Automatically install apps and extensions

For administrators who manage Chrome policies from the Google Admin console.
Force install apps and extensions

You can automatically install (force-install) specific Chrome apps and extensions for users in your organization. Users then see these apps and extensions when using Chrome on managed devices or accounts.

Most Chrome apps and extensions are in the Chrome Web Store. You can also force-install third-party apps and extensions. Users can’t remove items that are force-installed. The items also bypass any blocked apps and extensions.

Before you begin

Before you can force-install apps or extensions for your users, you need to turn on their Chrome Web Store service in your Admin console. You can find this service in your Admin console by going to Apps > Additional Google Services. For detailed steps, see Turn Additional Google Services on or off.

Set policies in the Admin console

Can apply for signed-in users on any device, or enrolled browsers on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Learn more

Force install several apps

These steps assume you're familiar with making Chrome settings in your Admin console.

  1. Follow standard steps to make Chrome User settings:
    1. In your Admin console, go to Devicesand thenChrome managementand thenUser settings.
    2. Select the organizational unit containing the users or enrolled browsers you want to block apps for.

    For complete details, see Set a Chrome policy for multiple apps.

  2. In the Force-installed Apps and Extensions section, click Manage force-installed apps.

    Tip: Use the search bar to quickly find the section.

  3. Select the app or extension to force-install and click Save.
Force install one app

These steps assume you're familiar with making Chrome settings in your Admin console. 

Tip: To force-install an extension for enrolled Chrome Browsers, it's easier to use the Browser Extensions list.

  1. Follow standard steps to set Chrome policies for one app or extension:
    1. In your Admin console, go to Devicesand thenChrome managementand thenApp management.
    2. Select the app you want to block or allow.
    3. Select a type of setting, such as User settings or Public session settings.
    4. Select the organizational unit containing the users or enrolled browsers you want to allow or block the app for.

    For complete details, see Set Chrome policies for one app.

  2. Under Force Installation, click Turn on to turn the setting on Turn off.

    Initially, an organizational unit inherits the settings of its parent. If you're changing a setting for a child:

    • To override an inherited value, click Override. You can then change the setting.
    • To return an overridden setting to the value of its parent, click Inherit.
  3. Click Save.

How it works

Force-installing an app or extension gives it permission to access information on the device it's installed on. For example, an app might access a user's bookmarks or use their location. It can also access a device’s Directory API ID through an extension API. And it can use the Chrome enterprise.platformKey API without requesting permission.

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