Are you confused by the 65,000+ extensions in the Chrome Web Store? Do you find it difficult to distinguish the best apps from the time wasters? We’re here to help. Below you’ll find a list of the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from both our readers and our writers.
This list will be updated regularly, so make sure you leave your suggestions in the comments and we’ll consider them next time we update the page.
Do you share your computer with another user? Are you paranoid about sites tracking you and leaving cookies on your system?
Click&Clean lets you delete URLs, clear caches, remove cookies, and wipe your download and/or browsing historyall through a single button.
Heartbleed. Yahoo hacks. Credit card theft. There are so many online dangers you need to be aware of.
GetHoneyBadger will check stats and information of any site you visit. It should give you an insight into if a site is suspicious by revealing which technologies the site is using.
This is a crowd-sourced tool that rates websites based on a site’s trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety — helping you browse safely. At its core, it lets you avoid sites that are known to be harmful, but like all crowd-sourced software, it should be used with discretion.
Also known as ScriptNo, ScriptSafe is for advanced users only. It works in a similar way to Ghostery, but it much less exclusive. It means you’ll be alerted to almost every script on a website, and disabling them all will make lots of sites fail to load. On the flipside, it’s easy-to-use interface will guide you, making sure you only load the scripts that are needed for the content you want to see.
This extension encrypts your web usage to HTTPS whenever possible to help keep your private information safe. It is part of a collaboration between the Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation – so you know it’s both trustworthy and safe.
LastPass saves and encrypts your passwords on the LastPass web server, letting you log into websites with a single click.
Let Gravity Highlighter find the content you’ll be most interested in, saving you time and hassle. You just need to install the extension and let it get to work – soon it’ll be highlighting the stories it knows you’ll be most interested in on any given site.
Google’s RSS extension will automatically place a RSS subscription button in Chrome’s omnibox when you visit a page that supports RSS. You can add any web-based feed reader to the extension by clicking the ‘Manage’ option in the dropdown box, though you’ll need the appropriate URL for your reader of choice.
The aptly named Weather extension will give you both the current and upcoming weather outlook for your location. You can customise it to show personalised locations and preferred units of measurement.
A video is a video, right? What could be improved?
As it turns out — loads. Magic Actions revolutionizes the YouTube experience by adding auto HD, ad blocking, a cinema mode, mouse wheel volume control, and a whole lot more.
Streamus lets you play YouTube videos in the background without having to navigate to the website. It also lets create and manage playlists and pause, play and skip tracks.
With a single click of the extension button, Turn Off the Lights makes an entire page – with the exception of the video – fade to dark. It’s a neat way to solve the problem of videos embedded on light backgrounds.
If you own a Chromecast dongle, this extension will let you send media, webpages and other content directly from your computer to your television.
Ever need to hide websites when your boss enters the room? Or perhaps when you’re trying to buy an online gift for somebody when that very person sneaks up behind you? Panic Button is the answer. It lets you hide and save all of your opened tabs with a single click – the best part is that they’ll be password protected, so only you can resume the session.
Sometimes you get to the end of an article you’re reading, or have exhausted all the new content on one of your favourite sites, and you wish there was more. This extension helps you discover webpages similar to the page you’re currently browsing – perfect for both research and casual browsing.
Define your interests and find new content. A click on the StumbleUpon extension will either take you to a random page or a specific page within your field of interests.
If you rely heavily on Google’s suite of services, this handy extension will save you a lot of time. When clicked, it will show you a pop-up menu that gives you one click access to all your most-used Google products.
Pushbullet brings your PC and phone closer together. It lets you receive alerts from your Android or iPhone directly in your browser and provides a way to easily share media and other content. You can mute unimportant apps and can also respond directly from your computer for certain apps.
Journey has one simple goal — to let you log your life with diary entries. It comes with a calendar, photo and atlas view that present all your entries in a beautiful and easy-to-digest format. It syncs with Android and the web app.
Google’s official Drive shortcut means you can seamless add new content to your Google Drive account with a single click.
This one is aimed primarily at students. It makes bibliography creation easier, letting you quickly create a properly formatted website citation for the APA, Chicago, MLA, and Harvard citation styles. It even allows you to maintain project bibliographies – perfect for not getting bogged down in citations whilst in a creative flow.
Do you want a lightweight and easy-to-use photo editor? iPiccy includes lots of web-based photo-editing tools such as auto-fix, rotate, crop, resize, and color adjustment — as well as some more advanced processing features.
Like using the cloud but forget which of the myriad services you stored something on? Synata works as a search tool for your online stuff. It sorts through Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Evernote, Office 365, and Sharepoint.
