How to watch Showbox on your Chromebook
Want to watch Showbox on your Chromebook? Here you’ll find the definitive guide to getting the world’s favourite app for streaming, watching and downloading all the movies and TV shows you want.
Sure, Showbox works great on all sides of devices, ranging from Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, and Chromecast. However, if you want to watch Showbox on your Chromebook, there are a few simple steps you need to do first. Best of all, this process is very simple to set up – in fact it’s as simple as Showbox. There’s no messy jailbreaking needed. No downloading multiple apps that need regular updating. Instead, you’re going to treat your Chromebook into an Android emulator, making it act just like any normal Android device.
It’s something that developers do all the time, so they can test out an app on their usual computer rather than always having to use a mobile device. Of course, you won’t need any technical knowledge for installing Showbox on your Chromebook. All you need to do is follow the instructions below. Ready? Ok, here we go
- Download the Chrome browser to your Chromebook (if for some reason you don’t already have it installed). Make sure you have the latest version of Chrome – you can check by clicking the three dots on the top-right on your browser > Help > About Chrome. Chrome will then check to see if you’re on the latest version.
- Open a new tab, either by pressing CTRL + T or clicking the + sign next to your current tab.
- Head to ARC Welder on the Chrome Web Store, which is like an app store for Chrome. ARC Welder is a popular emulator used by app and game developers. These emulators let you ’emulate’ what an app looks like, without you needing to always carry lots of different devices to beta test the app. Instead you can test out apps using the same computer that you may have been using to code from. In this case it’s the Chromebook, that will be able to emulate any Android apps you install on it.
- Click to download. You’ll now be able to trigger this by clicking the 3 dots in your browser, More Tools > Extension. Or click Chrome/Apps.
- Download the official and most up-to-date version of the Showbox apk from this very website.
- Now you need to go into Developer mode on your Chromebook. Showbox is an app that doesn’t appear in the Play Store. It, like many other apps, is available as third-party. By default, your Chromebook probably has a setting that prevents you adding apps from ‘unknown sources’. That’s normal; all you have to do is enter Developer Mode on your Chromebook. To do that, click those trusty 3 dots again > More Tools > Extensions. You’ll then see the toggle button on the right-hand side of your browser.
- If you don’t see that option, power down your Chromebook. This process will Powerwash (or factory reset) your system, so backup any data you want to keep beforehand. Of course, Chrome backs up a lot of data automatically, so this isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Then, on your Chromebook hold down Escape and Refresh, and turn it back on. You’ll be asked to insert recovery media. Press CTRL and D. Then press Enter to confirm.
- You’re now in Developer Mode and one step closer to Showbox!
- Head back to those 3 dots. Just in case you’ve forgotten what they look like, here’s a reminder:
- Go to Settings > App Settings > Security and then move the slider to allow downloads from unknown sources.
- Open Arc Welder and click ‘Add your apk’.
- Browse the Showbox apk you downloaded and install it.
Congratulations! You can now run Showbox on your Chromebook, in your browser.
It’s time to celebrate by watching one of the many awesome movies, TV shows, or upcoming trailers in the Showbox library!
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