Download ARChon Packager App – Run Android Apps On Your Chromebook
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Let’s figure out how to run Android apps on a Chromebook or Chromebox, believe it or not, it’s easier than you think with this new app on Google Play Store called ARChon Packager App
What is ARChon Packager App?
ARChon Packager (formerly Chrome APK Packager) is a convenient way to produce Chrome ARChon Custom Runtime packages directly from your phone.
You can generate chrome packages from either APKs on your phones storage, or from apps installed on your phone (It will pull APK)
Open the App, select an APK or App from list. App Name and package name are both pulled from the APK and put into the manifest.json file. Everything is then zipped together in a ChromeAPK folder on your phones storage.
Requires https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md ARChon Custom Runtime which allows for “unlimited” number of android apps to be installed. (Google Runtime is limited to 4 apps.)
ARChon Packager App Manual
On first launch you’ll see an overview of what the application intends to do. Tap next and you’ll be presented with two options:
- Select an installed app
- Select an APK you have downloaded
Not downloaded something to try? No worries; select the first option in the list, tap ‘Next’, and choose something from the list of apps already installed on your device.
The utility will ‘pull’ the package it needs from what is already on your phone.
On to the next screen where you can set device and orientation mode for the app as it will be on Chrome. Think about how you use the app and how you would prefer to use it on the desktop.
While ‘tablet’ and ‘landscape’ modes will be the optimum experience for most, choose what suits your needs.
After packaging is complete you need to transfer the resulting zip archive(s) from your phone or tablet (in the ‘Chrome APKs’ folder) to your PC or Chromebook.
How you go about this is up to you, but for small files you could use Google Drive, Dropbox or a similar cloud syncing service.
Once you have the archive(s) ready on your desktop, laptop or Chromebook you will need extract them and move the resulting folder(s) somewhere safe.
To install them open Google Chrome and head to the ‘extensions’ page. Check the ‘Developer Mode’ box near the top of the page to reveal the ‘Load Unpacked Extension’ button. Click this, select the extracted folder from the previous step and the app will install.
Download & Install ARChon Packager
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