You can read and re-read an important email a thousand times, but you can guarantee that as soon as you hit send you’ll find a typo. eAngel lets you send emails and documents to real humans who will then check it for syntax and typos.
Do you often find yourself struggling to find the perfect font? Microsoft Word’s and Adobe Photoshop’s quickly become old. WhatFont lets you discover any web fonts by simply hovering over them.
There are lots of cool note-taking apps on the market, but if you’re searching for something simple, try Save Text 2.0. Just click the bookmarklet, start typing, and your notes will be automatically saved to Google Drive.
Some days you need a helping hand to keep your brain and productivity on track.
Momentum is that hand. It will replace your new tab page with a personal dashboard that includes your todo lists, the weather, and some visual inspiration.
Boomerang is a browser add-on available for Chrome that lets you schedule emails for a point in the future, even if you’re not online. It’s perfect for automated business replies, not forgetting birthdays, and sending messages at a time when you know the recipient will be available.
How annoying is it when you right-click on a web page but the site prevents you from accessing the context menu? RightToCopy solves the problem, it lets you highlight text and copy text on pages that have disabled the features.
Do you often find yourself offline with nothing to read? Try Instapaper.
It will let you save any interesting links you stumble across then allow you to read them later on your iPhone, iPad, Android, computer, or Kindle.
If you are easily distracted and find concentration is a problem, StayFocusd offers a solid solution. You can set yourself a time allowance for particular sites such as social networks, RSS readers or news sites, and once you’ve hit that limit accessed will be blocked.
Better History replaces Chrome’s native history tool. It adds more controls to help you find your old content quickly and more effectively. You can jump between days or hours with a single click, and easily delete visits in a set time frame.
This extension lets you quickly access the goo.gl URL shortener – giving you short and portable URLs. It’s particularly useful for long, difficult URLs or for character-limited content such as Tweets.
The Camelizer is the definitive price-checking extension for Chrome, including advanced features like price graphs, price alerts, and price trends for a number of popular online retailers.
Want discounts put don’t want to shop around? Install Honey. It automatically finds and tests coupon codes for more than 100 online stores, and works as you checkout of a site – so you don’t need to shop through third party affiliates.
Fairly self-explanatory. This extension lets you add items to your Amazon wish-list from any website.
Addicted to eBay? You’ll need this official browser add-on. It means you’ll never miss a good bargain and you can monitor your existing bids without needing to be logged into the main site.
Unlike the Yahoo Currency Convertor extension, the Chrome Currency Convertor automatically changes any figures in a webpage to your desired currency. It’s not only good for shopping, but also reading long-form articles which are quoting prices and figures from around the world.
If you’re one of the increasing number of people who are leaving Facebook behind and finding new ways to use Google Plus, you might find the ability to get notifications from the network without being on the site itself to be very useful.
If you’re a WhatsApp junkie, Instazzap is a “must-have”. You can see your unread chats in the toolbar, easily share web content with your contacts, and easily use emojis.
A must-have for Reddit lovers. It shows you comment karma, gives you username tagging, increases viewing options, and of course removes the need to click through pages thanks to ‘Never Ending Reddit’.
Once installed, Silver Bird makes it possible to access Twitter functions from a button in the Chrome interface.
Are you the type of person who has hundreds of tabs open at the same time?
It’s a bad habit – mainly because it eats up so much memory. OneTab lets you keep those tabs open, but reduces memory by up to 95 percent.
TabOutliner creates a file tree on tabs on the right-hand side of the screen. Inactive tabs don’t use memory, and you drag and drop the tabs to keep yourself organized.
Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket helps you manage a reading list of articles from the internet. The extension lets you save any article to your account with one click, and also allows for both article tagging and offline reading.
It has apps available for several platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows, OSX and Blackberry.
This spin off of the popular Evernote is so much more than just a bookmarking tool. It not only lets you save webpages, but also random notes, audio, PDFs and videos. You can also make and manage to-do lists and search existing notebooks.
The Great Suspender automatically suspends unused tabs to free up system resources. You can do it either manually or after a set period of inactivity. Best of all, suspended tabs are retained after closing and reopening the browser, so they won’t all reload and eat through your CPU.
Tab Cloud lets you transfer your browsing session from one computer to another. You can also see saved sessions with a built-in interface.
Let’s be honest, Chrome’s default quick access page is rubbish.
Speed Dial 2 replaces it. Your most visited pages, bookmarks, and browsing history are all displayed and can all be accessed in one simple click.
This replaces the normal new tab interface with an attractive, Windows 8 style customisable tile-based interface that can provide quick access to both web apps and web pages.
SimpleUndoClose offers an easy way to restore closed tabs – just click the icon and just which pages you want to reopen.
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Last updated: September 29, 2016