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

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

It’s a very popular game that’s currently available on multiple platforms- PC, Mac, iOS, Xbox One, Android, and a few Amazon Devices.

You’re probably thinking:

  • Why isn’t it available for Chrome OS?
  • How do I play the game on a Chromebook?

This guide was written for people just like you and will answer all your questions.

Last updated: 11/6/17.

 

What’s Roblox?

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.

 

Roblox and Chrome OS

You probably already know about all 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around on the ‘net that supposedly teach you how to run the game on a Chromebook, but I found most of them to be outdated and not working anymore.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.

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, you probably won’t be able to get it working.

However, it’s not impossible. There have been players who’ve gotten the game to work successfully. It’s all over YouTube and you can easily see it for yourself.

 

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

Learn how to play Roblox on a Chromebook.
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 pretty easy. I’ve written 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 and has some performance issues that make it unplayable.

If you want to try this method, I have an entire guide that’ll teach you how to Linux on your Chromebook step-by-step.

 

4. Use the Play Store version of Roblox

WOOT. I think we finally have a working method now that works for anyone with a newer Chromebook.

In case you didn’t know, Chrome OS is now capable of running Play Store apps. In other words, many Chromebook models can now run Android apps and games– including Roblox.

The update is commonly referred to as the “Play Store update” or the “Android app update” in the Chrome OS community. It’s slowly rolling out to more and more Chromebooks.

There’s only one issue: only select models will get the update.

Here’s how to find out if your specific Chromebook will get the Android update:

  • If you have an older Chromebook and you don’t have the update yet, you can check out this update schedule to see if and when you’re going to receive the update.
  • If you have a newer Chromebook (made in 2017 and beyond), you likely already have the update preinstalled.

If you have an older laptop and it’s on the list to receive the update sometime in the future, you can easily force the Android update now so you don’t have to wait.

If you have a newer laptop you probably already have the update, so you can try this method right now and get your game on.

There’s just one thing you should know:

The whole Play Store on Chrome OS thing is still very primitive.

It’s widely in beta testing and still undergoing a lot of development. There are a lot of apps and games that crash, freeze, lag, or simply don’t work or aren’t compatible on a Chromebook.

Remember, these Android apps were designed for a smartphone. You’re basically porting it over to a laptop. There’s going to be major hardware changes, so that’s why not everything will run smoothly.

Over time, the integration will improve. Google is working on it. So don’t be afraid if you can’t really play the game smoothly or if it has problems running. It should improve with time.

Here’s how to play Roblox on your Chromebook using the Play Store:

Step 1: Launch the Play Store

If you don’t know how to access it, press the Launcher key (magnifying glass on your keyboard) and look for “Play Store” or simply search for it.

Again, if you don’t have access to it yet, you can force the update.

Step 2: Find the game

After the Play Store is open, go ahead and search for the game using the search box.

Step 3: Download and install the game Roblox

You can install the game here, or you can go ahead do a search.

After you’ve found it, click the big “Install” button.

Roblox will then install onto your Chromebook. Sit tight.

Step 4: Launch the game

After it’s done installing, just launch Roblox and it should start.

Depending on your Chromebook and current version of the game, you may or may not be able to run it succesfully.

Freezing, lagging, crashing, framerate drops, and even the game not starting are all common issues. If the game isn’t available for your device, you’ll have to sit tight and wait for an update.

Again, this is due to the fact that running these games on a Chromebook is still a work in progress. It should improve with updates.

If you have a newer laptop, it should be much better suited to run the game. Modern Chromebooks have better specs (processor, RAM, and storage) compared to older ones. They’ve come a long way.

A lot of newer ones also have touchscreens and the ability to convert into a tablet, which may make the game a lot more enjoyable since it was built for touchscreens on the Android version.

If you’re a hardcore fan of the game, you may want to take a look at some of the newer Chromebooks.

 

There are other methods- but they’re outdated

Besides these few 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.

Newer methods are constantly being found and released by the community.

 

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.

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 and verifying that the method it worked for others (for example, like this video):

This method is probably outdated now and no longer works. But it did work at one time. You can try scouring the site for a working technique.

 

Did you get it working?

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

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dont want to name myself
GUEST
dont want to name myself

I used Play Store because there was no Google Store.

dont want to name myself
GUEST
dont want to name myself

Downloading it on play store was the only one I could do. It did work, but it acts like a mobile device, so sadly I can’t play “Theme Park Tycoon 2”. I tried to do “Murder Mystery 2” on it, and it worked! But it was very laggy. There was barely any sound effects, I couldn’t play my radio, and I couldn’t press “/” to chat. I had to press the chat button at the top, and I’m so used to pressing “/”. Hope Chromebook allows ROBLOX to be on it soon.

