Chromebooks aren’t really designed for gaming; They are for learning and working. And games like Minecraft can’t normally run on Chromebooks. In fact, although the game has been developed for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, the developers of Minecraft say that their game will never be fully compatible with Chrome OS. This could present a problem for Chromebook users who want to play one of the world’s most popular games.
If you want to learn how to play Minecraft on Chromebook, read on for an alternative solution that uses Linux.
Before we install Minecraft on Chromebook, let’s discuss Linux installation. Most online guides will briefly explain how to run Minecraft on Chromebook using Linux, but they’ll skip all the hard parts.
If you want to learn the whole process, you are in the right place. Installing Linux on a Chromebook isn’t too difficult. You need to enable developer mode and then install Linux Distro using Crouton.
Congratulations to you if you already know this. If not, stick around for detailed instructions.
Enable developer mode on a Chromebook
First, you need to enter developer mode on your Chromebook in order to install the Linux distribution. This is not as difficult as it seems, especially if you follow these steps:
- Hold down the Esc and Refresh buttons on your Chromebook simultaneously and then tap the power button to enter recovery mode. A yellow exclamation mark (!) will appear.
- In recovery mode, hold down the CTRL and D keys, then enter when prompted to boot into developer mode.
- After restarting, you need to wait for a while until your Chromebook enters developer mode. Please be patient as this may take up to 20 minutes.
- Hold down the CTRL and D keys once more when you see a red exclamation mark on your computer.
- Then the PC should boot into developer mode after you have logged in.
Install Linux on the Chromebook
Now you can install the Linux distribution with Crouton. Follow the steps:
- Descargar Crouton in you Chromebook.
- Hold down the CTRL, ALT, and T keys on your PC to launch the terminal.
- Type “shell” and press Enter.
- Next, type “shell” and then hit enter: sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce
- Wait until the Linux distribution is installed on your machine. It will take a while, so be patient. When you’re done, you’ll need to use the Linux interface to play Minecraft, instead of the normal Chrome OS UI.
- When setup is complete, type this and hit enter: sudo startxfce4.
- You’ll see the Linux interface, but you can always switch back to Chrome OS by holding down CTRL, Alt, Shift, and Back. Use the same with the Forward key to get back to Linux again.
You can finally play Minecraft on Chromebook
Don’t worry, you’re officially done with the hard part of the process. Now all that’s left is to install Minecraft and you can start playing it on your Chromebook! Here are the steps:
- Start the Linux terminal with CTRL, Alt and T (hold simultaneously).
- You’ll need Java, so type this on the command line to get it: sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre.
- Change the interface to Chrome (as shown in the previous section) and visit the Minecraft download page. Click the link next to Debian/Ubuntu to download Minecraft for this operating system.
- Press the key combination again to get back to Linux on your Chromebook. Open File Manager, select Downloads and select Properties, followed by permissions. Click Allow files to run as a program.
- Find the Minecraft installation file and launch the setup. Follow the instructions on the screen to install Minecraft on your device.
- Wait until the configuration is complete. When you’re done, click the App Drawer in the Linux folder and click the Minecraft Launcher.
- Sign in with your Minecraft credentials. The game will download any available updates and then you can play. If the app closes in the meantime, open it again to start playing.
If you don’t have a Mojang account, follow the Link to create a new one so you can play Minecraft. All you need to log in is your email address, password, and your age. Then you need to verify the email address and purchase the game if you haven’t already.
Have fun playing!
Minecraft is not a very complex game. On the contrary, its installation on a Chromebook is far from simple. If you are young or inexperienced and find our instructions difficult to follow, be sure to ask for help.
Still having trouble running Minecraft on your Chromebook? Or did our advice do the trick? Let us know in the comments section.