Currently, the only viable options supporting Chrome extensions to a reasonable degree are:
- Kiwi Browser
- Yandex Browser
Adding extensions in Kiwi Browser
- Open the Android Kiwi Browser
- Tap on the vertical ellipsis (three vertical dots) menu icon
- Select Extensions
- Tap on “+ (from store)” to open the Chrome Web Store
- Select your extension by browsing categories or searching for it
- Tap on Add to Chrome to launch the installation process
- Follow the installation prompts and log in to the add-on if necessary
- To confirm and access all installed extensions, tap on the vertical ellipsis in the top-right section, then choose Extensions from the list. You can also type “kiwi://extensions” in the URL/search box
Adding extensions in Yandex Browser
Yandex offers full support of the Chrome Web Store. This browser is an excellent option for using Chrome Extensions on your Android device.
- Open the Android Yandex Browser
- Tap on the address bar at the top. Type in “chrome.google.com/webstore” without the quotes
- When the Web Store opens, tap the search bar and type the extension you want to add. Note: Use two fingers to zoom out because you’ll likely see the desktop version.
- Tap on Add to Chrome in the upper right-hand corner
- Tap on ADD EXTENSION
- Follow the prompts to install the extension, and log in to it if necessary
- To confirm and view all installed extensions, type “browser://extensions” without quotes into the URL/search bar. Yandex does not feature an “Extensions” option in the settings
Small drawback of using Yandex is that a good amount of the content is in Russian. The app only has settings to set the location as the following countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan.
Adding extensions in Firefox for Android
Firefox for Android supports Mozilla’s custom add-ons, but the mobile version is limited to less than 20 extension choices. Therefore, Firefox for Android doesn’t offer much add-on flexibility. If you want to try Firefox with limited, precompiled extensions, here’s how to do it.
- Open Firefox for Android and tap the vertical ellipsis (three vertical dots) in the lower-right corner to access the Settings
- Tap on Add-ons from the list of options
- Browse any listed extensions you want to add to Firefox, then tap on the “+” icon to install them
Following Chromium-based Android browsers do not support Chrome extensions and have been taken out of consideration:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
- Opera Mobile
- UC Browser