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Chromebook Cases

7 of the Best Chromebook Cases for Students

By Accessories, Chromebook

Have you just bought a Chromebook and now you’re using it for school work and activities? Certainly, you are looking for Chromebook cases to shield your laptop from any scratch, dirt, or from being broken. Well, here’s a good news! There’s a wide range of cases available in the market today. They come in different colors, styles, designs, and materials. Surely, there will be one case that will meet your preference, taste, and style.

The Best Chromebook Cases to Choose

1. amCase Chromebook

If you prefer modern design, then, this is the perfect case for you! The foam offers protection from the top of your laptop, to the bottom. Here’s what makes the case worthier to bring–it features easy handles, making the laptop so easy to carry along wherever you go.

2. iPearl mCover Hard Shell Cover

If you are a student who has more than just the laptop and the charger, this one is for you. It has two spacious pockets that can safely keep your accessories like headphones, laptop charger, mouse, tablet, smartphone, mouse pad, and more. This hard-shell Chromebook cover guarantees protection for your laptop regardless of the weather. It is made of waterproof material so the case can definitely shield your computer from any water splash or even on heavy downpour.

3. Case Logic Case

This is one of the most favorite Chromebook cases in the market today. If your Chromebook is netbook-sized or a mini laptop with an 11.6-inch display, this is definitely the one to you should choose. This features a thick and quilted padding that can keep your computer shielded. It also has padded handles so you can easily and more conveniently transport your Chromebook device from one place to another.

4. rooCase for Chromebook

This is made for smaller devices with up to 13.3 inches for display models. They appear to be a bit more stylish than the typical Chromebook cases you’ll find in the market. Therefore, if you want more style for your laptop, this is the best pick for you. The foam interior of this case doubles the protection of your case. You can even be surer of your Chromebook’s safety with the neoprene material of this case that’s weather resistant.

5. DataKeeper

Here’s something female students will surely love! This is one of the slimmest cases you can find for your Chromebook. It is designed to let the user work with the case on minus all the inconvenience and uncomfortable feeling. Since the laptop never leaves your case, your device is guaranteed protected any time, wherever you are. There’s a shoulder strap you may (or may not) use for easy carrying around your school

6. Flak Jacket

This case is designed ideally and most perfectly for school use! It is lightweight so it does not add any inconvenience as you carry your laptop along with your other school things. The outside pockets of this case are so perfect to store your other school essentials like pens and notepads on top of your tech gadget accessories such as chargers, earphones and power bank.

7. Caseable – the DIY Case

Isn’t it exciting to know that you can design your own case? If you want that level of excitement, this then is the best pick for you. This is perfect for your kids’ Chromebook laptop. The case entices them to bring out the young artists in them. This case is certainly worth spending for especially that the students can have the printed text, color, styles, images, and all things that can complete the case design, customized.

These just seven of the many cases you can get for your or your child’s Chromebook to keep it shielded from any danger when in school, or when in use for a project and assignments. Whatever your choice, it surely is to protect your device anytime, wherever you go.

How to Install Showbox on Chrome OS

Showbox for Chromebook: How to Install Showbox on Chrome OS

By Chromebook, How-To

While Chromebooks can be used efficiently and effectively everywhere from corporate to academic settings, let’s face it: we use them just as often for entertainment purposes, too! In this digital age, more and more people are looking at their Android apps for their Android device to enjoy movies and shows versus a traditional television. And Chromebook users are no exception when it comes to this growing trend.

A popular app for streaming movies and television shows, Showbox was designed originally to be used on Android devices only. Eventually, this gave way to versions created for Apple, Windows, and Smart TVs, and fortunately, now it can be used on Chromebooks as well!

Among the reasons for Showbox’s massive popularity among users are its smooth user interface and intuitive navigation. There is no login account required for users and even better there are no distracting and annoying advertisements! Showbox users can filter all of the app’s movies by genre, type, rating, and/or year. Plus, Showbox users also have the convenient option to download the movies and then watch them later.

