Years ago, when I made a switch and become a full-time Chromebook user, I had to find all types of apps to stay creative on my device. Back then my job had nothing to do with content writing I spend most of my time developing websites and graphic designing.
Now I spend most of my time writing articles, being part of that production process means I had to deal with “photos and graphics” and make sure that all my work looks awesome on a website.
Can you have an app on a Chromebook
The whole purpose of a Chromebook is to help you get things done faster and easier, and yes you can have apps on a Chromebook.
For me, it’s now easier than ever to do all types of work on a Chromebook and I’m giving you “3 must-have apps” I use on Chromebook daily bases to do all my work done within no time.
Must-have apps for Chromebook
Drawing apps for Chromebook os for free
Following multiplatform desktop apps are completely free. So the first app I want to talk about is an experiment that Google did whenever they were talking about how to use the progressive web apps, anyway, it becomes very useful to everybody at Chromebook.
If you want to optimize an image as much as possible so it should not have any impact on loading time for your viewer. Squoosh App is best for you. This app will allow you to resize and compress images for you. I don’t think YouTube will allow uploading a thumbnail of more than 2 MB. So here comes the Squoosh App. I can’t tell you how useful this thing is.
If you haven’t heard of this app, So Gravit Designer is a graphic tool that will help you to focus on vector graphics and it runs in your web browser. You can also download it for macOS, Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS.
Back then when I was a graphic designer I had to do graphic stuff a lot, I had to build logos, make different graphics for websites, and I didn’t know about Gravit Designer. This is a very useful tool it is easy to use and easy to start up on your Chromebook.
The web version of Google Photos is lighter and easy to use. Mainly it’s for auto color correction, so any image you take and upload it to google photos. You can go in and start messing with colors. You can just hit the “Auto Button” and let google make your photo look better.
Now there are also four really big benefits of google photos I’ve been using it for almost 5 years so you can:
- Free up space on your phone
- Automatically organize photos and videos.
- Easy photo video sharing
- Sync up the phone and computer photos/videos So if you have photos on your computer you want on your phone this will help you, this will help you.
How to download apps for Chromebook OS
Chrome OS must-have apps
You can run and install a wide variety of apps on your Chrome OS devices. So here I’m going to explore how to download apps for Chrome OS. I’m going to explore a few different areas like native apps, android apps, Linux apps, and some Windows apps.
Where to get apps for Chromebook
Apps for Chromebook OS
How to Download Native Chrome OS app
These are the applications that can be run on any Chrome OS device. Many of them can be used in “offline mode” so you don’t need the internet.
How to download native apps for Chromebook OS
You can easily download any native app on Chromebook OS by simply going to “Web Store.” Hitting the download button for any app you like. Let’s say you want to download “Citrix App”
Click on Add to Chrome>Add App>Launch App.
Now if you go back to your menu you can see that you now have an application launcher in here.
How to download Android apps for Chromebook OS
You can download the android app on your Chromebook OS, these are the same apps that run on your phone. The most recent Chromebook OS supports the Android application but you need to turn it on first in the setting.
If you see the “Google Play Store” option it means you can download Android Apps for Chromebook. If you don’t see this, it means your Chromebook is not capable of downloading android apps. So all you need to do is “Turn On” and it will walk you to some questions. When it’s all set up and getting ready to launcher you will see a display just like “Play Store.” Now you can download any app you like.
How to Download Linux App for Chromebook OS
Most recent Chromebooks allow you to install some apps in Linux. This option also needs to be turned on and if your Chromebook doesn’t have this option then it means you are unable to download Linux Apps on your Chromebook OS.
How to Install Window Apps for Chromebook OS
Once you turned on your Linux option in the setting you need to download Windows Apps for Chromebook OS you need to visit the site CodeWeavers.com and download “CrossOver Chrome OS” this is a paid software but you can use the free trial to download Window Apps.
This will allow you to download some widow apps not all.
I hope you will find this useful and informative. If you do have some more questions feel free to ask in the comment section.