Can you run Roblox on Chromebook? (Yes, but it’s not easy.) – 2019

Can you run Roblox on Chromebook? (Yes, but it’s not easy.) – 2019

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: 1/7/19. 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around on the ‘net that supposedly teach you how to run the game on a Chromebook, but I found most of them to be outdated and not working anymore.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.

 

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 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.

 

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?

 

 

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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Random
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I installed it and uninstalled it many times. The only problem is that it always says that Roblox keeps stopping. The only thing I can really do is close the app, go to app info, send feedback, or just simply delete the app. I need help please.

E
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E

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ezzie
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ezzie

im not a pro with computers

kermit
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kermit

The play store version works – but when I’m in first person, the cursor doesn’t lock. It moves even though I’m in first person, and fellow roblox plays know the cursor locks in place in first person. I play Arsenal a lot, which is played in first person. My cursor keeps moving, and when it moves to the edge, my character stops movings.

help.
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help.

well i got the app loaded but it just keeps saying validating for hours- its not really working i guess

guest
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guest

error 17 how to get past this on crome book?

asxa
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asxa

nssss

asxa
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asxa

sdkc

Drakewing
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Drakewing

there’s nothing on here to tell how to log out -_-

abby
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abby

i need help working it because its not working

trhre
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trhre

ugly

bookboi123456
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bookboi123456

Ey dont say that, even though i do only have one eye

kwame
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kwame

how to play

RuchYT
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RuchYT

why is it so lagy?

Ana4Us
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Ana4Us

Do you mean the Chromebook OS? if so it is lagy because, chrome books are for work or either, Roblox only allows PC or any laptop that has 8gigs or up if the laptop has less than 8 then you can’t play Roblox. I asked a BestBuy owner and he said the same thing. Might as well get a computer cheaper than a laptop. I wouldn’t install anything to play roblox cause they might hack your laptop.

trhre
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trhre

shut up

Fortnite & Roblox
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Fortnite & Roblox

How to play roblox on a school owned chromebook?????

Ana4Us
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Ana4Us

You can’t :/ It’s disappointing to hear that but I have a school chrome book and I’m sure you can’t play Roblox on a school laptop because, you can’t play games on a school laptop. That doesn’t sound right maybe if it’s yours..

hack3r
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hack3r

you open link in a google translate tab, so for example you search google translate and then paste the link for roblox, then you press enter and a pop up will come up like in the other translation from there, it will either open roblox or no, depends by the firewall on the school chromebook

~hacker

ur face
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ur face

i want to play roblox

addison
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addison

i now right that is horribale

HI
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HI

This Kindof makes me mad because all I want to do Is Play ROBBLOX 🙁

whatevs
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whatevs

if you cant do any of these get roblox on amazon it legitamitley works with 0 hacks

kuriee
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kuriee

nah its fine for me but some games i can’t play :< is there anyway I canplay them? halpp

srech
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srech

I play on Chromebook and its not that it’s laggy, Just that it takes time for it to load things. It ould be better but I am OK with playing it on Chromebook.

cookie
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cookie

i really love this game and i even got an itunes card but i have the game on my phone but its not as good so once i read the part where its really laggy i dont know if its worth it….

confuzzled girl!
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confuzzled girl!

I got this chromebook as a present and i want to use it for fun but i cant because of the stupid chrome OS rules , + i spend money and then i find out it doesn’t work . Hacking are you crazy , i cant do that . Is there another way

srech
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srech

Try downloading it from the google play app

confuzzled girl!
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confuzzled girl!

thank you so much , that helps me alot

kuriee
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kuriee

the app should work fine its in the google play store but u need a google account

Ana4Us
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Ana4Us

I feel so sorry 4 you.. You should have told ur parents who someone who can help you. I just bought a chrome book OS and it was horrible, basically my worst nightmare! I tried to join in Roblox to play Royal High School but it lagged soooo much I couldn’t deal with the lagging anymore so I told my mom and she took it back and got her money back in cash and got me a PC with 8 gigs. Also, you should have return it and got your money back. To late now.. Returns for laptops are in… Read more >>

MEOWIEOWIE
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MEOWIEOWIE

Ok,I jaust need to learn how to find out how to make roblox work on it’s site and,meh

kuriee
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kuriee

download the app from google play

yo
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yo

didnt work for me . It said you have to connect to diffrent devises d:

mad
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mad

i cant get it to work and i just bought robux to spice up my charecter and the game wont work

RandomGirl
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RandomGirl

I just installed it from play store. Roblox glitches a lot and for the first few times… you cant even see yourself. But try for at least 4 times to play 1 game on there and then it works decently. Thank you for this information and please let us know if there is a way to get rid of these glitches!

srech
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srech

Yes, That’s exactly what happens. You just have to rejoin a game about 4-5 times and it should be fine. Sometimes you can just join in once and wait and it would be fine.

ihatemylife
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ihatemylife

;-;

Greg Lane
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Greg Lane

Why don’t you just like, download the android app for it and play it?
It works. I can’t believe you’ve updated this to current year and don’t know that chrome OS supports the Play store and apps!

