Can I use VirtualShield on my Chromebook?

Yes, you can! As a matter of fact, there are 3 different versions of VirtualShield available for Chromebook devices. Our Google Chrome extension, our Android application, and our brand-new Linux application.

Which version do I choose?

Most Chromebooks support Android apps right out-of-the box, others may need to be updated first in order to support Google Play. If you can access the Google Play Store and install other apps on your Chromebook, then it is likely that you can install VirtualShield as well.

Some newer Chromebooks, such as Google's Pixelbook, also support the installation of Linux applications. However, you will need to set up Linux (Beta) on your device first before you can install and run Linux apps.

If your device doesn't support Android and Linux apps, there's no need to worry. You can still install our Google Chrome extension. The extensions use a different technology, and they will work on nearly any device, even older ones.


Android App Requirements

First, make sure your Chromebook is fully updated and running the latest Chrome OS version.

Note: Compatible with Chrome OS version 53 and above. If your device is not supported, you can try installing one of our browser extensions instead.
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To check, select the clock near the corner of your screen to open the Status area, then click the Settings cog:
Tip: You can also open the Settings by pressing Alt + Shift + S on your keyboard.
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Select About Chrome OS on the left-hand side of this screen:
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In the About window, click Check for updates. If there’s an available update, it will begin to download and install:
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Once your Chromebook is updated, go to the Status area and select the Settings cog again.

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Select Google Play Store on the left-hand side of this screen.
If you don't see this option, it may be labeled Apps:
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Find the option labeled Install apps and games from Google Play on your Chromebook, and select Turn on:
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You will be prompted to agree to Google’s Terms of Service. Select I Agree to continue:
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That's it! You will be now able to install our Android app, along with other apps from the Google Play Store.

Note: See our support article for more info on how to install the Android application.

Linux App Requirements

Linux (Beta), also known as Crostini, is a feature that lets you install and develop Linux applications using your Chromebook. Linux (Beta) is off by default, but it can be turned on from your device's Settings.

Note: Linux (Beta) is still being improved, you might experience issues. Install at your own risk.
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Select the clock near the corner of your screen to open the Status area, then click the Settings cog:
Tip: You can also open the Settings by pressing Alt + Shift + S on your keyboard.
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Select Linux (Beta) on the left-hand side of this screen.
If you don't see this option, it may be labeled Apps:
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Find the option labeled Run Linux tools, editors, and IDEs on your Chromebook, and select Turn on:
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Follow the steps on the screen. Setup can take 10 minutes or more. Do not attempt to power off your Chromebook during this process:
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A Terminal window opens. You will now be able to install our Linux app, run Linux commands, and customize your shell.

Note: See our support article for more info on how to install the Linux application.

If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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