How to Install Android Apps on a Chromebook

install-android-apps-on-a-chromebookIt is now very easy to install Android apps on a Chromebook. Google has a list of Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases supporting Android apps here and this website has more information about Chromebooks that can run Android apps. Most Chrome OS computers with Android apps are currently built on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, which does not support resizable apps on Chrome OS. The update to Android Nougat 7.1.1 does support resizable apps, but is only available on Chromebooks marked with “Android N” in this list.

 

Install Android apps on your Chromebook

You can download and use Android apps on your Chromebook using the Google Play Store app. Currently, the Google Play Store is only available for some Chromebooks. First, make sure that your Chromebook is running the latest Chrome OS version. You’ll need Chrome OS version 53 or later. Check by tapping or clicking on the status area, tap or click the Settings cog, then select “About Chrome OS” at the top of the screen.

1. Update your Chromebook software

To get Android apps on your Chromebook, first update your Chromebook software. Your Chromebook must run Chrome OS version 53 and up.

2. Sign in to the Google Play Store

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. In the “Google Play Store” section, turn on Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook.
    Note: If you don’t see this option, your Chromebook doesn’t work with Android apps. 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 step five below to start installing Android apps.
  4. In the window that appears, click Get Started.
  5. You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. When you’ve read and agreed, click Agree.
  6. To confirm your current Google account, click Sign In.
  7. You’ll see the Google Play Store app open. In the box that appears, click Accept.

Step 2: Get Android apps

Now, you can find and download Android apps on your Chromebook. Your Chromebook won’t automatically download the same Android apps as your phone or tablet, so you’ll need to download them again. Also, some apps don’t work with some Chromebooks, so you won’t be able to download them.

 

Sync your Android apps across Chromebooks

By default, your Chromebook syncs the Android apps on your Chromebook across any other Chromebooks you’re signed in to. If your Chromebook isn’t syncing your apps, check your sync settings to make sure you’ve selected “Sync everything” or turned on Apps syncing. Learn how to change your sync settings.

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