The 31 Best Chrome Extensions for Chromebooks in 2018

Power up your Chromebook with these awesome Chrome addons

Screenshot of the Checker Plus for Gmail extension for Gmail

Your Chromebook can be transformed into a virtual powerhouse with the addition of browser extensions, all available free of charge from the Chrome Web Store. 

It should be noted that some of these addons cannot completely coexist with each other on the same Chromebook. For example, if you install two extensions that both modify Chrome's New Tab page, one is going to override the other.

Adblock for YouTube

What We Like

  • Blocks ads automatically; no user intervention needed

  • Stops the majority of pre-video ads from appearing altogether

  • Updates often with new features and ad-blocking capabilities

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes doesn't work because YouTube updates often to stifle ad blockers 

While many users, and especially content owners, have mixed feelings about ad blockers, the fact remains that they rank among some of the

and extensions, and Adblock for

is no exception.

Anti-Porn Pro

What We Like

  • Supports password protection so that only you can change the settings

  • Alerts can be set up so that you're told over email or SMS if someone accessed a blocked site

  • It's easy to allow or block a website from the extension's button

  • Can block other content, too, like any web page about drugs or any known malware site

What We Don't Like

  • Some content slips through the cracks and doesn't get blocked

The Anti-Porn Pro Chrome extension utilizes server-based content filtering to block websites, search results, and other content that it deems inappropriate.

While not as popular as it once was in terms of overall traffic market share, the fact remains that adult content still accounts for a significant portion of the web's content. It's not hard to find pornography via a simple Google search, and this can prove problematic for some, especially if children have access to your Chromebook. 

Buffer

What We Like

  • Works with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+

  • Analyzes your social activity and offers stats like the number of retweets and clicks you're getting, your Facebook "Like" numbers, and more

What We Don't Like

  • Lets you post to just three accounts; support for eight is available in the Pro plan

  • Pinterest is available, too, but it's free for only seven days

The Buffer Google Chrome extension makes posting to your various social media sites a breeze. Just use the Chrome extension on any page to instantly blast your feeds with that URL or schedule it to post later.

Checker Plus for Gmail

What We Like

  • Lets you read, reply to, compose, and delete emails without visiting Gmail

  • Supports a do not disturb mode

  • Custom sounds can be set up to alert you about new emails

  • Supports multiple Gmail accounts simultaneously

  • Lots of customizable options

What We Don't Like

  • It's not included in Chrome!

There's a reason why Checker Plus is rated nearly five out of five and has over one million users: it's the perfect Gmail companion for the Chrome browser.

As the name would suggest, this Chrome extension keeps tabs on your email so that you don't have to. It sits at the top of your browser with an unread count, and you can click it to see all your emails without opening the full Gmail web page.

crxMouse Chrome Gestures

What We Like

  • Provides a simple way to navigate web pages

  • Gestures are fully customizable from the settings

  • You can export your configuration information and import it into another browser​

What We Don't Like

  • Some users report that the Chrome addon is spyware, and that it collects your URL history

  • Sometimes, actions go off before you're done letting go of the mouse

Mouse gestures, which are sometimes broken down into sub-categories such as rocker and wheel gestures, let you perform virtually any action with the browser with a movement or click of the mouse — or a combination of the two.

Whether it be refreshing the current site, moving to another tab, scrolling to the bottom or top of the page, or a number of other common and not-so-common actions, the crxMouse extension provides the ability to perform them with quick and easy gestures.

Currently

What We Like

  • Very simple interface

  • Isn't bogged down by ads

  • The temperature and time units can be changed

  • You can pick any location for which to display weather

  • Theme can be changed

What We Don't Like

  • Not all themes are free

The Currently Chrome extension replaces Chrome's New Tab page with a customizable screen containing the date, time, and current weather conditions in your area.

Downloads

What We Like

  • Great for anyone who isn't aware of how to see downloaded files in Chrome

  • Might be quicker for some instead of using the Chrome menu or keyboard shortcut

What We Don't Like

  • No customizations, so you can't change the button style or have the list of downloads open in the current tab

One of the simpler Google Chrome extensions to make the cut, Downloads is the perfect example of a developer setting out to accomplish a single task and then achieving that goal.

There are no bells and whistles here, just a button added to the Chrome browser that opens a list of your downloaded files in a new tab.

Evernote Web Clipper

What We Like

  • Makes using Evernote in Chrome much easier

  • You can clip the whole page or a simplified version (which contains just text)

  • Image screenshots can be taken in place of clipping the whole page

  • Supports keyboard shortcuts

  • Reminders can be added to clips from the addon window

  • You can change the theme of the Chrome extension

  • A link to the Evernote clip can be copied to the clipboard so that you can share it

  • Related notes are shown after you make a new clip

What We Don't Like

  • Occasionally hangs and takes a long time to save the clip

The Evernote service lets you maintain your own virtual workspace containing notes, lists, photos, articles, and other documents all in one centralized location.

