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I'm on OS X 10.9 using Chrome 36.0.1976.2 dev. I want to "downgrade" to the beta track. Do I need to back up my user data and reinstall Chrome as outlined (for Windows but I get the gist) in this question? Or can I switch and just wait for the next beta update? The second seems to be described on the Chromium website:

If you decide to switch from Dev to Beta or from Beta to Stable, the new channel will be on an earlier version of Google Chrome. You won't get automatic updates on that channel until it reaches a version later than what you're already running.

But I can't find any outline of a procedure to "switch tracks" like that.

Am I stuck reinstalling?

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If you've synced your profile with Google, you can wipe the entire Chrome installation and it'll re-sync from Google's servers. –  slhck May 14 '14 at 6:24
@slhck that doesn't include locally written extensions. –  Jakob Weisblat May 16 '14 at 17:05

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