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Install and manage extensions

You can customize Chrome and add features and functionality by adding extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

Install an extension

Install an extension
  1. Open the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Find and select the extension you want.
  3. Click Add to Chrome.
  4. For some extensions, you’ll see a box that lists the data that the extension will be able to access.
  5. Click Add extension to grant the extension access to your data and install the extension.

To use the extension, click the icon to the right of the address bar in Chrome.

Note: If you're installing an extension at work or school, some extensions might be blocked. For more information, contact your administrator.

Install an extension using your phone

You can use your phone to install free extensions:

  1. If you haven’t yet, sign in to Chrome on your phone.
  2. In a Chrome window, browse the web and find the extension you want.
  3. Tap Add to Desktop.
  4. In the window that appears, tap Add to Desktop.

The next time you open Chrome on your computer, you’ll see an alert that an extension was installed remotely. In some cases, you’ll also see the permissions the extension needs. To grant permissions and use the extension, click Enable extension.

Install an extension from another website
  1. On the developer's website, click Add to Chrome.
  2. Review and accept permissions.
  3. Open a new tab to complete installation.

Important: You should only add extensions from trusted websites.

If you’re an administrator at a workplace or school, you can specify URLs that are allowed to install extensions, apps, and themes directly through the ExtensionInstallSources policy.

Install an extension as part of a Windows or Mac application

Sometimes when you install an application on Windows or Mac, it also installs a Chrome extension. The next time you open Chrome:

  • To grant permissions and use the extension, click Enable.
  • To delete the extension, click Remove

Uninstall an extension

If an extension has an icon in your Chrome toolbar, you can right-click the icon and select Remove from Chrome.

If you don't see the extension's icon:

  1. Open Chrome Chrome.
  2. Click More More.
  3. Go to More tools and then Extensions.
  4. Next to the extension you want to remove, click Remove Remove.
  5. Click Remove.

Manage extensions

To see your Chrome extensions, go to chrome://extensions.

Show or hide extensions

Hide extensions

  • To hide your extensions, click and drag your address bar to the right.
  • To hide individual extensions, right-click the icon and select Hide in Chrome Menu.
  • To see your hidden extensions, click More More.

Show extensions

  • To show extensions you've hidden, click and drag the address bar back to the left.
  • To bring hidden extensions back to the Chrome toolbar, click More More, right click the extension, and select Keep in toolbar. Some extensions won't have this option.
Arrange extensions on the browser toolbar
  1. Open Chrome Chrome.
  2. Click the extension you want to move.
  3. Drag it to its new place.
Turn extensions on or off
  1. On your browser, click More More.
  2. Select More tools and then Extensions.
  3. To turn off an extension, uncheck the Enabled box. To turn the extension on, check the box.
See an extension in incognito mode

Some extensions are available in incognito mode. To turn them on:

  1. In a Chrome window, click More More.
  2. Go to More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Under the description of the extension, check Allow in incognito.

Learn more about browsing privately (incognito mode) in Chrome.

Repair a corrupted extension

If you see the message "This extension may have been corrupted," it means the extension's files may have been changed. To protect you, Chrome will disable this extension.

To repair the extension:

  1. In a Chrome window, click More More.
  2. Select More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Find the corrupted extension and click Repair.
  4. A box will appear to confirm the repair and ask permission to access some of your Chrome data.
  5. Click Repair to fix the extension and approve its permission requests.
Remove possible malware

If the extension is still corrupted, it's possible that a suspicious program is changing this extension's files. In this case:

  1. Run an antivirus or anti-malware software to remove any software programs that may be affecting Chrome. You can also try the Software Removal Tool.
  2. Repair the extension.
  3. If this doesn't work, visit the Chrome Help Forum and share your situation with us.
Use the same extensions on any computer

To use your extensions on any computer, sign in to Chrome.

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