Extensions are a great way to enhance the experience of using a browser. They provide certain functionalities that help the users be more productive with their browsers. Google Chrome, the most used browser in the world, has its web store of various extensions and add-ons.
But sometimes it can become a hassle to install an extension in Chrome as the Chrome extensions get blocked by the administrator. It can become very annoying to have an extension get blocked that you want to use.
In this article we have discussed how to unblock Chrome extensions and also why it may be getting blocked.
You may also like to read this article on what to do when Google Chrome won’t open.
Why Are Chrome Extensions Blocked By Administrator?
If you can’t add extensions to Chrome on your school’s computer or your work computer, then most likely the administrator is configured to block the download of extensions. This is a safety measure taken to not let malicious extensions corrupts the files in the work computer.
However, if you are completely certain that the extension isn’t malicious and really want to install it, then there are ways you can whitelist these extensions. But to do it you need to have access as an administrator or in other words be signed in the administrator account.
How To Unblock Chrome Extensions?
After you have signed in as an administrator, follow the methods given below carefully to unblock the extension.
Unblock Specific Extensions In Chrome
- First, open the Chrome Web Store in Google Chrome.
- Next, search the extension you want to download (Google Chrome only allows extensions from Chrome Webstore to be installed).
- Copy the unique id of the extension from the address bar.
Every extension has an ID that is unique. This ID doesn’t change even when a new version of the extension comes. The unique ID of the extensions is located in the address bar, after you have opened the page to install the extension as mentioned above.
So, if the address of the extension is this – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dark-mode/dmghijelimhndkbmpgbldicpogfkceaj
Then, dmghijelimhndkbmpgbldicpogfkceaj is the ID of the extension. The ID is always 32 characters long and located at the end of the URL.
- After copying the ID, minimize or close the Google Chrome.
- Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run utility.
- Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
- Now, reach the browse to the following location in the Registry editor:
- Now, right-click on the white panel on the right and select the New Then, click on the String Value option to create a new string value.
- Enter the extension ID in the Value data section and select OK.
- Finally, restart the computer.
After the computer restarts, you will be able to install the extension without the administrator blocking it.
Unblock Every Extension In Chrome
Using the above method, you can unblock specific extensions that you want to use and install them. However, if you want the administrator to stop blocking extensions completely, then follow the steps given below:
- First of all, make sure you are signed in as an Administrator.
- Next, open the registry editor the way mentioned above.
- Browse to the following location:
- Delete the Chrome container.
- Finally, restart your computer.
Now, you will be able to install any extension you like from the Chrome Web store without the administrator blocking it.
What To Do When Google Chrome Plugin Is Blocked?
Another issue in Chrome is the flash plugin getting blocked by default on websites. If you open any website with flash support, like this one, then a small icon will appear on the address bar at the upper right corner of the screen.
To allow flash plugin these pages, follow the steps given below:
- First of all, open a page with flash, like the one given above, and click on the Chrome Plugin blocked icon.
- Next, select the Manage option. The Google Chrome settings will open on your screen.
- Click on the toggle beside the Block sites from running Flash (recommended). The option will then change to Ask First.
This time the flash won’t be blocked by default, but rather you will be asked if you want to allow it or block it.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to unblock Chrome extensions. Leave your comments below, sharing your thoughts on this article and do mention if this article helped you installing Chrome extensions blocked by the administrator.