How Do I Manually Install APK on Chromebook?

APK, APK Installations

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular due to their ease of use and affordability. However, unlike traditional laptops, they run on Google’s operating system, Chrome OS.

This can sometimes lead to confusion for users who are used to installing apps using APK files on Android devices. In this article, we will guide you through the process of manually installing APKs on your Chromebook.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that not all apps are compatible with Chrome OS, so make sure that the app you want to install has a version that is compatible with Chromebooks.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

The first step in manually installing an APK on your Chromebook is to enable Developer Mode. This will allow you to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store. Please note that enabling Developer Mode will erase all data from your device, so make sure you have backed up any important files before proceeding.

To enable Developer Mode:

  • Turn off your Chromebook.
  • Press and hold the Esc + Refresh keys.
  • Press the Power button.

Your Chromebook will now boot into recovery mode. Press Ctrl + D at the prompt to enable Developer Mode.

Step 2: Download the APK File

Once you have enabled Developer Mode, you can download the APK file for the app you want to install. You can download APK files from various websites such as APKMirror or Aptoide.

Step 3: Install the APK File

To install the APK file:

  • Open the Files app on your Chromebook.
  • Navigate to the folder where you saved the APK file.
  • Right-click on the file and select “Open with..”
  • Select “ARC Welder” from the list of apps.
  • In ARC Welder, click on “Add your APK” and select the APK file you downloaded in Step 2.
  • Configure the settings for your app, such as screen size and orientation, then click “Test” to start the app.

Step 4: Enjoy Your App

Congratulations! You have successfully installed an APK on your Chromebook. The app will now appear in your app drawer, and you can use it just like any other app.


Manually installing an APK on a Chromebook can be a bit of a hassle, but it’s worth it if you want to use an app that is not available on the Google Play Store. By following these simple steps, you can easily install any compatible APK file on your Chromebook.

Just remember to always be cautious when downloading apps from third-party sources and make sure they are trustworthy. With a little bit of effort, you can unlock the full potential of your Chromebook and enjoy all the apps you want.