This guide will show you everything you will need to know about how you can install android apps on Chromebook. Recently, they have been some changes to the Google Chrome OS. One of the most exciting changes Google made to its Chrome OS platform and Chromebook hardware in recent years, was the addition of Android app support. While Chrome OS could already run Chrome browser extensions, web apps, and Chrome apps, the addition of the millions of Android apps has greatly increased the platform’s value.
Since android apps are now coming to Chromebooks, however, only a select few systems can access the Google Play store at this time. The idea is to give Chromebooks access to more games, productivity options and other apps to make these machines more versatile, though the apps are seemingly run via an emulator, with mixed results. Unfortunately, not all Android games run on Chrome OS.
What Is Chromebook?
We are aware that not everyone knows what a Chromebook is. So, before showing you how to, let’s clear this first.
A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows 10 or macOS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. These laptops have done quite well in the education market, but their appeal has broadened, and the best Chromebooks are some of the best laptops overall today.
The Best Ways To Install Android Apps On Chromebook
We are now good to go. How can we go about installing android apps on your Chromebook? Follow me.
If Your Chromebook Supports Android Apps…
- First, make sure that your Chromebook is running the latest Chrome OS version. You’ll need Chrome OS version 53 or later.
- To check, select the status area or the Settings cog. Then select About Chrome OS at the top of the screen.
- In the About window, select the Check for and apply updates button. If there’s an available update, it will download and install. Once it’s finished, select the Restart to update button.
- Once your Chromebook is updated, then go to the status area and select the Settings cog. Go to the Google Play Store section, and check Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook. You will be prompted to agree to Google’s terms of service — select I Agree to continue.
- The Google Play Store app will open, and you’ll be asked to accept some additional terms and conditions. Once you’ve done this, you can proceed to the How to download… step below to install your chosen apps.
Download & Install Your Android Apps
The process of installing Android apps from the Play Store on a Chromebook is similar to doing so on an Android device. You’ll find that the Play Store will be formatted as on an Android tablet. Other Android apps will work the same way — an app will take on the tablet user interface if the developer enabled it. Otherwise, they’ll scale to the Chromebook’s larger screen.
- To install an app, just locate it in the Play Store, select click on its entry, and select the Install button.
- The app will start installing and will pause to ask about any required authorizations. Accept them if requested. Once the app is installed, it will show up in your Chrome OS apps tray. Select its icon to run it.
- You can manage Android apps like other Chrome OS apps, with the same window controls in the upper right-hand corner and the arrow key in the upper left-hand corner to allow you to navigate through the app.
Also See: Top 5 Best Android Emulators For PC
Note: Some apps may be “instant apps,” which means you can open and try them out before downloading them. This is a great way to test out how an Android app functions before you choose to install it or not.