Installing Extension on Mobile Chromium Browser? (Experimental)

The Chromium project is extensible, which means we can improve the feature within the browser using third-party extensions. These extensions are widely available on the Chrome Web Site and support most computer-based Chromium browsers like Chrome, Edge, Opera, etc.; however, it’s not the case for Chromium-based Android browsers. We have tested and listed out the supported browser.

Mobile browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc., are built to make primarily for internet access on mobile devices. Unlike computer browsers, they are not meant for heavy usage or make any development activities.

Hence, most of the features that are available for desktop browsers are not available for mobile browsers. And one such restricted feature is the usage of extensions and add-ons.

I am a big fan of browser extensions. They help me do so much more in a limited time. But it isn’t easy to access the desktop at all times. Mobile phones are handier and easily accessible.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to access browser extensions on the mobile phone?

Generally, Chrome extensions are not allowed to install on android mobile browsers. However, few chromium-based browsers have tweaked the source code, and that does enable installing the extensions.

In the following video, we have checked the browser’s compatibility to install tje extension on the famous mobile browser. Though we will be using different browsers, verifying the browser support installation steps are the same.

Install Chrome Extensions on Android

The ability to install chrome extension android on browsers can save a lot of our time and energy since browser extensions can be fruitful in the long run.

Here are steps to install Chrome extension on Android Chromium browsers:

  1. Open the Chromium-based browser on android.
  2. Visit the Chrome web store on the browser.
  3. Check if you’re able to view the chrome extension details page.
  4. Open the extensions details page.
  5. Tap on Add to Chrome button to install the Chrome extension on the Mobile browser.

If you can view the chrome extension android details page, that means it can install the Chrome extensions on the Chromium-based browser.

Chrome Extensions Experiment Results

It is essential to check the compatibility of the chrome android extensions with the chromium-based browsers.

Here is the test that we performed on the mobile browsers to check if the extensions are allowed to install:

  1. Google Chrome — Unable to Install Chrome Extensions
  2. Mozilla Firefox — Not a Chromium-based browser
  3. Microsoft Edge — Unable to Install Chrome Extensions
  4. Opera Browser — Unable to Install Chrome Extensions
  5. Kiwi Browser — Able to Install Chrome Extensions
  6. Yandex Browser — Able to Install extensions

Install Chrome Extensions on Kiwi Browser

Above is the screengrab of the Kiwi browser installing Chrome extensions on mobile devices.

Note: Not all extensions are compatible on the mobile device. You may encounter few heavy extensions that aren’t supported on smartphone devices.

Video: Extensions on Android Browsers

Here is the video demo on installing Chrome extensions for Android on Chromium-based browsers. Check out if we can install the extensions in any of the browsers on Android phones.

Is it possible to install Chrome Extensions on Android Browser? (Experimental)

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Bottom Line: Mobile Chromium Extensions

I’m a big fan of browser extensions, and I love using them on my desktop. Since it is not always possible to use a laptop or PC, there is a desperate need to find an alternative.

As mentioned above, it is possible to do so if the chromium-based browsers are compatible with the chrome extension android.

After I knew the steps, it was easier to install the chrome extension on my phone browser. Now, I can enjoy all the services provided by them on my mobile.

Which is your favorite browser extension? Is it compatible with your chromium-based mobile browser?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add the Chrome extensions on Android?

Unfortunately, not every browser supports installing the Chrome extensions on Android. There are few browser like Kiwi, Yandex, that do support.

How to install browser extensions on mobile?

There are few mobile browsers that support extensions from the library. You can consider using Samsung Internet, Kiwi, Yandex, and recently Safari on iPhone has added extension support.

Do all extensions work on mobile browsers?

The mobile browsers only support few extensions compatible lite extensions. The heavy-lifting extensions aren’t supported and you might frequently encounter errors.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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9 Responses

  1. elise says:

    Lets add yandex to the “able to install extensions on android” 😊😊

    • Editor says:

      Updated the list. Thank you!

  2. elise says:

    you say
    extensions on

    Android Chromium Browser?

    but chromium author says no extensions.

    • Editor says:

      The chromium source code is destructible, hence you can tweak it to add or remove any feature. The few browsers mentioned have added the support for installing extensions on Android devices.

  3. Noob Dev says:

    I want to install a extension in android , so that I can block ads. By the way I am building my own custom build chromium based browser.

  4. Viviano says:

    Thnx for the tests. Frm the vid. you confirmed my mob. install of Opera won’t take Chrome ext.s. Firefox desktop is so much more powerful than the mob. ver. A dev. ver. of FF mob. is supposed to remedy the lack of add-on compat., yet requires an Andro ver. newer than my install. In the meantime, the alt. is to go with Kiwi.

    • Editor says:

      Thanks for insights, Viviano.

  5. Amit says:

    Some extension not working in android browser extension show error in page “page failed enter ctrl-F5 ” can resolve my issue

    • Editor says:

      Ctrl+F5 basically means the hard refresh. You can check for clearing cache data options within the Android browser.

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