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How to add or remove a Google Chrome extension

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March 15, 2023

Over the years, Google Chrome has branched out to become one of the most popular browsers in the world. And it only gets better when you take advantage of its numerous, helpful extensions. The Chrome web store has the most extensive library of extension plug-ins compared to any other browser, so there’s bound to be something to suit your needs. Here’s how to add or remove a Google Chrome extension.


From the Chrome web browser, click the puzzle piece icon in the top right corner to display your extensions list. Then, to remove an extension, click the three-dot icon beside it. To download more extensions, visit the Chrome Web Store.


How to add a Chrome extension

You can browse Google’s vast catalog of extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Search for specific extensions or select a category to browse from the left-hand side. If this is your first time adding an extension, we recommend exploring the Extension starter kit.

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Click on an extension that catches your eye to learn more about it, including its privacy practices and user reviews. Then, click Add to Chrome to download the extension to the browser.

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Once downloaded, you will see a notification that it’s been added to the browser. Then you can use the extension by clicking its icon in the upper right corner, next to the extension puzzle piece icon—more on this in the next section.

How to remove, enable or disable a Chrome extension

You can manage your extensions by clicking Extensions in the Tools menu. Extensions are always represented by the puzzle piece icon beside your Google Accounts profile picture in the top right corner.

From the pop-out menu, click Manage extensions. This will open a new tab.

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To remove a Google Chrome extension, select Remove. To enable or disable an extension, click the toggle bar to turn it off or on.

Pin Chrome extensions

To access specific extensions faster, you can pin them to your taskbar. This will create a small icon for the extension in the top right corner. Click the Puzzle piece icon to open your list of extensions, and then click the pin icon beside the ones you want.

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To Unpin an extension, click the pin icon again to remove them from the taskbar.


Extensions are considered trusted when built by a developer who follows the Chrome Web Store Developer Program Policies. However, some extensions may request different permissions, and Google will provide an alert according to their potential risk level.

To be safe, you can always perform a Safety Check from your Chrome browser’s settings.

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Unfortunately, Chrome extensions are only for the Chrome desktop web browser. However, specific extensions may have their mobile app available for download.

Many are free. However, some extensions may have an optional premium subscription that costs extra.

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