Cactus
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Cactus

Yeah but my problem is that the only way to play games from the Play Store is by touchscreen but I would love to play by keyboard ;-;

Srech
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Srech

No, You are wrong there. You just need to get a wireless mouse and play with the wasd keys and it will be fine. Plus all of the games do not require you to play it on touchscreen, Some of the other games I download from the google play store i can just use the keyboard and my mouse to play them.

me
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me

I dont like this reading thing going on so not helpful XD and it doesnt show up for me when i do the thing in a video i watched :((((

idubbz46
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idubbz46

..you know you can download it on google play right?, without hacking?

jiwbgevqilebvpihbe
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jiwbgevqilebvpihbe

how

Wartigers99
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Wartigers99

can yall help me get roblox through here cause I can’t get it on other sites please I would really apretioat it

techynerdy
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techynerdy

is there any way to make Roblox think I am on a computer because you can not use the games that are only meant for the computer. I have a decent chrome book and it can definitely run those programs, but because I am using google play it is programmed for mobile and not computer Roblox games. But other then that this works smoothly, i have tested them all of them work for me except for the Linux one because the way to get Linux on the newer chrome books has changed and it is harder and no requiring a… Read more >>

ItzMeMegan2
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ItzMeMegan2

So, I did it all just fine. It worked. I went to play a game and IT’S NOT LAGGING!! I love this. Thank you for this tutorial.

ethan
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ethan

it runs fine i have the playstore version but it lags so much alot of the on a playstore is not ment to run on a laptop class gpu/cpu hardware there for it has to emulate it but i mean if only there was a way to run it on linux

JaMeS
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JaMeS

Ok I can do the last one but how because my phone wont wake up.(its not dead)

Simbachi Blyet
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Simbachi Blyet

So no way to trick Roblox into thinking you can run normal games? ***cursing in Russian***

Iris
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Iris

I could not use any of them 🙁

James
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James

Jesus ****, i made a bad choice buying an acer didnt i?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I bought a acer chromebook 15, and it is absolute TRASH with playing games, so i’ll say you made a bad choice.

HI
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HI

🙂 Its a good thing I did’nt get an Acer, I wated one

Srech
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Srech

No you didn’t. I have an Acer Chromebook 11 and it works just fine if you download it from the google play store.

carlisa
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carlisa

B-O-ring

Sarah
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Sarah

._. wow

Hi
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Hi

MAKE HISTORY IM SORRY

JONDOE
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JONDOE

Is this roblox? Bc i’m the best hacker JON DOE!!!!

AmmYt$ (THIS IS MY NAME)
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AmmYt$ (THIS IS MY NAME)

This was amazing!!! I got everything!!!! This is amazing!!

Angelmama23
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Angelmama23

It let me download it on my cromebook it let me in the games but won’t let me walk around or interact or anything what’s up with that

uhh
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uhh

i’m having that same problem, and i don’t wanna hack so i cant do any roblox

Football
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Football

Hi

zoe
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zoe

same. i dont wanna hack!

EMily
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EMily

please teach me how

hahahhahahah
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hahahhahahah

how do I install wine on linux

Meia
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Meia

hard

Warriorcatcaitypop
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Warriorcatcaitypop

This is the best thing that came out so far the app store but…….i cant download the studio for roblox to create a game.

tadej
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tadej

hello

xd
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xd

i just downloaded it and its fine not much lag but crashes a few times

demarion
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demarion

how did you do it

mlgguy
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mlgguy

wow

sionedfhjujyuhghrt
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sionedfhjujyuhghrt

wwwwwwwww

DatBoi
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DatBoi

I Was Looking For A Less Laggy Solution…

Cooltiger
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Cooltiger

Well i wanna say that this is kinda confusing but then its not i dont know i am just confused with life

Amber
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Amber

Same