Chromebook users can install the Showbox app via Google and there are only a few easy steps required to install the app. Once you get through these steps, a world of fantastic entertainment awaits you!

Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is install an Android Emulator on your Chromebook, which is an app that converts the Windows platform into an Android platform. Two popular choices for emulators are ARC Welder and Bluestacks. Once you choose an emulator, the installation process will take just a few minutes to complete. Once this happens, in the top right corner of your screen you will see a message indicating “Add to Chrome,” and you click this to complete the installation.
Step 2: Now you will go to your apps on your Chromebook and open the emulator you have chosen (it will have an icon in your apps list) and you will be prompted to “add your APK.” This is where you will add Showbox.
Step 3: The next phase involves installing the Showbox app. Once the download of the app is complete on your Chromebook, you will select the Showbox APK from the downloads list.
Step 4: Finally, you will update the settings menu for Showbox according to your individual preferences and then you will select the “open” button to launch Showbox on your Chromebook. And now you can enjoy streaming entertainment options on your Chromebook!

By the way, if you wondered what an APK file is….
Some longtime television fans might think of one specific character when “APK” is mentioned (Michael J. Fox’s iconic role as “Alex P. Keaton” in the 1980’s classic Family Ties.) But APK in the digital world refers to an app created for Android. The emulator app is what allows you to use these files on a Chromebook.

Now that you know how to install Showbox, we will also explore some other apps that might tickle your entertainment fancy!

StreamDor

So how do 20,000 free movies sound? For anyone who uses a Chromebook as an entertainment device, this probably sounds like fantastic news! StreamDor boasts the web’s largest catalog of free movies. The catalog of movies is updated every day and there are no fees and no ads.

Netflix

Well, duh! More than 100 million subscribers worldwide have made Netflix one of the most popular choices for streaming entertainment so it is no doubt one of the favorite apps for Chromebook users. You can download the Netflix app from the Google Play store.

Stream Series

This app available in the chrome web store allows users to watch TV series online for free, making it another popular choice to add to your Chromebook.

HBO Now

HBO Now is a popular paid app for Chromebook users and its content differs from Netflix, which is why many users subscribe to both. In order to avoid technical glitches while using HBO Now, you want to ensure your Chrome OS is always up to date.

And a Note of Caution…or Disappointment

Some Chromebook users have reported difficulties using Amazon Video on a Chromebook, which may be frustrating to many, especially as Amazon’s entertainment programming choices continue to grow in popularity. Hulu is another wildly popular streaming option that does not support the Chrome operating system.
It is likely this will change in time and you may discover workarounds to get these apps up and running on your Chromebooks.

Music Options for Chromebook

In addition to the options we have outlined for streaming movies and television programs on Chromebooks, there are a number of great options for streaming music on Chromebooks.

Google Play Music

The Google Play app is one of the easiest to use on a Chromebook and it allows users to not only stream music but also to store it. Google Play is also the default music player on Samsung phones so those who use both Samsung phones AND Chromebooks will find it especially handy to use this music streaming service.

Spotify

Undoubtedly the most popular streaming service for music, Spotify can be used on Chromebook with a Chrome extension. This popular app allows users to create custom playlists and its easy interface makes it possible to quickly find favorite artists and albums.

SoundCloud

Another popular choice for Chromebook users, SoundCloud combines the best of music streaming with social media—where users can upload, promote, and share their own audio.

iTunes on Chromebook

How to put iTunes on Chromebook?

By Chromebook, How-To

This article will help you gain access to your iTunes library on your Chromebook.

You’ve built a music library on iTunes already. You bought a Chromebook and discovered (… probably with much frustration) that you can’t install iTunes on Chromebook.

Don’t worry. Your iTunes music library is still accessible from your Chrome OS device. Let’s take a look at how you can set this up on your Chromebook…

Add iTunes Library to Chromebook from a Desktop or Laptop

The primary way to access your iTunes library on Chromebook (and other devices you own) is to upload your music from a Windows Computer or Mac.

