How to install Spotify on a Chromebook

Installing Spotify on Your Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Spotify on your Chromebook. Spotify is a popular music streaming service that offers millions of songs and podcasts. By installing it on your Chromebook, you'll have access to your favorite tunes right at your fingertips.

Important Notes Before We Begin

This tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

It's also worth noting that local songs stored on your Chromebook won't be playable on other devices through Spotify. This is a limitation of how Spotify handles local files.

Alternative Installation Method

If you prefer, you can install the Android version of Spotify from the Google Play Store. You can find it here:

Installation Process

We'll be using the Linux terminal to install Spotify. Don't worry if you're not familiar with the terminal - we'll guide you through each step. Here are the commands we'll be using:

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

Let's break down what each of these commands does:

  1. Updates the list of available packages and their versions.
  2. Installs Flatpak, a utility for software deployment and package management for Linux.
  3. Adds the Flathub repository to Flatpak, which is where we'll download Spotify from.
  4. Installs the Spotify client using Flatpak.
  5. Sets the correct permissions for a tool needed to launch Spotify.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

For a visual guide, you can follow along with the video above. Here's a text-based walkthrough:

  1. First, enable Linux apps on your Chromebook if you haven't already. Go to Settings > Advanced > Developers > Turn on Linux development environment.
  2. Once Linux is set up, open the Terminal app from your app menu.
  3. Copy and paste each command from the list above into the terminal, pressing Enter after each one. You may need to confirm some installations by typing 'Y' and pressing Enter.
  4. After running all the commands, Spotify should be installed on your Chromebook.
  5. You can now launch Spotify from your app menu.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, here are a few things to try:

  • Make sure your Chromebook is up to date.
  • Ensure you have a stable internet connection throughout the process.
  • If a command fails, try running it again. Sometimes temporary network issues can cause failures.
  • If you get a 'permission denied' error, make sure you're using 'sudo' before the commands that require it.

Additional Resources

For more information about Spotify, you can visit their official website:

To learn more about Flatpak and the Spotify Flatpak package, check out:


Congratulations! You should now have Spotify up and running on your Chromebook. Enjoy your music, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section of the YouTube video. Happy listening!

For more information about Chromebooks with Linux Apps support, check out our guide on All Currently Supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

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