Installing and updating Yandex Browser

System requirements

Before you install the browser, make sure your computer meets the system requirements:

Note. Support for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems ended on April 2017.

OS version

Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7


Intel Pentium 4 (or later)


512 MB minimum

Free disk space

At least 600 MB


Attention. By downloading Yandex Browser, you agree to the terms and conditions of the License Agreement.
  1. Download the installation file from .
  2. Run the downloaded file.
  3. Click Install.
  4. Allow the installer to make changes on the computer.

Default browser

To open all links in Yandex Browser by default:

  1. Click  → Settings.
  2. In the Make Yandex Browser your default? section, click Yes, do it.

If you don't set it as your default browser, a Make Yandex your default browser suggestion may appear when you start it. To stop the window from appearing again, enable the Don't ask again option and click No, thanks.


Yandex Browser is updated automatically. Without updates, Yandex Browser can't protect your data from new threats.


Note. You don't need to reinstall Yandex Browser to update it. It updates automatically.

To reinstall Yandex Browser so that all your profile information, including your tabs, site permissions, and sessions are saved:

  1. Close all Yandex Browser windows.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Click Programs → Programs and features → Uninstall (on Windows 10, Programs → Uninstall).
  4. In the Uninstall/Change window, select Yandex from the list of installed programs.
  5. Click Uninstall at the top of the list.
  6. In the window that opens, click Uninstall, but don't select the Also delete your browsing data? option.
  7. Click Delete browser.
  8. Install Yandex Browser again.


  1. Close all Yandex Browser windows.
  2. Open the Control panel.
  3. Click Programs → Programs and features → Uninstall (on Windows 10, Programs → Uninstall).
  4. In the Uninstall/Change window, select Yandex from the list of installed programs.
  5. Click Uninstall at the top of the list.
  6. Click Uninstall in the window that opens.
  7. Click Delete browser.

Your information and settings will only be deleted from your local computer. If you synced your devices, most of your profile data will be saved on the Yandex server. After you reinstall Yandex Browser and sync it with the server, your personal data and Yandex Browser settings will be restored. If you don't want your data to be restored, delete it from the server.

Questions about installation and updates

Where can I download a full version of the installer?

Using the complete version of the Yandex Browser installation file, you can install Yandex Browser even with a slow or no internet connection. Download the full version.

How can I install Yandex Browser for all my Windows accounts?

You can't install Yandex Browser for multiple Windows users at once yet.

When installing Yandex Browser, I get the error "Not a valid Win32 application"

The installation file was probably not fully downloaded.

Re-download Yandex Browser.

What should I do if Yandex Browser isn't installed?

Download the full version of the installation file and install Yandex Browser. If this doesn't help, contact support.

I can't find “C:/Users/ ... /Application/browser.exe”

Download the complete browser version. Completely disable all antivirus programs and install it. You can enable the antivirus programs again after the installation is complete.

Error installing Yandex Browser on Linux

If you get an error message telling you that you need appindicator1, manually download and install the python-appindicator library. To do that, enter the following command in the console:

apt-get install python-appindicator

Or use the graphic search interface to install the program and find the library by name.

Why is it important to use the latest Yandex Browser version?

The latest Yandex Browser version has:

  • Improved online safety measures and an updated database of computer threats.
  • Fewer errors, freezes and crashes. Webpages, music, and videos load faster.
  • New features.
What should I do if Yandex Browser doesn't update automatically?
What should I do if an error occurs when updating Yandex Browser?

If you use a proxy server or firewall, disable them and update Yandex Browser. Also disable your antivirus and try updating your browser again. If this doesn't help, update Yandex Browser manually.

Download the latest Yandex Browser version and install it. You don't have to delete the previous browser version.

What should I do if there's an “Update check failed” error?

Restart Yandex Browser. Click   → Advanced → About Yandex Browser. If the error persists, try temporarily disabling:

  • The firewall.
  • The proxy server.
  • Your antivirus programs.

If this doesn't help, download the latest Yandex Browser version and install it over your current version.

How can I turn off auto updates?

You can't disable automatic Yandex Browser updates. Only the latest Yandex Browser version gives you maximum protection against internet-based threats.

How can I disable Yandex Browser updates in the background?

Yandex Browser updates automatically, regardless of whether you use it or not. This is for security reasons: new threats constantly appear on the internet and better protection methods are added to Yandex Browser in response to them.

We do not recommend disabling automatic updates in the background, but you can follow these instructions to do so if you must:

  1. Click   → Settings → System.
  2. In the Performance section, deselect the Update the browser, even if it's not running option.

After you do this, the browser will no longer update automatically in the background. However, as soon as you open Yandex Browser, it immediately checks for updates and will do so regularly in the future when it's running.

How do I disable Yandex Browser autostart?

By default, Yandex Browser launches automatically when Windows launches. To disable autostart:

  1. Click   → Settings → System.
  2. Go to Autorun and background mode and under Open Yandex Browser at Windows startup, select Never or If it was open at computer shutdown from the list.
Note. If you disabled Yandex Browser autostart but its icon still appears in the Windows notification area, it means Yandex Browser starts in the background. To disable autostart in the background, disable operation in the background mode.