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How to Enable or Disable Extensions on Google Chrome

Discover how to manage extensions in Google Chrome - learn the steps to enable, disable, or completely remove them for a tailored browsing experience.

Google Chrome has the Extensions are tools that enhance browsing experience. To enable or disable them, open Chrome, click the three-dot menu, select ‘Extensions’ and then ‘Manage Extensions’. There, locate desired extensions and use the toggle button to enable or disable. Changes are immediate, refreshing webpages is not necessary.

Enable or Disable Extensions in Chrome browser

The extensions are used to enhance the existing browser capability. It helps add a feature or perform a task that the browser is not equipped with by default.

Several extensions are available for Chrome browsers, and we have already listed a few of the best extensions in different categories that you can check.

While the extensions are often helpful, a few unknowingly conflict with the browser’s essential functions like page rendering, resulting in page loading issues and Aw Snap! Browser errors.

Hence, to troubleshoot the issue, we need to disable or remove extensions one after the other to identify the culprit. We can re-enable the extensions after identification.

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Note: Each extension utilizes the system memory to run in the background; if you encounter the Low Memory error, you should disable the extensions first.

The following guide will help you to manage the Chrome extension installed on the browser. You can turn it OFF or ON per your need and even for troubleshooting.

Manage Extensions in Chrome on Computer

You can manage browser extensions within the Chrome interface if you already have browser extensions. All the installed extensions will be available on the Manage Extensions page, where you can act according to need.

Here are the steps to turn on or off extensions in Chrome on your computer:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome app on your computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu and hover on the Extensions option.
  3. Select the Manage Extensions menu.
    Manage Extensions menu in Chrome browser on computerIt will display a page with the list of installed extensions.
  4. Click on the Toggle switch to Turn On or Off the browser extensions.
    Enable and Disable Extensions in Chrome with Remove button
  5. Alternatively, you can select the Remove button to uninstall the extension if required.

Based on your action, the extension will be Enabled or Disabled in the Chrome browser. At the same time, the Remove command will uninstall it from the browser. There are also a few other ways to uninstall extensions from the Chrome browser.

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Note: Chrome browser Reset Settings option will turn off the extensions; you can follow the above steps to enable them.

Chrome Extensions on your Phone

The Chrome browser on Android and iPhone or iPad cannot add extensions from the web store. The phone browser has a lightweight viewport, which does not support heavy lifting, which extensions are often used for.

There are a few Standalone Apps (like Ad Blocker, BlockSite, etc.) available in Google Play Store (on Android) and Apple App Store (on iPhone or iPad) that do work with Chrome browser. But you need to manage these app settings within the App UI, which has nothing to do with Chrome UI.

If you wish to install the Chrome extensions on your phone browser, refer to our experimental article on installing extensions in the Chromium browser on Android.

Bottom Line

Chrome browser offers easy extension management for installed extensions at chrome://extensions/. We can turn them on or off with a simple toggle button. It also offers the option to Remove in a single click.

While the extensions are only available for computer browsers, you can use third-party apps to integrate the feature on phone or mobile devices.

Overall, the extensions are a great way to enhance the browser features; however, they might conflict, resulting in browser errors. In such a case, we can troubleshoot using the toggle switch and turn off the extensions one after the other until the culprit is found.

There are also a few basic troubleshooting methods to resolve that you can follow before heading to browser extensions.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal is a Bachelor of Engineering, a Certified Google IT Support Professional, and a Digital-Tech Geek. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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