How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook
You can finally use Android apps on touchscreen Chromebooks, but there's a catch: the long-promised feature is available only in the Beta channel of Chrome OS. Fortunately, 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). Hopefully, your Chromebook supports this feature now, but check out this page to see if and when when your model is due to get these apps.
We tested this feature out on an Acer Chromebook R13, one of the touch-screen bend-back convertibles that can download Chrome OS 55.0, the beta version you need to access the Google Play Store. 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 get Android Apps and the Google Play Store on a Chromebook:
1. Click one of the icons in the drawer in the bottom right corner.
2. Select Settings.
3. Click About Chrome OS.
4. Click More info.
5. Click Change channel.
6. Select Beta.
7. Click Change channel.
8. Wait for the Beta release of Chrome to download and restart the computer when prompted.
9. Check the box next to "Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook."
10. Click Agree.
11. Click Sign In.
12. Click Accept. You've got the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, where you can find and install Android apps.