You Can Now Sideload Android Apps on Chrome OS 80


We all know that Chrome OS has started supporting Android apps with its developer mode. Previous Chrome OS updates let you install Android apps from the official Play Store only. You were not allowed to install the third party apps or APKs on Chrome OS. But with the new Chrome OS 80 update, you can now sideload Android apps without developer mode.

Yes, the latest update to Chrome OS i.e. Chrome OS 80 now supports third-party installs. The Chrome OS 80 is currently in its development phase with Canary channel. This new update adds support for third party apps with APKs. You can now install APK files of your favorite Android apps and games directly on to the Chrome OS PC without switching it to the Developers Mode.

To start using this new functionality on the updated Chrome OS 80, the first thing you need to do here is setting up a Linux Environment to your system. The third party apps or APKs have to be installed using the ADB and for that reason, you need to setup the Linux Environment on your Chrome OS system.

Not all Chrome OS supported PCs support Linux environment and for that reason, this new functionality will work on to the compatible systems only and not on all the Chrome OS-based systems.

Once you set up the Linux Environment, you need to install ADB. You can install it using the built-in tools or can install it using the third-party installers as well.

Once everything is done, go to the Android Settings app and then select Developer Options. From here, enable ADB. Now in the given command window, you need to run the following command:

adb connect

After entering the command, hit the Enter button. You will see a pop up messaging asking you whether to turn on the ADB or not. Kindly confirm the process by selecting Yes button.

Google is making things easier for the regular users who can now make use of their Chrome OS PCs just like an Android device. All the third party apps can now be tested on the PC system and you don’t need to have an Android device for the same.

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