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Best Chrome apps and extensions of 2021, according to Google


At the end of every year, we see an onslaught of “best” roundups from different companies. We’ve already seen Spotify and YouTube Music share their respective end of 2021 roundups, and now Google is getting in on the fun.

The company already shared the best apps and games from the Play Store, but what about Chrome? Well, Google has shared the best Chrome apps and extensions of 2021, not only providing a list of the most popular options but also giving you an idea of something else that you should try out. So without further adieu, here are the best Chrome extensions and apps.

Best Chrome extensions of 2021

Finding the right extension for Chrome can transform how you use the most popular browser. Google has broken down its top picks into different categories, showing you different ways that you can enhance Chrome even more.

Communicate and collaborate

  • Loom – Record your screen, voice, and face to create an instantly shareable video in less time than it would take to type an email.
  • Mote – Easily add voice comments and audio content to shared documents, assignments, emails and forms.
  • Wordtune – Helps you clearly communicate by rephrasing sentences and catching typos in emails and documents.

Stay productive

  • Forest – Gamifies productivity through virtual tree planting and rewards.
  • Dark Reader – Creates dark themes for websites and inverts bright colors making them easy to read at night.
  • Tab Manager Plus – Quickly find open tabs, see all windows in one view, find duplicates, and limit tabs per window.
  • Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder – Screen capture full web pages or any part. Edit screenshots. Record screencasts – record video from your screen.

Learn virtually

  • Kami – Creates an interactive online learning space for students and teachers
  • InsertLearning – Helps you easily take notes and integrates with Google Classroom. Can turn any website into an interactive learning experience.
  • Toucan – Learn a new language while you browse the web. Automatically translates certain words and phrases on the page into the language you’re trying to learn.
  • RememberryTranslate words and phrases while browsing the web, and easily replenish your foreign languages dictionary using flashcards.

Make (and save) some change

  • StylusRedesign the web with Stylus, a user styles manager. Stylus allows you to easily install themes and skins for many popular sites.
  • Rakuten – Finds the best sales and coupons, providing cash back while you shop online.

Best Chrome OS apps of 2021

With so many apps available on Chromebooks and Chrome OS, it’s tough to pick out the diamonds in the rough. But that’s exactly what Google has done and here are the company’s picks for best apps:

  • PixlrPixlr E empowers designers to edit images and design graphics smarter, faster, and easier.
  • Google StadiaGoogle’s gaming platform that lets you instantly play your favorite video games on screens you already own.
  • NVIDIA GeForce NOWBrings legendary GeForce PC gaming to your Android devices, streamed from the cloud. 
  • Krita – A professional free and open source painting program.
  • RaveWatch the latest from Netflix, the most popular videos on YouTube, listen to music and much more with your friends anytime, anywhere.
  • ZoomThe Zoom for Chrome Progressive Web App (PWA) delivers an optimized video meeting experience for Chrome OS devices.
  • SumoDraw images, create music, edit videos, enhance photos, develop new apps and build 3D models.

These are Google’s picks for the best Chrome apps and extensions, but we want to hear from you! Let us know what your favorite apps and extensions are for Chrome!


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