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How To Install Chrome Extensions on Android?

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

How To Install Chrome Extensions on Android?

With that out of the way, how can you use your favorite extensions on your mobile? Use another browser. There are dozens of browsers out there that work with Android so you’re not short of choice.

How to Use Chrome Extensions on Android

Chrome uses the open-source Chromium platform for its browsers but so does a lot of the competition. The easiest way to overcome the limitation of Chrome but still keep the familiar operation and be able to use any extensions you want on a desktop is to use a Chromium-based browser.

One of the more popular browser 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. If you want to use Chrome Extensions on your Android device this is a good place to start.

To access the Chrome Web Store, do this:

  1. Head over to the Google Play Store and download Yandex.

  2. Once installed, tap on the address bar at the top. Type in Of course, you can also tap on this link.

  3. When the Web Store opens, tap the search bar and type the extension you’d like to add. Note: Use two fingers to zoom out because you’ll likely see the desktop version.

  4. Tap ‘Install’ in the upper right-hand corner.

Your extension will now appear in the web browser for you to use whenever you’d like. Some users have complained about Yandex because a lot of the content is in Russia. So, if this isn’t the browser you enjoy, we’ve listed others in the next section you can try.

Other Extensions

There are a bunch of them out there and some of them work with extensions. Here are some you might like to try.


Brave browser is a popular browser for desktop and Android users. First up, this browser doesn’t support extensions, but it doesn’t necessarily need them. It has built-in privacy controls and very effective adblocking. If you’re using extensions to stop ads or block autoplay videos, this browser does it by default.

If you use other extensions, Brave is probably not the browser you’re looking for but if you’re all about privacy, it is definitely one to consider.

Kiwi Browser

Kiwi Browser is another Chromium-based browser that does support extensions. Kiwi also has ad blocking built-in and works very fast. It’s a light download, installs quickly, and fires up fast too. It’s a good browser for general use and blocks most ads by default.

Once loaded, select the three dot menu icon, select Extensions and you’ll see a link to the Kiwi Web Store, which is in face the Google Play Store. Select your extension from there and you’re good to go.

Bromite Browser

Bromite Browser is a GitHub project with ad-blocking built-in. It is based on Chromium but has been stripped down to the bare minimum to speed up browsing and minimize data collection. As many of the extensions we use are for ad-blocking and to stop Google from collecting our data, this is also a browser worth checking out.

Bromite doesn’t quite meet the brief of working with extensions, but like Brave, the core offering includes most of the extensions we use on a daily basis anyway.


Firefox is well known and for good reason. It has always been a close competitor to Chrome 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 its own add-ons so offers a very similar experience on Android as it does on desktop. Most Chrome extensions will have a Firefox equivalent so if you have a favorite setup on your laptop or desktop, you can mimic it almost exactly on mobile.

Dolphin Browser

Dolphin Browser is another top performer for Android that supports add-ons. I have used it for years and while recent updates haven’t moved it as far forward as I would like, it’s still a solid Android browser that supports add-ons. It also has an ad blocker and works with Flash too. The internet has moved away from Flash thankfully but if you play any legacy games that use it, Dolphin will play them.

Dolphin works quickly, blocks most ads by default with only a few slipping through, and works exactly how you expect a browser to work. It’s well worth checking out.

It’s a real shame that Chrome doesn’t work with extensions in Chrome. Fortunately, you have several good options for alternative browsers that either work with extensions or provide the core services without needing them.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve included this section to answer more of your most frequently asked questions.

Where do I get Chrome Extensions from?

Typically you can get extensions for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. But, the mobile version of the Chrome browser doesn’t have any. The search option isn’t even available for you to search for your favorite extensions. This is why we have to use alternative browsers. Some of those listed above do not offer extensions per se, but they do offer many of the features that you may look for in an extension.

What do Chrome Extensions do?

Chrome extensions are similar to the applications on your phone. There’s pretty much one for everything. For saving money with the Honey extension to perfecting your Grammar with Grammarly, there are a lot of options 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.

Do you have a suggestion for a Chrome alternative for Android? Tell us about it below if you do!

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