On a Chromebook OS platform, some productivity apps such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail were already live and stored in the Cloud. However, in 2016, Chromebook rolled out Android app support that could run thousands of android apps on the Chromebook too.
It opened up a wide array of possibilities for users to get the Google Play Store games and apps besides browser extensions and web apps and drastically enhanced Chrome OS worth.
Chromebooks, released in 2019 or after, are compatible with Android apps. And you can easily download Android apps from the Google Play store.
But don’t forget that installing Android apps on the Chromebook consumes the internal space of your Chromebook, and too much memory usage can lead to sluggish performance of the system.
Another thing to take into consideration is that some android apps will not run on your Chromebook OS due to hardware limitations or simply because developers haven’t released Android apps optimized for large screens or laptops.
Check If Your Chromebook’s Compatible with Android Apps
Prior to exploring Google Play Store apps, check your Chromebook’s compatibility with android apps. You can verify it from Chromebook’s list of systems that support Android applications.
- Go to the above link and use Ctrl + F and enter your Chromebook’s model number to sift through the list.
- If you find your device name there, it would mean that you have the accessibility to Google Play Store.
Another way to check if your Chromebook supports Google Play Store is straightforward and only requires you to check your system.
- Turn on your Chromebook and log in.
- Go to “Settings”
- You can find “apps” in the left-side menu. Click on it.
- If you see the Google Play Store option, it means your device is compatible with Android apps.
Note: If you use a Chromebook of an organization or school, there is a chance that your Google Play Store access is turned off by the Google accounts administrator. In that case, reach out to the administrator to add you to the “access group” for using Google Play Store.
Can’t Find Google Play Store Yet? Update Chrome OS
You may have found your Chromebook’s name in the list provided by the Chromebook website but can’t find the Google Play Store option. There is a chance that it is due to an obsolete version of Chrome OS. To run android apps, your Chromebook should have OS version 53 or newer.
Follow these steps to update the Chrome OS.
- Click on the status bar in the bottom-right corner.
- Click on the Settings.
- Select “About Chrome OS.”
- If your Chromebook is automatically updated, it will show on the interface.
- If it’s not updated, click “check for updates.”
- And proceed with the on-screen instructions.
After the update is complete, you will be able to see the Google Play Store in your settings. And if you don’t see Google Play Store in the settings, it means your device doesn’t support it.
How to Enable the Google Play Store
There is a chance that your Chromebook supports Android apps, but the Google Play Store option is disabled. Turning on the Google Play Store option doesn’t take more than a few clicks.
- Click on the status bar to access the quick settings panel and launch the Settings Menu.
- Choose “apps” from the left-side menu.
- You will see the “Google Play Store” option on the upper left side.
- There is a “turn on” option to the right side of the Google Play Store.
- Click on it to enable it, and now your play store is enabled ready to be explored.
Downloading & Installing Android Apps on Chromebook
The method of downloading and installing is self-explanatory and identical to android phones. Google Play Store adapts the layout of tablet mode. Even all the apps you will download from the Google Play store will be attuned to tablet or large screen layout. Only a few apps aren’t optimized yet by the developer to run on full screen; those apps will have the mobile-type vertical format.
- Navigate the app launcher and look for the logo of the Google Play Store.
- Click on the icon of Google Play Store.
- Browse the app of your choice by typing the name of the app in the search bar.
- If you can’t find any app in the Google Play Store, it means the app is not available for Chromebook by the app developer.
- Click on download.
- Allow or update the permission as required by the app to help it run on your system.
- Let the Chromebook finish the installation.
Manage and Delete Android Apps
- You can manage and delete android apps just like other Chromebook apps.
- For that, Go to settings > apps.
- You can see” Manage your apps” above Google Play Store.
- Click on it.
- Delete the apps from here or update permissions for each app.