23 Amazing Google Chrome Extensions That You Need to Use in 2018

Google Chrome Extensions

There are more than a few ways to waste time on the internet.

But if you use it effectively, the web can help you to focus on your work, save money, become more efficient, and protect your personal information.

Enter Google Chrome — by far the most popular web browser in the world.

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Which is no surprise when you consider Chrome’s stellar performance, intuitive interface, and device syncing.

But the true brilliance of Google Chrome lies in its apps and extensions.

These third-party applications allow users to tailor the way they access and use the world wide web.

In this article, you’ll learn about 23 amazing Google Chrome extensions.

Some will help you become more productive and organized. Others will help you stay secure and save money. And others will improve your business.

Let’s jump right in!

Google Chrome Extension #1: Momentum

Momentum allows you to transform the New Tab Page into a personalized productivity dashboard.

When you open a new tab in Chrome, this extension will greet you with a stunning photo, inspirational quote, and the question, “What is your main focus for today?”

You use a widget for your to-do list and add links to your favorite sites for easy access. Oh, and the weather is also displayed in the top right-hand corner of the window.

Add Momentum for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #2: Earth View from Google Earth 2.

Earth View from Google Earth is a minimalist alternative to Momentum. This extension presents you with a breathtaking satellite image from Google Earth each time you open a new tab in Chrome.

Although there are no productivity widgets, there are links to download the photo as a desktop wallpaper, view the image on Google Maps, or share it on social media. You can also access Google Apps from the window.

Add Earth View from Google Earth for free in the Google Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome Extension #3: StayFocusd

Procrastination is a funny thing.

One minute, you’re all set to work. Next minute, you’re learning about deep sea marine life on Wikipedia.

StayFocusd helps you to be more productive by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. Simply set how long you’ll allow yourself on distracting websites. Then, when you’ve used up your allotted time, the extension will block those sites for the rest of the day.

StayFocusd is also extremely flexible to your needs. You can block entire websites, specific subdomains or pages, and even specific in-page content (such as videos, games, and images).

Add StayFocusd for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #4: News Feed Eradicator for Facebook

When used intentionally, Facebook is a magnificent tool. But if you let it, it will happily steal half of your morning.

If you find yourself spending too much time on Facebook, News Feed Eradicator for Facebook is the extension you need.

It eradicates the most addictive and time-consuming part of the site: the News Feed.

The best part about this Chrome extension is that it doesn’t block Facebook entirely. You can still use Facebook’s other features, such as Messenger, Groups, and Marketplace.

Add News Feed Eradicator for Facebook for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #5: RescueTime

RescueTime is another popular productivity extension that measures how much time you spend on each website you visit.

We may think we only spent 5 minutes checking our email, but with RescueTime, there’s no hiding from the fact that it was more like, oh, I don’t know… exactly 27 minutes and 39 seconds.

*Gulp*

This app tracks everything so you can understand your habits and become more productive. It will even pause if your keyboard and mouse go untouched for two minutes or more.

RescueTime is free for the Lite version. However, to access additional features like alerts and site-blocking, you can upgrade to the Premium version for $9 per month or $72 per year.

Add RescueTime for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #6: Netflix Party

Netflix Party is the perfect Google Chrome extension for long-distance relationships. This extension lets you start a show or movie at the same time as friends in other places so that you can watch Netflix together.

What’s more, Netflix Party provides a chat window on the right-hand side of the screen so that you can share the experience with your distant loved ones.

Add Netflix Party for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #7: Buffer

Buffer is a simple but powerful social media tool. If you’re managing multiple social media accounts and would like to schedule updates to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, you need this tool.

The extension places Buffer in the toolbar so that whenever you land on a page you’d like to share, all you have to do is click the icon and schedule your updates.

The free version lets you connect three social media accounts, and schedule up to 10 posts to be published later. But Buffer also has a handful of other premium plans depending on your needs.

Add Buffer for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #8: Pablo

Pablo is a free extension from the makers of Buffer. It’s designed to help you whip up professional-looking images to include with your social media posts.

Just highlight text anywhere in your browser and click the Pablo icon to open the extension in a new window.

Your text will be waiting in an image editor for you to customize. Then, you can choose an image from an array of incredible stock photos, add your text, choose a font, overlay a filter, and insert your logo.

The best part is that Pablo has three image sizes that you can flick between at the click of your mouse – one for Pinterest, one for Instagram, and one for Facebook and Twitter.

Add Pablo for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #9: Loom

Sometimes emails won’t cut it and things are best done in a video.

Loom is a free Google Chrome extension that allows you to capture, narrate and instantly share video recordings of your screen.

This extension is jam-packed with incredibly useful features.

Record just your current tab or your entire screen. Choose whether you’d like to include a thumbnail video of your face on webcam. Plus, you can share the videos instantly, and even choose whether the video needs a password to be seen.

The best part is that there’s no limit to how much you can record — and it’s absolutely 100% free!

Add Loom for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #10: Send to Kindle

Do you ever come across long articles that you’d love to read, but just don’t have the time at that particular moment?

Send to Kindle is a simple extension that solves this problem entirely.

Whenever you come across something online that you’d like to read properly, instead of missing out or frantically skim-reading it, use this extension to come back to it at a more convenient time.

You can send web content to your Kindle in just two clicks, and the extension will convert it into a clean, reader-friendly format.

Add Send to Kindle for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #11: Mercury Reader

Most web pages today have an incredible amount of clutter and advertising on them. This can make it difficult to focus on the article you want to pay attention to.

Mercury Reader to the rescue.

This simple extension strips away all of the noise and presents clean, reader-friendly versions of web pages and articles.

Choose between a dark or light theme, and share articles sans clutter via email or social media.

