1. Roger Macadaeg
    January 9, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    Does my device have a bluetooth installed?


    • Kain Young
      January 9, 2013 @ 10:10 am

      Hi, what kind of device is it you have?


      • slackerhacker
        January 9, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

        If you have a Samsung Chromebook then they DO NOT have any bluetooth capability. I believe the Acer has.


        • Kain Young
          January 9, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

          Actually Slackerhacker.., the new ARM based series 3 does have Bluetooth compatibility. It’s the series 5 that doesn’t.


          • Jumpy
            April 28, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

            got a series 5 samsung and bluetooth dongle, everything works perfect

          • Ronald Elrod
            July 29, 2016 @ 4:14 am

            I have an Acer Chromebook, and it has bluetooth capabilities.

        • Michael
          March 6, 2013 @ 2:58 am

          My new ACER C7 is not BT enabled. I am looking on how to enable it!


          • don bialy
            December 18, 2014 @ 7:46 am

            wich dongle? because many bluetooth transmitters are invisible for samsung chromebook sefies 5

          • Ronald Elrod
            July 29, 2016 @ 4:23 am

            Click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner, click on settings. Scroll down to the very bottom and click on ‘show advance settings’. Scroll down to where it says ‘bluetooth’ and check the box next to ‘enable bluetooth’. This should do it.

        • Harvey Xie
          September 14, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

          My Samsung Chrombook DOES have bluetooth.


    • Cait
      July 15, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

      My Hp chromebook has bluetooth


  2. Tim
    January 10, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    What about attaching a CD drive to the Chromebook? Is it possible?


    • Kain Young
      January 10, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

      Attaching a DVD / CD to a Chromebook isn’t an option, as far as I could find out. It’s not really meant tool be used in that manner.


      • Mike
        July 15, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

        Yes – you can connect a portable DVD drive and it’ll mount and allow access to the files. This is on the current Chrome OS (July 2014)


        • Mike
          October 15, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

          I bought an external DVD player/drive and while my Chromebook recognizes the drive, it does not play a DVD. Any way to fix that, or software I can download to play it?


          • forresthopkinsa
            June 4, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

            You can always try Crouton 😛

  3. cam
    March 1, 2013 @ 2:56 am

    the link you give above to view the 1080 HD is blocked


    • Kain Young
      March 1, 2013 @ 6:48 am

      @cam Pitty, that was an awesome clip. Thanks for the heads up, I’ve put up another one. Although maybe not as awesome. Anyone got a great tip to replace the new HD example with? Let me know!


    • Taylor Rowlett
      November 13, 2014 @ 3:16 am

      Chrome OS only supports certain formats. Here is Google’s support page for that. https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183093?hl=en


  4. Harold Walters
    March 14, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    The only thing I need to get is a light for the keyboard.One that plugs in to usb port with a long lasting bulb.


  5. Harold Walters
    March 14, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    What I need is a light that plugs in to the usb port for the keyboard.If it had a dimmer it would be perfect.


  6. Harold Walters
    March 14, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    A light that plugs in to usb port. A dimmer would be perfect.


  7. jm
    March 26, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    I have the Acer c7 chrome book. If I bought a dongle could I print to a Bluetooth printer using an app like printershare?


  8. Sb
    August 9, 2013 @ 2:30 am

    Hi! I bought a Samsung chromebook without 3G, only wi-fi but it turns out that I need 3G at work, what can I do?


    • Taylor Rowlett
      October 6, 2013 @ 3:02 am

      You could get a mobile hotspotfrom ATT/Verizon/T-Mobile… it picks up 3g/4g and spits out a Wi-Fi signal.


  9. d00mbilly
    October 25, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    On the phone with Samsung, they can not guarantee the Logitech C920 will work with the Chromebook. This is kind of the whole point of me looking at these.


  10. nedguy
    January 24, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    I use a C920 webcam with my Acer Chromebook for hangouts. It’s ok but I wish Logitech would get off their arses and produce a control app like the one I have for my Windows desktop C910.


  11. Karl_S
    February 3, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    I picked up one of Acer’s touchscreen Chromebooks and would say that with this, a mouse is not needed. When I need fine tuned selection the touchpad works well, but for most of my use, which has included a lot of formulas and scripting in spreadsheets, the touch screen has worked verfy well.


    • wes
      October 13, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

      How do you get it to work? I have an Acer c720, and I got the Longitech c920. I’m just not sure how to make it work. Any help would be great!


  12. Barbara Wilson
    March 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    Is it true that an HP Google chromebook has no plug-in accessory that will allow a CD to be used? If so, HP is missing a big opportunity to make some extra money by selling such an accessory.


