How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android Tablets and Phones

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Are you a Google Chrome user on Android or a laptop/pc? If the answer is yes, then you're in the same voice as the other millions of users around the world. As loyal consumers, we're always waiting for the latest cool features from Chrome that can be felt or used by Google Chrome Android users, for example, being able to install the Chrome extension on an Android smartphone.

How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android Tablets and Phones
How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android Tablets and Phones

Even though Google Chrome on Android can be changed to a desktop display, extensions or add-ons cannot be installed or are basically not compatible with Chrome Android.

Then how about for current Android users who want to install extensions on Google Chrome Android? Here we will try to give tips for those of you who really want to install the Chrome extension on Android.

What's The Difference?

Installing Chrome extensions on Android can be more challenging due to the differences between OS and device support. Installing the extensions on desktop and Android Chrome is also very different. On a desktop, you can just easily explore all the extensions in the Chrome Web Store. The display is already similar to Play Store or App Store, so we think anyone would find it easy to get their desired extension.

After searching for the name in the bar, the installation process can be started immediately after the user clicks the add extension button. The process itself is actually quick and easy. You basically don't have to do anything else besides pressing that button.

Right after, the extensions will merge itself with your Chrome system and can be used right away. You can activate or open the extension menu by clicking their icons which are usually placed in the upper right corner of your browser.

Sadly, to install the Chrome extension on Android, Chrome doesn't offer an official way to do so. As the Android system basically uses a different kind of OS, it's natural to think that the same mechanic couldn't be easily implemented. And as a result, the users who want to experience these extensions have to look for a workaround.

Remember that you can also enhance the security of these extensions by installing a VPN. But not any VPNs, only the good ones. If want to find the answer to "When should I use the Chrome VPN Extension?", the best answer is when you have enough extensions to work with. So, it'll vary depending on your actual needs.

In this article, we'll explain how to do it from the very beginning.

How to Install Chrome Extensions on Android Tablets and Phones

Using Yandex Browser

We know this is kind of ironic. In order to experience Chrome extensions, you have to use a different search engine. Some of you may have heard of the Yandex search engine. Yandex is a search engine whose function is almost similar to Google. This search engine originates from Russia and is used by almost 45% of internet users there. Apart from Russia, several countries in East Asia, such as Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Turkey, also use this as a search engine.

Yandex is a multinational corporation from Russia that is engaged in products and services related to the internet. Yandex is lined up as the largest technology company in Russia today.

On September 23, 1997, at a Softol fair in Moscow, Yandex launched its first search engine. Yandex stands for Yet Another Indexer and was born from the collaboration between Arkady Volozh and his best friend, Ilya Sagalovich, for about 4 years.

According to the e-book entitled Internet Literacy Guide for Students by Hamid Sakti Wibowo, Yandex users will be able to quickly search websites, videos, news, and pictures through Yandex because of its easy-to-learn interface.

Unlike Google, the results from this Yandex search engine will not display annoying ads and other unnatural links, so you can find what you want to find more comfortable. Even so, some of the features it offers are said to be inferior to Google.

Yandex is a search engine that is widely used in Russia. Some of the advantages of Yandex are as follows.

  • It has an attractive and easy-to-use user interface with a classy magazine-like style.
  • The features and facilities are complete and can be easily learned, especially for new users.
  • The Yandex search engine has a good algorithm so that the information displayed is complete and correct according to the user's wishes and goals.

Now, to install Chrome Extensions to Android, do the following steps:

  1. Previously, you could first install the Yandex browser. You can search for it in Playstore
  2. If it has been successfully installed, please open the Yandex browser application.
  3. Yandex browser, by default, uses their search engine, namely To make it easier, please type In a Google search, please look for the Chrome extension that you want to use.
  4. After you find the Chrome extension that you want to install, just click add to Chrome (install extension), which is on the right of your Android phone screen. If there is a notification, just click ADD EXTENSION.
  5. Now that the extensions have been installed, you can directly use them by clicking the three dots button on the upper right corner.

The Alternatives

As an alternative, you can also use Mozilla Firefox, which has the same capability as the browser above. Maybe Mozilla Firefox is less well-known among Android users, mainly because most Android phones have a Chrome browser installed by default.

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