We all want to run Android apps on our laptop or desktop, but we don’t have a Chromebook? Don’t worry, you can still do it. You might not know this, but Chrome has a tool that lets you test out Android apps in-browser.
We all want to run some apps like games into the bigger screen as we are frustrated with smaller screen sometimes. The tool we are talking about is ARC welder i.e. App Runtime for Chrome. As the name suggests it was developed by Google itself.
Google limited beta “App Runtime for Chrome” (ARC) project, which now expanded to run millions of Android apps within the Chrome browser was launched in back 2015. At that time it was started to test any android applications by developers all around the world. But later google opened for everyone to use it, so since it was for development purpose it doesn’t have full functionality to run all android apps.
So before installing you must keep in mind that it does come with some limitations:-
- You can only load one app at the time
- You need to select whether you want the app to launch in Portrait or Landscape mode
- You have to opt for tablet- or phone-mode
So let’s start the installation process
- First, install the latest chrome browser/Update chrome browser
- Download ARC welder chrome extension and install it (it may take long time so be patient)
- Download third party .apk fire from anywhere (e.g APK monk, APK Pure, APK mirror)
RUNNING ARC Welder
After the first run, the interface will look like this, and then click on the apk plus icon to upload apk file. Search for the directory for the apk file which you have downloaded in the system and select it to upload. Once it is uploaded it will ask for orientation, form factor, resize, etc. so let it be the default and click test to run the application. If everything is OK the application should run. We have to warn you that some of the apps will probably fail to load, as we found out in our testing. Some simply crash for inexplicable reasons.
Nevertheless, some app will work just fine, so if you’re patient enough you’ll find some that do.
If you tried out ARC Welder before, let us know in the comment section below which apps or games worked for you.
You can follow official detailed instructions released by Google for app developers to use ARC and test Android app for use on Chrome OS devices.Have something to say about this article? Comment below or share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or your LinkedIn Group. https://youtu.be/ZMny18e4rQA