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.

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

Bandaman says:
The(add to chrome) in the chrome web store is missing what shall I do?
Steve Larner says:
We need to know which browser you tried to get chrome extensions for.
Liz K says:
It doesn’t bloody work!! ? (Either that, or I can’t activate the Chrome extensions through the Kiwi app on my Samsung mobile. HOW DO YOU MAKE THE EXTENSIONS WORK ON A MOBILE AFTER YOU’VE INSTALLED THEM??)

My screen is still FILLING with crap!! “Manage cookies”, subscribe to this, subscribe to that, give us your email address… F*** that! I just want to BROWSE!! Please just give me something that will get all this RUBBISH off my phone!! ? I can’t see how to activate Postlight in Kiwi. Why doesn’t it have its own app??

A while back – I no longer have a Chromebook it seems ? – there was this browser extension called I don’t care about cookies. That worked great to get rid of the STUPID “manage cookies” messages!! F*** off, would be my message to the creators of these crappy “official” popups. The “f*** off to cookies” one worked great on my Chromebook. Why can’t I get it to work on Chrome or some other browser on my mobile????????

Steve Larner says:

It doesn’t bloody work!! ? (Either that, or I can’t activate the Chrome extensions through the Kiwi app on my Samsung mobile. HOW DO YOU MAKE THE EXTENSIONS WORK ON A MOBILE AFTER YOU’VE INSTALLED THEM??)

The extensions activate automatically. They appear at the bottom of the menu when you tap on the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) in the top-right section. You’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the menu.

My screen is still FILLING with crap!! “Manage cookies”, subscribe to this, subscribe to that, give us your email address… F*** that! I just want to BROWSE!! Please just give me something that will get all this RUBBISH off my phone!!

A solution depends on how the “crap” appears. Is it in websites, a new tab or window, or a popup? It almost sounds like your phone has an infection. There are also several options in Kiwi settings to protect your data and privacy that could lock those annoyances out.

I can’t see how to activate Postlight in Kiwi. Why doesn’t it have its own app??

You would go to the “Chrome Web Store” while in Kiwi to get the extension and install it into Kiwi.

Bruce Gz says:
Mozilla’s *FF Nightly* does sup. many ext.’s, incl. those one won’t find in Play Store, as was noted here. I ran *Bypass Paywalls Clean* on an old device thanks to Nightly.

I’m zealous for the ext. possibilities with *Kiwi Browser*. Right off, I see the ext. console is flexible, allowing one to chose between Play Store or local files, the latter not req. URL addresses and sup. for file types conducive to ext. instal.

Till KB rolled out text-reflow sup., I’d used Yandex’s mob. browser for this purpose. I didn’t really utilize its ext. features for some reason. Even rarely used, the browser added more resource strain than I’d expected.

Adam says:
Cześć zainstalowałem yandex browser na androida i dodałem rozszerzenie z chrome do przeglądarki yandex ale nie wiem jak się do niego zalogować jak to wtyczkę otworzyć? I utworzyć swoje konto. Jakiś pomysł? Ktoś wie co mam zrobić?

Hi, I installed the Yandex browser for android and added a chrome extension to the Yandex browser, but I don’t know how to log in to it. How to open this plugin And create your account? Any idea? Does anyone know what I should do?

Steve Larner says:
Tap on “Extensions” and you’ll see all extensions you have installed. You may need to click on it to open its page.
Don Weir says:
I have used the Kiwi browser to download the YouTube enhancement extension on my mobile phone but when I go to YouTube the extension is not there. Where can I find it?
Steve Larner says:
The answer depends on what you mean exactly. If you are trying to use the app in the YouTube app, it won’t work. If you are trying to use the extension in the browser, try tapping the vertical ellipsis (three vertical dots) in the top-right area, then scroll to the bottom of the options and find your extensions there.
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.

Hazel says:
You can make collections but the addons themselves will not install on android. And as another poster comented firefox android only has 15 addons.
Mahsa says:
Hi, I want to install my own extention manually on my android( we use load unpacked extention) on desktop but I couldnt install in Yandex, firefox, nor Kiwi. any suggestion?
Kris says:
The most important extension for me is dark mode for reading, which change the bright/white website background to dark, and dark text to light grey.

At night before sleep, after I turn off all bedroom lights, even after I set the phone brightness to the lowest and I turn on eye-comfort, my phone screen still too bright for me.

The dark mode theme in chrome mobile is useless because it only change the tab color.

Than you for your article, I will give a shot firefox mobile.

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….
Zack says:
How do you feel about Vivaldi?
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
Rudra says:
You can enable all of Firefox extensions with a collection and using Firefox nightly. Kiwi is getting updates a lot now. Looks like you haven’t checked play store yet.
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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