This wikiHow teaches you how to add a browser extension to Google Chrome for desktop computers. Chrome extensions are only available for the desktop versions of the Chrome browser and are not available on mobile browsers (i.e. iPhone and Android). Google Chrome only supports extensions that are officially approved and currently available on the official Chrome Web Store.
Part 1 of 2: Installing extensions
Step 1. Open Google Chrome on your computer
It is a round red, green, yellow and blue app.
Step 2. Go to the Google Chrome Store
You can find it at
Step #3. Click on the search bar
It's the white box at the top left of the page with "Store Search" in it.
Step 4. Type in a search query
It must be related to the app you want to add to Google Chrome (e.g. 'adblocker').
- You can also scroll down to see popular free extensions.
- If you'd like to customize your search, you can check several items under the 'Featured' heading below the search bar (e.g. check For free to search only for free apps).
Step 5. Press ↵ Enter or ⏎ Return.
Doing this will search the Chrome web store for extensions related to your search terms.
Step 6. Browse to an extension you want to install
Extensions are listed at the top of the page.
Step 7. Click Add to Chrome
This button is to the right of an extension.
- If you want to install a paid extension, this button will say something like Buy for [price].
Step 8. Click Add Extension when prompted
You will see a new download for a moment at the bottom of the page, then a pop-up window will appear in the top right of the page indicating that the extension has been installed. You should see your extension's icon here.
Part 2 of 2: Changing extension settings
Step 1. Click on ⋮
It's in the top right corner of the browser window, far right of the address bar.
Step #2. Go to More Tools
This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu under the 'Search' option.
Step #3. Click on Extensions
You'll see this in the submenu that appears on the left, just below the "Clear browsing data" option.
Step #4. Check out your list of extensions
This page lists every extension installed on Chrome. You can do a few things here:
- Enable extensions in incognito mode - Click the checkbox to the left of 'Allow in incognito' under an extension to allow the extension to run in the browser's incognito windows.
- Enable or disable extensions - If you don't want to remove an extension but don't want to use it for now, uncheck the box to the right of an extension's name.
- Remove extensions - Click on the trash can opposite an extension on the far right side of the page.
Step 5. Close the 'Extensions' tab when you are done
Your settings are saved.
- You can right-click (or two-finger click) on an extension's icon in the address bar to view that extension's specific options. You can also click Remove from Chrome, to remove the extension from Chrome.
- You can always open the extensions page directly by typing chrome://extensions in Chrome's address bar and then pressing ↵ Enter.