Best Chromebook extensions and apps for students 2024

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Throughout the duration of the school year, finding the best Chromebook extensions and apps for students can really help to make or break the semester. Many school districts are providing some of the best Chromebooks to students since they're powerful enough to handle schoolwork and won't break the bank. Whether you're looking for the best Chromebook apps or just a new extension that you've never seen, there's something here for everyone.

Essential tools

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While some apps and extensions can enhance Chrome, on the whole, there are others that you should be using, even if you move away from a Chromebook. Whether you need a password manager or want to keep your hectic life in order, these are some of the essential tools you should be using.

1Password

1Password

LastPass excels at being one of the more well-rounded password management apps, along with offering quite a robust free option. There's also a family plan available, capable of being used with a total of six members. When it comes to passwords, using Security Challenges ensures you're creating the best password possible.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/1password-%E2%80%93-password-mana/aeblfdkhhhdcdjpifhhbdiojplfjncoa" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

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Save to Drive

Google Drive is an invaluable tool at your disposal, and the obvious productivity toolbox to take advantage of on a Chromebook. The Save to Drive extension makes it easier than ever to save content from a webpage directly to your Drive account, regardless of what kind of format is being viewed.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-to-google-drive/gmbmikajjgmnabiglmofipeabaddhgne" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

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uBlock Origin

Sometimes the best way to keep your eyes on the prize is to cut out all of the distractions. With uBlock Origin, you can do just that by filtering content across the web, including the likes of YouTube, so you don't fall down a never-ending rabbit hole.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Checker Plus for Google Calendar

Checker Plus for Google Calendar

Classes, assignments, due dates, and meetings will quickly fill up your schedule, and you might need some help not forgetting about any of them. Just fire up the Google Calendar extension, add the event and time, and it's saved to your account. The extension also provides a quick breakdown of your upcoming events so you can see what's on the docket.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/checker-plus-for-google-c/hkhggnncdpfibdhinjiegagmopldibha?hl=en-US" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Google Cursive (PWA)

Google Cursive (PWA)

Google Cursive was first introduced back in 2021, aiming to offer an easy way to take notes on your Chromebook using your stylus. Since then, this web app has seen continued improvements and is quite impressive if you have a Chromebook with a stylus.

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Reference and Research

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From writing papers to just trying to teach yourself about something you saw in class, you'll want to add some extensions and apps to make the entire research process a bit easier. Some extensions let you save tabs for later, while others can be transformed into your default search browser.

Zorbi - Flashcards from PDFs and Notion

Zorbi - Flashcards from PDFs and Notion

One of the best ways to try and memorize your class notes ahead of a test is to use flashcards. Zorbi brings this concept to Chrome making it easy to quickly create flash cards from any website.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zorbi-flashcards-from-pdf/cionjeaneeijknieabfgfiidhhjlkbcm?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Session Buddy

Session Buddy

It can be really frustrating to be in the middle of doing research, only to accidentally close out Chrome and lose some important tabs. Session Buddy makes it so you can save your tabs and bookmarks, and can recover them if Chrome happens to crash.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/session-buddy/edacconmaakjimmfgnblocblbcdcpbko" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha

If there's a question you need an answer to, Wolfram Alpha is the place to find your answers. This extension either turns your Omnibox into a Wolfram Alpha-powered search engine, or you can just use the button in the toolbar.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wolframalpha-official/icncamkooinmbehmkeilcccmoljfkdhp" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Dark Reader

Dark Reader

Long nights staring at a screen is bad enough for your eyes, and not all websites have a built-in dark mode. Enter Dark Reader. This extension adds a customizable dark mode to any website you visit, and you can switch between Light and Dark Mode with a simple keyboard shortcut.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dark-reader/eimadpbcbfnmbkopoojfekhnkhdbieeh" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender

Having more tabs open than you can count isn't the greatest way to keep your Chromebook running smoothly. With The Great Suspender, you can suspend tabs that you aren't actively using so you don't lose your point of reference while speeding up your Chromebook's performance.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-great-suspender-origi/ahmkjjgdligadogjedmnogbpbcpofeeo" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Postlight Reader

Postlight Reader

The problem with some websites is that there can be a lot of clutter on the page, ranging from ads to links for other articles. Postlight Reader gets rid of the clutter with a single click, and you can even send formatted articles to your Kindle.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mercury-reader/oknpjjbmpnndlpmnhmekjpocelpnlfdi" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Save to Pocket

Save to Pocket

Whether you're trying to gather some articles to use for reference, or just find a new recipe for dinner, you'll likely want to save some articles to read later. With Save to Pocket, just click the icon in your toolbar, create a custom tag, and save it for later when you need to go back to it.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-to-pocket/niloccemoadcdkdjlinkgdfekeahmflj?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Toby for Chrome

Toby for Chrome

Toby for Chrome is an alternative solution for those who have an issue with managing their browser tabs. This extension is designed to make it easy to organize your tabs into different categories while allowing you to get rid of the ones that you don't need.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/toby-for-chrome/hddnkoipeenegfoeaoibdmnaalmgkpip?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Keep track of those assignments and projects

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Task management is an annoying necessity, even if it's for something as simple as packing or s grocery list. Thankfully, with these to-do apps, you'll be able to manage any project, big or small, easier than ever from your Chromebook.

