If you’re reading this article on your mobile device, chances are, you’re using Chrome as your browser.
But popularity doesn’t always equate to functionality. Maybe you’re appalled like I am as you can’t use the powerful extensions Chrome boasts on desktop. Worry no more because you can now use them on your Android device, albeit for a change.
Enter Kiwi Browser.
Unfortunately, the official Chrome app on Android doesn’t support extensions. Its clone—Kiwi Browser—does. Kiwi is basically a Chromium-based app that runs on the same engine as Chrome—but with staggering features under its hood. The source code for Google Chrome is open, and this allowed some developers to play around.
I’ve been using Kiwi for some time now after finally ditching Opera. It’s been a wonder to explore extensions that works on it.
To get you started, here are some of the compatible extensions that you can use to power your mobile browsing:
This popular password manager works perfectly with Kiwi. Although I don’t use it (it’s a curse more than a blessing), I can testify that it works seamlessly.
Do you love reading articles? You can use this neat extension. It works by stripping off a page’s unnecessary code so you can focus more on your reading. No more ads and pop-ups.
I am not a fan of ads, especially those that distract me while reading.
If you’re like me, you can use this one to solve your ad-related problems. It works perfectly on Kiwi.
If you’re tired of answering senseless captchas, this is the answer.
It doesn’t really skip answering captchas per se, but it automatically does the work for you.
Have you already experienced visiting some sites wherein they redirected you endlessly to unrelated pages? What if, somehow, they redirected you to some pages full of ads and viruses?
Protect yourself by installing this extension. It works by skipping all the annoying redirections.
Interested to know the font name used on a website? Simply use this tiny tool.
Aside from detecting the font name, it also detects the font’s type and size among others.
Have you already experienced visiting some websites with a lot of annoying pop-ups (like forcing you to subscribe to their newsletter before reading the content?)
Use this extension to finally get rid of them.
The title is self-explanatory. If you don’t want websites you visit showing cookie warnings, turn on this extension.
Maybe your kids borrow your phone once in a while, and you worry about their browsing activities.
Do you want to restrict access to some pages (like maybe porn?) This is the answer to your problem.
Do you want to protect yourself and maintain your privacy while surfing the web? You can use this powerful extension.
This is only a proxy extension and not a full VPN, though.
Aside from the full support for extensions, Kiwi has some irresistible features you can’t really miss.
I love that it has a real dark mode setting, the ability to block AMP pages, the capability to default to desktop mode, an adblock feature, and so much more.
The biggest drawback is that it doesn’t natively sync bookmarks. Hence, if you use your Google account to store your bookmarks, you might have to use another service.
Back to Kiwi, there are extensions that you can install to facilitate syncing bookmarks across browsers and devices. I personally use syncmarx because it is lightweight. My bookmarks are being saved to Google Drive, so I don’t have to worry about losing them.
You can use also use the powerful xbrowsersync that has all the bells and whistles of bookmark syncing.
Chrome may not officially support extensions on Android for now, but it doesn’t mean you have to settle for less. There are work-arounds on the web if only you know where to look for them.