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around on the ‘net that supposedly teach you how to run the game on a Chromebook, but I found most of them to be outdated and not working anymore.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

Angelina
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Angelina

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

A mad person
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A mad person

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

UNKNOWN
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UNKNOWN

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.

kim
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kim

I have it installed but there is no play button. thoughts?

unspeakable.com
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unspeakable.com

i am not a guest i am a youtuber search unspeakable

David
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David

Hi my son got a acer chromebook 15 we carnt move the man but everything is good and runs well just carnt move forward or back we have a mouse aswell

David
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David

If any idear to help will be good

un
GUEST
un

i love unspeakable

roblox builder
GUEST
roblox builder

it dosen’t work on my school computer

Roblox Master
GUEST
Roblox Master

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

admin is bully
GUEST
admin is bully

screw the admin

True_Dat
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True_Dat

Such annoyance, you can download from the play store but this is a mobile version so you cant use your mouse in games it SUCKS!

Gragglepuff
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Gragglepuff

It worked! Thank you so much! I LOVE ROBLOX and I’ve always been wondering how to get it up and running. Thanks Again!

Asiasha
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Asiasha

what

wred
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wred

i’m confused bro

ferrs
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ferrs

I;m so confused bro

akira
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akira

ummm im comfused

Fu
GUEST
Fu

roblox is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

stop cursing boi
GUEST
stop cursing boi

watch your language why is your name the f-word

frustrated
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frustrated

bruh it does not work

loiz
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loiz

i dot have a os comedook

Matthew
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Matthew

I personaly dont want to download somthing that isint surcure on a chrome book. you guys want a simple anwser. No you cant download it and if you do then i thats a little silly that people are trying this hard to find out. just buy a real laptop or somthing. chrome books are ment for work. weather its school persnal work or whatever. its basicaly a super fast realy advanced tablet witha key bord… so……….. No you cant downlad video games, but you can play miniclip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! better then nothing.

loiz
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loiz

o

ANGRY MAN
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ANGRY MAN

When I tried to install roblox it said chrome OS can’t open this page.

unknown
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unknown

same

wred
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wred

yeah same

unknown
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unknown

yeah me too

loiz
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loiz

i kow

no
GUEST
no

go into the roblox app, not online

a mad person
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a mad person

it makes me mad

I NEED ROBLOX
GUEST
I NEED ROBLOX

it isnt working

Vo.vy16
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Vo.vy16

I dont know how to install roblox please help me please am using chromebook

Angry muffin
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Angry muffin

when i try install it, it says that i have to install it to another device. im using a chromebook 11 btw

pfffffffff
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pfffffffff

i cant get it installed i have a schools chromebook 🙁

llojijjk
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llojijjk

same but is is my owned one but the school uses the same kind

Madison
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Madison

Samee

hi2244543
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hi2244543

why cant you get roblox

alias
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alias

idk

vscoooooooooooo
GUEST
vscoooooooooooo

worksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

dakota yeager
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dakota yeager

what no fair

guest
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guest

u know i think u could download it on Microsoft if u have a account

B
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B

what if i only have a chrome book and nothing else?

dakota yeager
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dakota yeager

no

allison
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allison

sadly doesnt work for me, i have the play store app but it doesnt have roblox

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

same i am having trouble on my chromebook!!!

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

owh sorry i feel bad for you just kidding i don’t sorry

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

wait in am sorry i don’t know what i was thinking i am sorry

dakota yeager
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dakota yeager

yoU forgive me?

Monique Darden
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Monique Darden

it says installed but it wont let me play the games on it =[

L
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L

L

bruh
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bruh

bruh

Random
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Random

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.

dakota yeager
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dakota yeager

how cares that’s stupid

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

wait i am sorry

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

do you forgive me???

E
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E

E

ezzie
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ezzie

im not a pro with computers

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

thire am i

dakota yeager
GUEST
dakota yeager

we are both have the same problems

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.

GG
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GG

Oh yeah same for me. After a while you’ll get used to moving your mouse around the screen to continue looking

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
GUEST
asxa

sdkc

Drakewing
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Drakewing

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

an angry person
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an angry person

press the gear on the top right corner next to the robux symbol and it has an option 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

guest
GUEST
guest

you have 2

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?????

Helpful Kit
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Helpful Kit

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..

bob
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bob

Yea i hate having to stay in the restrictions of school blockages

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

your mom
GUEST
your mom

my mom wont let me play it on her computer i wanna cry

PROGAMER
GUEST
PROGAMER

ROBLOX IS AWSOME!!!!!!!

UNKNOWN
GUEST
UNKNOWN

ROBLOX SUCKS!!! YOU GUYS ARE NOOBS

UNKNOWN
GUEST
UNKNOWN

SHUT UP IT”S AWESOME!!!

Roblox Master
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Roblox Master

hi

HI
GUEST
HI

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