Google Keep

Google Keep

Google Keep is fantastic at being the place to dump things hanging in your head. Whether it's a list, website link, or just a basic note, you can do it all with Google Keep. Plus, with the customizable cards, you won't forget where your notes are.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-keep-chrome-extens/lpcaedmchfhocbbapmcbpinfpgnhiddi?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Todoist

Todoist

Regardless of if you have a big project or a basic task list, Todoist can handle everything you throw at it. Premium members get additional features like Tags and Reminders, while the Free version will be more than enough for the majority of users.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/todoist-for-chrome/jldhpllghnbhlbpcmnajkpdmadaolakh?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

TasksBoard for Google Tasks

TasksBoard for Google Tasks

Google Tasks is pretty darn helpful and useful for most people, but not everyone is a fan of the basic list interface. Thankfully, TasksBoard can help with that, as this not only provides a desktop interface for Tasks but also offers a Kanban Board interface.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/desktop-app-for-google-ta/lpofefdiokgmcdnnaigddelnfamkkghi?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Kami

Kami

At some point in time, chances are you're going to need to annotate some PDFs or other documents. Kami makes it easy to do this. It turns whatever you're looking at into an editable document that can be marked up and saved for later.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kami-for-google-chrome/ecnphlgnajanjnkcmbpancdjoidceilk" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Toggl Track: Productivity &amp; Time Tracker

Toggl Track: Productivity & Time Tracker

As much of a pain as it might be, time tracking can be a helpful and useful way to keep your focus, along with seeing how much time is being spent on different projects. Clockify is a great time tracker that doesn't require much setup. Click the toolbar icon, enter the name of your project and a description, then press Start.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/toggl-track-productivity/oejgccbfbmkkpaidnkphaiaecficdnfn" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Noisli

Noisli

Keeping your focus can be a rather tough task, especially when you have a deadline looming. Noisli can help by providing unique sound environments that are not only designed to help you focus but also to help you relax.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noisli/klejemegaoblahjdpcajmpcnjjmkmkkf" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Microsoft 365 (PWA)

Microsoft 365 (PWA)

While you may come across a lot of Google Drive documents, there are still those who rely on Microsoft's Office suite. The Office extension makes it possible to easily view and edit documents from Word, Excel, OneNote, and even PowerPoint presentations.

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Office Editing for Docs, Sheets &amp; Slides

Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides

If you happen to run into those Microsoft Office formats, but don't have a subscription or Office installed, this extension from Google is here to help. Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides makes it possible to still view and edit those Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with ease.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/office-editing-for-docs-s/gbkeegbaiigmenfmjfclcdgdpimamgkj" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Adobe Acrobat: PDF edit, convert, sign tools

Adobe Acrobat: PDF edit, convert, sign tools

At some point in time, you'll probably find yourself needing to fill out or sign a document. That's where Adobe Acrobat comes in, and you don't have to worry about fiddling around with your phone in order to do so. 

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adobe-acrobat-pdf-edit-co/efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer &amp; To Do List

Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer & To Do List

Those who want a more robust task management system, along with a Pomodoro Timer, should check out Focus-To-Do. The extension will not only help you keep track of tasks, but also takes advantage of the Pomodoro Technique to help with focus. Then, you can view a detailed report of how you are spending your time and how efficient you are with completing tasks.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/focus-to-do-pomodoro-time/ngceodoilcgpmkijopinlkmohnfifjfb" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Calendly: Meeting Scheduling Software

Calendly: Meeting Scheduling Software

Have you ever tried scheduling an outing only to realize later that you already had a previous engagement? Calendly can help manage that, as it easily connects with your calendars so you can find the best time to schedule an appointment. 

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/calendly-meeting-scheduli/cbhilkcodigmigfbnphipnnmamjfkipp?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

For writers

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You don't have to be an English major to need to write a well-formulated paper. These extensions will help improve your grammar and might even teach you some words in the process.

