When it comes running Android apps on computer then the best way which most of the users are aware of is through Android emulator softwares where BlueStacks is sitting with the crown. But what if you can get done with identical requirement without any emulators? More specifically, how about learning how to run Android apps in Chrome?
No matter which platform (covering Windows, Mac & Linux) you’re using Google Chrome web browser on, this method is going to work in your case.
Back in September month this year, Google announced first four Android apps to be available on Chrome Store. Duolingo, Evernote, Vine and Sight Words were initial four apps while its easy to predict that Google is trying to figure out some synchronized platform for these two different platforms.
Right now we are unsure when Google will bring next batch of useful apps for the Chrome platform but we got a method to follow than to just wait. Here I’m sharing exactly the same.
Run Android Apps in Chrome (Windows/Linux/Mac)
Few things which I should clear before starting in here are that the apps will be running this way won’t have access to Google play services and Messaging apps will not work either. Also the Chrome extension we will be using is still in Beta mode so don’t expect it to work like butter.
I’m breaking down the complete process in two parts, just to make it look comfortable to your eyes.
Part 1 – Add ‘ARChon Custom Runtime’ Extension
- Launch Chrome browser, click on the Menu toggle and then choose ‘About Google Chrome’ option.
- Here you’ll find version of Chrome and particularly the bit architecture version of it. If its 64-bit then it will be mentioned specifically and in other case its 32-bit (mine is 32-bit).
- Follow this link that will get you to the webpage from where you need to select version of ARChon Custom Runtime extension and download by clicking the correct link.
- File size is near to 100MB so it will take some time to get downloaded completely. Once its downloaded then unzip the file and extract files together in a separate folder.
- Again click on Menu toggle of Chrome and select ‘Extensions’ option available under ‘More Tools’.
- Select ‘Developer mode’ option on top right corner and then click on ‘Load unpacked extension’ option available right there.
- Select the folder you downloaded on your computer earlier and click ‘Ok’. Make sure ‘Enabled’ option is checked when the package is loaded up within the Chrome.
Here we are at the completion of part one which had set up the platform for us to run Android apps in Chrome.
Part 2 – APK Creation of Apps
- Pick up an Android device and install an app available at this link (don’t worry as its available through Google play store and requires no rooting).
- Once app is installed then launch it and tap on ‘Next’ option. From next screen select first option ‘Installed application’ and tap on ‘Next’.
- Select an app installed on your device of which you wish to create special APK package to run on Chrome now. Select the mode you wish app to work and tap on ‘Next’. Tap on ‘Finish’ finally.
- Connect Android device to computer/laptop via USB cable and transfer the converted APK file on to your system. You may also do this transfer through Cloud storage.
- Extract the zip folder of APK file and this is the Chrome ready version of your Android app.
- Again open up the Extensions part of Chrome and click on ‘Load unpacked extensions’. Select the folder and press ‘Ok’.
There you go! The Android app is ready to run on Chrome browser.
So which app you’re trying this method with?