Run Android on Chromebook

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Are you tired of Chrome OS? Do you want a greater selection of apps and games? Well,  running Android on your Chromebook is a practical option. The performance is without compromise and almost everything works (except for the touchpad).  You will have access to the entire Google Play store so you can download games and thousands of apps. So here’s how to run Android on Chromebook.

What You Will Need:

Step 1: Developer Mode

Before you can run Android, you will need to put your Chromebook in developer mode. Developer Mode allows you to get root access to the command shell. Be aware that activating developer mode erases all of your information. Of course, due to the nature of Chrome OS, you won’t really have to worry about backing up apps or anything.

The instructions for entering developer mode will differ for each chromebook. On the Acer C720, hold the the ESC and  Refresh (F3) keys and tap the Power button. This will put your chromebook into recovery mode.

Recovery Window

Once you are inside of the recovery, press Crtl+D to activate developer mode. Your chromebook will reboot and you will hear two beeps, don’t panic. After the beeps, your chromebook will reboot again. It will erase your data and reboot you in developer mode.

While developer mode is activated, whenever you reboot your device it will show the recovery screen for 30 seconds before entering into Chrome OS. Just press Crtl+D on the recovery screen if you don’t feel like waiting for 30 seconds.

Boot Screen

Now take a few seconds to reconfigure your Google account.

Step 2: Create Bootable USB

Next, it’s time to create a bootable usb of the Android x86 iso using a free program called rofus. Make sure your USB drive is inserted in your computer and launch rofus. All you need to do is select the location of the Android  x86 iso and click start. It will unpack the image to your USB. You can disconnect it once it completes.

rofus

Step 3: Enabling Legacy Bios

In order to boot from your USB device, you will need to enable the legacy bios. On the Chrome login screen press Crtl-Alt-F2 to enter the shell window.

Chrome Login Window

Once you are inside the shell window type in the following: (source https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Acer_C720_Chromebook)

chronos (for the username)

sudo bash (for Superuser privileges)

crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 dev_boot_legacy=1

sudo reboot

Enable Legacy Bios

Your chromebook will reboot. Now, on the OS verification (recovery) screen, hit Crtl-L to bring up the legacy bios, then Esc to bring up the boot menu. Finally, choose your USB device and if everything goes well, Android should be booting.

Android on Chromebook

 

In order to navigate the install menu, you will need to connect an external mouse because there are no trackpad drivers. Other than that, the performance is very fluid. You don’t have much internal space to work with though, so bare that in mind.

Android on Chromebook