In the past few months, many people visited my article on how to play Minecraft on a Chromebook. I never expected it to catch on like that and it was only until recently that I’ve read the comments. Many of you mentioned that Minecraft crashed a lot on their Chromebooks that is why I decided to write a better manual: Here is how you can get Minecraft working perfectly fine on your Chromebook in 2019.
This new method requires you to install a Linux distro on your Chromebook but it isn’t as hard as it sounds. It takes like 10 minutes longer than the former method but works way better. It’s the method I’ve been using for months now and the game never crashes. Make sure you backup all your local files as this will essentially powerwash your Chromebook.
Enabling Developer Mode.
Press the esc, refresh at the same time, next press your power button. This will put your Chromebook in recovery mode. You’ll know when you’re in recovery mode when you see a yellow exclamation mark. Now press ctrl + D and press enter when your Chromebook asks you to enter developer mode. Now your Chromebook will reboot again to get into Developer mode, however this can take up a while, usually about 10 to 15 minutes. Now just grab a drink and wait.
Once you see a red/orange exclamation mark press ctrl + D again. Now, wait for your Chromebook to boot up again and just log in, hurray you’re in Developer Mode now!
Installing the Linux Distro
Now comes the hardest part, installing the Linux distro called Ubuntu which you do by installing Crouton. Don’t worry if you follow the steps in this manual you’ll be perfectly fine.
- Download crouton, I personally prefer to get it from the original Linux website so I know it’s secure. This direct download link here comes from the article “How To Easily Install Ubuntu On Chromebook With Crouton” on the official Linux site but if you don’t trust me you can find it in the article as well.
- Now you’ve downloaded crouton press ctrl + alt + T this will launch your Chromebook terminal. Type the following into the terminal and press enter: shell
- Next type in the following and press enter again: sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce
- Your Chromebook will now install the linux distro but this will take some time. You know it’s finished when it asks you to make up a username and password. This you’ll need to login to your Linux Interface every time you switch from a Chrome OS interface to a Linux interface.
- Once that’s done type the following and press enter: sudo startxfce4
This will take you to your new Linux Interface, in order to switch back and forth you use the following buttons: Ctrl+Alt+shift+Back and Ctrl+Alt+shift+Forward.
Hurray! You’ve installed Linux and now you can finally get to install Minecraft! 😀
So to get Minecraft installed you need to do the following first:
- Open the Linux terminal by pressing ctrl + alt + T
- Install Java by typing the following line in the command line:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre
- Now switch back to Chrome OS and go to the official minecraft site to download Minecraft for Debian / Ubuntu.
- Switch back to the Linux interface and find the File Manager, go to downloads and right click on the Minecraft file and choose properties and then permissions.
- Check the “allow executing file as program” checkbox.
- Now Double click on the file you downloaded and Minecraft will install!
- Login with your Mojang account and you can finally play Minecraft on your Chromebook 😉
This is by far the best way to play Minecraft on a Chromebook, the former method I mentioned in my older article made the game crash quite often. If it isn’t working correctly make sure you’ve followed all the steps and if Minecraft lags try lower video settings. I use this method every day to play a multiplayer server called Hellominers and it works just fine!