For many users, Extensions are the most important thing for a web browser. Google Chrome users have a long list of extensions which they love using on desktop. However, there is no support for Chrome Extensions on Android devices which makes the mobile experience not as good as desktop. For a long time, the user community has been asking for extension support on Android, but to no avail. However, that doesn’t mean that there is no way of using Chrome extensions on your Android device. In fact there is a way and it works really well. So, if you would like to use Google Chrome extensions on your Android device, here is how to install Chrome extensions on Android.
Install Chrome Extensions on Android
Before we begin, you should note that Chrome on Android doesn’t support extension. For this to work, we will be using a third-party browser called “Kiwi browser”. The Kiwi browser is based on Chromium open-source project and uses its Blink rendering engine which also powers Google Chrome. So, it looks and performs very similar to Google Chrome. Also, it’s an open-source browser and doesn’t have any kind of background tracking.
1. Download the Kiwi browser APK from here and install it. You might get a warning since you are side-loading a third-party app. Just open Settings and tap on “Allow from this source”.
2. After that, open the browser and search for the extension you want to install just like you do on your desktop. Tap on “Add to Chrome” and further tap on Ok. Now the extension will be installed.
3. To find all your extensions, tap on the 3-dot menu on the top-right corner and open Extensions. Here, you can choose to remove the extension or disable it.
As you can see, we were able to install and use extensions on our Android device without any problem. Note that the extensions which are specifically made for desktop version of Chrome will not work here. Apart from that, any and all extensions are supported.
Chrome Extensions on Android is Magic
So that is something really cool and improves the web experience on mobile significantly. I use a lot of extensions on my PC so it’s pretty exciting for me. If you are one of those users who desperately needed extensions on your Android device, well now you can. Do use this method to install extensions and let us know how you feel about Chrome extensions on Android by writing in the comments section below.