Manage apps and extensions

This article is for Chrome for Business and Education administrators.
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Chrome application settings in the Admin console allow administrators to control which Chrome applications and extensions users can access, and whether users can create and publish their own apps. To manage application settings:

  1. Sign in to the Admin console.
  2. Click Manage devices > Chrome Management > User settings.

From the User settings page, you can do the following:

  • Set Pre-installed Apps and Extensions
  • Specify Allowed Apps and Extensions
  • Set the Chrome Web Store Homepage to a custom homepage for your users.
  • Allow users to publish private apps that are restricted to your domain on the Chrome Web Store.

Note that these last two Chrome Web Store settings only work for organizational units that have the Chrome Web Store setting enabled under Organization & users > Services.

By default, users can install any extension or application. As administrator, you can block specific apps and extensions, or block all apps and extensions except for specific ones that you approve. You can also pre-install specific apps and extensions.

  • To block specific apps and extensions, select Allow all apps and extensions except the ones I choose (the default selection), click the Manage link that appears below the radio buttons, then choose the items to block as described below.
  • To block most extensions and applications, select the option Block all apps and extensions except the ones I choose, click the Manage link that appears below the radio buttons, then choose the items to allow as described below.
  • To pre-install specific extensions and applications, click Manage pre-installed apps and choose the items to pre-install as described below.
To select extensions, you must have the Chrome Web Store service enabled for your organization. You can't pre-install any extension or application that is blocked by another extension policy. Users can't uninstall any items added to the pre-install list.

You identify the specific extensions or applications to block, allow, or pre-install using the Chrome Web Apps & Extensions dialog box that appears when you click one of the Manage links. The text below the title indicates whether you are selecting Blocked apps and extensions, Allowed apps and extensions, or Pre-installed extensions.

Blocked Chrome OS Apps and Extensions dialog box

Install specific applications and extensions for your users
  1. Enter the name of the extension or application from the Chrome Web Store in the text box at the top.
  2. Press Enter to search the Chrome Web Store. Items matching your search criteria appear in the left column.
  3. Choose the item(s) to block or allow by clicking Add in the item's row. The selected item appears in the right column, and the Add link changes to Added.
  4. Add any custom extensions or applications (not from the Chrome Web Store).
    Click Specify a custom app or extension, then enter the Extension ID and full URL for the custom item. The Extension ID is the string of characters that appears at the end of the URL from which you download the extension. For example, the URL for Google's Picasa extension is https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx/lhhlohbbihddnfcehbijmlnpkafmmkfp; the Extension ID for this extension is lhhlohbbihddnfcehbijmlnpkafmmkfp, and the URL is https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 to add additional items.
  6. Click Save. The message next to the Manage link identifies the number of items you chose.

Under User Settings, you can also do the following:

Additionally, Chrome Devices for Education administrators can bulk purchase apps for their classroom. Learn how to publish private apps.