How Do I Install APK on CloudReady?

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Installing APK on CloudReady: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you looking for a way to install APK on your CloudReady device? Look no further! This tutorial will guide you through the steps necessary to install APK on your CloudReady device.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that CloudReady is a lightweight operating system that’s based on Chromium OS. It’s designed to run on older hardware, giving new life to old machines.

However, unlike traditional operating systems like Windows or macOS, it doesn’t natively support APK files. But don’t worry; there are still ways to get APK files up and running on your CloudReady device.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

To start the process of installing APK on your CloudReady device, you’ll first need to enable developer mode. This can be done by following these steps:

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the terminal window.

Step 2: Type “shell” and press Enter.

Step 3: Type “sudo crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1” and press Enter.

Step 4: Reboot your device.

After rebooting, you’ll see a screen that warns you about entering developer mode. Press Ctrl + D or wait for 30 seconds, and your device will enter developer mode.

Step 2: Install an Android Emulator

Now that developer mode is enabled, the next step is to install an Android emulator. An Android emulator is a virtual machine that runs Android inside of it. This will allow you to run Android apps (including APK files) on your CloudReady device.

There are several options for Android emulators available online, but we recommend using ARC Welder from the Chrome Web Store. Here’s how you can install ARC Welder:

Step 1: Open the Google Chrome browser.

Step 2: Go to the Chrome Web Store.

Step 3: Search for “ARC Welder” and click on the “Add to Chrome” button.

Step 4: Follow the prompts to install ARC Welder on your device.

Step 3: Run APK Files with ARC Welder

With ARC Welder installed, you can now run APK files on your CloudReady device. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome.

Step 2: Click on the Apps icon in the bookmarks bar.

Step 3: Click on ARC Welder to open it.

Step 4: Click on “Choose” and select the APK file you want to run.

Step 5: Adjust any settings as necessary (such as screen size or orientation).

Step 6: Click “Launch App” to run the APK file!

That’s it! You can now run APK files on your CloudReady device.

Keep in mind that not all apps will work perfectly, as they were designed to be used with a touch screen. However, this is a great way to get more functionality out of your CloudReady device.


Installing APK on CloudReady may seem daunting at first, but with these simple steps, you can do it in no time! By enabling developer mode and installing an Android emulator like ARC Welder, you’ll be able to run Android apps (including APK files) on your CloudReady device. Happy app-ing!