-_-ExPlicit-_-
GUEST

Can you make this work on a school Chromebook? I died laughing when i thought i ****** up my Chromebook doing the developer mode thing turns out its fine and i cant download the apps

Hi
GUEST

It may not be possible to run a good version on your chromebook, but you can still get the mobile version from the google play store!

A philisophical Roblox Player
GUEST
A philisophical Roblox Player

Yay, roblox doesn’t work. Woohoo. Totally not dying on the inside. ;-;
*has autistic mental breakdown* *takes moment to think about life* *realizes life suks*
LIFE IS A LIE! WE’RE ALL FIGMENTS OF OUR OWN IMAGINATION! THE UNIVERSE IS A HOLOGRAM- *cuts off weiner* *Jumps out window*

Jeff
GUEST

Just get a fricking 1000 fps computer!!!!!!!!!

Will
GUEST

“1000 fps”
‘-‘

savy
GUEST

btw, does anyone know how to deinstall this?

lily t
GUEST

my sister wont let me play on her PC so i tried on my chrome book and i just crashed it.I COULD PLAY ON MY CHROMEBOOK FOR THREE WHOLE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i nearly died

dont want to name myself
GUEST
dont want to name myself

*couldn’t

Bob
GUEST

Aww…
I should’ve gotten a Windows computer now that I think of it…

At least you tried to help but thank you…

Addie J.
GUEST

WHY NONE OF THESE DARN DUMB HACK THINGS DIDN’T WORK ;-;

A person
GUEST

Soo I got a critical update that allows me to play google play games and I got roblox. But then…..IT LET ME JOIN GAMES BUT I COULDNT MOVE XDD

nice kid
GUEST

hello does it work on a school chromebook im frome clayton mill creek east do you know if it works

dweeb
GUEST

hey please dont reveal personal info. people could try and find you

lai
GUEST

i messd up my chromebook and lost all my data idk what type of chromebook it is option one dont work i am gonna try two and 3 messd up my chromebook

jacob
GUEST

this sucks
and it dont work

clark d
GUEST

its not a good idea 2 do this cuz u can get it 4 ur iphone

Anonymous
GUEST

What if you have no iPhone?

kayla
GUEST

id say that its not worth all th trouble cuz yu woul ned hacking skills and be ble to tweak anything, and all for just a laggy almost frozen game? its not worth it, once you save up, g tn xbox or a desk top, you are for sure to play on there 🙂

lol
GUEST

hi
jello sup

Jpwithane
GUEST

The Bruh’s are real! HAHAHAHHAH

Alex
GUEST

What about the Play Store? My chromebook has beta Play Store.

The Obvious Question
GUEST

so you can’s get on roblox with out 1. screwing up your chrome book 2. very laggy 3. if you do manage to get on will it save to that account so when you do get a computer compatible with roblox you can save that file ( unless you want to start over)

halie
GUEST

IT DON-SENT WORK

chasebase10
GUEST

u dont haf to play it on chromebook i just play it on computer

Alex B.
GUEST

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

Chazaiah Johnson
GUEST

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

Chazaiah Johnson
GUEST

i disagree,adults play minecraft too

XxQueenXx
GUEST

it can be for adults too soo… :/

Ellie X
GUEST

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 🙁

savy
GUEST

IKR! My last computer that had all these games I paid for broke so towards the end of the year I got a Chromebook and signed in, to find out ” these apps are not compatible with your device,” Mad and sad right now

//AniMSP_YT
GUEST

Ikr! I got soooo happy and it didnt work 🙁

nice kid
GUEST

really i havent tried

Alex B.
GUEST

I feel the same way,Ellie X

kelp
GUEST

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

zevdevgaming
GUEST

but aint u on a crhome book dumass

Just a dude on the internet
GUEST
Just a dude on the internet

Mac’s don’t work well with roblox or most games. Extremely laggy, and are difficult to record things on. Use either a real gaming computer or an up to date computer to play roblox or any other game. Have a nice day!

AceSplat2030
GUEST

Some people can’t afford a pc/mac the chromebook is for kids and people who dont do gaming.

lai
GUEST

mean dud some ppl r kids and hav chromebook my dad shut wifi off on my computer not chromebook so

Duhr
GUEST

Nice English. You sure sound autistic.

Anonymous
GUEST

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

david
GUEST

Same but not crying just mad

Ariana Grande
GUEST

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