On a computer that already has your iTunes music:

  1. Go to Google Play Music website
  2. Click on the hamburger menu icon
  3. Click “Upload Music”
  4. From here, you can either drag songs to the website or click “SELECT FROM YOUR COMPUTER”
  5. The upload process may take some time, especially with slower connections. Also, be aware that a large library could be costly depending upon your data limits

For Windows, the default location for your music library is

c:\Users\[your login]\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music

For Mac, the default location for your music library is

/Users/[your login]/Music/iTunes

On your Chromebook:

  1. Add the Google Play Music app, if it’s not already added
  2. Activate Google Play Music, if it’s not already activated
  3. Enjoy your music…

Install iTunes Library on Chromebook through Wine and Linux VMs

Here’s an iTunes for Chromebook hack that may work. If you really wanted to put iTunes on Chromebook, you could try Wine inside of Linux, but read the disclaimer below before you do.

Disclaimer: I have not attempted this method. There are several layers of compatibility concerns. Adding Linux to your Chromebook can add some security issues. This method would probably be resource heavy, so it’s less likely to work on older models. This method is only for the adventurous.

  1. Install Linux on your Chromebook. I’m working on a guide to install Linux on Chromebook and will update this post with a link when I finish. Until then, a Google search will help.
  2. In your Linux installation, install PlayOnLinux (or Wine)
  3. Open the PlayOnLinux app
  4. Click install and search for iTunes
  5. Select the iTunes version
  6. The PlayOnLinux installation wizard will guide you through the iTunes installation

To us, this method requires too much energy and has too many potential issues. We’d rather use Google Play Music to access our iTunes library on Chromebook.

To each their own…

When will we get the real iTunes for Chromebook?

Unfortunately, we wouldn’t expect this to happen anytime soon. Apple’s business model relies heavily on a closed, proprietary ecosystem. Opening their software to other platforms requires a lot of internal resources to maintain their ecosystem.

Then why is there iTunes on Windows?

There is a much larger market of Windows users that would benefit from having iTunes. Many people working 9-5 could now listen to music in their iTunes library to help with slower times (, and would pay to expand that library).

Apple at some point believed that iTunes on Windows would make more money than it cost, and they were probably right.

Should I convert to Google’s Ecosystem?

This isn’t really an easy question to answer. We, personally, prefer Google’s ecosystem because it focuses on openness and sharing.

This also leaves it open to more malicious players. We’ve been involved in computers and IT for more than 20 years, so we can smell activity with a bad scent. That may not be the same for all users.

The openness allows more peering eyes to discover exploits, but Google has done a lot to combat these problems, especially with Chromebooks. You can read why Chromebooks don’t need antivirus software.

What do you think?

Was this post helpful? Are there any thoughts, questions, or comments you would like to add? We would love to hear from you.

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Android Apps for Chromebook

By Apps, How-To

Android Apps for Chromebook has made Chrome OS devices much more valuable as a Windows or MacOS alternative.

There’s a good chance your Chromebook or the Chrome OS device you are considering supports Android apps.

Read on, and find out what devices are supported, how to setup the device, and how to add Android apps to your Chromebook.

Which Chromebooks Support Android Apps

While it had some excellent utility for a low-end price tag, the list of Chromebook apps initially was limited to Chrome extensions and apps specifically designed for Chrome OS.

The lack of a thriving app ecosystem hindered the overall adoption because critics often compared it to a Windows-based or MacOS-based computer.

However, with a vast number of apps on Google Play and a similar device in terms of internal hardware, supporting the Android ecosystem was able to add a lot of functionality for a relatively low cost.

The initial attempts failed and didn’t work well with Android apps. After a scrapping the project for a more promising implementation, Chrome OS officially began supporting Android apps on limited devices in 2016.

Since the hardware and operating systems aren’t the same, there couldn’t be 100% support, but the people behind Chrome OS have continually added support for additional devices.

Chromebooks created after this feature was announced for the OS most likely included the necessary components. If your device was made in 2017 or after, it should come with this feature built-in.

