Test your apps on your Chromebook

If you develop Android apps on your Chromebook with Linux (Beta), you can test your apps directly on your Chromebook with Android Debug Bridge (ADB).

Set up Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

Important: Once you turn on ADB, it’s available to all accounts on your Chromebook. To turn it off, you must factory reset (Powerwash) your Chromebook.

  1. Make sure Linux (Beta) is set up.
  2. Make sure your device supports Android apps.
  3. On your Chromebook, select the time.
  4. Select Settings .
  5. On the left panel, select Linux (Beta) and then Develop Android apps.
  6. Turn on Enable ADB debugging.
  7. Select Restart. Your Chromebook will close any open apps.
  8. Select Confirm and sign in.

Tip: When you run your app in Android Studio, select your Chromebook if prompted.

Turn off ADB

Important: When you turn off ADB, your Chromebook will factory reset (Powerwash). All your stored data will be lost.

  1. On your Chromebook, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. On the left panel, select Linux (Beta) and then Develop Android apps.
  4. Turn off Enable ADB debugging.
  5. Select Confirm. Your Chromebook will restart.
  6. Select Powerwash and then Continue. Your Chromebook will reset to factory settings.
  7. Follow the steps on the screen and sign in with your Google Account.
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