Learn how to run Roblox on your Chromebook with this tutorial.

Can you run Roblox on Chromebook? (Yes, but it’s not easy.) – 2020

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: 1/1/20. Roblox is becoming more and more available on the Play Store.

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around on the ‘net that supposedly teach you how to run the game on a Chromebook, but I found most of them to be outdated and not working anymore.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

As of now, more and more devices are able to directly install the game and run it through the Play Store setup. All Chromebooks made in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and beyond should have the ability to install the game just like any other app and run it.

Your laptop will have to have the update installed to get the game to run

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 pre-installed.

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.

If you have the Play Store already installed

Then you’re pretty much good to go.

Doesn’t it just feel awesome?

You can install the game from here.

But 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.

If you don’t have the Play Store update

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.

Or you can install the game directly from Google Play here.

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.

Don’t expect the game to run smoothly

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

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 the at a few of the best Chromebooks for gaming.

Update: In 2019, it seems like the Play Store version of Roblox is slowly rolling out to more people.

This is good, but the game is riddled with lag, cursor problems, and unmoveable avatars. As the service gets better over time, we should start to see a working version of the game that’s compatible with Chrome OS! Right now, it’s easy to download the game, but playing it is a whole different story. But if you need to get your game on, why not just give it a try?

Can’t look around?

This is another common complaint about the game after downloading it. Some players have reported that they can’t look up and down, or sometimes side to side.

It’s as if the game doesn’t detect their mouse cursor so they can’t move.

I’m still collecting data on this as some people can play the game without any problems, while others are plagued by this input control problem.

If you download the app and you’re also unable to move or look around, please leave a comment detailing your Chromebook model. This will help find a solution!

Remember that the Play Store is still very much in beta, so we can’t expect a perfect transition! But I imagine that over time, this should improve and fix many of the input problems.

Getting the “not compatible with your device” or the “your device is not compatible with this version” errors?

Some readers have emailed me saying that they’re getting one of these errors when they try to look up the game and install it from the Play Store.

It seems to be a common issue for many readers trying to install the game from the Play Store.

It seems like for some people, they have no issue installing the game. Whereas for others, they aren’t able to add the game to their Chromebook from the Play Store because it throws an error that says it’s not “compatible” with their device. Another common error is “your device is not compatible with this version.”

Since the whole Play Store on a Chromebook integration is still a relatively new program (it’s still in beta testing), you shouldn’t expect it to work perfectly and be compatible with every single device. The platform is being improved and updated constantly so as time goes on more and more models should be added to the list of “compatible” devices for running the game.

With time, it should improve and eventually your device may get access to the game.

As Google improves the integration, we should expect a larger pool of devices to be able to run Roblox! We just need to be patient and give it more time to improve.

However, if you’re one of the few players that can download and install the game, be thankful (even if the game doesn’t run perfectly) as there are many who can’t. I expect with time the game should also improve and run a lot smoother on a laptop.

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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a person who made history
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a person who made history

i have made history

nyh
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nyh

i cant >:(

e
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Sad
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Sad

Oh my gosh, I am trying to play roblox but I can’t!

guest
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guest

you can play roblox on chrome book

Adilee
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Adilee

i hate it

Adilee
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Adilee

i can’t play roblox with my cousin : (

guest
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guest

wha

animate giu;
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animate giu;

this is pravite i cant see the video

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its restricted for u to veiw it then

sushi cat
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sushi cat

can’t you just download the app from microsoft?

sexyhotdogsforthescoutfromtf2.com
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sexyhotdogsforthescoutfromtf2.com

Yea, but its a chromebook so the file won’t even show up at all

G
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yes it will but u cant open the file

Sad
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Sad

YIKES NO

gest
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gest

how do you roblox on your cromebook

cool
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cool

What all you said my adminastration blocked all you said by mcpsmd so can you help me

cool
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cool

It does not work because my administration blocked all of what you said blocked by mcpsmd

Katelyn
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Katelyn

Does It work on a school chromebook?

G
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Yeah does it?!

guest
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guest

how?

Sad
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Sad

No it doesn’t, I’ve try to play on roblox but I couldn’t. when I pressed on it, it said it was blocked by the school administrator! You can go on roblox.com and make an account online but you can’t play any GAMES! I can’t even download it cuz I don’t have access to the play store. UGH!

boop boop
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boop boop

it works perfectly

Sad
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Sad

Noo..? How does it work perfectly?!

2B2T
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2B2T

Download it on the play store?

Sad
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Sad

I CANT! I DONT HAVE ACCECSS TO IT

nicholas
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nicholas

can i join

nicholas
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nicholas

yes i want to join

Myaa
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Myaa

i cant download it im on a school chromebook and cant download it

sam
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sam

use you gmail acont

nicholas
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nicholas

me to help

Lalechuga
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Lalechuga

I got a Lenovo S340 touch I was able to install roblox from the store I can’t I can play with the touchpad but for some reason it doesn’t let me use the touchscreen is there a fix for this?

nicholas
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nicholas

I can play on a tablet

bob
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bob

this is sooo stupid it wont let me play ROBLOX

kenzi
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kenzi

I had roblox for a while now but it wont let me type when i press enter what is wrong with it!!!!?

