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How to Install Games and Apps on Chrome Os Flex


How to Install Games and Apps on Chrome Os Flex

Not every computer is made for new gaming products. For weak devices and office laptops, a free operating system, Chrome Os Flex, was developed, the functionality of which is very limited. But even in such an environment, you can install games and applications, which we will discuss in this guide.

What is Chrome OS Flex

Chrome OS Flex is Google's latest free operating system aimed at revitalizing older PCs and laptops that no longer support modern software. Based on Linux and formerly known as Cloudready by Neverware, it offers an intuitive interface through the Chrome browser and is capable of running web applications, as well as some Linux and Android applications.

It can be easily and quickly installed on a single device or configured to manage an entire office. All user actions will be stored in the cloud, so you can return to your desktop with your entire installed set of programs anytime, anywhere. To update your device, you only need a bootable USB drive.

In the future, Google plans to expand the functionality of OS Flex, including advanced game support, to compete with Microsoft in the market. However, now you can install some projects - our guide will help you with this.

How to install a game through the online store

To install games officially, you'll need the Chrome Web Store. In addition to them, you can find free applications here, many of which are available in Russian. You won’t be able to dig up any masterpieces, but the collected games will help you reboot at work, even on a weak device.

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store in the Chrome browser.
  2. Use the search bar to find the game you want to install.
  3. Select the app, then click the Install or Add to Chrome button to begin the installation process.
  4. Once installed, it will be available in your list of Chrome OS Flex apps.

It is worth understanding that Chrome OS Flex is focused primarily on web applications and support for Android applications, so access to games may be limited depending on their compatibility with the operating system.

How to install Linux

If you are not interested in secondary applications, then you will have to expand the capabilities of the operating system. To do this, you need to enable the Linux virtual machine, which will help bypass many restrictions. To activate it, do the following:

  • In the right corner of the taskbar, click on the time to open a pop-up menu;
  • Click on the gear to open settings;
  • In the window that opens, select “Advanced” ;
  • Click “For Developers” ;
  • Enable the Linux development environment by clicking on the corresponding button on the right;
  • Click "Next" ;
  • You can leave the recommended disk size for the system. If you don't have enough, this option can be changed in the settings;
  • Confirm your choice by clicking Install.

How to install games and applications through a Linux virtual machine

Once you're running Linux, you'll need to install the Gnome Application Center, which was previously unavailable. To do this, do the following:

  • Open a terminal ;
  • Type "sudo apt install --install-suggests gnome-software" without quotes and press Enter ;
  • Confirm your entry by writing the letter “Y” to complete the installation;
  • You can now launch the Gnome App Center and select the games or apps you want.
The Gnome App Center offers a wider selection of apps and games that will also be supported by your office laptop.

How to install games and applications through the terminal

Once you install Linux, you will also open a terminal. Through it you can install most programs developed for the Linux Debian operating system. This is a little more complicated than using ready-made applications, but knowing the right command you can bypass all restrictions.

We have saved important application codes for you:

  • sudo apt install gimp - Gimp graphic editor;
  • sudo apt install vlc - VLC video player;
  • sudo apt install kdenlive - kdenlive video editor;
  • sudo apt install transmission-daemon - torrent client.

How to Install Steam in Chrome Os Flex

It is not possible to install Steam directly on Chrome OS Flex because it is a Linux-based operating system optimized for web applications using the Chrome browser. Therefore, you will have to install Linux first. In addition to all of the above, you can install the usual Steam launcher. To do this, using the terminal, enter the following lines:

  • sudo apt update ;
  • sudo apt upgrade ;
  • sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 ;
  • sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list ;
  • deb bullseye main non-free contrib deb-src bullseye main non-free contrib ;
  • deb bullseye/updates main contrib non-free deb-src bullseye/updates main contrib non-free ;
  • sudo apt update ;
  • sudo apt install steam.
Please note that performance may not be optimal as Chrome OS Flex is designed for less intensive computing tasks and may not support all Steam features.