If you have an earlier model, there is still a good possibility that your device supports Android apps. A list of devices that supoort Android apps can be found on the Chromium Projects Website.

How to Check if Your Chromebook Supports Android Apps

If you want to be able to check from your device, first check to make sure you are running Chrome OS 53 or higher. This is done by clicking on the time in the bottom-right corner > Settings > Menu > About Chrome OS.

If the device is running Chrome OS 53 or higher, you can check if the “Google Play Store” section is available in Settings. If it is, congratulations! Your device supports Android apps.

You can “Turn on” the “Install apps and games from Google Play on your Chromebook” option. In the window that comes up, you will need to agree to the Terms of Service. Once you click “I Agree”, you are ready to install some Android apps.

Additionally, an organization’s or school’s security policies may prohibit this feature. Supported devices would not have access to Android apps for Chromebook, in this case.

While in most cases, this is a great feature, some organizations may not want to expose their devices to the Android ecosystem.

If you need any additional help on your Chromebook setup, leave a comment or head over to Chromebook Help Center.

How to Install Android Apps

The process from here is rather simple because it basically mirrors what happens on an Android device. Here are the basic steps:

  • Open the Google Play Store app or navigate to play.google.com
  • Search for the app you want, or browse the recommended apps
  • Click on the desired Android app
  • Click on the Install button (or it will have a price listed if it’s a paid app)

Once downloaded, Android apps can be used and managed like your other Chromebook apps.

What to Expect from Android Apps

Generally, you should have a very nice experience with the news apps. However, most Android Apps were designed with a touch-screen smartphone or tablet in mind.

This means that some apps may not be very easy to use with a mouse and keyboard. With some Chromebooks not having touchscreens, these apps may be more trouble than they are worth.

Fortunately, this case should be few and far between, and with some of these having browser-based web apps, few users should run into this issue, if at all.

How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook

How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook?

By Chromebook, How-To

If you’ve ever been stuck in the midst of a presentation on a Chromebook with a screen that needs to be rotated, and you have no idea how to make it happen, the result can be both frustrating and embarrassing—and it is the same is you are using Windows, Android, and Mac! There is nothing quite like the panic that sets in as you forget easy digital keyboard shortcuts for screen orientation or any other shortcut, which can feel a bit like standing at the ATM outside your bank and forgetting your password as a long and impatient line forms behind you.

Sometimes, it helps users to find silly ways to commit digital keyboard shortcuts to memory. “Never Eat Slimy Worms” has been recited by grade school students for years as they learn and commit to memory the directions of the compass, so why not try to create a clever trick to help you with Chromebook screen rotation?

The actual shortcut is to rotate the screen is quite simple: ctrl + shift + refresh.

But, perhaps the “refresh” key is the hang-up for some, trying to remember which button to press.

So, when your Chromebook screen needs to be rotated think “Control the situation, Shift the Screen, and Go for a Spin” because the refresh key actually looks like a spinning arrow.

Too much? Then aim to simply remember ctrl+shift+ refresh (or write it on your hand before the presentation).
Also, if you need to rotate the Chromebook screen more than 90 degrees, just repeat the ctrl + shift + refresh process to continue to move your screen another 90 degrees.

An alternative method to rotating the screen on your Chromebook is to go into settings, then display settings, and then change the screen back to “Standard.”

Once you have your screen back to the position you wish to view, you may want to look at other ways to display it. And since you’re here for help with your Chromebook’s overall functionality, we will go ahead and walk you through the steps you will take to connect your Chromebook to an external monitor.

A Chromebook can be connected to an external monitor and/or television monitor by using an HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, or a VGA port.

It’s possible you may need an adapter cable in order to hook up your Chromebook to an external monitor; in order to determine this, you should review the instructions that originally came with your Chromebook. While checking those instructions you should find out where the display output and input ports are located on your device; you can use these ports to insert an adaptor and then connect that also to a monitor.

Once you are connected, you will need to take a few additional steps in order to display your Chromebook screen on the monitor.