The Evernote Web Clipper extension lets you easily clip these articles, images, and other web page content from right within your Chromebook browser, saving them to your Evernote workspace or sharing them with other users in an instant via the Work Chat feature.

Facebook Invite All

What We Like

  • Saves loads of time

What We Don't Like

  • Caps out at 50 friends at a time

If you've got a lot of

, sharing a page with all of them or inviting the entire group to an event can be a daunting task, so much so that you may have just given up on it altogether.

The Facebook Invite All Chrome addon lets you include each one of your friends on an invitation by clicking a check mark conveniently located within Chrome's Omnibox.

FireShot

What We Like

  • Lets you take full-page screenshots but can also capture select areas of the page

  • Images can be saved as PNG, JPG, or PDF

  • Lets you email the image

  • A print button makes printing the screenshot easy

  • A custom hotkey can be set up to run FireShot

What We Don't Like

  • Only Gmail is supported when emailing the screenshot

  • Annotation and the option to export to other programs, requires the pro version

One of the most powerful screenshot tools available for Chromebook users is Fireshot, which is a Google Chrome addon that lets you capture and save full web pages as an image file.

Google Arts & Culture

What We Like

  • Shows a different image for every tab you open

  • You can change the setting to show the same image all day, but then show a new one the next day

  • A link to more information about the artist is shown on the tab

  • You can enable a button to show on the new tab page that lists your most visited sites

What We Don't Like

  • No option to save the images

If you're a museum buff, Google Arts & Cultural brings collections and exhibits from across the globe right into your living room or office. This extension shows a new image from the collections in every tab.

History Eraser

What We Like

  • Can delete everything in one click

  • You can back up your Chrome history

  • Data can be erased from any specified time period

  • Has erasers for specific things like plugin-data and webSQL databases

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't include information about what each option will do if enabled

Chrome natively offers the ability to manage and clear your private data such as browsing history, saved passwords, cache, and cookies. The History Eraser extension, however, takes that functionality several steps further.

HTTPS Everywhere

What We Like

  • Improves security and privacy

  • Easy to disable when you need to access an HTTP web page

  • Can also block all unencrypted requests

What We Don't Like

  • Can't exclude certain sites from using HTTPS

With the HTTPS Everywhere Chrome extension, many websites that natively use HTTP are automatically switched to

. While it doesn't work on all sites, and can actually cause some to render or behave erratically, it's a nice option to have from a privacy/security standpoint and can be toggled on or off very easily.

Keepa Amazon Price Tracker

What We Like

  • You get to set the price for the alert

  • Separate prices can be set for new and used products

  • Alerts can be sent to your email and/or delivered over Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, RSS, and/or a push notification via Chrome

  • Shows the price history of the item

  • Includes Amazon deals in the extension

  • Lots of settings can be changed, such as one that forces you to use Amazon Smile

What We Don't Like

  • You can't track Amazon products from the extension button; you have to open the full addon page and search for the product

The Keepa extension constantly monitors the Amazon products you're interested in but are avoiding because the price isn't just right. You'll get notified if and when the price drops.

Looper for YouTube

What We Like

  • You can loop every YouTube video automatically or manually set the loop for each specific video

  • The loop setting is accessible below every video

  • Loop can be turned on for just a certain part of the video instead of the whole thing

  • You can set the loop duration so that it repeats a specific number of times

  • The p key can be used to turn looping on and off

  • Also lets you auto-set the video quality to any resolution

What We Don't Like

  • Some settings are experimental and don't always work

Want to play your favorite song over and over on YouTube? You're not alone, which is why hundreds of thousands of people use the addon Looper for YouTube to set videos to play again and again without having to press any buttons.

Magic Actions for YouTube

What We Like

  • When available, HD videos will play in their highest resolution

  • Videos can be set to wide automatically

  • A sound can be played when the video is done loading

  • A repeat option can set the video to auto-repeat

  • Has the option to control the volume with your mouse wheel or touch gestures

  • Thumbnails can be enlarged on mouse-over

  • Video suggestions can be shown or hidden

  • Supports video filters

  • Includes advanced video details

  • Videos can be paused automatically to wait for buffering

What We Don't Like

  • The number of options you can enable can be overwhelming 

The Magic Actions extension does a great job of adding all of the functionality that you wish YouTube offered on its own, as well as enhancements to the popular website's interface that include dozens of attractive themes and different modes for day and night viewing.

Updated frequently and utilized by millions of Chrome users, Magic Actions for YouTube is a solid addition to your Chromebook extension library.