Samuel
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Samuel

It happened to me but it gets fixed every few weeks now and then

mihiata
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mihiata

can someone please help me download it on my chrombookkkkkkkk thak you (classy music comes on)

Adeline Walker
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Adeline Walker

Or you can just download roblox from google play store and play it…

chris
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chris

honestly i dont know how this happens. i had a more expensive 300 dollar chromebook that couldnt run roblox at all but i dropped and broke it, so i had to get a 200 dollar lenovo laptop that also couldnt run it.(at first) its weird. its almost like i gave the chromebook a ton of practice while barely playing the game and im still on it. i didnt change any of the hardware or anything. but now i have a pretty smooth play while running it.

swag
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swag

I have 2020 chromium but I cannot download it on me file it say on alert: you don’t have any devices

Unknown
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Unknown

I can’t do it?!?

why do u care
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why do u care

it has black glitches on the screen, what should i do?

nicholas
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nicholas

rea sign in to Roblox

anna
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anna

same

bossgamei
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bossgamei

i need help

Leveled_gamer3211
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Leveled_gamer3211

Please sir don’t spam bad words i was just looking through this and i barely saw you post this. But yes, i was going to ask why doesn’t the chat work properly?

chris
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chris

yeah, i have the same issue. i can go into chat and write a message but sometimes it doesnt let me send them message

kenzi
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kenzi

samee

DuckyBlox
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DuckyBlox

I have an Acer 11 Chromebook I can run Roblox but there are a few problems

no.1 The chat is broken this just started happening to me.

no.2 this is mentioned in the article but I Have to say it! cursor detection is the worst!

thats it :/

J
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J

Ive been using the playstore option for a while now, but for some reason its been acting up. My mouse isnt appearing on the screen anymore, it wont let me press enter to send messages in chat or even move with WASD or arrow keys??

coldbrewpete
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coldbrewpete

Same. Please help!

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Same, which is why I’m tired of using the play store… It’s honestly really annoying and I’ve been experiencing that from day 1.

hm
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My cursor wont show too. it’s really anoying bc u have to try to guide ur cursor blindly

nathan
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nathan

how do you text on chromebook?

nathan
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nathan

how do you text on chromebook?

robloxuser
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robloxuser

I am on a google pixelbook (pretty new). I successfully downloaded roblox without any problems, but I have been having some issues in-game such as the chat not working or certain buttons not working with the cursor. Sometimes the cursor disappears and I have to use the touchscreen. I don’t have a mouse, maybe I should?

Toby
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Toby

I was able to download the game and everything was working fine. But the only problem is that I’m not able to see the most clicky thingy. The only time I’m able to see it is when I go into the settings of the game. Do you have any idea on how you can fix this

Luna
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Luna

reload the game

heklp
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heklp

I have a new HP Chromebook.. I have play store. I have downloaded Roblox off the playstore, but when I click on it to oepn, it just exits and says the app has crashed. I need help!!! What is going on??

Stuff
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Stuff

Im on google chromebook ios or os and nothing has been working. i cant download it cause it says “google chrome cant run this feature” BUt i can get discord and such

swag
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swag

me too

Roblox Goat
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Roblox Goat

Everything is blocked in my school so I can’t do anything :((((

hacker
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hacker

use devolper mode

Roblox Goat
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Roblox Goat

Everything is blocked in my school.. so I literally can’t do anything.

e
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I did it through the play store and it worked! Here are a few cons, however:

-You can’t use shift lock since it’s the mobile version

-You have to actually click the chat bar to chat, which is really annoying for me since I’m used to playing on my hp laptop (Which is broken), so I’m used to just pressing slash.

-It lags a bit more than when I play on my HP laptop.

That’s about it. This guide really helps other people (I knew to get it from the play store}

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it wont work for me! it just kicks me out. Any ideas?

Doll
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Doll

It works smooth on some games so I am good! Thanks!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

every time i try to play any games it always says “google chrome os can’t open this page”

that’s what it’s been saying the past 4 years

human
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human

same

e
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Try opening it through the roblox app!

UR MUM
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UR MUM

YOU CANT GET A ROBLOX APP ON OS

swag
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swag

same

Angelina
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Angelina

I’ve tried to download it and it hasn’t worked do you have any other ways??

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when I search it up in play store it says we couldn’t find roblox, and below that i says roblox does not EXIST. Maybe i’m doing something wrong but I have the newest Chromebook so I don’t know what to do. Guess ill just play it on my laggy Xbox version that has half the games missing. I MEAN COME ON FIX THAT MICROSOFT. XO

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TRUE

Scottish Crab
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Scottish Crab

You can use the play store if you have an at-home chromebook.

Anna
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Anna

i don’t get what ur saying. It’s hard.:( I really want to play roblox on my chrome

Astro
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Astro

So I was able to get Roblox downoaded onto my chromebook, but I cannot connect to any games. I keep getting error 610 even though I’m connected to the internet. Or worse, I can’t get the homepage to work at all.

luis fonsi
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luis fonsi

bruh you cant use studio

poop
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poop

you are poop

hydrogen oxygen
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hydrogen oxygen

what does that have to do with not being able to use studio

Karrie
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Karrie

Chrome book play store download worked but shift function not working. I switched it in in the settings but still won’t work….. any suggestions?

Stephanie
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Stephanie

no SORRY

Anymous
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Anymous

I can install it and stuff and run the app and enter the game but I can’t move , I can look around , type, but I can’t move

bruh
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bruh

you have to get a mouse USB extension for your Chromebook in order to move.

nicholas
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nicholas

weard