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All my Google Chrome extensions disappeared

Today something weird happened with Google Chrome: all my Chrome extensions were gone. After trying several potential solutions I finally found one that resolved it.

The first thing I tried was restarting the browser normally. It didn’t work.

Then I searched around the web and found some solutions. The Google Product Forums didn’t present any viable one. There was also a post on Reddit about this, but it lead me nowhere.

At some point, some “darrel” at Yahoo! Answers suggested the following :

Yahoo Answers - Chrome Extensions disappeared

I tried this but I couldn’t see any yellow box. And by checking Chrome Sync, there wasn’t anything noticeably wrong… apart from only showing three extensions (there should be more).

Going to the Chrome Store to reinstall all the extensions seemed to be another option… but then I found I couldn’t do this as well.

By trying to install one of the extensions, I got the following error:

“An error has occurred. This item is already being downloaded and added into Chrome”

All my Google Chrome extensions were gone and I couldn't reinstall them...

So before I present the solution that worked for me, let me resume a bit the situation:

  • This only happened to one of my Chrome profiles.
  • ALL my extensions were gone in chrome://extensions.
  • Both Chrome Sync and the Chrome Store error seemed to indicate that [some?] extensions were installed, but for some reason the browser wasn’t showing and/or activating them.
  • I also tried restarting my Chrome user session (in chrome://settings), but it didn’t work.

The solution that worked

Searching a bit more I finally found something that did work, thanks to user bones1618 in this SuperUser.com post:

"Installed extension doesn't show up" - SuperUser.comIf by any chance you’re a SuperUser.com user and this fixed the problem for you, give that person some high points!

There were other suggestions that seem to have worked for other users, but this is that which worked in my case.

Let’s see it in detail:

First, open chrome://flags:

chrome://flags

Then find (Ctrl+F or Cmd+F) Enable Enhanced Bookmarks. Set that as Disabled.

Enable Enhanced Bookmarks

A “Save” notification will appear in the bottom of the page (“Your changes will take effect the next time you relaunch Google Chrome”).

Just click Relaunch Now and your extensions should be back.

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  • Melissa Newlin

    Thanks for this post, my extensions are back!

    • Pedro Rodrigues

      Hi Melissa, glad it helped!

  • Passing_By

    Sadly it seems Enable Enhanced Bookmarks is no longer a flag in Version 53.0.2785.143 m. Wonder what the problem is.

    • Yes, they seem to have removed it (https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/537cav/any_way_to_revert_back_to_grey_bookmark_folders/). Hopefully this problem won’t happen again… or have your extensions disappeared also with the latest Chrome version?

      • Passing_By

        Yes they have, and nothing I’ve done has managed to retrieve them or even allow reinstalling them. Sadly, had to abort to firefox.

        • kaye

          ever figure out a solution for this or just jump ship? how’s firefox nowadays?

          • Passing_By

            I wrote a really long comment but obviously Disqus crashed like the garbage it is. In short, I never found a solution. Firefox is mostly annoying because of little things (had a long list of in depth examples) but also has some occasional nice things (more examples). I tried to embrace it, after all Firefox has most of the extensions, and is more privacy oriented, but frankly it still pisses me off and I’d go back to Chrome in a heartbeat. If you ever figure it out, let me know PLEASE!

          • kaye

            man, i remember the good old days when firefox was amazing and chrome was in its infancy. such a fall from grace. as it is, i started my computer today and all my extensions are mysteriously back. good luck to you.

      • Boris Shor

        Clicking on “Sign in” from settings works in the latest Chrome version, after logging in.

        • Claude

          That’s worked for me! TY!

  • Matthew Greenwood

    In case it helps anyone, I finally noticed that a couple of my extensions were marked as “potentially corrupted” and I had a clickable option to “repair” them. Doing so got all of them to show back up in the chrome menu. I had to click on the vertical 3 dots -> More Tools -> Extensions. It was then just a matter of scrolling through my list of extensions and repairing all the corrupted ones. Hope that helps someone.

    • Thanks a lot for sharing, Matthew! Hope it does help out someone out there.

    • The Tremendous

      Thank you very much Matthew. It worked.

  • Alissa Maxsuell

    same problem… all extesions gone.. no Enable Enhanced Bookmarks on flags..