  13. Marcia
    May 1, 2014 @ 1:19 am

    What about a carrying case or bag?? That’s one of the basics when I think of accessories. Any recommendation for that?


  14. Ajay V.
    June 2, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

    In this article, it says that I can use the Logitech HD Pro C920 webcame with a chromebook, is that correct? If so, how can I use it with Acer C720? Please advice.

    Thanks in advance!


  15. George Villalta
    July 22, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    I have a case from amcase that I really like. Its made of neoprene stuff, and does a really good job protecting the chromebook. I know it’s not super popular, but check it out, it’s a pretty awesome product.


  16. JuneauDude
    August 29, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    Can you hook up a bluetooth speaker and headphones at the same time? (Toshiba Chromebook CB35-A3120). Thanks!


  17. Jodi Dibeler
    July 17, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    I’m new to the Chromebook world and I don’t understand half of what I read in user reviews, comments and questions, let alone the answers. I bought an Epsom Cloud Ready printer but I haven’t even attempted to set it up. I get wifi with the laptops I had and the Chromebook but not the accessories. Right now I need a recommendation on wireless speakers – I bought one that plugged into the Chromebook but it wasn’t even as loud as the low volume of the Chromebook so I have to return it. What do I buy? I really want one that I can move around the house with me and adjustable so I can turn it up loud, and be sure I’m buying what I want so I don’t have to keep returning things that don’t do what I need. Also, my husband says there should be 2 so that the sound will be stereo? I did learn from the comments above to look for bluetooth and did find a setting to enable it, so I know to buy bluetooth speakers. What brands do you recommend? Walmart has a dizzying array of them but I’m at a loss.

    Thank you in advance. Jodi


  18. Ed Fisher
    August 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

    is there really no way to control c920 in chrome os? So you can’t zoom etc? I am asking because I am thinking of buying for vlogs etc. But now I am thinking of getting something else.


  19. AL
    September 19, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

    Logitech HD Portable 1080p Webcam C615 does not work with the Chromebook. Just wasted $50 finding that out.


  20. Pat P
    March 5, 2016 @ 6:02 pm

    I would like to play my own DVD’s on my chrome book 2. Can I use a portable dvd player. If so which one?


  21. Carol Grass
    May 5, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

    I have an HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook and am looking for a 10 key keypad for entering numbers when I am working on it from home.does anything exists?


  22. Piers Lort-Phillips
    May 31, 2016 @ 3:46 am

    Some sort of video tutorial on how to get the Logitech cam to work would be great. I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 ( 2014 ) and have not been able to achieve a result once a Hangout is underway. Works fine prior and the resolution is amazing. Settings tells me all is well but the reality begs to differ. Am I missing something ?


    • Kain Young
      May 31, 2016 @ 6:12 am

      Which Logitech model – C615 or C920?


      • Piers Lort-Phillips
        June 7, 2016 @ 10:42 pm

        Thanks for getting back, Kain. The model is the C920. I just have no idea what I might be doing wrong; it works perfectly until I actually want it to work ! Any suggestions would be welcome. Cheers.


        • Kain Young
          June 9, 2016 @ 1:46 am

          If I understand correctly, you can use the camera in Hangouts, and the person on the other end can see you fine, but you’re seeing a low resolution video of the other person on your screen. That’s actually an issue with the other person’s camera, their internet connection, or your internet connection. You can test that by recording a video with the camera and playing it back on your own screen.


          • Piers Lort-Phillips
            June 9, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

            G’day again, Kain. Perhaps I didn’t explain the problem as well as I might have. The camera works perfectly up until I try and access Hangouts. The blue light comes on and I can see and hear myself perfectly. It records like a dream. However, as soon as I attempt to have a video conversation the light disappears and the person to whom I’m speaking can’t see me ( they do, however, hear me ). My small window in the bottom right corner is black, too. Problem is solved when I unplug the camera and revert to the default webcam though, of course, the quality is not nearly as good. I can’t help but think I’m doing something that is really easily fixed. Thoughts ? Thanks for your continued patience.

          • Kain Young
            June 10, 2016 @ 2:42 am

            That makes sense now. I don’t have the answer, but there are very helpful people on this forum who can sort it out: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/chromebook-central

  23. Piers Lort-Phillips
    June 11, 2016 @ 4:12 am

    Once again, thanks for your help. The adventure continues ! Big fan of this site. Keep up the good work … it’s an exciting time to be in the Chrome-O-Sphere.


