There’s one reason for why tablets can’t currently replace laptops. It’s because you can’t install Chrome extensions on a tablet. At least not out of the box.
And because of that, it doesn’t matter how powerful your tablet is, it just can’t replace a computer.
That’s the biggest issue of tablets. They run mobile apps that are often super limited compared to their computer versions.
With that said, there is actually a relatively simple way to install Chrome extensions on a tablet, so that you can get a full browser experience and efficiency.
In fact, even MailTag‘s email tracking will work with this method.
That means that you will be to know when and where your emails are opened, what links are clicked on, and yes, you will even be able to send automatic follow-ups, if your emails are not opened, directly from your tablet.
Meaning that you will be able to take your email to the next level.
Don’t currently use MailTag? If you send emails daily and want to send them better, faster, while keeping track of them, MailTag is a must.
But why don’t you try it out yourself?
This method will also work on phones.
Why Tablets Don’t Support Chrome Extensions Right Away
You might be thinking that since tablets are meant to be laptop replacement, they should be able to support Chrome extensions.
And that’s something we agree with.
However, since tablets are still mobile platforms that aren’t separated enough from mobiles, limitations like this are largely in place.
At this point in 2020, mobile phones and tablets are still too similar as far as the software. Even though some tablets have incredible hardware inside.
Get Chrome Extensions on Tablet
To get Chrome extensions on your tablet you will have to ditch Google Chrome.
Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you won’t be using Chrome.
You will be using a web browser that’s very similar.
It’s called Kiwi Browser, and it’s based on the same engine as Google Chrome, the Chromium.
The Chromium is an open-source engine that even Microsoft started using recently on its Edge browser.
Sounds too simple? Well, it is, in fact, that simple.
The limitations? That all Chrome extensions are optimized for computers meaning that some won’t be as convenient to use as on a computer.
With that said, you will find that almost all of the extensions work perfectly.
…Although, with a lot of them, you will need to have a desktop site of a website enabled.
It gets slightly more complicated when it comes to Gmail extensions though.
Using Gmail Extensions on Your Tablet
A big problem you will find when trying to open up a full Gmail browser on a phone or tablet is that it won’t open up what you see on your desktop.
Regardless of what settings you turn on, it just won’t happen.
The solution? Open up Gmail via this link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2#inbox
Once you do, bookmark it.
This lin will turn on full desktop Gmail for you, which will allow extensions like MailTag to work.
Should you Install Chrome Extensions on a Tablet?
Have a tablet with a mouse and a keyboard? It’s almost a computer. But to really be able to do everything you need, you need Chrome extensions like MailTag or some of our 14 favorite extensions we talked about in the past.