How to run Roblox on your new Chromebook in 2021

How to run Roblox on your new Chromebook in 2021

Roblox is an incredibly popular online game. If you recently switched to a Chromebook, you might be looking forward to Roblox on your new laptop. Unfortunately, Roblox doesn’t have a native Chrome OS app. Luckily, like so many other games, you can use Android app support to enjoy Roblox on your new Chromebook. For those with older Chromebooks, you can still install Roblox with a slightly riskier method. In this tutorial we’ll take a look at the options for playing Roblox on your Chromebook.

Run Roblox on Chromebook using the Android app

Before you can start playing Roblox via the Google Play Store, you’ll need to verify that your Chromebook is supported. If your Chromebook was released in or after 2017, there’s a good chance it can run Android apps. The fastest way to check this is to head into Settings on your Chromebook.

Apps settings in Chrome OS

Check if your Chromebook supports the Google Play Store

  • Turn your Chromebook on and log in.
  • Click on the time in the bottom right corner.
  • Click on the Settings cog.
  • Select Apps.
  • If your Chromebook supports the Google Play Store, you’ll see a Google Play Store option. This means you can run Android apps on your Chromebook.

Play Store enabled in Settings on Chrome OS

Some older Chromebooks didn’t ship with Google Play support enabled by default. However, many of those devices received Android app support via an update. If you have an older Chromebook, you should check for updates if you don’t see the Google Play Store option available.

How to update your Chromebook

  • Turn your Chromebook on and log in.
  • Connect to Wifi.
  • Click on the time in the bottom right corner.
  • Select the Settings cog.
  • Choose the About Chrome OS option.
  • Click or tap on Check for updates.
  • Follow instructions until the update completes.

update screen on Chrome OS

Unfortunately, if the Google Play Store option still doesn’t appear in Settings, your device doesn’t support Android apps. If your Chromebook doesn’t support Android apps, it’s probably worth upgrading to one of our favorite new Chromebooks. If your Chromebook does support Android apps, the Google Play Store should be enabled by default. In the rare case the option isn’t on already, you can choose Turn on to enable the option to run Android apps.

Roblox
Roblox
Developer: Roblox Corporation
Price: Free+

Roblox in play store

Now you’re all set to run Roblox on your Chromebook as an Android app. Click on Install from the product page for the game. Wait for the game to download and install. After the game installs on your Chromebook you’ll see a Roblox icon in your Launcher. Tap on the icon to open the game. Log into your Roblox account or sign up for a new account and start playing.

Run Roblox on Chromebooks without Play Store support

If your Chromebook doesn’t have Google Play Store support, you can still install Roblox with a little more work. This method involves installing a third-party Chrome extension called ARC Welder and downloading the Roblox APK outside of the Play Store. Both of these things carry security risks and while we trust the sources of both the extension and APK, you should be aware of this before starting.

Here are the steps to install Roblox on a Chromebook without Play Store support.

Installing ARC Welder on Chrome

Roblox apk page

  • Launch ARC Welder and select the Choose option.
  • Select the directory when the APK is located, probably in your Downloads.

ARC welder running on Chromebook

  • Choose Add your APK in ARC Welder.
  • Finally, select the Roblox APK file and click the Open button. It will take some time to process the APK file.
  • Next, you can select some options for running Roblox. Turn on Landscape orientation and the Tablet form-factor. Finally, click on the Test button.
  • Roblox will load. It may take quite a while so patience is required at this step.

Keep in mind that playing Roblox through ARC Welder will not offer the best gaming experience. You’ll almost certainly notice some lag and a few hiccups here and there. This is the best method for playing Roblox without the Play Store, but it isn’t perfect.

Those are the options for running Roblox on your Chromebook. If you have the Play Store installed, things are fast and simple. Even without Play Store support you can enjoy Roblox gaming, if you’re willing to do a little extra work and install an APK outside of the Play Store. Please drop any questions in the comments and let us know how these methods work out for you. If you want more awesome Android apps for Chrome OS, check out our full guide.

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Jeff Springer
Jeff Springer

Applied mathematician with a love for Android. I am interested in inverse problems for imaging and integration with camera software for mobile phones.