Soon installing a Chrome extension from outside the Chrome Web Store will not be possible. Google has announced changes in the way it manages the add-ons of its browser and since yesterday, June 12, the online installation will not be available for the recently released extensions.
This means that you will no longer be able to trigger the installation of Google Chrome extensions from a website , even if it is the extension itself. Now, instead of being able to provide a button with which the browser itself asks if we want to install the extension in question, the function that was used for it will redirect the user to the Chrome Web Store through a new tab from which to complete the installation if the extension was published for the first time on June 12, 2018 or later.
Google: “We are confident that this change will improve transparency for all users about their extension options in Chrome”
The reason for these changes? Safety , according to the company. “We continue to receive large volumes of user complaints about unwanted extensions that cause unexpected changes in their experience with Chrome, and most of these complaints are attributed to confusing or deceptive uses of online installation on websites,” they explain. a publication of the Chromium blog.
A problem that goes beyond installation from websites
One of the most recent examples of these scams are the subjects that they claimed to be able to watch free online movies or the extensions that mine cryptocurrencies without users knowing, although this problem is not directly related to the installation of extensions from sites. web, but with the controls of the browser’s own application store.
Despite everything, from Google ensure that the extensions installed directly from Chrome Web Store are “significantly less likely” to be uninstalled compared to those installed online. Therefore, they say they are confident that this change “will improve transparency for all users about their extension options in Chrome.”
Developers will have to update their installation buttons to link to the Chrome Web Store page and as of September 12 the online installation will be disabled for existing extensions . As in the case of the most recent applications, users will be automatically redirected to the browser store to complete the installation.
Finally, in early December 2018, the API’s online installation method will be removed from Chrome 71. These new changes should also prevent Google browser users from installing extensions by mistake or being tricked.