Do you have the ability to install Chrome extensions on Android? Sounds like a stupid question doesn’t it, as both Google Chrome and Android were created by Google, one would think Chrome can be used to its fullest potential. However, that isn’t the case, as Chrome extensions are not compatible with Androids’ Chrome browser.
Chrome on Android does provide a “Desktop” option, however, that only changes the website you are viewing. You have to use another browser, to capitalize on the extension features.
So, how can you install Chrome Extensions on Android?
Chrome uses the open-source Chromium platform, as well as a lot of its competition. All you need to do is use a Chromium-based Android browser that supports extensions. There are a lot of options, the most popular of them being Yandex.
Yandex offers full support of the Chrome Web Store, you can install Chrome Extensions on your Android device via this.
Use Chrome extensions via Yandex
- Open Google Play Store, then download Yandex.
- Type in chrome.google.com/webstore, in the address bar, once the app is opened.
- After the Web Store opens, tap on the search bar, then type the extension you want to add.
- Click on Install.
- Your extension will now appear in the web browser and can be used whenever required.
Note– A lot of the content is in Russian, this has caused some complaints from the users.
Several other Android browsers work with add-ons/extensions. Here are a few of them
Brave– this browser doesn’t support extensions, more like it doesn’t necessarily need them. As it has built-in privacy controls along with very effective ad blocking.
Kiwi Android Browser– it supports extensions. Has ad blocking built-in and works very fast. Click on the three-dot menu icon, tap on Extensions, then you will see a link to the Kiwi Web Store, which is nothing but the Google Play Store.
Bromite Android Browser– it is a GitHub project which has ad-blocking built-in. It is comparable to Brave, as the basic requirements of extensions, such as ad-blocking, or data gathering prevention are built-in.
Dolphin Android Browser– has an ad blocker and works with Flash. Even though Flash is currently dead, if you play any legacy games that use Flash, Dolphin will play them.
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