Can you play Minecraft on a Chromebook? The short answer is yes. However, it’s not as simple as that.
In this article, we simplify things on what Minecraft versions work on a Chromebook, how to install Minecraft, and the system requirements your Chromebook has to meet to successfully run Minecraft.
What Version of Minecraft Works On Chromebook?
Currently, there are three editions or versions: education, java, and bedrock editions. All three editions work and can be installed on Chromebooks. Although the method of installation might be different.
The Minecraft: Education Edition is the latest that replaced previous editions on the Google Play Store. It’s aimed to be run on school-provided Chromebooks.
Features in Minecraft: Education versions have been made specifically for educational purposes and classroom settings. In short, it focuses more on education.
The Minecraft: Java Edition is the original version of Minecraft that’s compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The Minecraft: Bedrock edition refers to the multi-platform version of Minecraft.
That is PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. Identical versions that have been made to run on different platforms.
How Do You Get Minecraft On The Chromebook?
To get Minecraft on a Chromebook it has to support Google Play Store services. Here is a list of Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store.
If your Chromebook does support Google Play Store.
- Go to settings and turn on Google Play Store
- Open Google Play Store and search for Minecraft: Education Edition
- Install the Minecraft: Education Edition
- Voila! You can now play Minecraft on a Chromebook
To get other versions of Minecraft: Java and Bedrock. You have to access the Linux terminal by accessing Settings>Advanced>Developers.
From there you follow these videos on how to install Bedrock and Java versions respectively on Chromebook.
How Do You Get Minecraft For Free On A Chromebook?
Simply follow the instructions listed above and you will be able to get the Minecraft Education, Java, and Bedrock editions free on Chromebook.
Chromebook System Requirements To Play Minecraft
Here are the system requirements Chromebooks have to meet to successfully run Minecraft. Alternatively, you can check out the best Chromebooks for Minecraft.
- CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent
- RAM: 2GB
- GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.4*
- GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4
- HDD: At least 1GB for game core, maps, and other files
- OS: Windows: Windows 7 and up, macOS: Any 64-bit OS X using 10.9 Maverick or newer, Linux: Any modern 64-bit distributions from 2014 onwards
- Internet connectivity is required for downloading Minecraft files, afterwards offline play is possible.
Google Play Store Support
The Chromebook you choose must support Google Play Store. Not all Chromebooks have access to the Google Play Store.
If you don’t want a Chromebook that has access to Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can install Minecraft through the Linux terminal. We have provided steps on how to do so in the earlier part of this article.
Minecraft is not a demanding application and Chromebooks are not powerful devices. This is good and bad news.
Good news because it doesn’t take much to run Minecraft smoothly. Bad news because things can get very laggy if your Chromebook doesn’t have a good processor.
For best results, Chromebooks with Intel Core i3 processors or higher are recommended. Intel Celeron, Pentium, and AMD processors will give you satisfactory results.
Chromebooks make use of integrated graphics cards not dedicated which doesn’t make them great for gaming.
The good news is that Minecraft is not graphically demanding and having an integrated is fine.
Minecraft says the minimum amount of RAM needed is 2GB. However, for best results and gaming experience 4GB or higher is highly recommended.
Also, having enough or a lot of RAM carries over computing tasks since the more RAM the easier the Chromebook can multitask.
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