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Which applications can you use on a Chromebook?

On a Chromebook, you can use web applications and work directly from your internet browser or install Android applications from the Google Play Store. There are alternatives to many Windows and macOS programs. For other applications, you really need a Windows laptop or MacBook. On this page, we've listed which commonly used computer applications are suitable for a Chromebook and which aren't.

The apps you use on a Chromebook

  • There are alternatives to many apps in the Play Store
  • There are apps for work and study, creatives, social media, and relaxation

Applications

Windows Chromebook
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Word Limited without Office 365 license, alternative: Google Docs
Microsoft Excel Limited without Office 365 license, alternative: Google Sheets
Microsoft PowerPoint Limited without Office 365 license, alternative: Google Slides
Microsoft OneNote
VMware
Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) Google Chrome
Google Drive
Dropbox
TeamViewer Client only
SPSS
Stata
RStudio

Creative

Chromebook Creative Lenovo

Do you edit photos in Photoshop or GIMP for your work, studies, or hobby? Or do you make technical drawings in AutoCAD? You have limited options with a Chromebook. In the table below, you can read which alternatives there are for creative applications.

Applications

Windows Chromebook
Adobe Photoshop Alternative with limtations: Snapseed
GIMP Alternative with limtations: Snapseed
Adobe Premiere Pro Alternative with limitations: WeVideo
AutoCAD
Paint Alternative: PaintZ

Social media and communication

Skype on a Chromebook Asus

You can video chat via Skype or update your Facebook status. If you use a Chromebook, you're not limited in terms of social media. In the table below, you can read which social media and communication apps are available for your Chromebook.

Applications

Windows Chromebook
Skype
Discord
WhatsApp WhatsApp Web
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Relaxation

Spotify on an HP Chromebook

You can watch a Netflix movie or listen to music via Spotify on a Chromebook without problems. A Chromebook is less suitable for gaming. In the table below, you can read which applications work and which don't.

Applications

Windows Chromebook
Netflix
Videoland
NPO
RTL XL
YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music
VLC
Ziggo GO
iTunes Alternative: Google Play Music
Steam Only Steam Community
Fortnite
Minecraft

Internet

Internet on an HP Chromebook

The best Chromebook app for internet browsing is the Google Chrome browser. There are alternatives, such as Firefox and Edge, but you can only use the mobile version of these internet browsers. That means you'll have limited options. In the table below, you can read which browsers work and which don't.

Applications

Windows Chromebook
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox Mobile application with limitations
Microsoft Edge Mobile application with limitations
Opera Mobile application with limitations
Internet Explorer

Other applications

Google Maps on an Acer Chromebook

In the table below, you can read which other applications are available on a Chromebook and which aren't.

Applications

Windows Chromebook
WinZip
WinRAR Alternative: WinZip
F.lux Alternative with limitations: Screen Shader
Google Maps
KeePass Alternative: Tusk
TunnelBear (VPN)
Snipping Tool Integrated alternative


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