Before I tell you just how to play Roblox on your school Chromebook, how would you like to become a Roblox developer and make your own games on the platform?
It’s cool to learn and cooler to get done too.
Or maybe you’ll just stick to playing and know how to play Roblox on a Chromebook.
How to Get Roblox on a Chromebook?
Check if your Chromebook has Google Play Store. If it does, you can play Roblox on it.
But most school-issued Chromebooks (EDU edition Chromebooks) don’t have Play Store, it’s just not there.
Till a few years ago, you’d use a nifty app called ARC Welder to run Roblox on your Chromebook. But Google’s taken it down from the Play Store so that door’s closed now.
So first, you need to check if you can enable Play Store on your Chromebook. Here’s how –
- Go to Settings.
- Find Play Store. [If you can not find Play Store on the page, I have another workaround below ;)]
- Toggle the Turn On button
- Open Play Store!
As easy as that.
And now that you have Play Store, search and download Roblox and you’re good to go.
I’d just like to add that maybe you should use a proper VPN service if you have to play Roblox on your school Chromebook.
It is pretty easy to track Chromebook usage on a shared Wi-Fi, what you have at school. Better safe than sorry!
How to Get Roblox on a School Chromebook without Play Store
You can play Roblox on Chromebook without Play Store.
Chrome OS alone can run Android apps on its own and this is a recent development. So you can simply download Roblox apk and install it.
But to do that you need to put your Chromebook in Developer Mode and this I strongly advise not to. Why?
Firstly, doing so can compromise your Chromebook, especially on a public network. Understand that doing so might put the whole network at risk!
Secondly, you don’t need to put your Chromebook in Developer Mode.
Step 1: Update Chrome OS
To run Roblox without running Developer Mode or using Play Store, you need Chrome OS 86.
- Go to Settings
- Navigate to About Chrome
- Check Chrome OS version. If it’s 86 you’re good to go. If it’s not follow the next steps
- Click Check for Updates
- Wait for Auto Updates to complete.
Now that you’ve updated your Chrome OS, you need to set up ADB on your Chromebook.
Step 2: Setup ADB
- Go to Settings
- Enable Linux (Beta) on the left menu bar
- When Linux is active, go to Settings again
- Click Linux
- Click Develop Android Apps
- Toggle Enable ADB Debugging and Restart Chromebook
- Navigate to Terminal from Applications.
- Input command – sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb -y to install ADB
- Once installed, enter command – adb connect 100.115and .92.2:5555 [Make sure you have Wi-Fi or Data]
- Allow USB Debugging on a dialog box that should appear on screen soon enough
- Go to System and then Developer Options
- Enable ADB Debugging
Step 3: Install Roblox
- Download the apk file
- Save it or move it to Linux Files tab, in My Files
- Install Anbox.
- Run apk file and install Roblox!
Note that some users might get a dialog box saying ‘…connection refused’ in Step 2. If this shows up on your Chromebook then the only way through is via Developer Mode.
To repeat, using Developer Mode to play Roblox on a School Chromebook is risky. The risks increase many times if you play Roblox with your Chromebook in Developer Mode on your home or school Wi-Fi.
How to Play Roblox on a School Chromebook using Developer Mode
So this is for users who neither have Play Store on their Chromebook And are unable to download and use the apk too.
Step 1: Developer Mode
- Switch Chromebook Off
- Turn it back it on and press Esc + Refresh + Power buttons together while it is restarting
- If a warning pops up, use Ctrl + D
- Device will restart and set up Developer Mode
Step 2: Manage Settings to Install
- Go to Setting >> Android Apps >> App Settings
- Navigate to Security
- Find Device Administration and enable Unknown Sources
- Find the Roblox apk file [link shared above]
- Install and Play Roblox!
Now there is another workaround that involves using a smartly inspired Google Sites website that hosts games you don’t have access to via your Edu Edition School Chromebook.
Again, we do not recommend playing Roblox on a school Chromebook using this. We don’t recommend it at all.
But all play and no work makes you dull. And, Roblox can be a pretty good educational experience too so parents may consider thinking twice!
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