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How to Delete Apps and Extensions on Your Chromebook

What are some of the reasons why you delete apps? Is it low storage? Have you found a better alternative? Or has the app lost its importance on your device? Well, in the case of a Chromebook, you might want to remove an app to free up space. Indeed, Chromebooks are designed to be light and their storage is very low. An average Chromebook will have between 16GB and 64GB of internal storage.

There are mainly three types of apps on Chromebooks; Built-in native apps, Android apps, and Google Chrome browser extensions. They are all installed and uninstalled in different ways. Some built-in or native apps and android apps can be uninstalled from launcher, android apps can be uninstalled from playstore and chrome extensions from browser. There are also Linux apps if you have the Linux development environment enabled, but we’ll cover that separately.

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Let me introduce you to some techniques you can use. The choice will be yours depending on the technique that suits you.

Using the Launcher

This is an easy way to delete apps on your Chromebook. You will use the launcher located at the bottom right of your Chromebook.

  • Click the Launcher icon to open the launcher.
  • Click the arrow pointing up to view all apps on your Chromebook.
Chromebook arrow
  • Scroll to the app you want to remove and right-click on it with a two-finger tap.
Delete an app from the Chromebook
  • Select “Uninstall” or “Remove from Chrome”
  • Confirm that you want to delete the app and that’s it.
Confirm that you want to remove the app

From Play Store

If you downloaded your app from the Google Play Store, you can also delete it from there.

  • Open the Google Play Store
  • Open the app you want to remove
  • Click “Uninstall”
Uninstall an app from Google Play Store

Related Article: How to Install and Use PWA Apps on Chromebook

How to remove an extension from your Chromebook

Just like with apps, there are several reasons why you might want to remove an extension from your Chromebook. The outdated extension and the fact that you find a better alternative are just two of the many reasons why you might want to remove the extension. Whatever the reason, follow these simple steps to remove an extension.

  • Open the Chrome browser on your Chromebook. You can do this by pressing the “Quick Search” button and then typing Chrome.
  • Select More, represented by three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser.
Chrome browser menu
  • Choose More Tools from the resulting menu, then choose Extensions.
Chrome extensions
  • A list of extensions you have on your browser will be displayed and you can then scroll to the extension you want to remove.
List of Chrome Extensions
  • Next to the extension you want to remove, select Remove.
  • You will be asked to confirm, select Delete.
Remove Chrome extension
  • If you pinned the extension to your browser’s toolbar at the top, right-click on it and select Remove from Chrome.

That’s it, friends. If you find yourself in a situation where you want to simplify your apps and extensions, follow the steps above to remove apps or extensions. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comment section below.