Chrome OS Flex is currently released for early access testing and is not suitable for production use. CloudReady is available for immediate stable deployment. Google will automatically update CloudReady devices to Chrome OS Flex, when Chrome OS Flex is stable. We welcome your feedback as we work to improve the product. Send feedback.

Chrome OS Flex installation guide

Prepare for installation

As an admin, you can install Chrome OS Flex on Windows, Mac, or Linux devices so your users can get many of the features that are available on Chrome OS devices. First, you’ll create a USB installer. Then, you can use the USB installer to temporarily try Chrome OS Flex on devices. When you're ready, you can use it to erase the current OS from devices and permanently replace it with Chrome OS Flex.

Before you begin

What you need

  • Device to create the USB installer
    • Chrome OS, Windows, or Mac device with the current version of Chrome browser.
    • The device that you use to create your USB installer can be different to the device you plan to install Chrome OS Flex on.
  • USB drive
    • 8 GB or more.
    • From time to time, Sandisk or other USB drives might not work as installers. Find out more in Known issues.

      All contents on the USB drive will be erased.

  • Windows, Mac, or Linux device to install Chrome OS Flex on—your target device
    • Google only guarantees Chrome OS Flex functionality on certified models.
    • Variants of certified models might have unexpected issues.
    • Chrome OS Flex might work on non-certified devices but performance, functionality, and stability are not guaranteed.
    • Minimum device requirements:
      • Architecture: Intel or AMD x86-64-bit compatible device
      • RAM: 4 GB
      • Internal storage: 16 GB
      • Bootable from USB drive
      • BIOS: Full administrator access. You’ll need to boot from the Chrome OS Flex USB installer and make some adjustments in the BIOS if you run into issues.
      • Processor and graphics: Components made before 2010 might result in a poor experience.
        Note: Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, and 3650 graphics hardware do not meet Chrome OS Flex performance standards.

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