Can you run Roblox on Chromebook? (Yes, but it’s not easy.) – 2018

Can you run Roblox on Chromebook? (Yes, but it’s not easy.) – 2018

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: 2/22/18.

 

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around on the ‘net that supposedly teach you how to run the game on a Chromebook, but I found most of them to be outdated and not working anymore.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

 

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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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?

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?

carlisa
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carlisa

B-O-ring

Sarah
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Sarah

._. wow

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

Milima
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Milima

I really wish I could play it so I can make games!!! ALL I HAVE IS THIS DUMB CHROMEBOOK!

therealpoopey
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therealpoopey

the flip

Just a normal girl with normal knees
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Just a normal girl with normal knees

I will get Roblox on my chromebook……eventually….maybe in a year or so…..yeah idk

aaron
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aaron

it is not esy

best man
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best man

ok nice

welp
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welp

I checked to see if my chromebook version supported Google Play Store and it said it was planned. So then I went to Google Play store and tried to download Roblox. When I had to pick which to device to download it on, my chromebook wasn’t an option. I’m not sure what to do about this. ;/

alias
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alias

it doesnt work it said play in app when i pressed it said Chrome OS is not compatilble with roblox

drcvg (roblox username) (once shab)
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drcvg (roblox username) (once shab)

chrome OS doesn’t want me to play roblox : (

Beforkers
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Beforkers

I couldn’t get Wine to work. It just wouldn’t run roblox, though. It wouldn’t run anything.

the devs
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the devs

hi its the devs and it worked for me

the devs
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the devs

i dont really get it.

Kenneth wood
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Kenneth wood

kiss your hand 5 times, repost , then look under you pillow!

ROBLOX101
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ROBLOX101

dude wha not working I’d rather play on mobile

Debs
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Debs

hi i have just bought a chromebook today & im trying to use roblox on play store but its saying i dont have any devices?? any ideas?? i have a ACER R11

mmmmmm
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mmmmmm

………..

Trixie
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Trixie

does not work. It’s not on the play store for chromebooks!

Tay
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Tay

I downloaded the game from the app store, but my chareter does not move and my mouse does not apeer, if they fix that then playing roblox would be easy as pie

MuffyLego2
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MuffyLego2

On ours it used to work better than this, but for the past week it works as you say. Something changed.

xd
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xd

just go to menu then settings then movement mode then press on it then bring it back to keyboard then use wasd

paula
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paula

i installed ROBLOX on my Chromebook OS two months ago and work just fine! then when i opened ROBLOX and played a game my cursor would move but the ROBLOX cursor would not follow it like it always would. if you have any information on how to fix this please tell me.

Leah
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Leah

I have this same issue and am unsure what to do about it. Alongside my sister. Very disappointing.

Unknown7826
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Unknown7826

The problem with me is the the mouse is always stuck in the top left corner and cant move it if you any way to fix it i would really like to know.

fddd
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fddd

DUDE SAME

Someone
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Someone

Lulz, I’ve had the exact same problem. If I press > or <, it makes a dot appear above my character and I run to either direction

OwO_42O
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OwO_42O

do you have any clue to hack a chromebook without access to developer mode or at least run an apk without it

Kenneth wood
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Kenneth wood

yes

Sandy
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Sandy

I played roblox on my chromebook for about a month with lag. Last week I went to play roblox, chose my game but when i got into the game it would not work. My cursor was moving but the roblox cursor isnt following it. I cant click anything. I used my keyboard to get to the menu but that did no good. Please help me fix this

paula
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paula

the same happened to me i just don’t know it just stopped working

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its unread by me

Lulz
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Lulz

I play ROBLOX on my HP Chromebook, and recently some kind of glitch happened. So I was playing yesterday and I realized when I was setting up my controls to Keyboard+Mouse so I can actually move that I couldn’t click, and my normal default mouse, And that if I click my Left Or Right Facing arrow keys ( ) That The buttons saying “reset Character” “Leave Game” Etc. Had Xbox Controls On them!! Like X, Y, A, Etc. Was next to them. And Now I can’t play, move, click, talk, anything. So now I have to play on my Horrible… Read more >>

miffed
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miffed

Same for me! Looks like whatever change they made recently has hosed the mouse up for Chrome users. 🙁

PysicoL
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PysicoL

Whenever i join a game my mouse freezes then when i press the ‘esc’ button on my keybored it’s stuck in the corner and it won’t move! Before it was working perfectly now it’s not. Please help!

Alany
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Alany

hi

KGK
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KGK

It helps but doesn’t at the same time