternatively, a visit to the Google Play Store or Apple Store will show you if updates to your software are available.

Popular browsers include:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera

Microsoft Edge

This is included in most Windows laptops and PCs running Windows 10 from the year 2015 onwards, superseding the earlier Internet Explorer. Versions were also released for iOS and Android devices in 2017 and for macOS in 2019.

To discover what version you are using, follow these steps:

Windows/macOS

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Go to the "Settings and more" drop-down menu in the top-right of the browser or press Alt+X.
  3. Select "Settings".
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the "Settings" tab that appears. The installed version of Microsoft Edge will be displayed at the bottom under the heading "About this app".

Internet Explorer

This is the predecessor to Edge included with Windows PCs and laptops before 2015 and Windows 10. The last version of Internet Explorer, 11.0, is the only version that is currently being supported by Microsoft with new upgrades and security fixes. Previous ones should be updated to this most recent version.

To discover which version you are using, follow these steps:

Windows

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on "Tools" (the cogwheel shaped icon in the top right) or press Alt + X to access the drop-down menu.
  3. Select "About Internet Explorer" from the menu.
  4. The current version number will be displayed in a pop-up box.

Google Chrome

Google's Chrome browser was released in 2008 for Windows but has since been introduced for numerous operating systems such as macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

To discover which version you are using, follow these steps:

Windows/macOS

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the "Customise and control Google Chrome" drop-down menu (the three vertical dots in the top-right of the browser window). Some older versions may represent this menu with a spanner icon meant to emulate the "Tools" menu, which has the same function.
  3. Click on the "Settings" option. Older versions may also have an "About Google Chrome" option in which case click on this instead.
  4. The current version number of Chrome will be displayed. You will also be told if this is the most current version available.

Mozilla Firefox

This is a popular browser available for Windows, macOS and Linux.

To discover which version you are using, follow these steps:

Windows/MacOs

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu in the top-right that is represented by three horizontal lines.
  3. Depending on your version click on either "Help" or "About Mozilla Firefox"". If "About Mozilla Firefox"" is not displayed in the main menu, then it will be available as an option in the "Help" sub-menu.
  4. The current version will be displayed in a pop-up box. Newer versions will also tell you if upgrades are available.

Apple Safari

This is Apple's main browsing software that has been included with macOS PCs and laptops since the year 2003. A version for Windows was previously available but was discontinued in the year 2013 and is no longer supported.

To discover which version you are using, follow these steps:

MacOS

  1. Open Apple Safari.
  2. Click on "Safari" in the Apple menu bar.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select "About Safari".
  4. The current version number will appear in a pop-up box.

Opera

This browser, developed by Opera Software, is available for systems running both Windows and Apple's macOS.

To discover which version you are using, follow these steps:

Windows/MacOS

  1. Open Opera .
  2. Open the drop-down menu and select "About Opera".
  3. The version number will be displayed in a pop-up box.
  4. In some versions, this information is accessed by clicking on the Opera icon and then clicking on "Help".

Discovering your Browser Version with a third-party Website

For other internet browsers and browser/operating system combinations not mentioned in this guide, or as a simple alternative to the above, there are websites that will automatically tell you which browser version you are using.

For example, Whatsmybrowser.org will automatically tell you which browser version you currently have installed, as well as other details such as whether or not you have cookies or JavaScript enabled.

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