Can you play Roblox on your Chromebook?

Can you run Roblox on Chromebook? (Yes, but it’s not easy.) – Updated for 2017

A lot of people have been asking how to play or run Roblox on Chromebook, and if it’s even possible.

It seems most of these folk are from the Minecraft crowd, and I can see the relationship since both games are highly imaginative, yet different in their own ways. If you don’t know what Roblox is, it’s basically a community-driven virtual world. It’s a user-generated MMO with a social aspect. It’s not the first of its kind, but it does have its own unique touch.

It’s like a mix between Minecraft and Second Life. It’s heavily based on building, exploring, crafting, resource gathering, and also combat, to name a few. There’s also an emphasis on character customization. You can dress your virtual character using different gear, clothing, hats, head shapes, and more. There’s also a trading system as well.

Compared to games like Minecraft, Roblox is much more social and is a social game. You can add friends, groups, and even get followers.

Roblox does have a premium membership, which offers more features to paying players. However, you probably already know that if you’re reading this guide.

Since Roblox is a very popular game, it makes sense that people want to play it on their Chromebook. This guide will teach you a few methods to attempt to get it running on your laptop, but there are no guarantees. Some have had success making it work, others can’t even get the game to install.

There are few methods floating around on the ‘net that supposedly teach you how to run the game on a Chromebook, but I found most of them to be outdated and not working anymore. It’s a gray area. If you really like the game, I suggest you try out whatever you can to play the game.

After all, if you’re here you’re probably a hardcore fan, so try ’em out.

Last updated: 4/27/17.

 

Then comes the main question – how do I run Roblox on Chromebook?

I’ve decided to scour the entire Interwebs to find a definite answer. I found a whole bunch of guides, tutorials, and videos that promise they work, but they don’t according to the people who’ve tried them. Then, I came to the conclusion that it’s not as easy as it sounds.

That’s probably what you didn’t want to hear. But with the limitations of Chrome OS, that seems to be the case. Unless you’re very good with computers.

 

So, can you play Roblox on a Chromebook or not?

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Can you run Roblox on Chromebooks? Yes and no. It depends.

Yes, and no. You probably don’t like this answer since now you’re probably confused, but let me explain.

Roblox can be run on Chromebooks, which runs Chrome OS, but only with a lot of hacking and tweaking. Even if you manage to get it to work, it’s not really playable since it’s super laggy and doesn’t run that well.

Here are some popular methods that people have used to run Roblox on their Chromebook (although they may not work as of now, you need to find an updated method that’s still practical):

1. Use Browserstack and emulate

Browserstack is basically a browser-testing utility for Chrome. Using this, it’s possible to run Roblox, but it’s constantly being patched by Roblox themselves as they change the code of the game for security and such. Even if you manage to get it to work, it’s still very lag-like and runs poorly on Chromebooks. You can still get this working, but it’s not really playable because of performance issues.

2. Use the Chrome Remote Access app

This is a method of using a Windows-based computer to run Roblox while you play from your Chromebook remotely. You’ll have to use the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome Web Store.

This works, but you need to have a computer available and constantly online so you can connect to it on your Chromebook. This is only useful if you’re away at school or work. Otherwise, you might as well just play on your Windows computer. The quality is decent, but there’s still lag issues.

Note that you’ll need to have a powerful Windows PC along with a fast internet connection to make the game playable.

Don’t know how to set it up? It’s easy. I have a tutorial that’ll guide you step-by-step on how you can easily set up a remote access connection on your Chromebook within minutes.

3. Use Crouton and install Linux

This is the most popular method by far, and from what I’ve read, it used to work. You basically enable developer mode on your Chromebook and then install Crouton to allow a distro of Linux to be run on your laptop. Then from here, you install Wine, which allows you to run Windows-based programs, and then from there, you can run .exe files (which allows you to run Roblox and install it). This method worked with decent success, however, it seems that Roblox has also patched it or the game runs extremely slow.

Besides these 3 methods, all other methods online seem to be pretty iffy or unworkable. If you decide to use one of these methods to get Roblox up and running, be sure to do research on it and see if you find a working version that’s been updated and still works since most of them used to work, but not anymore.

However, newer methods are constantly being found and released.

 

So, you can run Roblox on Chromebooks, but…

Well, that’s why I said “yes and no.” Roblox can be run on Chromebooks, it’s definitely possible, but it requires hardcore tweaking and hacking only to end up with a result that’s laggy and semi-playable. If you know what you’re doing, I say go for it. If you’re not sure what you’re doing and don’t want to risk screwing up your Chromebook, I’d say sit this one out. Perhaps contact Roblox and ask them to make a version that runs with and is fully compatible with Chrome OS? It’s a long shot, but many companies now are making their games compatible with cloud-based versions that run in the browser (also known as “lite” versions). Or if you really like Roblox enough, you can try whatever you can until you get it to work. Just understand that you may seriously mess up your Chromebook.

It’s a long shot, but many companies now are making their games compatible with cloud-based versions that run in the browser (also known as “lite” versions). Or if you really like Roblox enough, you can try whatever you can until you get it to work. Just understand that you may seriously mess up your Chromebook.

You can also try looking up guides on any of the methods above- but look for feedback or comments that prove the guide works.

Try video tutorials on YouTube, but be sure to find one that works by reading the comments (for example, like this video):

 

So, in essence, you can run Roblox on Chromebooks, but it’s not really that easy nor is it worth it if it’s slow, lags, and basically unplayable. The choice is really up to you. If you decide to go with one of these, just do your research before you proceed.

Read articles. Watch YouTube videos. Proceed with caution.

For hardcore fans, you’ll have to do some research using the outlined methods and see what’s still working and what’s not. At the moment, I couldn’t find any working guide on the web. Perhaps you may find one somewhere. If you do, please let me know.

 

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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Alex B.
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Can I have some help to get Roblox on my chromebook please?

Chazaiah Johnson
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Roblox isn’t a kids version of Minecraft and Minecraft’s for kids so get your facts straight, please

Ellie X
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ITS NOT WORKIIIIIIING I CRIED ALL DAY BECAUSE THIS REALLY DID GET MY HOPES UP TO BE ABLE TO PLAY ROBLOX ON MY BRAND NEW CHROME OS 🙁

Alex B.
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I feel the same way,Ellie X

kelp
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lol boi just get a freken real compute not some crome-book buy a freken dell or if u dont have a lot of money an hp or if u do have a lot of mony a mac

Anonymous
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some people cant afford a real computer or pc/mac… :/

david
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Same but not crying just mad

Ariana Grande
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Hey Let me know when u can because a little gurl wants to play:D

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