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on Settings.
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Choose “Mirror Internal Display.” At this point, your Chromebook screen should show up on the external monitor.

You may need to adjust the screen as well and, in order to do that, you will take the following steps:

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on “Settings.”
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Click on “Internal Display,” which will allow you to make the items on your screen larger or smaller using the “Display Size” option and it will also allow you to rotate the screen in the “Orientation” section.
Step 5: You can change screen sharpness by referring to the “Resolution” section.

Finally, one other area of useful information when it comes to screens and monitors for Chromebook users is the steps you would take to correct issues with the touchscreen monitor.

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on “Settings.”
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Choose the monitor you need to calibrate.
Step 5: Click on “Calibrate.”
Step 6: Your Chromebook is then going to prompt you to tap on the corners of your screen and you will then follow the steps onscreen.

The Best PDF Tools for Chromebook

By Chromebook

History of a PDF

In this digital age, we refer to PDFs so often that plenty of people know the acronym without even understanding what it really means. It’s actually an acronym for portable document format. We take them for granted but at one time, as with all things in the rapidly moving age of technology, they were a revolutionary advancement. If you can recall a time when you received documents from others via email, opened them to find a page of absolute gibberish, then went back and forth in frustration until someone ultimately faxed the document (remember those relics?). If that was you once upon a time, then you understand why PDF files changed digital communication for the better.

Why Are PDF’s So Important?

PDF technology allows us to display documents in a readable format regardless of the type of software that originally produced them. They are now the universal standard for sharing documents, and PDFs also allow us to share large documents in a compressed file size that is easy to exchange between multiple parties. Whether you are negotiating a real estate contract, filling out a waiver for your child’s summer camp, or sharing research with colleagues in the medical field, you are undoubtedly using PDFs on a weekly if not daily basis.

How Do I Use PDF’s With My Chromebook?

For Chromebook users, however, PDFs can sometimes present a challenge as there are Android apps. There have been some compatibility issues in terms of viewing and editing PDF documents on Chromebooks, but the good news is there are plenty of options available to improve the Chromebook-PDF experience. A number of easy-to-use tools available make it possible to view and edit PDFs on a Chromebook and all Chromebook users should ensure they have the right tools at their disposal. We will take a look at some of these tools to point you in the right direction and help you make the most of your Chromebook experience.

In order to view PDF documents on a Chromebook you may need to use browser-based PDF format software so let’s get started with some of your options.

PDFEscape

pdfescape-desktop-screenPDFescape is accessible to Chromebook users through the web browser and this easy-to-use app allows users to open PDFs and also edit them. You can add text to the document, whiteout unwanted content, and also add images. PDFescape also allows users to digitally sign documents and auto-fill forms. An added plus of PDFEscape is that it takes up little memory!

KAMI

KamiThe Kami Chrome extension (which was formerly known as Notable PDF) is a great option for Chromebook, enabling users to annotate PDFs as soon as you open them (rather than having to save them elsewhere first). Kami will sync your changes to Google Drive immediately as long as you are online while using the extension. The Kami tools (found in a vertical bar on the left-hand side of the screen) make it easy for Chromebook users to switch between the pen and the highlighter. A free version with ads allows you to add text, highlight text, and underline and strikethrough. The paid version has additional features, such as splitting/merging and OCR.

SQUID

squidSquid is an Android app that can be used for PDF viewing and editing on Chromebook. Users can auto-fill forms, mark up PDFs, and insert signatures with Squid. The quick copy/select/paste functions and the ability to move content between pages and notes make Squid a fantastic tool for academic or corporate settings.

SEJDA PDF Editor

sedjaSEJDA PDF Editor is a no-frills web-based app, which is primarily geared toward fast PDF signatures and also has some limited editing capabilities. This is the perfect option for those who primarily need to sign a PDF format, perhaps in a corporate setting or even for a stay-at-home parent who constantly needs to sign school permission forms.

