Getting Google Play and Android Apps running on a pile of Chromebooks

For the most part the answer is yes. Android app support is shaping up quite nicely on Chromebooks now and should be rolling out to more device in the coming months. It is actually pretty easy to get it going though right now on most Chromebooks if you really can’t wait. See our test results in the video below on a number of Chromebooks we had on hand.

If you don’t want to watch the video for some reason the results were:

Dell Chromebook 13 – Worked perfectly

Asus C100 – Works already so as expected

Edxis EDU Chromebook – Works perfectly

Edxis Chromebook – Works perfectly

Acer C720 – Runs but errors on sign in to play store (not on Google’s supported list)

HP Chromebook 11 G3 – Same error as Acer C720 (although it is on the supported list, not working yet)

To set it up yourself you need to do a few steps that take about 10 minutes in total. Before this though you should create a USB flash drive recovery before you attempt any of this … just in case (https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/6002417?hl=en). Please don’t blame me if something goes wrong on your Chromebook, for me it worked fine on every one I tried.

Now that we have a recovery USB flash drive in case of emergency let’s run through the steps.

Step 1

Change your Chromebook’s channel to ‘Developer’ inside the Settings –> About Chrome OS –> More info. This will take a little while to download and install.

Step 2

Once on the developer channel you need to actually change to developer mode. To do this hold down ‘esc’ + ‘refresh’ + ‘power’ at the same time on the keyboard. Straight away after restarting hit ‘ctrl’ + ‘d’ Choose to disable OS verification and it will start to switch to developer mode. This will wipe all locally stored data. All future boots while in developer mode will require hitting ctrl + d on the OS verification screen to continue.

Step 3

Once logged in again you need to bring up a terminal using ‘ctrl’ + ‘alt’ + ‘T’. In the terminal window enter exactly the command below to enter canary mode:

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Agree to enter canary mode.

Step 4

While still in the terminal window type in ‘shell‘ to enter the shell, then enter ‘sudo su‘ to gain root access.

Step 5

Enter the following commands line by line. Press enter after each command:

sudo cp /etc/chrome_dev.conf /usr/local/

sudo mount –bind /usr/local/chrome_dev.conf /etc/chrome_dev.conf

sudo echo “–enable-arc ” >> /etc/chrome_dev.conf

Step 6

Press Ctrl + Shift + Q twice to log out. Log back in and bang! you have the Google Play Store.

Happy apping

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