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Install and manage extensions

You can add extensions to Google Chrome for more features and functionality. By using extensions, you can customise Google Chrome with features that you like.

Install and uninstall extensions

Install an extension
  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Find and select the extension that 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 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 that 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 to install the extension.
  2. Review and accept permissions.
  3. Open a new tab to complete installation.

Note: 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.

Uninstall an extension

To remove an extension from Google Chrome:

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

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

Manage extensions

To see your Chrome extensions, go to chrome://extensions. Here are a few ways to manage your extensions:

See an extension in incognito mode

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

  1. On your browser, click More More.
  2. Select More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Under the description of the extension, tick Allow in incognito.

Find out more about browsing privately (incognito mode) in Chrome.

Show or hide extensions

You can choose to show or hide extensions:

  • To hide extensions, click and drag your address bar to the right. The address bar will hide the leftmost extensions first.
  • To show extensions that you've hidden, click and drag the address bar back to the left.
  • Any hidden icons will overflow into the Chrome Menu

You can also hide individual icons: right-click the icon and select Hide in Chrome Menu. Any hidden icons will overflow into the Chrome menu.

To bring hidden buttons back to the Chrome toolbar:

  1. In the top-right, click More More.
  2. Right click on any hidden buttons and select Show in toolbar.

Not all extensions allow user interaction through the toolbar, so only some icons will give you the option to show in the toolbar.

Arrange extensions on the browser toolbar
  1. On the right of the address bar, click the extension that you want to move.
  2. 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, untick the Enabled box. Tick the box to turn it on.
Repair a corrupted extension

If you see the message "This extension may have been corrupted", it means that 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 anti-virus 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 access your extensions on any computer, sign in to Chrome.

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