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It’s the year 2016. Google Chrome is the most popular browser now, but it’s not the best. In fact, recently, Opera is making a case for you to switch to it. There’s one small problem though: extensions. But what if you could install Chrome extensions in Opera? It’s pretty easy, so here’s a quick guide.

Why Install Chrome Extensions in Opera?

There are plenty of reasons you should ditch Chrome. All the browsers are generally fast Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We'll show you. Read More , other browsers like Firefox will support Chrome extensions soon Running Chrome Extensions in Firefox: What You Need to Know Running Chrome Extensions in Firefox: What You Need to Know Soon, you'll be able to run your favorite Chrome extensions in Firefox. This game-changing development is likely to bring about a new renaissance in Firefox users and revolutionize the way extensions are created. Read More , and there are new browsers on the horizon like Vivaldi for power users Meet Vivaldi: The Power User's New Favorite Browser Meet Vivaldi: The Power User's New Favorite Browser Meet Vivaldi; a beautiful new web browser aimed at power-users, built by the co-founder of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. Read More .

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For starters, Chrome leaks memory and hogs your resources. Attempts to fix it This is How Google is Fixing Chrome's Memory Problems and Discarding Tabs This is How Google is Fixing Chrome's Memory Problems and Discarding Tabs Google Chrome is just so slow and annoying. Right? Google is now rolling out major changes to the browser that fix memory problems and actively discards unused tabs. Read More have failed so far. Plus, Chrome doesn’t entertain third-party extensions any more How To Install Chrome Extensions Manually How To Install Chrome Extensions Manually Google recently decided to disable the installation of Chrome extensions from third-party websites, but some users still want to install these extensions. Here's how to do it. Read More , which is terribly disappointing.

But given a choice, we would recommend Opera since it is basically a smarter, simpler Chrome Opera 15 Is A Faster, Simpler Chrome, And Here Are 3 Great Reasons To Try It Opera 15 Is A Faster, Simpler Chrome, And Here Are 3 Great Reasons To Try It It may seem ridiculous now, but when I was younger, I forked over a great wad of cash for Opera, a revolutionary web browser from Norway. I took it home, excited at finally being able... Read More . In fact, in many ways, Opera is the best browser for Mac 3 Unmissable Reasons Opera Is the Right Browser for Your Mac 3 Unmissable Reasons Opera Is the Right Browser for Your Mac Chrome and Firefox rule on Windows, but on OS X, Opera is the browser to beat. Eternal favorites Chrome and Firefox can give you flexibility, but not without some heavy compromises. Read More or other operating systems. It’s fast, it’s flexible, it has all the features of a modern browser, and it’s on mobile devices too. Plus, recently, Opera has added great new features like free, unlimited VPN Get Free Unlimited VPN on the New Opera Desktop Browser Get Free Unlimited VPN on the New Opera Desktop Browser Opera is doing a lot to lure users back, and its latest feature is a doozy. Opera now comes with unlimited, free VPN for life! Read More .

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The only reason most of us stick with Chrome is because of the extensions. Heck, I was trapped in Chrome too I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More . But in my experience, switching to Opera has been super smooth, especially after learning how to install Chrome extensions in it.

How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera

The actual process of installing Chrome extensions in Opera is surprisingly easy. It requires a little bit of setting up though. For the sake of this example, we’ll use the Google Cast extension, to make maximum use of your Chromecast 8 Creative Uses for Google's Chromecast 8 Creative Uses for Google's Chromecast We've come up with 8 unique uses for Google's Chromecast. Read on to find out just how you can make even more use of your Chromecast. Read More .

  1. First and foremost, download Opera, of course.
  2. Next, add and install the Download Chrome Extension from the Opera add-ons gallery.
  3. Go to Chrome’s Google Cast extension page.
  4. Click the red Download Chrome Extension icon in the URL bar.
  5. Click the Add to Opera button.
  6. A toolbar will drop down, with the message, “This extension was disabled because it is from an unknown source. Go to the extensions manager to enable it.” Click the Go button.
  7. You’ll be transported to Opera’s Extensions page, which can also be visited by going to View > Show Extensions.
  8. Click Install in the Google Cast extension, and click Install again when Opera asks you to confirm you want to add this extension from an unknown source.

