Once upon a time all my Google Chrome extensions were gone! I found many solutions out there, and finally found one that did it for me, but I’m sharing everything I found at the time in this article.
Jump to each solution:
- Restart the browser
- Check potentially corrupted extensions
- Verify Google Chrome sync » worked for 1 visitor (Jul 2021)
- Reinstall extensions
Disable ‘Enable Enhanced Bookmarks’» worked for me, now obsolete (2016)
- Enable ‘Extensions Toolbar Menu’
- Repair extensions » worked for 2 visitors (Nov 2016)
- Sign in from Settings » worked for 1 visitor (Sep 2017)
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:
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”
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.
Enhanced Bookmarks (deprecated)
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) 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.
If by any chance you’re a SuperUser.com user and this fixed the problem for you, please give them some kudos!
First, open chrome://flags:
Then, find (Ctrl+F or Cmd+F) Enable Enhanced Bookmarks. Set that to Disabled.
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.
Extensions Toolbar Menu
As Diego shared in the comments below, this latest solution is to access chrome://flags and search for “Extensions Toolbar Menu”:
Enable it, and hopefully it should work.
According to Matthew (comment here), if your extensions are marked as potentially corrupted, you should see an option to repair them.
Doing that should do the trick:
- Click Chrome’s vertical ellipsis “⋮” » More Tools » Extensions
- Scroll through your extensions and repair all that apply
Sign in from Settings
Following Boris’ recommendation in the comments, try signing in from Settings.
So here’s hoping any of these help you, and please feel free to share your experience in the comments.