Chromebooks have enjoyed a fair bit of success ever since they were introduced in 2011. Running on ChromeOS, Chromebooks work seamlessly with Google’s services and applications and come at very affordable prices. In 2016, Google announced Android app support for Chromebooks, and since then they have really taken off. Newer Chromebooks come preinstalled with Google Play Store, allowing you to install your favourite apps on the platform. However, if you own a Chromebook that came out before 2019, you may have to manually activate the Play Store to download Android apps. In this article, we show you how to enable Google Play Store on a Chromebook.
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Here’s how you can enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook
Step 1: Click on the bottom right corner of the screen to access the Quick Settings Panel.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon to open Settings.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Turn On’ button next to Google Play Store.
Step 4: Go through the Terms & Conditions and hit Accept.
Step 5: Google Play Store will be activated on your Chromebook and you will now be able to download and install all your favourite Android apps.
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This is how you can activate Google Play Store on a Chromebook. If you own an older Chromebook that does not show an option to activate the Play Store, try updating the OS. Updating your Chromebook’s OS is easy. All you need to do is open the Settings from the Quick Settings Panel (as shown above) and select ‘About Chrome OS’. You will see any pending updates in this Window. If that is not the case, click on ‘Check for updates’. Once the update has been installed, look for the option to activate Google Play Store in Settings.
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