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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.

Restart the browser

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.

Check potentially corrupted extensions

I used to have Disqus installed on this website, so here is a solution that worked out for others:

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.

— Matthew Greenwood, Nov 2016

If this doesn’t apply, read on…

Verify Google Chrome sync

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).

Reinstall extensions?

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(s) that worked

The solution that worked for me back in 2016, disabling Enable Enhanced Bookmarks, is no longer possible, since that item is no longer a flag in Version 53.0.2785.143 m (and later versions) of Google Chrome.

A alternative that might work nowadays is to disable Enable Material Design extensions, also in /flags.

So try the same procedure with this one, and feel free to share whether it did the trick.

Enhanced Bookmarks (deprecated)

Back in 2016, modifying a now-deprecated flag item 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.

First, open chrome://flags:

chrome://flags

Then, find (Ctrl+F or Cmd+F) Enable Enhanced Bookmarks. Set that to 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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  1. 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.

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

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

      • 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!

      • 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.

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

    • I also just had all of my chrome extensions disappear and Enable Enhanced Bookmarks is not in the list of flags.
      What do I do? Anyone?

      • Sorry friend, wish I had better news. I ended up getting a new laptop and that was the only way I have managed to have extensions again. good luck find something mate

      • Hi there, did you try Matthew’s solution above? If it doesn’t work, another thing you can try is to sign out of your Chrome account (first section at chrome://settings), and sign back in. Restart Chrome in the process.

        Alternatively, and this one’s a long shot, I’ve also noticed a couple of new flags in chrome://flags, named “Extensions on chrome:// URLs” and “Enable Material Design extensions”. Maybe enabling/disabling, and then restarting Chrome will do the trick?