How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the growing number of machines gaining support for Chrome OS in the Stable version that do not require using a beta version. 

You can finally use Android apps on touchscreen Chromebooks, but there's a catch: the long-promised feature isn't available on all Chrome OS machines and requires use of the Beta channel for certain models. 

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Fortunately, Beta doesn't risk as much on a Chromebook as it does any other machine, as the cloud-based nature of Chromebooks means there's little work to do if and when you need to reset your device (moving back to Stable from Beta will wipe your disk).

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Hopefully, your Chromebook supports this feature now, but here are the current devices that support Android emulation natively in Stable channel, and those that require beta. If an item features an asterisk, it requires a profile migration process, described here

Chromebooks featuring Android apps on the Stable Channel:

Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)
Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)
Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)*
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)*
Acer Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T)*
Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)*
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)*
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT/1H)

Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA
Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA
Asus Chromebook Flip C213
Asus Chromebook C202SA*
Asus Chromebook C300SA / C301SA*
Asus Chromebook Flip C302*

Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)*
Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)*
Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)*

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Google Pixelbook

HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE*
HP Chromebook 11 G5

Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)
Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)
Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3)
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3)
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook*
Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook*
Lenovo N22 Chromebook*
Lenovo N23 Chromebook*
Lenovo N42 Chromebook*

Samsung Chromebook Plus*
Samsung Chromebook Pro

Chromebooks featuring Android apps on the Beta Channel:

HP Chromebook 13 G1

Samsung Chromebook 3*

We've seen varying degrees of stability when trying out Android apps on different devices. Naturally the best performance came on laptops running on the stable channel, such as the Google Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Pro, where titles has small hiccups, but nothing too shoddy.

Back when we had to put an Acer Chromebook R13 on the beta channel to access the Google Play Store, it ran games and titles with slight choppiness but nothing too bad. As long as you don't demand peak performance -- and what Chromebook user does? -- this is a beta test worth trying out. The popular gaming title Asphalt 8 ran a little choppy but was still playable, while the less demanding, but fun PinOut pinball game showed no such lag.

Here's how to enable the Beta channel on a Chromebook to get Android apps and the Google Play Store:

1. Click one of the icons in the drawer in the bottom right corner.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 8.58.05 am

2. Select Settings.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 1.14.15 pm

3. Click About Chrome OS.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 8.58.14 am

4. Click More info.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 8.58.19 am

5. Click Change channel.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 8.58.34 am

6. Select Beta.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 8.58.58 am

7. Click Change channel.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 8.59.02 am

8. Wait for the Beta release of Chrome to download and restart the computer when prompted.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 9.11.41 am

9. Check the box next to "Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook."screenshot 2016 11 02 at 9.21.19 am

10. Click Agree. screenshot 2016 11 02 at 9.21.29 am

11. Click Sign In.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 9.22.01 am

12. Click Accept. screenshot 2016 11 02 at 9.23.14 amYou've got the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, where you can find and install Android apps.screenshot 2016 11 02 at 1.14.48 pm 675371.09955423477

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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20 comments
  • Hector Perdomo Says:

    I have a toshiba chromebook, added the beta and still do not see where it shows the google play store. Can someone please respond with an update. Thank you

  • Nobody Says:

    can you make an newer one for crome 6.3.292.19 ?

  • Jackson Bond Says:

    thanks, this actually worked! super awesome!! im so happy it worked

  • Divina Says:

    after i changed the channel into beta, can i still use chrome web store?

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Thanks so much for the article!! I looked everywhere online and this was the only one that actually helped! thanks so much

  • neida ibarra Says:

    i cant dont it says it is enforced by adminstration

  • Michael Says:

    I just tried this on my Asus Chromebook R13 and it worked a treat!Thanks.

  • DEISEL PRIME Says:

    TRY THE DEVELOPER CHANNEL IT SHOULD WORK IM TRYIN IT NOW

  • M Blank Says:

    This doesn't work. I tried and wasted 2 hours waiting for beta to load to find out there was no may to enable Android Apps. Help thanks.

  • J Miller Says:

    This does not work and my Chromebook is on the approved list.

  • Zach White Says:

    So, for all of you who say that this didn't work, the play store didn't come to your chromebook yet. Most chromebooks will get the play store sometime in the Fall of 2017

  • Rebecca Wilson Says:

    i downloaded beta but i do not see the goole play part that you click after you install beta any i already restarted it

  • whitis Says:

    i updated, and it didn't appear >:(

  • Tyrell Says:

    Does not work on my asus chromebook and I tried beta channel and dev channel.

  • Shadpio Says:

    I put beta on but it doesn't show the enable google play option

  • robert b thompson Says:

    I got to number 9 but on my chromebook the was not an space where the enable google play store should be? Any Help Would be great.

  • Robert Terwillerger Says:

    I agree with John Quincy. Putting the Google Play store and Android apps on a Chromebook is shoehorning that will leave you very disappointed.

  • DoctorP Says:

    Will this work on an Asus Chromebook C201?

  • William Lees Says:

    This doesn't work on my Samsung Chromebook 2.

  • John Quincy Says:

    The headline as well as the beginning of the article are both incorrect and very misleading. You cannot get the Play Store on lots of Chromebooks with the Beta Channel. Only one, the R13 you tested. That said, you have nice simple instructions for doing that on that one model it applies to. Please fix all those errors. Thanks

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