Momentum

What We Like

  • Has a built-in todo list

  • Shows a motivational quote at the bottom

  • A major goal can be set so that you see it each time you open a new tab

  • Your bookmarks and search bar can be added to new tabs

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of options are available only in the free version, including the ability to add your own background photos and use a countdown, notes, and world clocks

Momentum is another extension that replaces Chrome's New Tab page with custom content, this time with an inspirational twist.

Accompanied by sometimes stunning background images and the current time and weather, Momentum also incorporates a few other tactics to encourage you throughout the day.

In addition to helping you get organized, this extension can also provide that extra mental boost to get you moving in the right direction. 

OneTab

What We Like

  • Specific tabs, or even just one tab, can be sent to OneTab

  • Saves lots of memory in Chrome

  • OneTab can be set to open each time you launch Chrome

  • You can have OneTab accept or reject duplicate tabs

  • OneTab can be used separately within each browser window, so you can use it independently of other Chrome instances

  • Pinned tabs can be saved in the Chrome extension, too

  • The list of tabs in OneTab can be shared with others via a special link

  • Groups of tabs can be saved together for better organization

  • URLs can be exported and imported into OneTab

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't back up the open tabs, so if Chrome crashes you could lose all of your tabs

  • Your location on the page is not saved, just the web link itself

OneTab is the easiest way to reduce

usage in Chrome by gathering all of your open tabs into one single tab, hence the name.

When your tabs are consolidated into one area, you can still open them but they don't take up nearly as much memory as they do when open in their own tabs because Chrome doesn't identify them as regular tabs.

PanicButton

What We Like

  • The panic button can be activated via a custom keyboard shortcut

  • Custom pages can be set to open each time you use PanicButton

  • The hidden tabs can be password protected

  • The PanicButton extension can be hidden each time it's activated

  • An "advanced protection" option can be used which requires a bookmark of your choice to be dragged onto the page in order to unlock the hidden tabs

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes, tabs that are open just before the restore process are removed when the hidden tabs come back

PanicButton is just that: a button that you can click when you're in panic mode and need to hide whatever you're doing in Chrome. All of your tabs are saved when you hit this button, and can be retrieved when the coast is clear.

Hover Zoom+

What We Like

  • You can set the zoom factor (e.g., x1, x3)

  • Options like the background color and image position can be changed

  • Websites can be whitelisted so that Hover Zoom+ doesn't work on those images

  • Lots of action hotkeys and several advanced options

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't work with all websites

  • Some images on supported sites don't enlarge at all, but you instead get a never-ending loading icon

Some images are really small, which is where Hover Zoom+ excels. Install this Chrome extension to instantly see a bigger version when you hover your mouse over the picture.

Pushbullet

What We Like

  • Quickly send links and other files from your Chromebook to your phone, or anyone's phone that you're friends with on Pushbullet

  • Android users can view and reply to text messages, and see incoming call information, from their Chromebook

  • Also for Android, Pushbullet users can reply to messages from other apps, too, like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp

What We Don't Like

  • Might sometimes dismiss notifications even if you don't read them

Pushbullet is a must-have extension for Chromebook users who like to share content between their computer and phone. This extension might sit right there in Chrome but it makes communication between your devices seamless.

RSS Feed Reader

What We Like

  • Supports filters to refine which feed results you see

  • Articles can be marked as read/unread and starred from the Chrome addon's pop-out window

  • You can set how many posts to display in the extension

  • Notifications can be set for all feeds or just specific ones, including pop-up, mobile, email, and sound alerts

  • Backs up your subscriptions online

  • The theme of the RSS reader extension can be changed

  • Feeds can be imported from a file

  • Can sync between your different devices using the same app

  • Works on iOS and Android

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't show thumbnails in the extension pop-out

If you like to digest as much content as possible, you need an RSS reader like this one. RSS Feed Reader tells you about new feeds right from the top of Chrome so that you're always aware of what's happening on your favorite websites.

Session Buddy

What We Like

  • You can save and access unlimited past sessions

  • The extension is easy to use 

  • Tabs can be organized into separate sessions much like bookmark folders

What We Don't Like

  • Has the tendency to use lots of memory

Session Buddy is the easiest way to stow away your open tabs to easily reopen them any time you need to. However, unlike other extensions that can also do this, Session Buddy keeps track of your past sessions

.

What does this mean? If Chrome crashes, or even if your entire Chromebook shuts off without warning, you can get those open tabs back again as long as Session Buddy was installed.

Shortcuts for Google

What We Like

  • Saves loads of time if you often use these services

  • Supports over 500 services

  • Has a small memory footprint

  • Includes a Mail This button to send the currently opened URL over Gmail

  • A button for quickly opening a brand new Google document or spreadsheet is available

  • Arranging and adding or removing services is easy

What We Don't Like

  • Shortcuts can't be removed from the extension button; you have to open the settings to add or remove shortcuts

Since you're a Chromebook user, there's a very good chance that you utilize a number of Google services such as Gmail and Google Drive.

