Google Chrome extensions: how to export and import them

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From the beginning Google Chrome has been one of the major search engines . With the largest number of searches ever recorded, it can even be said to be the best Internet browser. This is why Google Chrome extensions have gained great popularity.

Although it is important to know, it is that they offer infinite tools to save all information possible of those who are registered through the Google account, but they also facilitate navigation, since they offer the best extensions to offer certain specific functions and for free to obtain better performance.

Where can I see Google Chrome extensions?

It is something very simple. All we have to do is enter Google Chrome and click on the three dots that appear in the upper right part of the window. At that moment a menu will appear in which we will have to go to the 'Other tools' section and then select 'Extensions'.

A tab will automatically open showing all installed extensions, allowing you to activate, deactivate or delete them as you wish.

How can I export and import extensions in Google Chrome?

These applications improve the Google service for users, even on most devices they are already pre-installed, and you can create and develop your own extensions according to your needs.

To have all your information must be synchronized and not as often as you can enter Chrome and you must have these files at all times, for this reason there is an easy way to importali or esportarli to use it on other computers, the procedures vary depending on the operating system you are using.

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The first thing to consider is verify that Google is open with the account you want to export, if you don't have an account, you can create one from scratch.

How to export Chrome extensions and settings to another PC?

To make this possible, you need to enable your account which is activated in "Development mode" since you need to have a CRX.CRX file type then you need to go through these simple steps.

  1. You need to log into the Google Chrome browser first.
  2. Go to the three-dot icon "OTHER" located at the top.
  3. Go to the "Other tools" option.
  4. You need to click on the option "Extensions" .
  5. A new tab will immediately open, where you will be given the option to enable the "Developer Mode" located in the upper right part.
  6. This will give you the name of the ID you will be exporting under, so you need to save the name to identify it later.
  7. Now you will press the "Win (Windows) + E" key at the same time with these two keys will open the Windows explorer of your computer.
  8. So you have to open the folders in the following order (C: / Users / / AppData / Local / Google / Chrome / UserData / Default / Extensions) it must be taken into account that in the folder "NomeUername" must be the name User name of the Google account.
  9. The identification ID they gave you earlier, you have to look for it among the different folders that will come out and select it.
  10. You have to copy it to the desktop.
  11. The "Extensions" menu returns from Google.
  12. You need to click on the option "Package extension" .
  13. Immediately a new tab should appear, from there you should click "Browse" next to "Extensions Root Directory"
  14. The folder that was saved on the computer desktop, you have to open it and you have to choose the file that has the same version as the user and give it to accept.
  15. Always in the "Extensions package" in the file "Private key" you have to leave it blank.
  16. With all this procedure, its extension folder must be a CRX File we were looking for, with this you can save it from your hard disk or on a pendrive.
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If you don't have Windows, if you don't have MacOS or Linux, your procedure is the same, only when you get to the eighth step, the folder search order changes :

  • MacOS: You should search for it as (~ / ~ Library / Application Support)
  • Linux: Extension folder should be (~ / .Conficg)

How to import extensions and settings from Google Chrome to another PC?

To do the import you cannot open the document and voila, for this it also has a procedure that you have to perform in simple steps:

  1. Enter Google Chrome and go to the menu "Extensions".
  2. From your computer you need to search for the file we exported to CRX.
  3. You need to copy and paste or just drag and drop the folder into your browser's Extensions menu.
  4. After that, the extension starts installing, wait for it to load and that's it.

You can always have all your files close at hand, whether you have the internet or not thanks to this method of saving your extensions and information more securely , even though Google is the favorite of many and has kept the trust of its users by allowing them to restore those damaged extensions.

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