We already know that Google released 4 Android apps that can run on Chrome OS or Chromebooks, but what if you want to enjoy more Android apps that are not officially supported by Google. Keep on reading to find out how you can run virtually any Android app with (unsupported hack) in your Chrome and Chrome OS.
There is a latest free Android tool named Chrome APK Packager available with which, you will easily be able to convert an Android APK to use it on Chrome, through the ARChon plugin run your desired Android app on Chrome.
The app is created by XDA Developers forum user bpear96, whereas it’s also available on Play Store now and you can use it without rooting your device. The basic purpose of this wonderfully created app is to generate chrome packages from either APKs on your phone’s storage, or from apps installed on your phone (It will pull APK).
How to Use the Chrome APK Packager App
You just need to download and install the app which is available in zip format, and it’s ready to be used on your PC for Chrome installation. It will prompt you to choose how to run the app- (tablet, landscape, mobile, portrait) as in which mode, all the other processing will be done by the app automatically.
After downloading and installing the app, when you run it for the first time you will be welcomed with the overview as how and what’s the application is for! Tap Next and there will be 2 options:
- Select an installed app
- Select an APK you have downloaded
If you want to try specific app choose it here, but if you did not downloaded any app then no worries, in that case select the 1st option in the list, tap Next and choose from your installed apps (apps that are already installed on your device), the app will automatically pull all the required packages that’s already on your device.
Next option is to set the device and orientation mode for the app. It’s up to you as how you are going to use it and how you prefer it to look on the desktop. Because it will be used on Chrome, the best will be to choose ‘Tablet’ or ‘Landscapes’ mode.
Packing is complete so the next task is to transfer the resulting zip archives from your phone or tablet (in the ‘Chrome APKS’ folder) to your PC or Chromebook, which you can do so by using cloud syncing services Google Drive, DropBox etc.
After you have the zip files on your desktop, laptop or Chromebook, extract them and move the resulting files to a safe place.
To install them, open Google Chrome > go to the ‘extensions’ page > Check the ‘Developer Mode’ box (located on top of the page) which will reveal the ‘Load Unpacked Extension’ button > Click on it and select the extracted folder (that you have transferred recently).
That’s it! Your app will be installed, launch it and see if it runs and how it performs.
Note: you need ARChon plugin (version 1.1) installed in Chrome for apps to run.
Remember it, ARChon is a third party plug-in (without any guarantee) and it does sound useful but keep in mind it’s both unsupported and not endorsed by either Google or Chromium while repackaging and re-distribution of Android Apps is a copyright grey area, so before going ahead do consider all these facts.