Can Chromebooks Run Android Apps?

Do you have a Chromebook? Or are you planning on purchasing one? If so, there is a chance that you’re wondering if Chromebooks can run Android applications? We get you. Using native apps is an incomparable experience to using websites. 

Don’t get us wrong: Websites these days are well-designed and offer more than enough functionality, but native applications offer a wholly different and better experience. 

So, coming back to the question – Can Chromebooks run Android apps? Yes, most of them can. How? Keep reading.

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Which Chromebooks Can Run Android Apps?

Most Chromebooks released during and after 2017 will run Android apps smoothly.

There are two ways to check whether or not your particular model supports Android apps.

One is to visit the Chromium website and search for the model you have – or the one you’re planning on purchasing. Since the list is quite long, we advise using the CTRL + F combo and entering your model name to find it quickly. If you don’t come across anything, it means your Chromebook might not be compatible with Android Apps.

Second, If you don’t want to check the Chromium website for any reason, you can check your Chromebook settings. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. Turn your Chromebook on.
  2. Click on the status bar (located in the bottom right corner of the user interface).
  3. Click on Settings (cog icon).
  4. Select Apps.
  5. If you see the Google Play store option, this means your Chromebook does support Android apps.

But there’s No Google Play. What Now?

Don’t worry. It’s not all lost just yet. Many Chromebooks shipped in 2017 or before didn’t come with Google Play Store out of the box. They did receive a software update to provide them access to Google Play Store. So, all you have to do is to update your Chromebook to the latest available software version. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the Status bar 
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Once the settings are open, Select “About Chrome OS.”
  4. It should automatically update to the latest available software version, but if it doesn’t, click on “Check for updates.”

How to Download Android Apps On Chromebook?

Now that you have the Google Play store on your Chromebook, the process is now more or less the same as Android devices. Just follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Google Play Store.
  2. Search or browse for your desired Application.
  3. Once you find it, click Install.
  4. Wait for the installation and complete it, and then you’re good to go!

Summing it All Up

See, it’s that easy to enjoy your favorite Android apps and even games on your Chromebook! By following these steps, you can easily use your Chromebook like a phone! So, that’s all. Enjoy your favorite Android applications on your Chromebook!

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