How Do I Install APK Files on Chrome?

APK, APK Installations

Have you ever come across an Android app that you really want to try out, but it’s not available on the Chrome Web Store? Don’t worry because you can still install it on your Chromebook or Chrome browser using APK files. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of installing APK files on Chrome.

What is an APK file?

An Android Package Kit (APK) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps. It contains all the elements that an app needs to install and run successfully on an Android device.

Why Install APK Files on Chrome?

Installing APK files on Chrome can be useful in many ways. For instance, some apps may not be available in your country’s Google Play Store, or they may be removed from the Play Store due to policy violations. Installing APK files also allows you to use apps that are not optimized for Chrome OS.

Steps to Install APK Files on Chrome

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

The first thing you need to do is enable Developer Mode on your device. To do this, open your Settings app and click on About Chrome OS.

Then click on Detailed build information and then click the Change channel button. Choose a developer channel and restart your device.

Step 2: Download a File Manager App

You’ll need a file manager app that can handle .apk files because Chrome OS doesn’t have one built-in. There are several options available in the Google Play Store such as Solid Explorer and ES File Explorer.

Step 3: Download an APK File

You can download an APK file from various sources like third-party websites or directly from developers’ websites.

  • Caution: Download APK files only from reliable sources to avoid malware.

Step 4: Install the APK File

After downloading the APK file, open your file manager app and navigate to the folder where you saved it. Click on the APK file to begin the installation process. You may see a warning message about installing apps from unknown sources, so click on Allow if prompted.


Installing APK files on Chrome can be a great way to access apps that aren’t available in your country or have been removed from the Play Store. However, it’s important to be cautious when downloading files from third-party websites and only install apps from trusted sources.

Now that you know how to install APK files on Chrome, you can try out some of your favorite Android apps and enjoy them on your Chromebook or Chrome browser.