Install and manage extensions

You can customise Chrome on your desktop by adding extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

Install an extension

Important: You can't add extensions when you browse in Incognito mode or as a guest.

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store
  2. Find and select the extension that you want.
  3. Click Add to Chrome.
  4. Some extensions will let you know if they need certain permissions or data. To approve, click Add extension.
    • Important: Make sure that you only approve extensions that you trust.

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

If you’re using a computer through your work or school, your organisation might block some extensions.

Install on your phone
  1. On your phone, open the Chrome app Chrome. If you haven’t yet, sign in to Chrome.
  2. Find the extension that you want.
  3. Tap Add to Desktop.
  4. Confirm by tapping Add to Desktop.

The next time that you open Chrome on your computer, you’ll see a message that the extension was installed. If the extension needs some permissions, you'll be asked. To approve, click Enable extension.

Install with a Windows or Mac application

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

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

Manage your extensions

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Make your changes:
    • Turn on/off: Turn the extension on or off.
    • Allow Incognito: On the extension, click Details. Turn on Allow in Incognito.
    • Fix corruptions: Find a corrupted extension and click Repair. Confirm by clicking Repair extension.
    • Allow site access: On the extension, click Details. Next to 'Allow this extension to read and change all your data on websites that you visit', change the extension’s site access to On click, On specific sites or On all sites.
Remove possible malware

If you repaired an extension but it's still corrupted, a suspicious program might be changing this extension's files.

  1. On Windows computers, Check your computer for malware.
  2. On Windows, Mac or Linux computers, run an antivirus or anti-malware software. Remove any software programs that may be affecting Chrome.
  3. On all computers, repair the extension:
    1. On your computer, open Chrome.
    2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
    3. Find a corrupted extension and click Repair. Confirm by clicking Repair.
  4. If this doesn't work, visit the Chrome Help forum and share your situation with us.

Let extensions read and change site data

Some extensions need permission to read and change site data. You can change the permissions of your extensions at any time.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Extensions .
  3. Click More Organise and then point to 'This can read and change site data'.
  4. Decide which permission to give the extension:
    • When you click the extension: This setting only allows the extension to access the current site in the open tab or window when you click the extension. If you close the tab or window, you’ll have to click the extension to turn it on again.
    • On [current site]: Allow the extension to automatically read and change data on the current site.
    • On all sites: Allow the extension to automatically read and change data on all sites.

Add or remove access to a specific site

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. On the extension, click Details.
  4. Under 'Permissions', add or remove a site:
    • Add: To the right of 'Allowed sites', click Add.
    • If you don’t see this option, change 'Allow this extension to read and change all your data on websites that you visit' to On specific sites.
    • Remove: To the right of the site, tap More More and thenRemove.

Uninstall an extension

To the right of your address bar, look for the extension's icon. Right-click the icon and select Remove from Chrome.

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

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. On the extension that you want to remove, click Remove.
  4. Confirm by clicking Remove.
Use extensions on any computer

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

Arrange on your toolbar

To the right of your address bar, find your extensions' icons.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Drag the extension's icon to its new place.

Hide extensions

  • To hide individual extensions:
    1. Right-click the icon.
    2. Select Unpin.
  • To see your hidden extensions: click 'Extensions' .

Show extensions

To bring hidden extensions back to your toolbar:

  1. Select 'Extensions' .
  2. Find the hidden extension.
  3. Select 'Pin' Pin .
    • Important: Some extensions don't have this option​.
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