Can I Install APK on CloudReady?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re looking to install an APK on CloudReady, you may be wondering whether it’s possible, and if so, how to do it. In this article, we’ll explore the answer to this question in detail.

What is CloudReady?

Before we dive into the specifics of installing an APK on CloudReady, let’s first define what CloudReady is. In short, it’s an operating system based on Chromium OS that’s designed to work on older hardware. It’s a lightweight and fast alternative to traditional desktop operating systems like Windows or macOS.

What is an APK?

An APK, or Android Package Kit, is the file format used by Android for distributing and installing applications. It’s essentially the equivalent of an .exe file on Windows or a .dmg file on macOS.

Can I install an APK on CloudReady?

The short answer is no – you can’t install an APK directly on CloudReady. This is because CloudReady is based on Chromium OS, which is not designed to run Android apps natively.

However, there are a few workarounds that may allow you to run Android apps on CloudReady. One option is to use an Android emulator like BlueStacks or Genymotion. These emulators essentially create a virtual Android device within your desktop environment, allowing you to run Android apps as if you were using a physical device.

Another option is to use the ARC Welder Chrome extension. ARC Welder allows you to run Android apps within Chrome by converting them into Chrome-compatible packages. While this method may not work perfectly for every app, it can be a viable solution for some.

Using BlueStacks

To use BlueStacks on CloudReady:

  1. Download and install BlueStacks from the official website
  2. Launch BlueStacks and follow the setup process
  3. Once BlueStacks is set up, you should be able to run Android apps on your CloudReady device

Using ARC Welder

To use ARC Welder on CloudReady:

  1. Install the ARC Welder Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store
  2. Launch the extension and select “Add your APK”
  3. Select the APK file you want to run from your local files
  4. Configure any necessary settings and launch the app within ARC Welder


While you can’t install an APK directly on CloudReady, there are a few workarounds that may allow you to run Android apps on this operating system. Whether you choose to use an emulator like BlueStacks or a tool like ARC Welder, it’s important to keep in mind that not every app will work perfectly – but with some experimentation, you may be able to find a solution that works for your needs.