Installing Extensions on Android Chromium Browser? (Experimental)

Testing top chromium-based browsers' ability to install the Chrome extensions. Whether Opera, Edge, Kiwi, and, Chrome can install extension from Web Store.

Mobile browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. are built just to make basic 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 is difficult to access the desktop at all times. Mobile phones are handier and easily accessible. Wouldn’t it be amazing to access browser extensions on phone?

Generally, the Chrome extensions android are not allowed to install on mobile browsers. However, few chromium-based browsers do allow installing the extensions. In this video, we are going to test the installation of the extension on the famous browser.

Though we will be using different browsers, the steps to verify the browser support installation are the same.

How to install Chrome Extensions on Android?

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

Here are steps to install Chrome extensions android on 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 Android browser.

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

Chrome Extensions Experiment Results

It is important 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

Install Chrome Extensions on Kiwi Browser

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

Video: Install Chrome Extensions on Android Browsers

Here is the video demo on installing Chrome extensions 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: 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 extensions android.

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

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

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

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

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5 Responses

  1. elise says:

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

  2. elise says:

    you say
    extensions on

    Android Chromium Browser?

    but chromium author says no extensions.

  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.

  5. Amit says:

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

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