Chrome Extensions are powerful tools that let you customize the browsing experience to your liking. While these were previously only available on the desktop, a recent update of the Kiwi browser provides support for Android desktop enhancements.
What is the Kiwi Browser?
Kiwi is an open-source browser for Chromium-based Android devices and the WebKit rendering engine. Because it uses the Chromium source, it looks very familiar and also includes some features that make it unique and useful.
By default, annoying ads and pop-ups are blocked and protected against cryptojackers. It can also block site alerts and block AMP pages for users who want to go straight to the site. Mostly it's a privacy-driven version of Chrome with various speed improvements.
Because it's Chrome-based and not actual Chrome, you lose things like account sync between devices, which means you'll need to manually bring your bookmarks and similar to Kiwi when you come from Chrome ,
Apart from that, there's one main feature that's relatively new to Kiwi and we'll focus on today: the desktop expansion support. We talk about all of your favorite Chrome extensions on the desktop, just on your phone. It's pretty great. Thats how it works.
Let's talk about Chrome extensions for phones.
Before we get to the point, we should probably talk about why Google did not bring Chrome extensions for Android to Chrome. To put it bluntly, because the experience is basically shit.
Chrome extensions were mostly (or completely?) Designed for the desktop, so it's not surprising that many of them do not offer many benefits on mobile devices. In fact, none of the extensions I use in Chrome Desktop was worth looking at.
Their miles vary from extension to extension ̵
However, based on your experience with them, you can guess which extensions will work. For example, the LastPass Chrome extension is great for Chrome desktops, but does not work on mobile devices at all. But other, simpler extensions like OneTab work flawlessly . Like I said – you have to experiment. Well, all that has been said, Kiwi has still done something extraordinary here by enabling this feature has Chrome extensions now. Installing and removing extensions (both discussed below) is as easy as possible.
Using Chrome Desktop Extensions on Android
First, you need to install Kiwi from the Play Store (if you have not already).
Once installed, start it. There is no setup process here. You can jump directly to the browser. If you want, you may want to get familiar with kiwi frills, but it should feel familiar from the start (for Chrome users anyway).
If you already know what you want to install, jump to the Chrome Web Store to get started. Since there is no mobile-friendly page in the Web Store, you need to pinch and zoom the page for the best possible experience. (Unless you're one of those heavily targeted people, in which case you may be able to fly around the Web Store with little to no zoom – good for you.)
Once you've selected an extension , it will be installed like on the desktop: Tap the "Add to Chrome" button.
Accept the permission, and then continue for a few seconds. Your extension is ready for rock & n; roll.
It can now be set up and used (assuming it works properly, of course). Let's go.
How to Remove an Extension from Kiwi
If you find that an extension does not fit your needs (or just wants to remove it), tap the menu button in the top corner and select "Extensions".
Find the extension you want to remove there, and then tap the Remove button.
A confirmation dialog box appears. Accept this to complete the removal of the extension. Easy peasy.