Google hasn’t updated the Android version for Chromebooks for about two years, but the company has finally released an update that replaces Android version 9 with the latest Android 11.
The company has also changed the approach to run Android apps on Chrome OS. Instead of ARC ++ which uses a native container, the Android 11 uses a VM approach called ARCVM, which is similar to Linux on Chrome OS.
If you want to try Android 11 on your Chromebook, here’s a step-by-step guide for the same.
How to get Android 11 update on your Chromebook
Step 1: Open the Quick Settings panel in the lower right corner and in the options click on “Settings”.
2nd step: When the Settings page opens, navigate to “About Chrome OS”, then in the right pane, click “More Details.”
Step 3: Now change the channel to “Beta” by clicking on the “Change Channel” button.
Step 4: After making the change, go back to the “About Chrome OS” page, then click “Check for updates.”
Now the Chromebook will start developing the latest beta version of Chrome OS. After the update is installed, restart your device. If you are worried about your data, don’t worry as this will not delete your data.
Step 5: Once your device has restarted, go to the Settings page again and in the “Applications” section, click on “Manage Android preferences”.
Step 6: Now go to System> About devices to find the Android version.
If your Chromebook is based on the “Hatch” board, you will receive the Android 11 update after upgrading to beta. If you haven’t received the update, try removing the existing Android configuration and reinstalling it.