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 Minecraft for kids- with a lot of roleplaying and quests. Since Roblox is popular game, it make sense that people want to play it on their Chromebook.
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.
So, can you play Roblox on a Chromebook or not?
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):
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.
Use Chrome remote access
This is a method of using a Windows-based computer to run Roblox while you play from your Chromebook remotely. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.