Regarding Chrome OS, the operating system of Chromebook computers, one of the most favorable changes made to increase its versatility has been related to the incorporation of support for the installation of Android applications.
While Chrome OS already had support for running Chrome extensions and other browser-related features, with the addition of this support, Chrome OS’s potential increased significantly.
While most recent Chromebook models already have Google Play Store support natively (2017 or later), others do not have this application or in some cases, it is not enabled.
However, both situations have a solution, which, you can discover by reading the following post about how to enable Google Play Store for Chromebook, both in recent models and old.
What do you learn here?
In most of the new Chromebook, the Google Play Store is already included by default, which, unlike other devices, makes it unnecessary to obtain an APK file to download Google Play Store on Chromebook.
In case you purchased your Chromebook in 2017 or later, then you can be sure that it will support the installation of Android applications without any problem.
In order to check the compatibility of the Play Store in Chromebook, Google has made available a list that shows the different Chromebook models whose software allows the execution of Android applications.
In this sense, compatibility is one of the main advantages offered by Google when it comes to running Android applications, thus offering the possibility of enabling Google Play Store in your Chromebook.
In case your Chromebook is not present in the list, do not worry, because you will learn how to get Google Play Store in your Chromebook later in this post.
To enjoy the benefits offered by the Android app store on your Chromebook, you must complete the following steps:
The first thing you’ll need to do is check that the latest version of Chrome OS is running on your Chromebook, which should be version 53 or higher.
To do this, you must click on the gear icon that will take you to the status or configuration area of your computer. At the top of the screen, you will see the About Chrome OS option, which you must select.
This action will display a window where you will have to click on the Check for apply updates button in order to check if there is an update available, which, if found, will be downloaded and installed.
After finishing, click on the restart button to complete the process.
Then, go back to your Chromebook status area and click on the gear icon belonging to Settings.
Once there, locate the Google Play Store section and check the Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook option. This will display the Google terms of service, which you will need to accept in order to proceed to the next stage of the process.
Here you will see additional terms and conditions that you will need to accept, and once you have done so, you have successfully completed the task of enabling Google Play Store on your Chromebook.
For cases in which your Chromebook does not support Android applications, the answer is to adjust the software to the Developer Channel, although it should be noted that doing so may entail some common risks caused by running software in a beta or preview state.
This means that your computer may have bugs or become defenceless when it stops receiving support so, in case you want to reverse this action, you will have to perform a reset, which will leave your Chromebook software in factory status.
For this reason, it is recommended that you backup all your data as a preventive measure before starting the process to get Google Play Store on your Chromebook.
Once you have decided to change the Chrome OS of your Chromebook to the development channel, you should apply the following steps:
First, find the gear icon in the lower-right area of your Chromebook desktop and click on it to access the general settings of Chrome OS.
When you do this, a window will appear where you should click on the About Chrome OS option located at the top, in order to check the version number, as well as the current channel on it is your Chromebook software.
Then click on More info to see more options in the window and get more information about the Chrome OS software on your Chromebook. Click on the Change channel button to generate a dialog window in which you will choose a new channel for your Chromebook.
Available options are Beta and Developer – Unstable, this being the option you will have to select. Be sure to read carefully the warning notice generated by selecting this option, which, if you have understood its implications, you can activate by clicking on Change channel.
This will immediately start updating your Chrome OS to Developer Channel mode, and after the process is complete, you will need to click the Restart button for the changes to take effect.
After the restart is complete, you’ll notice the presence of the Google Play Store in a beta version in the application tray.
Clicking on it to open its interface will show you the terms of service, backup settings, as well as the request to allow access to your location data.
Click the OK button if you agree to allow the Play Store to make the remaining settings necessary for your use, which will require you to accept the Google Play terms of service as a final step.
You will then be able to access the Play Store after you have signed in, which is likely to be active if your Android account is the same as the one you use to access your Chromebook. Otherwise, set up a Play Store account by following the on-screen instructions.
By now you’ve learned how to get the Google Play Store on your Chromebook by adjusting it to the developer channel.
Installing Android applications from the Play Store on a Chromebook is a process that is not very different from other Android devices.
When you access the Play Store from your Chromebook, you will notice that its interface is displayed in the same format as if you were using an Android tablet.
The same happens with the applications that are installed on your Chromebook, whose interface, if the developer has enabled it, will be adjusted to a tablet display, but otherwise it will acquire the dimensions of the screen of your Chromebook.
To get an application, you only need to enter the Play Store and enter its name in the search bar. Then you will have to start tracking it by clicking on the magnifying glass icon located next to it. Once it has been found, you will only have to click on the Install button to start the process.
As the installation is being done, it is likely that you will see messages related to specific authorizations required by the program, which you will probably have to accept in order to complete the process.
After the installation is complete, you will notice that the application has been added to the application tray of your Chrome operating system. If you want to run it, you will have to click on it to do so.
As with other tools and programs on your Chromebook by default, you’ll be able to use and manage the Android apps you download from the Play Store.
To do this, you have the same window controls displayed on the top right of the screen to make it easier to navigate the application’s interface.
There are a number of features that are present at the time of downloading any application from Google Play Store
It is necessary to emphasize that the user experience obtained when using Android applications will vary based on the hardware and software requirements of your Chromebook.
This is how in the case of those Chromebooks with touch screens, such as the 2 in 1, their features are appropriate to favor the use of Android applications.
Other elements present in this type of Chromebook such as accelerometers will allow you to get a better performance of the games you download from the Play Store.
After downloading an Android application on your Chromebook, it will automatically start a synchronization process, in order to detect another Chromebook on which you are registered as a user.
However, this will probably not happen if you have used the application on a device that does not have Chrome OS.
A common feature in all Android applications is the presence of permission settings, through which you can adjust the range of data these apps will be able to obtain in your Chromebook, allowing you to effectively protect your privacy.
Google Play Store has the option Manage Android preferences within which you will find the Applications option, where you can adjust the permissions of all applications that you install on your Chromebook.
In case you want to block the possibility of incorporating the Chrome Store or any Android application from the Play Store to your computer, you can do so through the administrator settings which you can access through https://admin.google.com/