How To Disable Plugins And Extensions In Google Chrome

One of the biggest perks of using a browser like Google Chrome is the flexibility to use various extensions and plugins. And truth be told, we can’t really imagine a browser without those useful mini icons at the top. Because they do make our work on the internet a lot easier.

However, there are only a few extensions you want to stay with. Most of the time, you have to break up with some extensions/plugins that you no longer need, by disabling them. And as always, we’re here to tell you how you can do that.

Disable Plugins And Extensions In Google Chrome

Whether it’s plugins or extensions, you can very easily disable either or both of them on Google Chrome.

Plugins

You can disable the Google chrome plugins on your desktop browser and as well as on Google Chrome mobile app.

Desktop

1. First, you have to navigate to the page where you can see all the installed plugins. And to do that, you just have to put chrome://settings/content URL in the Chrome address bar an press enter.

(Note: You can also get to the content page to disable the plugins by opening the Settings of the browser through the three-dot icon at the top right corner. Then, scroll down to the bottom to show the Advanced settings. Finally, click on the Site Settings option to see all the plugins.)

2. Now, just find the plugin you want to disable and click on it.

chrome plugins

3. Finally, toggle the Allow bar to off in order to disable that plugin on all sites.

disable plugins in google chrome

(Note: If you wish to disable a particular plugin for certain sites, then you can add those websites in the block category. Whereas, if you want to allow that plugin for some specific websites, then make use of the Allow category.)

add site exceptions for plugins

Mobile

1. Launch the Google Chrome app and tap on the three-dot icon at the bottom right corner of the screen(Some Android phone might have at the top right corner).

google chrome menu

2. Next, select the Settings option.

browser settings

3. When on the settings page, scroll down to find the Site settings option and tap on it.

site settings

4. Now, find the plugin you want to disable and tap on it to open its settings.

select plugin to disable

5. Finally, Disallow/allow the plugin by using the toggle bar.

disable plugin from android

Add Site Exceptions On Mobile

Adding site exceptions on mobile is not that straight forward like we did on the desktop. But you can very well do it without running into any confusion.

So, the thing is, if you turn the toggle bar for the plugin to ON, then the site exception will be used to block the plugin for the sites you’ve put into that category. Like if I’ve enabled the Cookies plugin and added Facebook as an exception, then the Cookies plugin will not be allowed to work on Facebook only.

However, if the toggle bar is set to off, then the site exception will allow the plugin to work for the chosen sites. So, if we consider the above example, then the Cookies plugin will only work on Facebook and it will be disabled for all other websites.

site exceptions on mobile

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Extensions

Steps to disable Google Chrome extensions.

1. To see all the installed extensions on chrome, use the chrome://extensions URL.

(Note: You can also navigate to the extensions by using the Menu(three-dot) icon at the top right corner. Then, click on More Tools and select the Extensions option.

2. Now, you’ll see all the installed extensions in one place. Just toggle off the bar to disable a particular extension. (Note: You can enable the extension again by navigating to this same page and turning the toggle bar to ON.)

disable extensions on google chrome

3. Also, you can very easily delete an extension by clicking on the Remove option below it. (Note: Do remember that if you remove the extension, you have to install it again if you wish to use it sometime in the future.)

remove google chrome extensions

Wrapping Up

So, that’s how you disable plugins and extensions on Google Chrome. We tried to make the process as simple as possible for you. When it comes to only plugins, you can disable them on both mobile and desktop browsers. However, that isn’t the case with extensions. And you shouldn’t care about it because you can’t even use extensions on Google Chrome mobile browser.

Shivam Gulati
Shivam is a blogger who is always fascinated with the technology and the amount of knowledge he can gather from the internet. He is trying to nerdify everyone around him with that same knowledge, through his writings.

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