PDF Studio

pdfstudioConsidered the best alternative to Acrobat for Chromebook, PDF Studio boasts all of the features needed for PDF viewing and editing those accustomed to Acrobat would expect. You can insert digital signatures and fill and save forms, utilize advanced search options, and even open password-protected documents. Paid versions of PDF Studio also allow to/from conversions, more annotation tools, and interactive form designer, and more.

PDF Viewer

pdfviewerThis app from the Google Play store allows Chromebook users to view, search, and annotate PDFs. A simple double-tap of the screen will allow you to zoom in directly to the text you want to view, and you can use your finger or your stylus to mark up the text. Plus, it is easy to quickly undo changes to make the editing process efficient. A paid Pro version of PDF viewer offers even more features and functionality for Chromebook users.

Xodo PDF Viewer and Editor

xodoviewerXodo allows Chromebook users to view and edit PDFs with Google Drive support. You can write directly on the PDF, highlight text, and markup, merge and edit documents. It is compatible with Adobe Acrobat and allows Chromebook users to annotate PDFs with others in real-time.

PDF Split!

pdfsplitAs the name implies, this is the best tool for Chromebook users if you simply need to split PDF files. It allows you to choose a range of pages and extract them and save as separate files and this can be downloaded in the Chrome Store.

Soda PDF Online

Soda PDF OnlineThis browser-based PDF software allows Chromebook users to edit PDFs while online. You can create a free account that will enable you to open and view any PDF file online and users are also able to access files saved in cloud storage folders. An added bonus of Soda PDF online is its security features: users can add passwords to documents and restrict printing as well.

Chromecast 2018

Chromecast 2018 Showcased at the Google Hardware Event

By Chromebook

Here’s good news to all Internet savvy, particularly the Google frequenters. Google just showcased the latest Chromecast device during its recently-held hardware event. The annual tech affair, which featured an array of new gadgets including the latest mobile phone models, announced the latest software updates of Chromecast. If you don’t have a Smart TV, this is a great alternative that performs just as efficient and excellent as the WiFi signal.

What is Chromecast and What does it do?

As mentioned, Chromecast can offer you the benefits of watching on a Smart TV or Wi-Fi enabled TV even if your appliance is actually doesn’t have the said feature. With this latest software update, you TV can function just even smarter than any other similar appliance you see in the market. What makes the 2018 Chromecast is that it can add Bluetooth, and it has an enhanced 5 GHz Wifi — indeed, better than ever!

If you’ve only been hearing about Chromecast but you actually don’t know how to use it and how it works, well, it is a device that you can simply plug into the HDMI port of a TV. This is powered by the USB cable included in the package. Through the use of your computer or smartphone (as your remote control), you can use this technology to watch, access or stream video contents from your favorite sites like YouTube and Netflix, among others. The better news is that movies and videos are not the only things you can do with Chromecast. You can also make this function to access nearly any content type from your Chrome browser from a laptop or PC.

Chromecast for Chromebook

Is your computer a Chromebook? Then, you can stream videos and more from this electronic device, too. All you need to do is to download the Google Cast extension. Four (4) easy steps are all it takes to cast on your Chromebook. Simply follow these:

1. To cast from a Chrome browser, simply go to the page you intend to cast and open it.
2. On your toolbar, select the icon, ‘Cast.’
3. Select and click the Chromecast device.
4. After choosing the Chromecast device, the video you want to watch automatically plays on TV.

See? You need not own a Smart TV to watch your favorite videos, movies, and series from your frequently visited sites, on your TV. All you need is a Chromecast device that’s even enhanced this year. What can be better than knowing that you can now use this technology from your Chromebook?

