How to Install Android Apps from Google Play Store to your Chromebook

Chromebook runs on Google’s Chrome OS, so you get all the Google goodies with it, which are more than enough to perform your day-to-day activities like browsing, watching movies, listening music, and even word processing. People realize this, and that’s why Chromebook sales have now overtaken Apple’s Mac OS X sales in the US for the past year.

As of the time i wrote this post, there is only one Chromebook that is compatible with the Google play store – Asus Chromebook Flip.

Other Chromebooks will also get support for it in the near future. With that said, if you have a Chromebook, here’s how to install Android apps on it.

How to Install Android Apps Google Play Store to your Chromebook:

First, you need to enable Dev channel in your Chromebook. The Chrome OS 53 alpha version is the update that brings Android app support to Chromebooks, but it is available for use only under the Dev channel. Do it at your own risk as this version is unstable.
  • Now go to the Chromebook’s settings and click on “About Chrome OS”.
  • click on “More info” under the “Check for and apply updates” 
  • click on “Change channel”.
  • select the radio button next to “Developer – unstable” and click “Change channel” to confirm your choice.
  • Restart your Chromebook. 
Once it’s on, you will see the Google play store icon on the bottom shelf.

The Google play store is on your Chromebook now, but it’s not ready to function yet. Now you have to enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook. To do this, head to settings, and check the box next to “Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook”.

Now all that’s left is opening the Google play store and installing your favorite apps. The store on Chromebook functions similarly to that of Android so you won’t face any problem in finding and installing the apps.

So, that’s basically it. It’s cool, though. If your Chromebook isn’t compatible with the Google play store yet, just wait, it will soon be.

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