This addon for Chrome lets you access basically any Google service, even the lesser-known ones, from a pop-out window accessible on the Chrome browser's main toolbar.

Silver Bird

What We Like

  • View your timeline in a pop-out window

  • Get notifications for mentions, DMs, and more

  • See direct messages

  • Retweet and reply to tweets

  • Includes advanced features to specify a URL shortening service and image hosting website, to customize the refresh interval, and more

What We Don't Like

  • Hasn't been updated since 2013, so new Twitter features are not supported

Silver Bird is a Chrome extension that lets you manage your Twitter account from your Chromebook without ever leaving the toolbar of the browser. It's like a mini Twitter that runs from a Chrome extension window.

Speed Dial

What We Like

  • Provides visual bookmarks with previews of the page

  • Supports showing your most recently visited websites on the New Tab page

  • Your recently closed tabs can be shown

  • The background can be parallax to provide a 3D feel

  • Lots of options to tweak

What We Don't Like

  • The settings pages aren't very intuitive

Fans of the Opera browser might recognize the name of this Chrome extension, whose feature set is similar. Speed Dial lets you customize the browser's New Tab page in several ways.

Super Auto Refresh Plus

What We Like

  • A countdown timer until the next refresh can be shown or hidden on the extension icon

  • Your refresh options range from two seconds to 60 minutes

  • The cache can be bypassed with each refresh

  • Auto-refresh is also possible from the right-click context menu

What We Don't Like

  • The refresh timer supports lots of options, but you can't customize them to pick something like seven minutes, or anything over one hour

Not many things are more frustrating than having to refresh a web page over and over again. Whether we're waiting for a score update, a new article to appear, concert tickets to go on sale, or something else entirely, there are many occasions where we have to obsessively click that button or press that key.

The Super Auto Refresh Chrome extension eliminates the need for this, continuously refreshing the active page at user-defined intervals.

Todoist

What We Like

  • Tasks can be created manually by clicking the extension icon

  • If you highlight text or right-click a link, a Todoist task can be created from that information

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of options require Todoist Premium, such as adding reminders to your todo list, support for themes, and custom labels

For most of us, keeping track of everything we need to get done on a daily basis can sometimes prove more daunting than the actual tasks themselves. We tend to have a lot on our plates, and an office littered with post-it notes and crudely written lists used to be the norm.

The Todoist extension solves all of that, organizing even the most hectic schedule into a neat, easy-to-use HTML5 interface, accessible from right within the Chrome browser.

Turn Off the Lights

What We Like

  • Works on YouTube, Hulu, and a variety of other websites

  • You can adjust the opacity and color of the darkened areas, on a per-site basis

  • A background image or blur can be configured as the background around the video

  • The background can be dimmed automatically each time a video starts

  • A list of sites can be configured to always dim when a video is being played

  • Other options are supported like the ability to stop the video from playing when you leave the tab, to hide like and dislike buttons on YouTube, and more

What We Don't Like

  • Some users report that the extension spams their browser and injects malicious scripts onto every page they visit, although legitimate questions have been raised about the validity of these negative reviews.

This Chromebook extension lets you watch videos in your browser more easily by dimming the outer areas of the page like text and other content, so that you can focus on what matters: the video!

This visual effect can be toggled on and off at will via the lamp button in the toolbar.

In addition to the main feature, the Chrome extension also provides a number of other customizable options including atmosphere lighting, eye protection, flash detection, and much more.

Wikiwand

What We Like

  • You can swap between Rich and Minimal view, and adjust the text type, background color, font size, and paragraph spacing

  • Shows article headlines to the left for easy access at any time

  • There's a button you can click to leave Wikiwand and visit Wikipedia to see the same article

  • Supports regular Wikipedia features like the edit function and various language alternatives

  • Links and text can be bookmarked for later access

  • Articles can be shared over Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Gmail

What We Don't Like

  • The option to define any word on any other website doesn't always work well, often showing a definition for a similar word instead

Widely publicized and with a solid five-star review, the Wikiwand extension gives Wikipedia a complete makeover, providing access to the same content but in a much neater, more attractive format by directing users to the same article that they wish to view, but on the Wikiwand site.

YoWindow Weather

What We Like

  • Provides quick access to the weather forecast

  • Shows the current temperature on the extension's icon

  • Offers beautiful displays not found in most weather addons for Chromebooks

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Flash

  • Sometimes take a while for the changes you make in settings to be reflected in the Chromebook addon

While certainly not the only weather Chrome extension available, YoWindow offers some really cool animated visuals that vary by location, time, and, of course, conditions.

More importantly, however, are the informative and easy-to-read metrics found in the weather station provided by the National Weather Service.