With the release of Chrome OS 80, Google has finally brought the ability to install Android apps on Chromebook without Developer Mode. This is truly great and path-breaking for both developers as well as the Chrome OS enthusiast community. You can finally install Android APKs that are not available on the Play Store, and for that, you don’t have to sacrifice your security. However, keep in mind, you will at least have to move from Stable to the Dev channel of updates. So without any delay, let’s go ahead and learn how to sideload Android APKs on Chrome OS.

Sideload Android Apps on Chromebook Without Developer Mode

Before we begin, make sure to switch the Chrome OS from Stable to the Dev channel. Just open Settings and move to About Chrome OS -> Additional Details -> Change Channel to Dev. Now, come back and check for updates on the “About Chrome OS” page. Thereafter, it will download and install the update automatically. Do not worry, moving to Dev Channel does not reset your Chromebook. After the update, your Chromebook should be on Chrome OS 80.0.3987.18 (Platform version: 12739.12.0).

Keep in mind, Dev Channel is not the same as Developer Mode. The former just brings the future (can be buggy) updates while the latter is an OS environment where security restrictions are relaxed for testing purposes. Anyway, having done that, let’s move to the steps and learn how to install Android apps on Chromebook without Developer Mode.

1. Open Settings and turn on Linux (Beta) from the left menu. If you don’t know how to do it, follow our guide from here.

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2. After setting up Linux, open Settings again and navigate to Linux -> Develop Android Apps -> Enable the toggle for ADB Debugging. Now, restart your Chromebook and an ADB prompt will come up after the reboot. Click on “Allow” and you are done.

Note: In case, ADB toggle is not turning on then you will have to reset your Chromebook. A similar thing happened with our machine as well and powerwashing the Chromebook resolved the issue.

3. Now, open Terminal from the app drawer and execute the below command to install the ADB platform tools. Further, press “Y” to allow the installation.

sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

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4. After the installation, run the below command to connect the Android system with Linux on Chrome OS. Remember, your Chromebook should be connected to a WiFi network for this to work.

adb connect

If the Terminal shows “Permission Denied” or “Command Not Found” error then run the below command and then try again with the adb connect command mentioned above.

adb start-server

5. A window will instantly open up to “Allow USB Debugging”. Enable the checkbox for “Always allow” and then click on the “Ok” button. By now, you have successfully set up the foundation.

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  • Install Android App on Chrome OS

6. Now, go ahead and download the Android APK that is not available on the Play Store and move it to Linux files. For example, I have downloaded the Firefox APK to install on my Chromebook without Developer Mode.

Note: Rename the downloaded APK to something easier, just so you can easily type it on the Terminal.

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7. Open the Terminal and type the below command to sideload the Android app on Chrome OS. For your case, you will have to change the app name in place of firefox.

adb install firefox.apk

8. Now, open the app drawer and you will find the Android app that you just installed. Keep in mind, the Android app is using its ART (Android Run Time) framework and not running in a Linux container. So, the performance is great and similar to other apps downloaded from the Play Store. Enjoy!

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Install Any Android App on Your Chromebook

So that was our guide on how to sideload Android apps on Chromebook without Developer mode. While the solution is not that straightforward, it’s much better than moving to Developer mode which is a security nightmare for general users. Also, once you set up the ADB, you just have to download the APK and you can install it via the adb install command. That’s it. So that was all from our side. If you want to learn more hacks about Chromebooks and Chrome OS then stay tuned with us as we bring some interesting guide for you in the coming days. As for now, we have covered the best Chrome OS apps in a detailed article so check that out.


  1. Thank you! I have been trying to install Minecraft on my Chromebook Duet, and because Minecraft removed the app from the Play Store, I have had no idea how to install it until I read this article! I tried installing it and it worked. Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you so much for your very useful articles! I recently purchased a very cheap Chromebook just to see what they were like and am very pleased. Having done development in the past, I wanted to see what Android studio looked like (I know I can’t actually use it on my anemic CB) and I am pleased by what I see. However, installing it caused the “adb install” to fail because there’s now an emulator in my Linux tools. adb devices now displays two lines: the ip address you describe and the emulator on the second line. Can I run a variant of the original command ? If possible I would like to keep Android Studio . Thanks for any suggestions

  3. I don’t have the “Develop Android Apps -> Enable the toggle for ADB Debugging” on my Samsung chromebook plus. What’s the deal with that? Would appreciate the help, thanks.

  4. I tryed this but Develop Android Apps never showed up in linux (beta) on settings I changed my channel to dev channel,there are no updates to it,I power washed it 2 times,android apps work on it and its still not showing up.

    btw if it helps I got my chromebook last year and its a samsung chromebook 3

  5. Today I tried to install an Android app on my Chromebook and got Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_NO_MATCHING_ABIS: Failed to extract native libraries, res = -113].
    Now I don’t know what to do.
    Please help me, thank you.

  6. I try to do as the steps, but it shows me Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_NO_MATCHING_ABIS: Failed to extract native libraries, res=-113]. Any apk is the same result, can you help me?

  7. im having a different kind of problem. “Develop Android Apps” isnt showing up when i go into linux beta and click linux. please help.

  8. error: more than one device/emulator
    adb: error: failed to get feature set: more than one device/emulator
    – waiting for device –
    error: more than one device/emulator

  9. Great job, thanks.

    For me I had 2 devices:
    adb devices
    List of devices attached unautherized device …
    emulator-5554 …

    So I had to type
    adb -s emulator-5554 install …

    • Wow thank you very much had the same problem was struggling with it !!! And thanks to this articel!! Great job no developer mode Perfect!!!

  10. i cant seem to find the option to do whats required for step 2 there is no option to complete this step .there is no developer option. please an help would be much appreciated contact me at

    • It didnt work for me first time, do the first few commands, then leave it for a day, come back and enter that command, then the menu should pop up, hope this helped 🙂