Google Chromebook are a unique beast, they may look like a PC but they are not and they are definitely not Android. There is a niche market for Chromebooks and Google aims to expand by giving you the option of getting Android apps on the chrome book right now. That’s right, while there are other methods that may or may not work, Google is giving up to provide a robust Android experience right on your Chromebook.
This article will take you through the process of getting Android apps on a Chromebook without much fuss. It would have been a bit difficult a year back but Google has been listening and provided an official way of running Android apps on a Chromebook. The beauty of the processes that it only takes you around 15 minutes to set your device up for Android apps and it is not even that complicated. Let’s jump right in and get Android apps on your Chromebook.
Check Your Chromebook
The very first step in getting Android apps on a Chromebook is to check whether your device is compatible or not. Sadly enough, there are only 3 chrome books officially supported and the moment but around 30 or more are going to be compatible either in 2016 or 2017 so don’t lose hope just yet. Check out this Google official post to see what devices are going to be supported soon.
Here are the 3 that are officially supported as of now:
- Asus Chromebook Flip.
- Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T
- Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
After looking at the forums and Reddit, it seems that some more may be been added to the list. So head over to the link and see if your device is compatible or not periodically.
Update Chromebook Software
After you checked whether your device is compatible with the Android updates or not, you also need to make sure your Chromebook has the latest updates. Your Chromebook needs to run at least Chrome OS version 53 and up. To check for new updates manually you can follow these easy steps:
- Tap on the status area, the is the same area where your account picture appears.
- Tap on settings and then head over to about Chrome OS.
- A new window will pop up, tap on check for and apply updates.
- Now your chrome book will start to install updates that are available. It may take a little while depending on your Internet speed.
- After the updates have been downloaded completely, tap restart to update.
- You can check whether your device is updated or not by heading over to the about window after the Chromebook restarts.
Login Google Play Store
Now that all the preparations are done, all you need to do is get the Google Play Store on your Chromebook and you’re ready to roll. Here is what you need to do in order to get Android apps on a Chromebook.
- Tap on the status area, it’s the same area where your profile picture shows up.
- Tap on the settings.
- Now navigate to the Google Play Store section.
- Check the box for Enable Google Play Store on Your Chromebook option.
- A new window will pop up on the screen, tap on the Get Started option.
- Now the terms of service will appear on the screen and you’ll have to agree to them. After reading and agreeing (which I am pretty sure everyone does), click Agree.
- After that, sign in.
- Now you’ll see the play store app open. A new box will appear and you just have to tap Accept.
Downloading Android Apps
One might think that after getting the Google Play Store on a Chromebook you’ll be able to download and use any Android app. However, that is unfortunately not the case. Some of the apps are not designed for Chromebook so they will be unavailable. And some of them are not fully compatible with the Chromebook but will probably one okay, so don’t expect full Android functionality just yet.
While this is a good step in the right direction to expand the horizons of Chromebooks, is still in infancy. Give it a little bit of time before it blossoms into something robust and fulfilling. Right now, this is the official way to get Android apps on a Chromebook.
If you have any questions about this process or need help on any step, feel free to talk to us in the comments below and will get right back to you.