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)
Acer Chromebook 11 (C740)*

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)*
Dell Chromebook 13 (7310)*

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Google Pixelbook

HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE*
HP Chromebook 11 G5
HP Chromebook 13 G1*

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*
Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook*

Samsung Chromebook Plus*
Samsung Chromebook Pro
Samsung Chromebook 3

This list is changing at a rapid pace. Visit this page for the latest version.

Chromebooks featuring Android apps on the Beta Channel:

Acer Chromebook 11 (C730 / CB3-111 / C730E / CB3-131)
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531)

Asus Chromebook C200
Asus Chromebook C201PA
Asus Chromebook C300

Dell Chromebook 11 (3120)

HP Chromebook 11 G3
HP Chromebook 11 G4 / G4 EE
HP Chromebook 14 G4
HP Chromebook 13 G1

Lenovo 100S Chromebook
Lenovo N20 / N20P Chromebook
Lenovo N21 Chromebook
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook

Samsung Chromebook 2 11" - XE500C12

Toshiba Chromebook 2

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 am

You've got the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, where you can find and install Android apps.

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40 comments
  • ketavious greene Says:

    i like the apps and it is a gas app to useand it is gas it is fire

  • Hey JR Says:

    My girlfriend has this Samsung Chromebook 2 11" and I did all the steps presented in this article until I reached the (change to Beta) part where nothing happened like what this article assumed. What should I do now??

  • Eli AA Says:

    I have the HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE and I don't know how to do this either..

  • Elijah Says:

    Okay I have an Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3 - 111) and I can't figure out how to get google play store, I followed all the steps correctly and yet I still don't see the setting. Please help.

  • Camii Says:

    WTH! this does not even help. I have the chromebook. I did all the steps. NOTHING

  • Sammy Says:

    I have a HP 14 chromebook and there is no enable button for the playstore and i DON'T like the website because i cannot download it on my chromebook FIX THIS asap

  • TheTeeG Says:

    I didn't check all, but several of the Chromebook listed in the Beta section are "Planned" on the Chromium page. I have a Dell Chromebook 11 (3210), on Beta, up to date. No Play Store activation button. Chrome OS 69 in the Dev channel looks awesome, but still no Play Store. You may want to double check your list,

  • Killian Quill Says:

    Are you sure the Acer chromebook 11 cb3-131 , supportś the playstore on Beta, i just changed channel and its not available on my device.

  • William Says:

    I have a lenovo 100S and the button to enable it is not showing up

  • Marty Says:

    The Play Store does work on my Toshiba Chromebook 2, but it's the 2015 model. It's still not on the 2014 model.
    It's still not on my Acer CB3-111 and I doubt that it will be although it was promised a long time ago.

  • C Gooch Says:

    I have an Asus chromebook, but there is no enable google play option, do you have any idea why? I was reading other comments and it seems like this is a very common problem.

  • Cooper Says:

    1. I have a an acer chromebook CB3-111, and am on the beta channel.
    2. The 'enable google play button' will not show up.
    3. I am on the approved beta list on this website, which isn't true. My chromebook is actually only planned, to have google play store, so it might not even get it.

  • Trace Cummings Says:

    There is no enable button for google play

  • nicole hood Says:

    I tried this for my hp 11 g4 chromebook and it didn't work there is no button to enable the google play store

  • ERIKA Says:

    you have saved my life and online class. you are doing the world a great service here. i could not find this information in any chrome, adobe, help, google forum. no where. and there you are. you make the world a better place.

  • Rek01 Says:

    Are you sure about CB3-111's play store on the beta channel ? On chrominium.org, it's just planned.

  • Daniel Says:

    is there a way to change channel even though the change button is blocked

  • Dennis Says:

    Won't work on Toshiba Chromebook, swanky.

  • Wyatt Says:

    but I am on beta, I am on the list, but play store is not there. Why?

  • Mike D Says:

    Your list of supported Chromebooks is wrong, I just switched over to Beta only to find out the N21 is NOT supported in either channel.

  • 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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