How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android

Can you install Chrome extensions on Android? This question appears all the time. Considering both Google Chrome and Android were created by Google, you would think you could use Chrome to its fullest potential. Unfortunately, Chrome extensions are not compatible with Android’s Chrome browser.

How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android

Sure, Chrome on Android has a “Desktop” option, but that only changes the website you view and does not perform like the regular desktop Chrome browser, full of add-ons and features.

With that information out of the way, how can you use your favorite extensions on your mobile device? The straight answer is to use another browser; dozens of them work with Android.

How to Use Chrome Extensions on Android

Chrome uses the open-source Chromium platform for its browsers, and so does a lot of the competition, such as MS Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi. The easiest way to overcome the limitation of Chrome but still keep the regular functionality is to use a Chromium-based Android browser that supports extensions.

Use Kiwi Browser on Android with Extensions (Editor’s Pick)

Kiwi Browser is a Chromium-based browser that supports extensions. Kiwi also features built-in ad-blocking and works very fast. It’s a light download, installs quickly, and fires up fast. The browser is perfect for general use and stops most ads by default.

Kiwi boasts reliable and fast functionality and lets you add Chrome extensions from the Web Store that perform as if you were using a desktop browser.

  1. Open the Android “Kiwi Browser.”
  2. Tap on the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) menu icon.
  3. Select “Extensions.”
  4. Tap on “+ (from store)” to open the Chrome Web Store.
  5. Select your extension by browsing or searching for it.
  6. Tap on “Add to Chrome” to launch the installation process.
  7. Follow the installation prompts and log in to the add-on if necessary.
  8. To confirm and access all installed extensions, tap on the “vertical ellipsis” in the top-right section, then choose “Extensions” from the list. You can also type “kiwi://extensions” in the URL/search box.

Use Yandex on Android with Extensions

One of the more popular options is Yandex. This browser is available in the Google Play Store, so there’s no need to sideload any files. Yandex also offers full support of the Chrome Web Store. This browser option is an excellent place to start if you want to use Chrome Extensions on your Android device.

Some users have complained about Yandex because a good amount of the content is in the Russian language. The app only has settings to set the location as the following countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan. Auto-detect does not work for other areas that are not on that list. So, if this isn’t the browser you desire, you have other options in this article.

  1. Download Yandex from the Play Store.
  2. Once installed, tap on the “address bar” at the top. Type in “” without the quotes.
  3. When the Web Store opens, tap the “search bar” and type the extension you want to add. Note: Use two fingers to zoom out because you’ll likely see the desktop version.
  4. Tap on “Add to Chrome” in the upper right-hand corner.
  5. Tap on “ADD EXTENSION.”
  6. Follow the prompts to install the extension, and log in to it if necessary, such as with LastPass or Grammarly.
  7. To confirm and view all installed extensions, type “browser://extensions” without quotes into the URL/search bar. Yandex does not feature an “Extensions” option in the settings.

Every extension/add-on you install in Yandex appears in the Android web browser to use whenever you like.

Use Firefox on Android with Extensions

Firefox is well known, and for a good reason. It has always been a close competitor to Chrome (and Chromium) because it is equally fast, more secure, and more interested in your privacy. It doesn’t have the backing of the internet giant, but that hasn’t stopped it from performing exceptionally well.

Firefox for Android supports Mozilla’s custom add-ons, but the mobile version is limited to less than 20 extension choices. Therefore, Firefox for Android doesn’t offer much add-on flexibility.

If you want to try Firefox with limited, precompiled extensions, here’s how to do it.

  1. Download Firefox for Android.
  2. Tap the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) in the lower-right corner to access the “Settings.”
  3. Tap on “Add-ons” from the list of options.
  4. Browse any listed extensions you want to add to Firefox on Android, then tap on the “+” icon to install them.

You can also go to to browse, but the list is the same even though you get a search option. It does not show you all extensions that a PC browser offers.

Android Chrome Extensions FAQs

Where can I get Chrome Extensions?

Typically, you can get extensions for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. However, the mobile version of the Chrome browser doesn’t have any. The search option isn’t even available to search for your favorite extensions. This scenario is why you have to use alternative browsers. Some browsers do not offer extensions per se, but they bring many features you may look for in an extension. Others, on the other hand, incorporate add-ons to some extent. Those browsers generally display the browser in desktop format because that’s how extension functionality operates.

What do Chrome Extensions do?

Chrome extensions are similar to the applications on your phone, from saving money with the Honey extension to perfecting your Grammar with Grammarly. Many options are available. The home page of the Chrome Web Store lists some of the more popular options, so if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, start there.

10 thoughts on “How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android”

Joe says:
Use Firefox Nightly in order to access a lot more extensions than the other Firefox browsers for Android offer. You will need to create an add on collection first (Google Firefox Add On Collections and open the Mozilla support page). Not all extensions will work…

I recommend uBlock Origin, Bypass Paywalls Clean, I Don’t Care About Cookies, Mobile Gestures, and Mobile Friendly Reddit (if you don’t like the Reddit apps).

I also love SponsorBlock and Adblocker for YouTube.

Addermc says:
It sure would be nice if someone would mention anything But chrome,firefox,kiwi and specially opera(nothing but a spy box)or dolphin (obviously everyone forgot dolphin was verified to be sending users sensitive info to unknown server in a foreign country).Ex:
web shuttle,snap browser,icecat mobile, lunascape,smartcookie web,wot browser. But everyone rewrites about the exact same thing over and over. Nothing new…sad….
Jason says:
Also Samsung browser. Samsung browser allows multiple different extensions including adblocking.
Ads is s**t says:
Samsung is good but doesn’t support chrome extention & no multiple groib tab like chrome & kiwi . If only they have this two feature . I would ditch kiwi & use samsung forever
rtrs says:
brave doesn’t have extensions,same as dolphin,firefox has only 9 extensions,kiwi is not updated for a year
YM says:
Kiwi was updated this month haha
arko says:
Yandex browser support extensions on android
Kenneth says:
I personally prefer Firefox and Kiwi to Chrome all day.
Chrome tends to use more resources on my phone.
I’ll try other recommendations on this list too.
Thank you!
Aravind S says:
Thanks for the suggestion.

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