How to Install and Uninstall Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome extensions can be super helpful and entertaining; just take a look at these awesome Chrome extensions for a few examples. But how do you get them, and maybe more importantly, how do you uninstall extensions you don’t want or need?

Below is a full tutorial on how to installChrome extensions. There are a few methods for doing it, but for most people,it should take just a few seconds to add that new Chrome extension to yourbrowser.

You’ll also learn how to do the opposite:delete Chrome extensions that you no longer want. You might want to uninstall aChrome extension if you’ve installed it by accident, you never use it, or itwas included during a malware installation.

Note: Chrome extensions also work in a few other browsers based off of Chrome, Opera being a prime example.

How to Install aChrome Extension

There are a few ways to install a Chromeextension, but we’ll go through the “regular” method first.

Step 1: Pick a Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store .

Step 2: Select the button called Addto Chrome.

Step 3: Choose Add extension whenyou see the installation pop-up.

To add your own homemade Chrome extension, youhave to first enable a special mode so that Chrome will let you import the rawfiles:

Step 1: Select the three-dot menu at the top right of Chrome.

Step 2: Go to More tools > Extensions.

Step 3: Hit the button next to Developermode at the top of the page.

Step 4: Choose the Load unpacked button.

Step 5: Locate and select the folder that contains the Chrome extensionfiles.

Step 6: Choose Select Folder.

Follow these steps to install a Chrome extensionthat isn’t in a folder, like a CRX file that you’ve downloaded from athird-party site or packaged yourself:

Step 1: Repeat steps 1-3 above (from the second set of directions).

Step 2: From the Extensions screen, drag-and-drop the CRX file onto the page.

Step 3: Select Add extension.

Make ChromeExtensions Work in Incognito Mode

Chrome extensions are not enabled in incognitomode. At least, not by default. But if you want, you can force Chrome to enableincognito mode extensions from the Extensions page:

Step 1: Access the Extensions page using the directions above. Do this from anormal Chrome window (not incognito).

Step 2: Select the Details buttonnext to the extension in question.

Step 3: Scroll down to the Allow inincognito setting and toggle the option on by selecting the button to theright.

How to Uninstall aChrome Extension

It’s super easy to remove extensions fromChrome. You can do so the extremelyeasy way from the toolbar, but if the extension isn’t visible, there’s anotherway to access the uninstall option. Both are described below.

Note: Like we said above, one reason to uninstall an extension from Chrome is if it was added to your computer by accident through a malicious program. If that’s the case, please remember to delete the virus or other malware before it causes more damage or annoyances.

Do you see the extension’s icon in thetoolbar? If so, right-click it and select Removefrom Chrome… from the drop-down menu.

If you don’t see the icon for the extension, it could be because you’ve hidden it. Another reason is if you’re in incognito mode and the extension isn’t set up to be used there (i.e., if it’s only functional in normal mode, which is the default option for all extensions).

Fortunately, there’s another way to delete theextension. For Chrome extensions that aren’t visible right now, open the Extensionspage to see all the installed extensions:

Step 1: Select the three-dot Chrome menu and go to More tools > Extensions.

Step 2: Locate the extension you want to remove.

Step 3: Choose the Remove button.

Step 4: Confirm the uninstallation by selecting Remove once more.