And just like that, the Google Cast extension will be added to Opera! You are now ready to use it just like how you would operate it in Chrome.

What Opera Doesn’t Support

However, while you can install any Chrome extension, that doesn’t mean every Chrome extension will work in Opera. For example, the Picture in Picture Viewer extension that lets you view YouTube videos in a floating panel depends on Chrome’s Panels feature, which Opera doesn’t support. So while you can install the extension in Opera, you can’t actually use it!

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Opera also does not work with Chrome apps. It’s restricted only to extensions. Unfortunately, this means you miss out on some nifty tools. For example, Opera users can’t use Videostream, the easiest way to cast media from your computer to Chromecast or Android boxes How to Cast Local Media From Your Mac To Chromecast How to Cast Local Media From Your Mac To Chromecast You can cast any movie, music, or photo from your Mac's hard drive to the big screen. It's just a matter of knowing which apps and tools can do it. Read More .

The Best Chrome Extensions Not In Opera

To be fair, Opera already has some great extensions. For instance, some essential productivity extensions can improve Opera 4 Ways to Improve Your Opera Browser with Essential Productivity Extensions 4 Ways to Improve Your Opera Browser with Essential Productivity Extensions Opera Speed Dial is the page that displays when you open a new tab and can contain useful shortcuts or let you see your emails at a glance. Use it to enhance your Opera experience. Read More greatly. But not every one of the best Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from both our readers and our writers. Read More has made its way to Opera yet. Here’s a quick list of what you should install first.

Checker Plus for Gmail

This is one of the most powerful extensions for Gmail 13 Quick Tricks and Extensions to Become a Gmail Power User 13 Quick Tricks and Extensions to Become a Gmail Power User If you are a Gmail user, you have an endless stream of tricks and extensions to make the best of it. We'll explore some of the best of them in this article. Read More , doing everything from notifying you of new messages and previewing them, to managing your inbox without ever opening it.

OneTab

When it comes to tab management, OneTab is a must-have. It reduces the clutter of having many tabs open OneTab: Easily Share Your Browser’s Open Tabs OneTab: Easily Share Your Browser’s Open Tabs Read More , and collapses them into a simple list that you can share.

Share to Classroom

Just because you’re switching to Opera doesn’t mean you have to be left behind. Google’s Share to Classroom can be installed in Opera so teachers and students can show and share the same pages. No wonder it’s one of the best extensions by Google The 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren't Using The 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren't Using Personalize your browsing with these must-have extensions from Google. Among the thousands of Chrome extensions in the Google Web Store, some are developed by Google. These are the best picks from Google itself. Read More .

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Be Limitless

Limitless tracks your activity in the web browser and serves up stats in the New Tab. It’s a wonderful way to stay productive 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive We hear so much about productivity. How do we become more productive? What can help us be extra productive? Which tools make us the most productive? Read More . Unfortunately, Opera’s Speed Dial doesn’t allow for that, so you’ll have to add it manually. It’s simple. Go to Extensions > Be Limitless > Options and copy the ‘Home’ link from that page.

Boomerang for Gmail

Gmail doesn’t let you schedule emails to be sent later, but installing Boomerang will do just that. You can even reschedule messages or adjust the return date Schedule Your Messages Inside Gmail With Boomerang Schedule Your Messages Inside Gmail With Boomerang Baydin (the company behind Boomerang) has just announced that users can reschedule messages inside Gmail once they have already been scheduled. Read More . Boomerang is a godsend!

Ballloon

The simplest way to save any image or link to cloud storage is Ballloon, which made it to our list of eight absolutely brilliant extensions you don’t know about 8 Absolutely Brilliant Chrome Extensions That You Should Know About 8 Absolutely Brilliant Chrome Extensions That You Should Know About Trying out different plugins is half the fun of using a browser. Here are eight ones for Chrome that I started trying out, and now I won't allow them to leave me. Read More . Give it access to your cloud accounts, and you can right-click anywhere to save to one of your online drives.

