How to download software on chromebook

How to download software on chromebook. The Chromebook is a great device, but sometimes you just need to install non-web applications. When that time comes, you might be forced to use a laptop. However, there is a way to download software on a Chromebook by using an Android app.

Chromebooks are one of the most innovative inventions by Google. They have on-board flash storage and persistent data storage which allows them to run without having a virus-infested operating system. This eliminates the need for a hard-disk drive and lowers the weight, cost and size of the device. With these features, Chromebooks are ready for education, web shopping and browsing. However, there is still one question that many people ask about Chromebooks that goes something like this – “Can I download software on chromebook?” Only a few applications such as Rich Text, Spreadsheet and Presentation editors are available offline; thus, recently adding support for Android apps has paved the way for more options.

Downloading software is a breeze on your Chromebook.

First, open the Google Play store by clicking on the “Play” app on the bottom toolbar of your screen.

On the left-hand side of the page, click on “Apps & Games.” A list of apps and games you can download will appear.

Search for what you’re looking for by typing in your search term or browsing through categories like “Education” or “Entertainment.” You’ll see a list of results that match what you’ve typed in or browsed to.

Click on any result to open its page. If it’s free, there will be no cost associated with downloading it. If it costs money, you’ll see how much it costs before you can download it.

When you’re done choosing your apps and games, click on the “Install” button at the bottom right corner of each listing’s page to begin installing them on your Chromebook

What You Will Need

Some Chromebooks, especially older ones, might have some trouble with this new app. That’s because CrossOver for Chrome OS requires an Intel processor.

In simple terms, you need one of the best Chromebooks that run Android apps. And naturally, you’ll need to download and install the app. Here’s a quick tutorial video from Codeweavers for it.

How to Install CrossOver for Chrome OS

  1. Go to Profile Picture > Settings > Menu > Google Play Store
  2. Click Turn On if it hasn’t been already
  3. Open Play Store on your Chromebook
  4. Download CrossOver for Chrome OS from the Google Play Store

Prep for Windows Program Installation

CrossOver will automatically fetch the installation of some Windows software for you. But for most programs, you will need to first download the offline installer of the desired program.

Whether it’s Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, or even a small program like IrfanView, get the full offline installer from its site. If you can’t find it, go to Standalone Offline Installers and download it from there.

Keep the installer in an easy-to-find location on your Chromebook, like the Downloads folder.

How to Install Windows Programs on Chromebooks

  1. Run CrossOver for Chrome OS.
  2. In the Search Applications box, start typing the name of your desired program. CrossOver will suggest names. Click Install on the correct one to get started.
  3. Depending on the program, CrossOver will now fetch the correct files online to install it.
  4. Go through the installation procedure as you would with any Windows program.
  5. Don’t change the destination folder! You are right, Chrome OS doesn’t have anything like “C:\Program Files\Paint.NET” but keep it as is. Changing the destination folder routinely causes errors in CrossOver.
  6. You’ll finally see Installation Finished once the whole process is done. Don’t launch the program just yet, even though you can see a prompt for it.

This simple process works for some games and software, but not all. As already noted, it’s best if you downloaded an offline installer. In that case, the installation procedure is slightly different.

  1. Run CrossOver for Chrome OS.
  2. In the Search Applications box, start typing the name of your desired program. Click Install if CrossOver knows the name, or click Install Unlisted Application when CrossOver prompts you.
  3. Name the program you are about to install, and click Select Installer.
  4. In the following screen, browse to the folder where you saved the offline installer on your hard drive. CrossOver lists all Windows installers from that folder, so find the right one and click Install.
  5. Again, follow the installation procedure as you normally would, and don’t change the destination folder.
  6. You’ll finally see Installation Finished once the whole process is done. Don’t launch the program just yet, even though you can see a prompt for it.

How to Run Windows Programs on Chromebook

  1. Once you have installed the program, close and restart CrossOver for Chrome OS.
  2. You’ll see your new programs in Installed Apps. Click the program to see two options: Manage program or Launch program.
  3. Click Launch Program to start and use the Windows program as a Chrome app.

How to Uninstall Windows Programs on CrossOver

  1. To uninstall a program, go to Installed Apps, click the program, and then choose Manage Program.
  2. Click the cog-wheel Settings icon, and then click Uninstall in the drop-down options.

What Works on CrossOver for Chromebooks

CrossOver for Chrome OS is still in beta, so there are some things that won’t work as advertised. And even when they do, remember, you are essentially running Wine with a virtual Windows environment. So the programs retain the look and feel of Windows software.

Here’s a list of the software we tried and how it performed:

  • Notepad++: Installed and ran perfectly, no issues
  • Filezilla: Installed and ran perfectly, no issues
  • Paint.NET: Couldn’t install properly (no Launch file at the end of a successful installation)
  • GIMP: Installed and ran fine, but has performance issues. Freezes up often.
  • Microsoft Office 2013: Couldn’t install properly (no Launch file at the end of a successful installation)
  • TrackMania Nations Forever: Installed and ran perfectly, no issues
  • Audacity: Installed and ran fine, but has performance issues. Freezes up often.

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