How to Download Android Apps On Chromebook

Grab the app you want and get on with your day

Google is gradually releasing versions of the Chromebook software (Chrome OS) that supports the Google Play store. If you aren’t sure your device supports Google Play, they have provided a growing list of devices that do support it. If you are still uncertain, make sure your Chromebook software is running Chrome OS version 53 or higher.

Which Version of Chrome OS Do You Have?

Down at the bottom right-hand side, select the taskbar (where the time is showing).

  1. Select Settings (which looks like a cogwheel).

  2. On the upper left-hand side, select the Chrome Menu (which looks like 3 horizontal lines).

  3. Select About Chrome OS. The version of Chrome OS appears on the left side.

    If you don’t have version 53 or higher, click on the Check For Updates to see if your system does have an update.

  4. Once you’ve confirmed you have the correct version, simply open up the Play Store. (If you recently updated, you should have seen this install.)

Go to the Play Store

Now it's time to find some apps to install.

  1. Select the Start button (which looks like a white circle).

    Start button on Chromebook, lower-left corner of screen
  2. Either enter Play Store in the search menu or select the up button to display more apps.

    More Apps triangle in lower center of Chromebook screen
  3. Select the Play Store icon.

    Play Store icon in More Apps screen of Chromebook

Install Apps from the Play Store.

Now we’re ready to find all those fun (and productive) apps. At the top of the screen, click in the box that says Google Play. This is the actual search box to find all of those great apps.

Search field for Google Play store on Chromebook
  1. In this example, we are searching for a calendar app. Type in your search criteria and press the Enter key.

    searching for apps
  2. You should quite a few results. Here you can select each result and read a brief summary of the app, see some screenshots, and read reviews of the app.

    Some apps are not free or have in-app purchases to enable certain features.

    found some apps
  3. Once you’ve decided on an appropriate app, select the Install button.

    Install button for Google Play store Any.do app
  4. You should see the view now shows the app is downloading and will have a progress bar to show its installation progress.

    Downloading message when installing Any.do app on Chromebook
  5. Once the app is installed, the app information screen should display an Open button instead of Install. Alternatively, just go back to your apps list and click on the icon. Voila! You now have a shiny new app to play with.

    Open button for newly installed Any.do calendar app on Chromebook

Alternative to the Play Store

The Google Web Store is what all Chrome OS systems used before Google implemented access and usage of the Google Play Store. While many apps are listed in both places, the Web Store may not have the selection the Play Store has.

  1. Select the Start button (looks like a white circle). If Web Store doesn't appear in your Frequent Apps list, select the Up arrow to see all apps.

  2. Select the Web Store icon.

    Web store icon on Chromebook
  3. A Chrome webpage will pull up. It will have an address like https://chrome.google.com/webstore.

    From here, at the top left corner under the Chrome Web Store logo, enter in your search criteria for the app you’re looking for.

    Search field in Chrome web store
  4. In this example, we’re looking for a calendar. Once you typed in your search criteria, press Enter.

    Calendar search criteria in Chrome web store on Chromebook
  5. Just like you would on the Play Store, selecting a listing will give you additional information on the selected app.

    App details
  6. Once you’ve selected the app you want to install, you select Add to Chrome in the app details window.

    Add to Chrome button in Chrome web store on Chromebook
  7. Alternatively, you can select Add to Chrome in the app search results window.

    Add to Chrome button in Chrome web store on Chromebook
  8. Once you’ve selected the Add to Chrome button, a dialog box should pop up asking if you want to install the app. If so, select the Add extension button.

    Add Extension button in Chrome web store on Chromebook
  9. Once the installation has completed, another dialog box will appear notifying of completion.

    Chrome web browser with dialog box that says Google Calendar has been added to Chrome
  10. You should now notice in the app search list a green button to Rate It and a small green banner on the app stating Added.

    Rate it and Added banners in recently added Google Calendar to Chromebook
  11. Or in the app details view, it should say Added to Chrome. If this is your view, then your app is installed and ready for you to use.