Unless you have a Chromebook Pixel, Asus Flip Chromebook, or an Acer R11 Chromebook, then you’re not able to access Android applications from the Google Play Store on your particular Chromebook yet. If you’ve got any three of the Chromebooks listed above, then head on over to the Google Play Store and download the Kodi application to use it right now.
Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the Google Play Store to come to your Chromebook device so you can download, install, and run Kodi and other Android applications on your Chromebook.
. . . Or do you?
We know how you can get Android applications such as Kodi on your Chromebook now—without the wait. If that sounds good to you, then come along as we teach you how to get the Kodi app and install it on your Chromebook.
Before we get into things, this process involves a few steps. If you’re feeling iffy about messing around with settings on your Chromebook, then maybe you should hold off. Otherwise, off we go!
Go into your Chromebook settings, then at the top of the page click on “About Chrome OS.” In the About window, click “For more info…” and under “Channel” click on the “Change channel” button in gray. The options are “Stable,” “Beta,” and “Developer.” You’ll be choosing the Beta channel. This allows us access to build 53 of Chrome OS, which is the version we want.
Once you’ve switched to the Beta channel, your Chromebook updates and needs to restart on the Beta channel. Then, we’re good to go.
Install Arc Welder
Go to the Chrome developer page and download Arc Welder directly from this link. If you try to download Arc Welder directly from the Chrome web store, it doesn’t show up—not sure why not, but use our direct link and you’ll be able to get it.
Next, use a trusted APK download site, so you don’t install viruses or malware on your Chromebook. We like to use APKMirror and it’s one most recommended by the folks over at XDAdevelopers. Another one that’s okay is APKpure.com; but their APKs don’t always work as well as APKMirror’s do.
So, you’ve gotten Arc Welder installed and you’ve made your way to APKMirror and have chosen which Kodi APK you’d like to install on your Chromebook. Here’s how you’ll do that:
- On your Chromebook, open the Arc Welder application.
- Then, click on the plus (+) sign in the orange circle to “Add your APK.” This will open your Chromebook’s file folder. We save all our APKs to the download folder; this is just the easiest way to handle things.
- The file folder will open and you’ll select the Kodi APK file, then click the blue “Open” button in the bottom right corner.
- Now, in the Arc Welder app, you’ll see the Kodi app’s being built, and then ready for testing.
- Next, you’ll click on the “Test” button in the lower right and you’ll see the Kodi application loading and preparing for the first run. You may have to wait for a little bit before things get up and running, so have some patience with this part of the process.
The Arc Welder application will only allow for one app at a time for testing. So, what you’ll want to do next is add the APK as an extension with your Google Chrome browser. You’ll also do this with any other additional APKs that you download and wish to keep installed on your Chromebook.
Open Google Chrome Browser
- Once you’ve opened the Google Chrome browser, click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner and scroll down to “More tools.” Click on “Extensions.”
- Make sure that “Developer mode” is checked off at the top of the page.
- Then, you’re going to click the “Load Unpacked Extensions” button in the top left, under where it says “Extensions.”
- Next, the download file folder will open once again. Then, you’ll select the KODI.apk_export file that was created by the Arc Welder application to add it as an extension of Chrome OS.
- Click on it, then select the “Open” button on the bottom of the file screen and it’ll get added to your Chrome OS extensions. You’re going to see a pink warning box about the extension; that’s okay. It should still work, but know that not ALL Android applications will.
It seems like a lot to get Android apps to work, but in the long run, it’ll become simpler with time and become a speedier process. So, if you’re not willing to wait until the Google Play Store is available for you to get Android applications, this is your quick fix.