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

By Apps, Chromebook, How-To

Chromebook users, like most of us in the digital age, can become too “app happy” at times! Like when you get the latest Android device, it is tempting, especially with a new device, to go a bit overboard downloading new apps, some of which are never used and quickly forgotten. You probably downloaded the latest web app to ensure a secure browser, but have also ended up with numerous apps, extensions, and unwanted programs that do nothing more than use up valuable memory on your Chrome device. Therefore, getting rid of every free web app you don’t want will help you restore your Chromebook. Of course, there are some especially useful apps we may open on a daily basis. Budding composers may rely on music apps to work on their craft and a graphic designer might use image-editing apps often. However, there are plenty of apps that ultimately prove to be space-wasters on our Chromebooks, and if you have reached the point where you realize it’s time to clean house, so to speak, you have come to the right place! We will take a look at the easy steps you can take to delete unwanted apps from your Chromebook.

Chromebook differs from Windows, Linus, and Mac, where you can delete installed apps by right-clicking on the app icon and choosing to remove or uninstall. Because Chromebook users may have previously worked in these systems, there could be an initial sense of frustration that the app removal is not as simple as one right click! However, it can still be done with relative ease, allowing you to clean up your Chromebook and free up some of your system memory. There is no need to leave all the unused apps there to waste memory when they could be replaced with something you may actually use and use often!

In order to delete these unwanted apps from a Chromebook you have two different options: users may uninstall them using the Google Play Store or they can be uninstalled by using the launcher. Read on to follow the easy steps for either method.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Google Play Store

1. Start by selecting the Google Play Store icon on the shelf.
2. Next, you should click on the menu icon, which is located next to the search bar on the Chromebook.
3. Then you will select “My Apps and Games.”
4. Select each of the apps you wish to delete from your Chromebook, then choose “uninstall,” and finally select “OK.”
And there you have it! Now you have freed up space on your Chromebook for more useful apps.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Launcher

For an even quicker way to remove unwanted apps from your Chromebook, you can use the launcher to uninstall them in two easy steps.
1. Open the launcher on your Chromebook.
2. First, select “All Apps,” then go to each app you want to remove, right click on each one, and finally select “Uninstall.”
Hey, presto! You have cleaned up your Chromebook and rid your memory space of unused apps.

Now that you have completed the “house cleaning” on your Chromebook you may want to consider adding new apps that will be useful to you based on your occupation, interests, and hobbies. The world of apps can be overwhelming to navigate so we will give you a good head start by suggesting some of the best and most popular Chromebook apps.

Best Apps for Chromebook

Office Online

If you are accustomed to working in Microsoft Office, the free Office Online app will allow you to create and edit Office documents on a Chromebook. This allows users to avoid some of the hiccups when working on Office documents in Google Docs, eliminating the possibility of compatibility issues when working with other Office users.

Paperfile

For Chromebook users in academic settings, Paperfile is a fantastic app for managing and keeping track of references and sources. The service helps users with the generation of properly formatted citations and keeps track of a wide variety of sources users can annotate or tag. This is an indispensable tool for those in academic research and the app comes with a free 30-day trial (and after that costs $2.99 per month).

StayFocusd

If you’re a Chromebook user who hardly made it through this brief article without stopping several times to check social media, instant messages, and game scores, StayFocusd may be the app for you! This app allows you to set limits on the time you can spend on certain sites and when the allotted time has been used, the sites are blocked. It can be a great tool when deadlines are looming and the temptation to waste time is a constant challenge for procrastinators.

Overdrive

A dream app for book lovers, Overdrive is linked to more than 30,000 libraries. The app allows you to digitally check out and return books. Additionally, you can use the app on Chromebook but also sync to other devices, so you can easily switch between reading on your Chromebook and your phone or other devices.

LastPass

Let’s face it, how much time do we spend trying to remember passwords, failing to do so, and then being forced to change them, starting the entire process over again? LastPass is a fantastic app that serves as your personal password manager. The app helps users generate passwords and then saves them into an encrypted locker, which you can access with one master password. So now you only have one password to remember rather than 27!

Netflix

Netflix users can add the app to their Chromebook for a much better viewing experience than streaming video on a smaller phone screen. In the Google Play Store, Netflix, and other Android entertainment apps are now available to turn Chromebooks into portable entertainment devices. (Just be sure to block Netflix with StayFocusd when a deadline is looming!)