How to Enable Extension Checkup (Performance or Privacy) in Chrome

By | June 22, 2020

In version 83 of Google Chrome, it is possible to check browser extensions. Currently, checking extensions is still an experimental option, but you can already use this feature in Google Chrome.

In Google Chrome, you can now check your extensions. The Extensions Checkup is the newest experiment of Chrome.

The Extension Checkup function checks the extensions in Chrome.

Enable Extension checkup in Google Chrome

If you enable this option, it will automatically warn you when your privacy is at stake, and when it affects your browser’s speed. This feature is available from version 83 of Google Chrome.

To activate the extension checkup in Google Chrome, you will need to open the chrome flags. These are the hidden experimental options you can enable in Google Chrome before some features like extension checkup are available in the official Google Chrome version.

First, make sure Google Chrome is updated to the latest version before you proceed.

  • Open the Google Chrome browser
  • In the address bar type: chrome://flags/
  • In the search bar at the top search for: extension checkup

enable extension checkup google chrome

Extension checkup is available for Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. Once you have found the setting, you can enable the extension checkup with the following checkups.

  • Performance focused checkup

If you enable a performance-focused checkup, Chrome will check all your extensions for anything that will possibly slow down your browser.

Once you have activated the performance focused extension checkup options, you will see the following message in the Chrome extension settings.

A healthier, happier Chrome

Some extensions can slow you down – especially ones you didn’t mean to install.


If you don’t recognize an extension, or if your browser isn’t working as expected, you can turn off or customize extensions here.

chrome extension checkup settings

  • Privacy focused checkup

Privacy focused checkup will check you’re installed and activated extension for specific extension permissions that will collect your browser history or replace your default new tab or homepage.

Once you have activated the privacy extension checkup options, you will see the following message in the Chrome extension settings.

Check your extensions

Some extensions can see your browsing activity – including personal information.

If you don’t recognize an extension, or if your browser isn’t working as expected, you can turn off or customize extensions here.

privacy focused extension checkup google chrome

Google has included the extension checkup as many security researchers have discovered adware browser extensions in the Google Chrome Web Store.

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