Add, remove and manage plug-ins on Chrome

Plug-ins let you do more with Chrome, such as viewing Flash animations or PDF documents. They also help to make some videos and audio files work better.

Which plug-ins you can use

Chrome comes with plug-ins to run Flash and PDF content. Chrome no longer works with NPAPI plug-ins, so websites that use plug-ins such as Silverlight, Java and Unity might not work on Chrome.

Note: Browser extensions are slightly different from plugins. Find out how browser extensions work.

Change plug-in settings

Chrome uses plug-ins by default on a web page unless they are a security risk.

Chrome automatically blocks plugins that are out of date or not used by a lot of programs. You can also block plugins yourself at any time:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right, click Menu Menu.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. In the "Privacy section", click Content settings.
  6. In the "Plugins" section, choose an option:
    • Run all plug-in content: Chrome will run all up-to-date plug-ins.
    • Detect and run important plugin content (recommended): Chrome will run important plugins. Click to play non-essential content.
    • Let me choose when to run plug-in content: Chrome will stop any plug-ins from running automatically. You can run specific plug-ins by right-clicking on them and choosing Run this plug-in.

To allow plug-ins for specific websites only, click Manage exceptions.

Turn specific plug-ins on and off

You can turn certain plug-ins on and off at any time.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://plugins/ and press Enter.
  3. Next to the plug-in that you’d like to use or turn off, click Enable or Disable.

Note: When you visit a page with a plugin that’s turned off, you’ll see a message that says the plugin has been disabled, instead of seeing the video or audio that’s on the page.

Troubleshoot plug-in problems

Fix the "The following plug-in has crashed" error message

If you see one of the following at the top of your page, a plugin used by the page that you're on has become unresponsive or has closed unexpectedly:

  • "The following plugin has crashed" error message
  • The plugin icon

You can wait to see if the plugin restarts automatically or force the process to close. To fix the issue, try loading the web page again by clicking Refresh Refresh.

Use plug-ins on school or work devices

If you’re using Chrome on a work or school computer or a mobile device, you might need to contact your network administrator to handle Chrome plugins for you.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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