What are Chrome Extensions?
Chrome web store is filled with hundreds of extensions, themes, and plugins to help users with ease of execution of some small but daily-use tasks. Starting from homepage themes, Chrome web store consists of extensions for spell-checking, grammar check, dictionary, VPNs, screenshot tools, forecast, and notes. A number of extensions such as Office Editing and Gmail Checker are offered by Google itself.
Unfortunately, you can’t use any of these exciting extensions on your Android phones. But, did you know, you can open Chrome extensions on Android and add them to your desktop directly from your phone? It is possible. Though Chrome web store is yet to be coded into Chrome mobile application, but Chrome extensions from Android can be added to your desktop. All you need to have both Chrome mobile and Chrome desktop synced with one single Google account.
So, let’s learn how you can add Chrome add-ons on Android and then use them on your desktop:
How to Add Chrome Extensions On Android and Use them on Desktop?
When you search for a Chrome add-on on Android, you may not be able to access it on your phone but can add it to your Google account. The add-on or as it is called Chrome extension is then synced with the same account, and therefore, can be later installed on Chrome desktop.
To add Chrome extension on Android and then use it on the desktop, you need to follow the following steps:
Step 1: Search for an extension on Google. Since Chrome web store on android isn’t accessible, you need to search for an individual extension that you wish to add on Chrome.
The best extensions on Chrome are of adblockers. So, let’s try to add an adblock for Chrome on Android.
Step 2: StopAll Ads is one of the best adblock extensions for Chrome. Search for it on Google and open the link for the same.
Step 3: When you open the webpage for StopAll Ads Chrome extension on Android, you’d see an option “Add On Desktop”. Tap on that option.
Step 4: Chrome would ask for a confirmation on the same. Confirm the command and proceed.
Step 5: Once the process is complete, the webpage for concerned Chrome extension on Android would say “Added on Desktop”.
Once you’ve completed these steps on your phone, you can keep your phone back in your pocket. The rest has to be done on Chrome on the desktop.
Step 6: When you open up Chrome on the desktop, you’d see a notification on the right corner of the screen. The notification is symbolized with an “exclamation mark (!)”.
Step 7: Click on (!). You’ll see it says – “StopAll Ads was added remotely”.
Step 8: Click on the message and Enable Extension from Android on your desktop.
Once enabled, enjoy an ad-free session on Chrome via StopAll Ads ad-block on Chrome.
Why Add Chrome Extensions from Android on Desktop?
There are times you may come across useful Chrome extension via Google suggestions on phone. Before you forget about it, it’s better to add that Chrome add-on from Android and send a reminder notification to your Chrome browser on desktop. This way, you would never miss using any exciting features offered by Chrome extensions on the web-store.
Using this tip, you can remotely add Chrome extensions from Android on your desktop. Though it would be much better if Google enables accessibility of Chrome extensions on Android phones directly. However, until that happens, you can always use this method to add chrome extensions on the desktop.
Let us know of the Chrome extensions you have found the most useful. Add StopAll Ads ad-block on Chrome and tell us about your ad-free Chrome session in the comments section.