How to install Android Studio on a Chromebook in 2024

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Android Studio on your Chromebook. Android Studio is a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) for Android app development, and having it on your Chromebook can open up new possibilities for mobile app creation.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD CPUs that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs.

Video Tutorial

We recommend following along with the video tutorial above for a visual guide to the installation process. The commands used in the video are also listed below for your convenience.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

1. Enable Linux Apps

First, you need to enable Linux apps on your Chromebook:

  1. Go to your Chromebook's Settings
  2. Click on the "About Chrome OS" section in the left panel
  3. Under the "Developer" section, choose to set up Linux
  4. Turn on Linux
  5. Allocate as much space as possible for your Linux container (10 GB might not be enough)

2. Install Android Studio

Now that Linux apps are enabled, we'll use the terminal to install Android Studio. Open a terminal session from your app menu and enter the following commands one by one:

1) sudo apt update
2) sudo apt install flatpak
3) sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
4) sudo flatpak install flathub
5) sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/bwrap && sudo chmod u+s /usr/bin/bwrap

Here's what each command does:

  1. Updates your Linux apps repositories
  2. Installs Flatpak, a utility for software deployment and package management
  3. Adds the official Flathub repository to your Chromebook
  4. Installs Android Studio
  5. Sets the necessary permissions for launching the application

Additional Resources

For more detailed information about the installation process, you can refer to the Google Doc used in the tutorial.

About Flatpak and Android Studio

Flatpak is a next-generation technology for building and distributing desktop applications on Linux. It provides a sandbox environment where applications can run isolated from the rest of the system. You can find more information about the Android Studio Flatpak package here.

For official documentation and resources related to Android Studio, visit the official Android Studio website.

Chromebook Compatibility

To check if your Chromebook supports Linux Apps (Crostini), refer to our list of All Currently Supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.


Installing Android Studio on your Chromebook can significantly enhance your development capabilities, allowing you to create Android apps directly on your Chromebook. This setup bridges the gap between Chrome OS and Android development, making your Chromebook a versatile tool for both productivity and programming.

If you encounter any issues during the installation process or have questions about using Android Studio on your Chromebook, please don't hesitate to ask for help in the comments section of our YouTube video. Happy coding!

For more information about Chromebooks and their capabilities, check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide.