Minecraft is the bestseller game in the world at the time of this writing. You can mine, craft, and build with limitless possibilities. You have the freedom to buy and install Minecraft on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. But perhaps the only operating system that doesn’t support Minecraft is Chrome OS. So, how to play Minecraft on your Chromebook? If you want to know, keep reading.
Why Doesn’t Minecraft Work on Chromebooks?
Chromebook users would wonder why Chrome OS doesn’t have a version of a game that introduced the genre of sandbox games. This is because Chrome OS is an extended web browser that isn’t optimized for gaming. Many games don’t work on it, including Minecraft.
How To Install Minecraft on Chromebook?
If you want to play Minecraft on Chromebook, you need to perform certain steps. Obviously, the methods in this guide are unofficial as Mojang (the developer of Minecraft) nor Google have addressed this issue as of yet (outside of Education Edition).
- Play Education Edition on Chrome OS
- Install Minecraft Java Edition on Chromebook (For Intel and AMD CPUs)
- Install Java Edition on Your Chromebook (For ARM and x86 Chipsets)
- Play Minecraft Bedrock Edition on Your Chromebook Laptop
1. Play Education Edition on Chrome OS
The easiest to install the Minecraft edition on Chromebook is Education Edition. The Education Edition is specially made for classrooms and online learning where you can learn chemistry, mathematics, architecture, agriculture, and a lot more things from the friendly worlds of Minecraft to boost creativity.
It is education-centric so many things from Full Minecraft versions are absent in it. But if you want to get a taste of Minecraft on your Chromebook, the simplest way is to use the Education Edition.
The Minecraft Education Edition is on the Play Store as a free app. If you’re asking, why are we referring to an Android app that is only available on Google Play Store to run on a Chromebook? It’s because Chrome OS allows the installation of Android apps. The only hurdle is that you need an education email to log in to this Minecraft version.
For Individual Chromebook Users
If you bought a Chromebook yourself, you can install and play Minecraft by getting an education email address or school account from a friend or relative. Follow these steps:
- Click the time at the bottom right corner of the screen to open the Quick Settings panel and then select the settings icon (cogwheel).
- From the left pane at the left, select ‘Apps’.
- You’ll see the Google Play Store option if your Chromebook supports it. If you can see it, press the ‘Turn On’ button.
- Open Google Play Store and install Minecraft Education Edition.
- Find a valid education email address or school account from a friend, log in and play Minecraft.
For Students Who Have School Chromebooks
If you have a school-issued Chromebook, you can get login details from your admin. Moreover, you need to contact your school administrator to enable Google Play Store so you can install the game. After that, follow these steps:
- Open Settings and select ‘Apps’.
- Turn On Google Play Store.
- Search for Minecraft Education Edition on Play Store and install it.
- Log in with your school details and enjoy the game.
Note that students have only 10 free logins. You may need to buy a subscription to Minecraft to keep playing the game.
2. Install Minecraft Java Edition on Chromebook (For Intel and AMD CPUs)
The Java Edition of Minecraft is what you want if you want a full-blown Minecraft experience. It is made for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. To install Java Edition, firstly, you need to set up Linux on your Chromebook.
This is required because we will install the Linux-supported Minecraft Java Edition. Newer Chromebooks are Linux-ready. These steps are for older Chromebooks:
- Open the Quick Settings panel by clicking the time and then selecting the Settings icon.
- From the side pane, select ‘Advanced’.
- More options will open under it. Choose ‘Developers’.
- Find ‘Linux Development Environment (Beta)’ and press the ‘Turn On’ button. (Some Chromebooks may have the Linux option right in the side pane.)
- This will prompt a Linux installation page to open. Select ‘Install’.
- Now, it will ask for a username for Linux and the amount of disk space Linux should occupy. Click ‘Customize’ to select a disk space of your liking. After the selections, click ‘Install’.
- Wait while it installs Linux on your Chromebook.
- Once the installation is done, you can use the Linux Terminal app to install Linux apps.
- But before anything, we need to update the Linux build.
- Open the Linux Terminal window from the launcher, copy-paste this command sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y and press enter.
- Make sure you’re connected to the internet and give it some time to install updates.
Once you have installed Linux on your Chromebook, you need to get the Debian / Ubuntu version of Minecraft Java Edition to run on your Linux-supported Chromebook. Follow below:
- Go to the Minecraft downloads page and get the Minecraft.deb file.
- When the downloading is done, go to the Downloads folder, right-click the downloaded file ‘Minecraft.deb’ and select ‘Copy’.
- Now, open the Linux files folder, right-click, and choose ‘Paste’.
