Check out this list of common questions to learn more about Chromebooks.
Switch from a PC or MacWhat’s the difference between Chromebooks and other computers, like Windows or Mac OS?
Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run ChromeOS, an operating system that has cloud storage, the best of Google built-in, and multiple layers of security.
Learn more about switching to a Chromebook.
Google works with manufacturers to keep Chromebooks affordable, and you don’t need to worry about the prices of most software.
Instead, you can choose from the thousands of apps at no charge from the Chrome Web Store for work and play.
Yes. You can use offline-ready apps to keep using a Chromebook when it’s not connected to the Internet. Below are some examples:
- Read and write emails with Offline Gmail
- Write a note or make a list with Google Keep
- Create and edit documents, slides, or spreadsheets with Google Drive apps (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)
- View and RSVP to events with Google Calendar
- View and edit photos saved with the built-in photo editor
- Enjoy music or movies with the built-in media player
Use apps on a ChromebookDoes Microsoft Office work on a Chromebook?
On all Chromebooks, you can open, edit, download, and convert many Microsoft Office files.
iTunes doesn't work on Chromebooks. Instead, you can add music from iTunes to your Google Play Music library. Learn how to play music on your Chromebook.
What is the Google Play Store?
Music, videos, & photosHow do I store and organize photos?
You can save your photos with Google Photos, where they’ll be quickly and safely stored and organized for you.
Store your filesDo I need to store files online (or "in the cloud")?
You can choose to store your files on your Chromebook or online with a cloud-based file storage service like Google Drive.
Every Google Account comes with 15 GB of storage at no charge that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
When your no-charge storage expires, all your files remain in Drive and you can use, download, or share them whenever you want. If you need additional storage, you can buy more.
Use accessories & printDo Chromebooks have CD or DVD drives?
Chromebooks don’t have a CD or DVD drive, but you can play saved music and movie files in any of the compatible file types with the media player. You can also play files from a USB drive or SD card.
Yes, you can. To print with a Chromebook, set up your printer.
Mac or Windows USB drives, computer mice, keyboards, and external storage devices work well with Chromebooks.