    • Piers Lort-Phillips
      July 4, 2016 @ 2:00 am

      Hello again, Kain. The saga continues ! Buoyed by my success in finally getting the Logitech camera to work ( thanks to your suggestion to throw myself at the mercy of the product forum ) I went ahead and bought a Buddy Flamingo gooseneck mic. Same old story, I’m afraid. Plugged it into the USB port, green light on, Settings acknowledges its presence with a tick, but no luck in getting the person on the end of the call to hear me. In the separate Hangouts Settings section the microphone box only registers the Default option. This, too, should be an easy fix but even the experts at the google forum have been slow in getting back to me. Am I missing something ? Cheers, Piers


      • Kain Young
        July 8, 2016 @ 5:06 am

        Did you have a response back on the support forum? I don’t have that mic anymore, so I don’t have a way to help you test.


        • Piers Lort-Phillips
          July 12, 2016 @ 1:14 am

          Hello again, Kain. We’re becoming quite the pair ! I’m afraid there’s been little joy from the support forum this time. A number of theories have been advanced but my problem persists. It’s not a huge deal actually … the internal mic on my Toshiba Chromebook 2 is much better than that of the Logitech webcam audio. I was able quite easily to substitute one for the other. No such luck, however, with the Buddy Flamingo mic. It’s a pity, as it’s such a cool unit and everything I’ve read ( including your piece ) seems to suggest that it works extremely well when up and running. If you’re at all interested, the ongoing discussion is under the headline: “Buddy Flamingo mic gives Hangouts the bird.” I’ll resist the temptation to continue bothering you. Cheers, Piers


          • Kain Young
            July 12, 2016 @ 3:53 am


            I will check out the support thread and see if there’s anything I can contribute.

  24. stacy fredericks
    July 14, 2016 @ 12:27 am

    I’m looking an external DVD ROM drive that is compatible with my Acer Chromebook. I’m not having any luck. Please help. Thank you.


    • Kain Young
      July 15, 2016 @ 6:18 am

      Have you tried a DVD ROM and it didn’t work? Are you trying to play movies or just read data?


  25. jamie reed
    August 28, 2016 @ 5:42 pm

    i have an acer chromebook and i need to find and external dvd/cd drive that is compatible can anyone help me.


    • Kain Young
      August 29, 2016 @ 3:42 am


      Are you trying to play movies? Keep in mind that Chrome OS doesn’t have that capability natively, but many people have had success installing VLC to do it.
      Also note that DVD drives are read-only with Chrome OS because the driver software can’t be installed.
      You want to look for a USB external optical drive. This looks like the least expensive one on Amazon right at the moment, that’s a brand I would trust: http://amzn.to/2bKVUcB. There aren’t a lot of USB 3.0 options, so I would go with USB 2.0 unless you have massive amounts of data to transfer regularly.
      Does anyone else have a favorite optical drive for their Chromebook?


  26. TJ
    May 21, 2017 @ 12:40 am

    Well, I bought that GE Universal All-in-One stereo headset based solely on your recommendation and it DOES NOT WORK with my Chromebook. It will plug into the jack but the Chromebook does not recognize it and gives me no option to use anything other than the default microphone. At this moment, I very much regret that I visited your page and wasted time and money following your advice.


  27. TJ
    May 21, 2017 @ 2:08 am

    Kain, I owe you an apology. I was upset when the GE headset that you recommended did not work and I posted an angry message. My granddaughter (who’s only 12) figured out that getting it to to work was only a matter of changing the Chromebook settings. Boy, do I feel foolish!! I’m so sorry for doubting you. It really is a great headset.


  28. pssst3
    June 22, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    This posting has become antiquated. It badly needs to be updated.

    For instance,

    the Asus Chromeboxes are no longer relatively new/
    No Chromebook introduced since 2015 lacks Bluetooth.
    The vast majority of webcams, head sets and USB mics released since 2015 have worked with CBs made since early 2016, and better than with Android 4 and 5 devices.

    There continue to be APPS for Chrome that don’t recognise external USB accessories.

    If the Chromebook controls shows the device , either a USB or other, there is a device compatibility problem. Most often it is from an older device that REQUIRES drivers.

    If a device is recognised by the current version of Chrome OS (release 59 since 6/15/2017) it should work with the current version of Hangouts. If it doesn’t, check if Screencastify light does, or:

    Go to Settings/Content Settings/Microphone. See if Hangouts is blocked. If not, UNINSTALL and reinstall the Hangouts APP and the Hangouts extension.


    • Kain Young
      June 23, 2017 @ 4:59 am

      Thanks for taking the time to point out the issues with this older article. I will get it updated ASAP.


  29. Anne Neighbors
    June 29, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

    I would find a standard chromebook charger a useful purchase. Any suggestions? I have an Asus Flip (c100-p) and a Samsung Plus.


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