The 29 Best Chrome Extensions for Chromebooks in 2020

Power up your Chromebook with these awesome Chrome add-ons

You can transform your Chromebook into a virtual powerhouse with the addition of browser extensions, all available free of charge from the Chrome Web Store. 

Some add-ons cannot 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.

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Adblock for YouTube

Adblock for Youtube in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Blocks ads automatically.

  • Stops the majority of pre-video ads.

  • Frequent updates.

What We Don't Like
  • Can stop working between updates.

  • Occasional errors.

  • Can lag.

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.

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Buffer in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Works with multiple social channels.

  • Analyzes social activity.

  • Provides statistics.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited to three accounts.

  • Cannot manage others' accounts.

  • Must add images manually.

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.

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Checker Plus for Gmail

Checker Plus for Gmail in Chrome web store
What We Like
  • Manage emails without visiting Gmail.

  • Supports a do not disturb mode.

  • Customization options.

What We Don't Like
  • Not included in Chrome.

  • Must allow automatic Google updates.

  • Shortcut keys might not work as expected.

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.

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crxMouse Chrome Gestures

CrxMouse in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Simple web page navigation.

  • Fully customizable gestures.

  • Export configuration information for another browser​.

What We Don't Like
  • Some users report spyware.

  • Sometimes, actions go off before you're done.

  • Learning curve.

Mouse gestures, which are sometimes in subcategories 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 several other every day and not-so-common actions, the crxMouse extension provides the ability to perform them with quick and easy gestures.

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Downloads on Chrome store
What We Like
  • Streamlines downloading.

  • Easy shortcuts.

  • User-friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • No customizations.

  • Limited functionality.

  • Cannot disable Chrome download bar.

One of the more straightforward 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.

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Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote Web Clipper on Chrome store
What We Like
  • Clip the whole page or text.

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

  • Supports keyboard shortcuts

What We Don't Like
  • Occasionally hangs.

  • Saving can be buggy.

  • No option for multiple highlight colors.

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

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

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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 add-on that lets you capture and save full web pages as an image file.

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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.

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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.

An alternative way to protect your movements when you're online is to use a VPN, which can let you surf the web anonymously. You'll still need to delete your browsing history, but a VPN will keep other sites from tracking you.

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HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Improves security and privacy.

  • Easy to disable.

  • Can also block all unencrypted requests.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't exclude certain sites from using HTTPS.

  • Reduces functionality on some sites.

  • Update popups can be annoying.

With the HTTPS Everywhere Chrome extension, many websites that natively use HTTP automatically switch to HTTPS.

While it doesn't work on all sites, and can cause some to render or behave erratically, it's an excellent option to have from a privacy/security standpoint, and you can toggle it on or off very quickly.

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Keepa Amazon Price Tracker

Keepa Amazon Price Tracker in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Set prices for alerts.

  • Multiple alerts options.

  • Shows price history.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't track Amazon products from extension button.

  • Doesn't track prices of Kindle books.

  • Doesn't include shipping costs.

The Keepa extension continuously 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.

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Looper for YouTube

Looper for YouTube in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Loop every video automatically or manually.

  • Set loop duration.

  • Auto-set the video quality to any resolution

What We Don't Like
  • Some settings are experimental.

  • Can be buggy.

  • Icon sometimes disappears.

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.

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Magic Actions for YouTube

Magic Actions for YouTube in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Videos can be set to wide automatically.

  • Option to control with mouse or touch gestures.

  • Supports video filters.

What We Don't Like
  • Options can enable overwhelming.

  • Learning curve.

  • Popups can be annoying.

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 substantial addition to your Chromebook extension library.

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Momentum in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Built-in to do list.

  • Displays motivational quotes.

  • Can display major goal on new tabs.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited options in free version.

  • Can interfere with bookmarks.

  • Cannot customize quote images.

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. 

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OneTab in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Saves lots of memory in Chrome.

  • Can be set to open when Chrome is launched.

  • Can be used independently of other Chrome instances

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't back up open tabs.

  • Location on page is not saved.

  • Limited support.

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.

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Panic Button

Panic Button in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Can be activated via custom keyboard shortcut.

  • Can set custom pages to open.

  • Advanced protection option.

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes, tabs are removed when hidden tabs come back.

  • Password visible in temp folder.

  • Limited support.

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.

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Hover Zoom+

Hover Zoom+ in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Set zoom factor.

  • Websites can be whitelisted.

  • Several advanced options.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't work with all websites

  • Some images on supported sites don't enlarge.

  • Gifs can be problematic.

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.

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Pushbullet in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Quickly send links and files to phone.

  • View and reply to text messages from Chromebook.

  • Reply to messages from other apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Only compatible with Android.

  • Sometimes dismisses notifications.

  • Crashes often for some users.

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.

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RSS Feed Reader

RSS Feed Reader in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Supports filters.

  • Mark articles as read/unread.

  • Works on iOS and Android.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't show thumbnails in the extension pop-out.

  • No sidebar with latest items.

  • Dark Mode is premium.

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.

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Session Buddy

Session Buddy in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Save and access unlimited past sessions.

  • Easy to use.

  • Can organize tabs into separate sessions.

What We Don't Like
  • Uses excessive memory.

  • No cloud sync.

  • Occasionally buggy.

Session Buddy is the easiest way to stow away your open tabs to reopen them any time you need to quickly. 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.

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Shortcuts for Google

Shortcuts for Google in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Supports 500+ services.

  • Small memory footprint.

  • Managing services is easy.

What We Don't Like
  • Shortcuts can't be removed from button.

  • Dragging can be buggy.

  • Update popups can be annoying.

Since you're a Chromebook user, there's an excellent chance that you utilize several Google services such as Gmail and Google Drive.

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

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Silber Bird

Silber Bird in Chrome store
What We Like
  • View timeline in pop-out window

  • Get notifications.

  • Advanced features.

What We Don't Like
  • Infrequent updates.

  • Limited support.

  • Sometimes closes unexpectedly.

Silber 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.

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Speed Dial

Speed Dial in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Provides visual bookmarks.

  • Recently closed tabs can be shown.

  • Many options to tweak.

What We Don't Like
  • Settings aren't intuitive.

  • Can be buggy.

  • Background not customizable.

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.

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Super Auto Refresh Plus

Super Auto Refresh Plus in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Countdown timer can be shown or hidden.

  • Refresh options range from two seconds to 60 minutes

  • Cache can be bypassed with each refresh

What We Don't Like
  • Can't customize refresh intervals.

  • Occasionally shuts down.

  • Some users report malware.

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 click that button or press that key obsessively.

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

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Todoist in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Create tasks manually.

  • Create tasks from highlighted text.

  • Easy to set reminders.

What We Don't Like
  • Just a mini window for the Todoist app.

  • Sometimes glitchy.

  • Can hang.

For most of us, keeping track of everything we need to get done daily 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.

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Turn Off the Lights

Turn Off the Lights in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Works on variety of websites

  • Adjust on a per-site basis

  • Dim automatically.

What We Don't Like
  • Some users report spam.

  • Not compatible with all video sites.

  • Address bar not dimmable.

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 many other customizable options, including atmosphere lighting, eye protection, flash detection, and much more.

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Wikiwand in Chrome store
What We Like
  • Switch between Rich and Minimal view.

  • Can bookmark links or text.

  • Articles can be shared.

What We Don't Like
  • Definition feature is problematic.

  • "Do not show on websites" often thrown to console.

  • Images don't always appear.

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.