Power Thesaurus

Power Thesaurus

Sometimes you need to find a different way to say something, especially if you happen to be repetitive in your writing. Power Thesaurus can help by making it possible to quickly view synonyms and antonyms from the toolbar. You can also right-click a word and see the options.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/power-thesaurus/hhnjkanigjoiglnlopahbbjdbfhkndjk" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Grammarly

Grammarly

Let's face it; even Shakespeare needed an editor, so why not let Chrome and Grammarly do the work for you? Grammarly will give you suggestions while you write, and quickly let you know if your grammar is off or if there's a misspelled word in that long email to your professor.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/grammarly-for-chrome/kbfnbcaeplbcioakkpcpgfkobkghlhen?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Cite This For Me: Web Citer

Cite This For Me: Web Citer

When performing research for a paper, you're going to need to properly cite the sources so you can avoid plagiarism. Cite This For Me allows you to create collections of referenced websites and add them to a project that you are working on.

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Text Blaze: Templates and Snippets

Text Blaze: Templates and Snippets

If you're tired of typing out the same things over and over again, let Text Blaze handle things for you. This extension works on any website, and will automatically insert any templates based on the snippet that you use. Plus, it's all completely customizable so you can fine-tune it to your needs. 

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/text-blaze-templates-and/idgadaccgipmpannjkmfddolnnhmeklj" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Making Chrome even better

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Chrome is already an amazing (yet resource-heavy) browser, but there are always ways that it can be improved. With these extensions and apps, you can transform Chrome into more of a powerhouse than it already is.

Tab Resize

Tab Resize

The ability to work with multiple windows and tabs is extremely convenient, but there's no way to resize those tabs easily. Tab Resize changes that by providing a way to create custom layouts along with moving tabs to a specific area with keyboard shortcuts.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tab-resize-split-screen-l/bkpenclhmiealbebdopglffmfdiilejc" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot

Screenshots are a pain unless you have a tool like Awesome Screenshot. Nobody wants to always take a screenshot of their entire computer only to have to edit it and annotate it after the fact. This extension provides a suite of screenshot tools right from your browser and even includes screen recording.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/awesome-screenshot-screen/nlipoenfbbikpbjkfpfillcgkoblgpmj" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

CrxMouse

CrxMouse

CrxMouse is one of those extensions that can completely change how you interact with your Chromebook. With this extension, create a few custom gestures and enjoy more effective and productive interactions while browsing the web.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/crxmouse-chrome-gestures/jlgkpaicikihijadgifklkbpdajbkhjo" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Zoom

Zoom

Video conferences are all the rage and Zoom has taken off as one of the most popular options. Users can host meetings with up to 100 people for free, and up to 300 if you sign up for a paid account.

Download from: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings" data-link-merchant="play.google.com"">Google Play Store

Momentum

Momentum

The New Tab Page is rather boring, so why not spruce it up a bit with some motivation? Momentum provides a new photo every day, an inspiring quote, and a single line asking what your daily focus is. But you can expand on that even further and a list of tasks you need to complete. Then you'll see those, along with the words of encouragement, every time you open a new tab.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/momentum/laookkfknpbbblfpciffpaejjkokdgca?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Play some games

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Galaxy Z Fold 4 and HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook

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Sometimes you just need to take a break for a few minutes but don't want to actually get up from your desk. Chrome is unique in that you can even play games in your browser, removing the need to go down the path of enabling Linux support just to play something.

Boxel Rebound

Boxel Rebound

Boxel Rebound is a fun box-jumping game that features more than 50 different levels and cloud backups to sync across devices with Chrome installed. If you're having a lot of fun, you can download the game on your smartphone too.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/boxel-rebound/iginnfkhmmfhlkagcmpgofnjhanpmklb?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Chrome Piano

Chrome Piano

If you're someone who enjoys music or likes making your own music, then you might want to check out Chrome Piano. This extension allows you to record your own music and play it right from your Chromebook.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-piano/pjafcgbpdclmdeiipolenjgkikeldljl?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

BattleTabs

BattleTabs

BattleTabs is a unique game that lives in a new browser tab. Battle with Viking ships against your friends and play a few rounds easily. There are multiple game modes providing either quick battles or longer ones.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/battletabs/mjcklhnhfiepmofggcoegkmkokbljmjd?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

2048

2048

The goal of 2048 is straightforward: Combine the numbered blocks to try and achieve the 2048 block. However, the real goal is to get as high of a score as possible, and this game will provide hours of fun, right in your browser.

Download from: <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/2048/ijkmjnaahlnmdjjlbhbjbhlnmadmmlgg?hl=en" data-link-merchant="chrome.google.com"">Chrome Web Store

Don't forget the Play Store

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook review

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While the majority of the apps and extensions listed above are available from the Chrome Web Store, that's not the only place that you can find new apps. Pretty much every Chromebook released in the last few years has access to the Google Play Store, meaning you can get all of the best Android apps right on your Chromebook. 


Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks, tablets, and wearables

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.