It’s easy to install apps on Android smartphones and tablets using the APK package, and you just need to open the “from unknown source” switch in Settings. However, it may not be so easy to install an APK package from unknown sources on Chrome OS. Before the operating system allows users to install applications outside the Google Play store, users will have a lot of extra works to install APK from a third-party source.
Android apps coming to Chromebooks might very well be the defining moment for Google’s Chrome OS platform. In our usage of Android apps on Chromebook, we have found Chromebook’s functionality to have multiplied innumerably. However, there’s one catch, that is, many apps on the Play Store aren’t compatible with the Chromebook. For instance, apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Uber, Inbox by Gmail, Chromecast, PayPal and more are incompatible because of various reasons like the fact that Play Store treats the Chromebook as an Android 6.0 tablet, the lack of GPS on Chromebooks etc.
Thankfully, you can always sideload Android apps through APK files but Chromebook natively does not support these files. The good news is, there’s a way to install APK files on Chromebook and that’s what we are about to tell you.
So how can you install APK package from unknown source? The user must first enable the developer mode and disable startup validation and other security features, and when the device starts, the user must also press the combination key.
Obviously, the installed process is so complicated because Google are likely prevent users from randomly installing unknown APK packages on Chrome OS, but the situation will be changed, according to UberGizmo.
A new code submission was found in Chrome Gerrit, which revealed that Google will soon allow Chrome OS administrators to enable or disable APK side loading. This will make it easier for organizations or schools that have already deployed Chrome OS to deploy applications to users without having to distribute them through Google Play stores.
If it is true in the report, it is predictable that Google’s strict stance on installing third-party sources of APK files on Chrome OS is changing, and in the near future, installing APK files on Chrome OS will be as fast and simple as Android smartphones and tablets.