Guides 02/2022 [E]

Introduction

Below this menu item, you will find guides to various topics on Chrome OS: Web, Chrome, Android, and Linux Apps in general, games, and, later, much more.

Image: Envato Elements
Image: Envato Elements

I have presented a small overview of that here.

Important Notes

Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.

Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional

If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂

Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.

Do you want to have more professional content on a topic? Add it to the comments 😉

Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!

Web Apps

Chrome OS was initially designed to be used purely with the Chrome browser as a permanently connected system to the Internet.

The operating system and Chrome were and are optimized by Google for exactly this purpose, down to the last detail. This duo runs stable, fast, simple, and secure!

Over the last few years, applications that run in the browser, have become more and more numerous. By that, I don’t mean regular websites, like news or blogs.

Whenever there is a web version of your app, I recommend you prefer it to the other versions.

You can find the reasons why in my post on Web Apps.

Google Docs as a Web App on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Google Docs as a Web App on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Chrome Apps

Do you prefer to use the Chrome Web Store and Chrome extensions like you do on your PC or Mac?

Read more in my post on Chrome Apps.

Chrome Extensions on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Chrome Extensions on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Android Apps

Do you prefer to use the Play Store and Android apps like on your smartphone? No problem! Apps install just as easily on Chromebooks as they do there.

However, not all apps are optimized for display on a large screen or use with a keyboard, touchpad, or mouse. That can lead to problems!

More about this in my post on Android Apps.

Netflix as Android App on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Netflix as Android App on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Linux Apps

If there is no web or Android version of your program on Chrome OS, or you prefer not to use both, then there is the possibility to use Linux apps in Chrome OS’s Linux mode. I described how to enable it in this post: Link.

Read more in my post on Linux Apps.

LibreOffice as Linux App on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
LibreOffice as Linux App on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Gaming on Chrome OS

That also works pretty well today.

There are games on the web, Android games, game streaming via Stadia or Geforce Now, and for the Linux cracks, some Linux games.

More on that in my post on gaming on Chrome OS.

The game Path of Exile on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
The game Path of Exile on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Updates

02/28/2022: Added screenshots. Grammar and text slightly optimized.


Words in italics may be registered trademarks or companies! Examples: Google, YouTube, and Android. Or they are technical terms from the IT world, which are described in various locations in the blog.

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