How to enable audio input for Linux Applications on a Chromebook

Enabling Audio Input for Linux Applications on Chromebook

Chromebooks have become increasingly versatile, offering the ability to run Linux applications alongside Chrome OS. However, by default, these Linux applications don't have access to your Chromebook's audio input. This guide will walk you through the process of enabling audio input for Linux applications, opening up new possibilities for your Chromebook.

Why Enable Audio Input for Linux Applications?

Enabling audio input for Linux applications on your Chromebook can be beneficial for various reasons:

  • Use Linux-based audio recording software
  • Participate in voice calls or video conferences using Linux applications
  • Utilize voice commands in Linux-based productivity tools
  • Develop and test audio-related Linux applications

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to enable audio input for Linux applications on your Chromebook:

  1. Open your Chromebook's System Settings
  2. Click on the "Advanced" section in the left panel
  3. Navigate to the "Developer" section
  4. Click on "Linux settings"
  5. Find and enable the option for "Audio Input for Linux Applications"

That's it! Once you've completed these steps, Linux applications on your Chromebook will have access to audio input devices.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, please refer to the following video tutorial:

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues while enabling audio input for Linux applications, consider the following:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's software is up to date
  • Restart your Chromebook after enabling the feature
  • Check that your Linux container is also up to date
  • Verify that your microphone is working correctly in Chrome OS


Enabling audio input for Linux applications on your Chromebook significantly expands its capabilities. Whether you're a developer, content creator, or just someone who wants to get more out of their Chromebook, this feature opens up a world of possibilities. Remember to always keep your system updated to ensure compatibility and optimal performance.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out through the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help you make the most of your Chromebook experience!

Additional Resources

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