How Do I Install APK From Unknown Sources on Chromebook?

APK, APK Installations

Chromebooks are known for their security features that prevent users from installing software from unknown sources. However, there may be instances where you need to install an APK file from an unknown source on your Chromebook. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing APKs from unknown sources on your Chromebook.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

Before we proceed with the installation process, we need to enable the developer mode on our Chromebook. Follow the steps below to enable developer mode:

Warning: Enabling developer mode will wipe all data from your Chromebook.

  1. Press and hold the Esc + Refresh key (circular arrow) + Power button simultaneously.
  2. When the “Chrome OS is missing or damaged” screen appears, press Ctrl + D.
  3. Press Enter on the next screen to confirm that you want to enable developer mode.
  4. Your Chromebook will reboot and go through a verification process. This may take several minutes.

Step 2: Download and Install ARC Welder

ARC Welder is a tool that allows you to run Android apps on your Chromebook. Follow the steps below to download and install ARC Welder:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
  2. Navigate to the ARC Welder page on the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arc-welder/emfinbmielocnlhgmfkkmkngdoccbadn).
  3. Click Add to Chrome button and confirm by clicking Add Extension in the pop-up window.

Step 3: Download APK File

You can download APK files from various sources on the internet. However, make sure that you download the APK file from a trusted source. Follow the steps below to download an APK file:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
  2. Navigate to the website where you can download the APK file.
  3. Click on the Download button and wait for the download to complete.

Step 4: Load APK File in ARC Welder

Follow the steps below to load the APK file in ARC Welder:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
  2. Click on Apps icon and select ARC Welder from the list of installed apps.
  3. Click on Add your APK button and select the downloaded APK file from your Downloads folder.
  4. Select any configuration options if required and click Test button to run the app.

Conclusion:

In this tutorial, we have shown you how to install APKs from unknown sources on your Chromebook. Remember to be cautious while downloading and installing apps from unknown sources as they may contain malware or viruses that can harm your device. Stay safe and enjoy using Android apps on your Chromebook!