- Double-click the file to run.
- When it runs, select ‘Install’ to carry out the installation of Minecraft.
- Once the installation is done, close the window.
- Find ‘Minecraft Launcher’ in the search tab or the app drawer and run it.
- Log in with your account and enjoy the game.
3. Install Java Edition on Your Chromebook (For ARM and x86 Chipsets)
If your Chromebook has the ARM or x86 chipset instead of Intel or AMD, the Debian version won’t work on it. You need to follow another route where you’ll install the ‘PojavLauncher’ app from Google Play Store that will install Minecraft for you.
- Click the time at the bottom right corner of the status bar and select the Settings icon.
- On the side panel, select ‘Apps’.
- If you find the Google Play Store option, click the ‘Turn On’ button.
- We have allowed Android apps installed on your Chromebook. Now, open Google Play Store, and search and install ‘PojavLauncher’.
- Run Pojavlauncher and grant it storage permission.
- The next steps are automated as PojavLauncher will download and install the files needed to run Minecraft.
- Once completed, it will run Minecraft. Log in with your Microsoft account and enjoy Minecraft on your Chromebook.
4. Play Minecraft Bedrock Edition on Your Chromebook Laptop
The Minecraft Bedrock Edition is the version that is for Android and iOS phones. Chrome OS officially supported the installation of Bedrock Edition from the Google Play Store, but after Education Edition, it was pulled.
If you want to install Bedrock Edition on your Chromebook now, you have to rely on a third-party app ‘Flatpak’. We will install it as a Linux app and it will create an environment for you to install the Android version of Minecraft.
For Flatpak to work, make sure that you own a licensed version of Bedrock Edition, otherwise, it won’t work. Note: Flatpak is an unofficial tool so it’s not known how long it will keep supporting Linux. Use these steps:
- To install Flatpack, we need to install Linux on Chrome OS and update it as we did in Section 2 ‘Install Minecraft Java Edition on Chromebook (For Intel and AMD CPUs)’.
- Once done, open the Terminal window by pressing the Search key on the keyboard and typing ‘Terminal’.
- Run these commands one by one and press enter after each command:
sudo apt install flatpak sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo sudo flatpak install flathub io.mrarm.mcpelauncher
- These commands will install Flatpak and Minecraft for you. Now, find the Bedrock Launcher in your Linux folder and run it.
- You need to sign in with your Google Play Store account first so it can confirm your license.
- After that, log in with your Microsoft account.
- Enjoy a smooth Minecraft experience on your Chromebook without jitter.
Fix Laggy Minecraft on a Chromebook
If your Minecraft lags or the mouse doesn’t work accurately and you want some fixes for it, try these methods:
- Enable Chrome Flags
- Change Some Minecraft In-Game Settings
- Install OptiFine for Optimizing FPS
1. Enable Chrome Flags
There are some graphics and mouse flags that you can enable to enhance your Minecraft experience. However, if you don’t see these flags in your Chromebook’s settings, skip this solution and move to the next one.
Here’s how to enable these flags:
Open Google Chrome and copy-paste the below flags one by one in the URL bar. For each flag, click the drop-down menu next to it and select ‘Enabled’.
Restart your Chromebook and play with a locked mouse pointer.
2. Change Some Minecraft In-Game Settings
Some default settings of Minecraft are best suited for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. As you’re using it on your Chromebook, you may need to tweak some settings.
- Open Minecraft and press the Esc button when in the game.
- Choose ‘Options’.
- Then, select Video Settings.
- Now, change these settings:
Render Distance: 10 chunks
Max Framerate: 30 FPS
Entity Shadows: Off
Smooth Lighting: Off
Mouse Sensitivity: Hyperspeed
3. Install OptiFine for Optimizing FPS
Many lower-end Chromebook devices might find it hard to run Minecraft Java Edition smoothly. If the above two options haven’t impacted the graphics, use OptiFine which optimizes FPS for Chromebooks. Find the steps below to install OptiFine.
- Get OptiFine for Minecraft.
- Open the Files app. Copy-paste the file from the Downloads folder to the Linux folder.
- Open the Linux Terminal app and type this command:
java -jar OptiFine_1.18.2_HD_U_H6.jar
- You need to replace the OptiFine name here with the exact filename you are seeing in your downloads. Here the filename is OptiFine_1.18.2_HD_U_H6
- It will run the file. Choose ‘Install’.
- Once installed, run Minecraft.
Installing Minecraft on your Chromebook needs a few steps and some time. You can install any Minecraft Edition, but we noticed that Education Edition and Bedrock Edition work smoothly on Chromebooks.