Trello

Productivity enthusiasts will be happy to know that Trello has newly launched a Chrome extension 12 New Chrome Extensions You'll Want in 2016 12 New Chrome Extensions You'll Want in 2016 Here are 12 new extensions that prove Chrome is the browser to stick with. You will definitely want to try these out. Read More and it works smoothly in Opera. You can create cards and access your boards through the icon or even the omnibox shortcut: type “t” followed by your keywords.

Are You Switching to Opera?

Given that you can install Chrome extensions in Opera, are you ready to make the switch to Opera? Personally, I’ve found that it made a big difference for me, especially in battery life.

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There’s also another question. Firefox will be working with Chrome extensions soon. Since Chrome vs. Firefox is still a raging battle in 2016 Chrome vs. Firefox in 2016: Which Browser Is Right For You? Chrome vs. Firefox in 2016: Which Browser Is Right For You? I want to explore why people might prefer one over the other, and hopefully those reasons will shed some light on features and aspects that you may not have considered before. Read More , what do you think about that? Will you switch to Opera, or wait for Firefox to get more extensions?

  1. Amir Imraan
    July 7, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I installed the chromecast app using this guide and it has installed fine. However, whenever I click on the extension in the toolbar, my chromecast doesn't show up.

    Does anyone have advice on how to get this to work?

    • Nir
      August 29, 2016 at 8:33 am

      I add myself to your question; and waiting for a response too...

  2. Joseph Pollock
    May 30, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I recently switched from Firefox to Vivaldi and I love it. The only thing I really miss is the ability to tag bookmarks so I can find them again by referencing the tag.

    It's pretty easy to use despite being "advanced". It also does a number of basic things better like automatically giving you a print preview. It also has a ton of tab management features built-in.

    Some of the developers came from Opera, so there are similarities.

    I have installed a couple of add-ons from Chrome which work, but haven't tried many yet.

    The main reason I switched is that since around Firefox 3, they have been consistently taking features I loved and removing or breaking them. I have a bunch of add-ons installed just to undo damage by the developers.

  3. Colin
    May 30, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Only use Chrome now for the Videostream app, once that works on other browsers goodbye chrome.

  4. A41202813GMAIL ..
    May 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    OPERA15+ Is A CHROME Clone.

    A - Most CHROME Clones Extensions Can Be Installed Into Other CHROME Clones - Just Get The Intended Extension On File And Rename It .CRX, .NEX, Or Whatever,

    B - There Is An Extension For FF That Allows The CHROME WEB STORE Extensions To Install Into FF, But In My Experience:

    B1 - Most Extensions Do Not Install,

    B2 - I Successfully Installed Only 1 Extension, But I Could Not Figure Out How To Use It, So True Success Is Still Away.

    Cheers.

  5. Peter Buyze
    May 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I recently switched from Chrome to Opera when the latter announced its "VPN" feature, so I installed Developer version 38. In version 39 VPN can only be activated in private mode, which I am not happy with, but have since installed extension DotVPN. Version 39 also features the power saving mode, which, although there are some Opera measured stats but no independent stats, does seem to save battery life.
    Overall I am happy with Opera, although I will consider also returning to Firefox when it allows installing Chrome extensions.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      May 28, 2016 at 11:14 am

      I noticed the change from normal windows to private windows as a requirement for the VPN while on vacation last week. I was on hotel wifi at the time, so wondered if it was related to that scenario, but now I'm disappointed to see that it's not. I'm sure Opera is considering the safety of private windows versus normal ones, but hopefully some enterprising developer will produce an extension to work around this hindrance.

      I've been switched over to Opera from Chrome for about three weeks now, and it has been a 95% trouble-free transition. I loved Opera years ago for its forward-thinking innovations, and now I love it all over again. It feels fresher than Chrome, and the only minor improvement I could suggest would be to allow me to reorder my extension icons how I want them. :)

      • Mihir Patkar
        May 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        Yeah, the switch to "incognito-only for VPN" happened in the last week I think. Disappointing, but let's hope they'll bring it back :)

        Pro tip: Get the Surfeasy extension, since that's Opera's VPN anyway.

        • Kelsey Tidwell
          May 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

          I'll check out that extension. Mihir. I'd actually decided to try Opera again just because of The VPN, so this was more than a little irritating. Thanks. :)

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