Top Chromebook Apps for 2021

These apps will make your Chromebook even better

Chromebooks don't necessarily provide the array of software found on macOS or Windows. However, their feature set can be expanded significantly with apps for Chromebooks. We listed what we consider to be the best Chromebook apps along with what we like (and don't like) about each.

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Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Allows cross-platform, secure access.

  • Works without logging in to the host.

  • Frequent updates.

What We Don't Like
  • Stability is sometimes shaky.

  • Browser-specific.

  • No remote print feature.

A long-running favorite in the Web Store, Chrome Remote Desktop lets you access another computer using the Google browser (with permission) or vice versa. The app comes in handy for providing support to a colleague, friend, or relative no matter if they're around the corner or halfway around the world. It's also helpful for accessing your files from a remote location.

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DocuSign Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Simplifies signing documents.

  • User-friendly.

  • Integrates with common HR tools.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited number of documents allowed.

  • Occasional lagging.

  • Limited support.

Adding your signature to a contract or other type of document used to mean physically putting pen to paper and then either handing it to its recipient or dropping it in the mail. With electronic signatures now serving as legally binding in most scenarios, you can sign and submit documents in seconds from your Chromebook.

Integrated with Google Drive and Gmail, the DocuSign app lets you sign PDF documents instantly from within your email interface.

DocuSign's feature set is even more robust when it comes to configuring your documents for others to sign. You can specify locations that require a signature and send it to the recipient's email address. In a couple of clicks, they can fully execute a document and send it back to you. DocuSign's real-time status lets you know when they viewed and signed the document.

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Spotify Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Create and store playlists.

  • Access Spotify's enhanced search engine.

  • Stream a variety of music.

What We Don't Like
  • In-app advertisements.

  • Occasional issues on slower connections.

  • Can be buggy.

Spotify provides access to a vast music library containing millions of titles. This library is searchable by song, album, artist name, and genre. The app transforms your Chromebook into a compendium of beats that no deejay can match, letting you sing along to your favorites while discovering tunes that you never heard of before.

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All-in-One Messenger

All-in-One Messenger Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Seamless and fast user experience.

  • Pin to the desktop.

  • Consolidate messengers.

What We Don't Like
  • May cause slowdowns on earlier Chromebooks.

  • Browser-specific.

  • No status update feature.

One of the more frustrating aspects of modern-day messaging is that it sometimes feels like everyone uses a different communication method. These different methods make it hard to avoid the clutter of multiple programs when you want to stay in touch with those in your circle.

All-in-One Messenger goes a long way in solving that problem by letting you access over two dozen chat and messenger services from a central location, including popular options like WhatsApp and some lesser-known alternatives. Installing this app provides the ability to reach virtually anyone from your Chromebook, no matter which service they use.

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Dropbox Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Suitable alternative to Google Drive.

  • Generous amount of free space.

  • User-friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing more than a redirect to the website.

  • No integrated UI.

  • Occasional connectivity issues.

Many Chromebook users own other devices, such as smartphones or tablets, and additional computers with a different operating system like Windows or macOS. The files are usually all over the place. Having one repository that supports all platforms is essential.

The Dropbox app provides access to a cloud-based repository for your photos, videos, and other file types through an intuitive interface that fits right in on your Chromebook. You can access or store anything using the app and your free Dropbox account. A free account allows a significant amount of storage space before you have to pay a fee.

Free space is another issue that Chromebook users often encounter with smaller hard drives. This is a situation that Dropbox can resolve. The app is also useful for sharing larger files or groups of smaller files with people other than yourself and allows them to share with you as well.

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Webcam Toy

Webcam Toy Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Keyboard shortcuts allow for quick and easy control.

  • Works with a large number of images.

  • Numerous effects.

What We Don't Like
  • No integration with Instagram.

  • No video option.

  • Cannot edit existing photos.

While this app is fun like its moniker suggests, Webcam Toy is also a powerful addition to your Chromebook's built-in camera. Snap groups of photos in a flash and choose from almost a hundred effects to apply to photos. You can also share to Facebook or Twitter with one click.

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Clipchamp Chromebook app
What We Like
  • Supports numerous formats.

  • Records and edits.

  • No watermark.

What We Don't Like
  • Larger files can process slowly.

  • Occasionally crashes.

  • Compresses all files.

Sticking with the webcam theme, Clipchamp helps you record HTML5 videos like a professional. It converts and compresses on the fly when needed for quick and secure uploads to Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube. The app also serves as a standalone converter for videos created by someone other than yourself and provides several editing features. Clipchamp supports over a dozen video formats, including MOV, AVI, MP4, DIVX, WMV, MPEG, and M4V.

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