Browser extensions add useful functionality to Google Chrome, but sometimes they can cause problems like slow performance or security vulnerabilities. Fortunately, Chrome makes it easy to manage your extensions by disabling or removing them.
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Why You Might Want to Disable Extensions
There are a few common reasons why you may want to disable a Chrome extension:
- The extension is slowing down your browser – Some extensions use up a lot of memory and CPU resources, which can make Chrome feel sluggish. Disabling resource-heavy extensions can help pages load faster.
- You suspect an extension contains malware – Even extensions from the official Chrome Web Store can sometimes contain malware. If an extension is behaving suspiciously, disabling it is a good precaution.
- An extension is causing crashes or glitches – Extensions with bugs might make Chrome unstable or unresponsive. Temporarily disabling extensions can help isolate the problematic add-on.
- You want to troubleshoot issues – If Chrome is having problems, systematically disabling extensions can help pinpoint the culprit.
How to Disable an Extension
Disabling an extension in Chrome is simple:
- Click the 3-dot menu icon in the upper-right and go to More tools > Extensions
- Locate the extension you want to disable
- Click the toggle switch next to the extension so it turns gray/disabled
The extension is now disabled and will no longer run or impact Chrome’s performance.
How to disable a Chrome extension animation
💡 Pro Tip: You can also disable extensions by right-clicking their toolbar icons and unchecking “Enabled”.
How to Re-Enable a Disabled Extension
If you change your mind and want to start using a disabled extension again, re-enabling it is easy:
- Go back to the Extensions page (More tools > Extensions)
- Locate the disabled extension
- Click the gray toggle switch so it turns blue/enabled again
The extension will now run normally whenever you open Chrome.
Removing Extensions Entirely
If you want to permanently delete an extension rather than just disable it, you can uninstall extensions too:
- Go to the Extensions page
- Locate the extension you want to remove
- Click the Remove button
This will completely uninstall the extension from Chrome.
💡 Pro Tip: You can also uninstall extensions by clicking the trash can icon next to them on the Extensions page.
Disabling All Extensions Temporarily
Sometimes it’s useful to disable all extensions at once – for troubleshooting or performance testing.
Here are two easy ways to temporarily disable all Chrome extensions:
chrome://extensionsin the address bar
- Toggle the switch for Developer mode
- Click Disable on the top toolbar to turn off all extensions
- Open a new Chrome incognito window
- Extensions are disabled by default in incognito windows
When you close the incognito window or restart Chrome normally, your extensions will be re-enabled.
Managing Extensions as a Chrome Enterprise Admin
If you manage Chrome deployments for an organization, Chrome Browser Cloud Management gives powerful tools for controlling users’ extensions.
As an admin, you can:
- Force-install mandatory extensions on all devices
- Block specific extensions company-wide
- Limit extension install permissions
- View usage analytics for extensions
Check the Manage extensions support page for more details on enterprise extension management.
- Extensions can sometimes cause Chrome performance/stability issues, requiring you to disable them
- Quickly disable extensions from the Extensions page or by right-clicking their icons
- Remove extensions completely if you want to fully uninstall them
- Use incognito mode or Developer mode to temporarily disable all add-ons
- Enterprise admins have robust tools for controlling extensions across their organization
Disabling unnecessary extensions can help troubleshoot problems and speed up Chrome. With the techniques above, you can easily take control of your extensions.