Set up Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks

For administrators who manage Chromebooks for a school.

As an admin, you can use your Google Admin console to deploy Minecraft: Education Edition to your managed users on Chromebooks. Then, users can learn, play, and collaborate using Minecraft: Education Edition.

Before you begin

  • You need a Minecraft: Education Edition license for each user that you want to deploy the app to. For information, check the Minecraft: Education Edition support website.
  • Users can sign in to the Minecraft: Education Edition app in 3 ways:
    • Users can sign in to their Chromebook with their Google Account. Then they manually sign in to the app using their Microsoft account. To avoid needing to sign in every time, users can save their Microsoft username and password in the Minecraft app.
    • Users can be automatically signed into the app on their Chromebook with their Google Account if you use SAML Federation to link their Microsoft account (as service provider) to their Google Account (as identity provider).
    • Users can sign in to their Chromebook and the app with their Microsoft account if you use SAML Federation to link their Google account (as service provider) to their Microsoft account (as identity provider).
  • Apps are deployed to users based on the organizational unit that they belong to. So, users can use approved apps, including Minecraft:Education Edition, if they sign in to Chromebooks that are not enrolled to your domain using their managed Google Account.
  • Don’t use Minecraft: Education Edition on devices that are configured to erase all local user info, settings, and state after each sign-out. In other words, devices that are in ephemeral mode.
  • We recommend that you use the Minecraft: Education Edition app on Chromebooks that have at least 4GB of memory and are in 1:1 deployments.

Install Minecraft: Education Edition

Step 1: Ensure that managed Google Play is enabled

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Apps.
  3. Click Additional Google services.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  5. Confirm that Service Status for Managed Google Play is set to On.

Step 2: Enable Android apps

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devicesand thenChrome.
  3. Click Apps & extensionsand thenUsers & browsers.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  5. On the far right, click Additional settings Settings.
  6. For Android applications on Chrome Devices, select Allow.
  7. (Optional) For Android reporting for users and devices, select Enable Android reporting.
  8. Click Save.

Step 3: Install Minecraft: Education Edition

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devicesand thenChrome.
  3. Click Apps & extensionsand thenUsers & browsers.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  5. Add the Minecraft: Education Edition app:
    1. Click AddAdd questionand thenAdd from Google PlayAdd from Google Play.
    2. Search for and click Minecraft: Education Edition.
    3. Click Select.
    4. Accept the Terms and Conditions to add the app.
  6. In the list of apps and extensions, find Minecraft: Education Edition.
  7. Under Installation policy, choose an option:
    • Allow install—Lets users install Minecraft: Education Edition. (recommended)
    • Force install—Installs Minecraft: Education Edition automatically and prevents users from removing it.
    • Force install + pin—Installs Minecraft: Education Edition automatically and pins it to the taskbar.
  8. Click Save.

What to tell your users

For a better Minecraft: Education Edition experience...

  • Follow the guidelines on the Minecraft: Education Edition support page.
  • Make sure that your home or school has the internet connectivity and speed that you need to install and use the app.
  • Reduce the number of open tabs and apps to avoid spreading your CPU usage.

What are the minimum system requirements that are recommended for the Minecraft: Education Edition app?

The Minecraft: Education Edition app runs on all Chromebooks that support Android apps. We recommend:

  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • Hard Drive: Minimum of ~500 MB free per user on the device (1 GB recommended)
  • Chrome version 83 or later

Minecraft: Education Edition uses significant CPU resources, so we recommend that you do not keep other apps open while using it.

Fanless devices reach their thermal threshold faster than devices with a built-in fan. Excessive heat can affect your device’s CPU frequency and performance. Make sure that you use a fanless device on a hard surface and consider using a fan or ventilated stand. For information about how to use your Admin console to view CPU temperature details, see View Chrome device details.

Which devices are recommended for the Minecraft: Education Edition app?

The Minecraft: Education Edition app runs on all Chromebooks that support Android apps. For a full list of devices, see Chrome OS Systems Supporting Android Apps.

List of recommended Chromebooks for using Minecraft: Education Edition

Note: For devices that aren’t listed, you might experience slowness or screen glitches. Close other apps so that the device can focus its resources on running Minecraft: Education Edition.

  • Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB515-1H, CB515-1HT)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 511 (R752T)
  • ASUS Chromebook C202XA
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C433
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
  • Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 7486
  • Google Pixel Slate
  • Google Pixelbook
  • Google Pixelbook Go
  • HP Chromebook 11 G6 EE
  • HP Chromebook 14 G5
  • HP Chromebook 14a
  • HP Chromebook x2
  • HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
  • Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
  • Lenovo Ideapad C330 Chromebook
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook
  • Lenovo Ideapad S330 Chromebook
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 13
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2)
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Fix Minecraft: Education Edition issues

Users can’t install the app

As an admin, you control which Android apps users can install on managed Chromebooks. Check to make sure that the Minecraft: Education Edition app is enabled and users' devices support Android apps.

Users have a problem with Minecraft’s functionality

Submit a support request to Minecraft support.

Users have limited controller support

Minecraft: Education Edition supports mouse, trackpad and touch input. It does not support controllers on any of its platforms.

I’d like to use SSO for all my users

SSO is available for Minecraft: Education Edition. For different scenarios, see Minecraft's documentation.


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