Add Mercury Reader for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #12: Grammarly

Grammarly is a powerhouse. This extension checks the grammar and spelling of everything you write online.

Never again will you make a silly typo or grammar mistake in your emails, Facebook comments, tweets, and so on.

What’s more, it doesn’t just check spellings but offers accurate, context-specific suggestions.

The Chrome extension is free, but Grammarly also has some extra premium features available for a monthly fee.

Add Grammarly for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #13: Google Dictionary

Sure, you could Google it, or head to Dictionary.com — but why bother when the Google Dictionary extension offers a shortcut?

Instead of opening a new tab to check the definition or spelling of a work, simply highlight the word and click the Google Dictionary extension icon in your browser.

Alternatively, click the icon and type in the word or double-click a word on any web page.

It’s fast, simple, and essential.

Add Google Dictionary for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #14: Google Calendar

How often do you check Google Calendar? For many people, the answer might be one of two things: “too much” or “not enough.”

Either way, this extension is your salvation.

It puts a small Calendar icon in the toolbar of your browser. Now, you can check your upcoming events with a single click without leaving your page. Plus, your calendar isn’t taking up valuable tab space.

You can also customize which calendars appear in the extension, and if you’d like to know more details simply click “Google Calendar” to open your full calendar in a new tab.

Add Google Calendar for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #15: Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote is hands-down the best way to collect and organize resources and notes online. This incredible tool also syncs across all of your devices and even lets you search images for text.

The Evernote Web Clipper Chrome extension lets users save web content to their Evernote notebooks in just a couple of clicks.

But that’s not all.

You can also save full articles, reader-friendly versions, screenshots, and more. Plus, Evernote even lets you annotate screenshots within your browser before you save them to your account.

Evernote is free, but also offers premium business features for a monthly fee.

Add Evernote Web Clipper for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #16: Cite This For Me: Web Citer

Properly attributing research, data, and quotes can be a pain, to say the least.

Cite This For Me: Web Citer is here to help.

This free web tool is designed to help you quickly prepare an entire bibliography or reference list in no time at all. Simply add your references or citations, choose your citation style, and add the formatted bibliography to your paper.

Add Cite This For Me: Web Citer for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #17: Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang is the ultimate email productivity tool.

With this Gmail plugin, you can write emails now and send them later – even if you’re not online. That way, you won’t end up in a perpetual back-and-forth email conversation that consumes your days.

But that’s not all.

You can also track responses, write better emails with the help of AI, schedule reminders right inside Gmail, know when your emails are read with cross-platform read receipts, and more.

The Boomerang extension puts all of this functionality just a click away.

The free plan allows users to schedule up to 10 messages per month, but Boomerang also offers unlimited scheduling and premium features for a small monthly fee.

Add Boomerang for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #18: AdBlock

No list of the best Google Chrome extensions would be complete without AdBlock.

This extension has had over 200 million downloads and it’s easy to understand why. With the constant bombardment of interruption advertising in 2018, this extension is vital.

AdBlock blocks ad content from known ad servers and providers.

You can choose to continue seeing unobtrusive ads, whitelist your favorite sites, or simply block all ads by default. Some websites will require you to disable your ad blocker to see their content. AdBlock lets you whitelist these sites in just a couple of clicks.

Add AdBlock for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #19: Honey

Who doesn’t love a discount?

But no one loves a spam-filled inbox full of updates, and newsletters from retailers – even if they do include coupons.

Honey was created to solve exactly this problem.

Whenever you reach the checkout of an online store, this extension scours the web for discount codes that you can apply to your basket with one click.

It works with Amazon, Target, Macy’s, and more than one hundred other online stores in the US, UK, and Canada.

Save money without the hassle.

Add Honey for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #20: InvisibleHand

InvisibleHand is another extension designed to help you save money by searching the web for lower prices.

It’s not a perfect system, but the extension is definitely worth having as it searches a pool of over 600 retailers to see if you could save money on your purchase.

The extension works particularly well for flights and is supported in the US, UK, and Germany.

Add InvisibleHand for free in the Google Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome Extension #21: Keywords Everywhere

If you’re a marketer, keywords are an important part of your life.

Sure, there’s a host of incredibly complex tools out that you can spend hours diving into. But what if you just need to check out a keyword or two?

That’s where Keywords Everywhere can help.

This extension shows the volume, cost-per-click (CPC), and competition for keywords wherever you search them on sites like Google, Amazon, YouTube, and more.

Stay on top of your keyword game with ease.

Add Keywords Everywhere for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #22: Tab Wrangler

Be honest: How many tabs do you have open right now? If there’s too many to count at a glance, check out Tab Wrangler.

This simple extension automatically closes Tabs after they’ve been inactive for a set period of time. Don’t worry though, it won’t close tabs that you “Pin” even when you’re not browsing them.

What’s more, closed tabs are easy to recover – just click the Tab Wrangler icon to see a list of closed sites.

Ditch the clutter.

Add Tab Wrangler for free in the Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Extension #23: LastPass: Free Password Manager

Remembering passwords for so many sites is such a hassle. So much so that lots of people just use the same password for multiple sites…

Sure, this makes your life easier – but it makes the hacker’s life easier, too.

LastPass is a tool that stores all of your passwords securely in your “vault.” To access this vault, you set one extremely secure password. Then, you can set LastPass to create new, super-secure passwords for all of your online accounts.

LastPass automatically enters your new secure passwords wherever you go online. Plus, the tool syncs across multiple devices.

It’s simple, secure, and free. You can also access premium features for a small yearly fee.

Add LastPass for free in the Google Chrome Web Store.

Conclusion

The internet is an incredible tool when used effectively.

So take advantage of these Google Chrome extensions to get the most out of your time spent on the web.

Which extension are you most excited to start using? Let us know in the comments below!

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