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How to enable Chrome Extensions in incognito mode

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Extensions make life easier and happening for the users. You can use extensions for a range of purposes — from blocking ads to performing speed tests. Or, you can use extensions to limit your net surfing time or can improve your grammar. Extensions can perform tons of functions and for a list of useful extensions, refer to our article here.

Extensions are small programs that are designed to perform a single, narrow function and are built on HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Furthermore, the user interface of the extension should be simple and to the point. These files are packed into .crx package, which is a single, zip file. You will have to download it, and then install the package.

However, by default extensions don’t show up when using incognito mode. In this article, we will tell how you can enable extensions in the incognito mode of Google Chrome.

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Enabling Chrome Extensions in incognito mode

The incognito mode in Google Chrome allows users to browse without the fear of being tracked. When the incognito mode is activated, Chrome does not save browser history, cookies and site data or the information that you insert in forms.

However, extensions are disabled in the incognito mode as Google cannit verify whether the extension is tracking you or not.

Thus, the user will have to enable the extensions while in incognito mode manually. For this to happen, the extension must be pre-installed on the browser.

Here, we are taking the example of the Adblock extension.

  • Go the three-dot menu on the top right corner and click on Settings.
  • Go to Extensions option, where you will see a list of pre-installed extensions.
  • Select the Details option of the extension that you want to enable in incognito mode.
  • Here, you will see Allow in Incognito option with an accompanying warning. Just enable the option, and you are good to go.
  • You will see the icon added on the incognito mode.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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