Games aren’t a strong point of Chromebooks, but thanks to Linux support, you can now install and play plenty of desktop games on Chrome OS. Steam is one of the best digital game distribution platforms and it is officially supported on Linux. So you can run it on Chrome OS and enjoy desktop games. And the best part is that you don’t need to move your Chromebook to developer mode or install Crouton. Things are quite simple now and the installation process is a breeze. So without further ado, let’s jump right in and learn how to install and play Steam games on a Chromebook.

Install and Play Steam Games on a Chromebook (2021 Update)

Here we have mentioned the steps to install and play Steam games on a Chromebook. Along with that, we also tested a few Steam games to see if Chromebooks can be a viable alternative for desktop gaming. Remember, if you have a school-issued Chromebook and the administrator has locked Linux on your Chromebook, you won’t be able to run Steam. Having said all that, now let’s go through the installation process step by step.

1. First of all, install linux on your Chromebook by following the linked article. After that, enable GPU Acceleration for Linux in Chromebook for better graphics and smoother gameplay. In case GPU acceleration is not enabled, don’t worry, just continue with the steps.

2. Next, open the Linux terminal and run the command below. It will update Linux on your Chromebook to the latest version. If you get any errors, don’t worry, keep going.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

3. Now, click on this link at download steam installer file. Similar to the EXE format on Windows, this is a DEB file for Linux. Next, move the DEB file to the “Linux” section of the Files app.

5. Once done, double-click on the installation file and click on ” To install“. It will start installing Steam on your Chromebook.

6. After installation, press the “Search” button on the keyboard and search for “steam”. After that, open it.

7. Alternatively, you can open the app drawer and manually find the linux folder. After that, open Steam. The Linux folder usually resides on the last page of the app drawer.

8. Now Steam will automatically start dependencies download and libraries needed for Steam to work properly on Chromebook.

9. After the update, Steam will open automatically. Now, log into your Steam account. If Steam is not showing up after the update, open it manually from the app drawer.

10. Finally, here it is. Steam works successfully on a Chromebook. But there is another setting you need to enable.

11. Click on Steam in the top right corner and go to Settings -> Steam Play -> Enable Steam Play for all other titles and click “OK”. This will unlock and allow you to run several Windows games that are not natively available for Linux.

12. In our tests, we installed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on our Chromebook via Steam, but it didn’t work. However, other non-intensive games like Among Us, Stardew Valley, Squad, Tank Force worked perfectly and without any graphical issues. I would recommend trying out your favorite Steam games and seeing if they work on your Chromebook.

List of popular Chromebooks

Our tutorial will work with all of the following Chromebooks. This list is not exhaustive and is here only as an example.

Brand Model name
Acer Acer Chromebook 315
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C2C3
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C296
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C4QE
Acer Chromebook CB315-2HT-44MJ
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C3J0
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C5JS
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C6XF
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C36A
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C16B
Acer Chromebook 314
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C34N
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C66Z
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C02A
Acer Chromebook 311
Acer Chromebook CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C12A
Acer Chromebook 311 – CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C7C8
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 – CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook 512 – C851-C1J7
Acer Chromebook 311 Touch – CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 – CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebox CXI3 – CXI3-I7V16GNKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 – CXI3-4GKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 – CXI3-4GNKM4
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 – CP713-1WN-51EA
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 – CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 13 – CP713-1WN-76M7
Chromebook Spin 13 – CP713-1WN-813G
Acer Chromebook Spin 514
Acer Chromebook 311 C733-C0FK
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-P7ZZ
ASUS ASUS Chromebook C204EE
ASUS Chromebook C403NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA
ASUS Chromebook C203XA
ASUS Chromebook C202XA
ASUS Chromebook 14 C425TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
ASUS Chromebook C202SA
ASUS C423NA Chromebook
ASUS Chromebook C523NA
ASUS Chromebook C223NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
google Google Pixelbook Go GA00521-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00526-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00124-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-EN
Google Pixelbook Go GA00523-US
Google Pixel Slate C1A
HP HP Chromebook – 14a-na0003tu
HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010TU
HP Chromebook – 14a-na0002tu
HP Chromebook – 11-v010nr
HP Chromebook – 15-de0010nr
HP Chromebook – 14-db0030nr
HP Chromebook – 14-db0020nr
HP Chromebook – 15-de0015nr
HP Chromebook – 14a-na0097nr
HP Chromebook – 14a touch optional
HP Chromebook – 14-db0098nr
HP Chromebook 11a-nb0047nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0010nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0060nr
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G6 Education Edition PC
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook x360 11 G3 EE
HP Chromebook Pro c640
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook 14A G5 Laptop
HP Chromebook Pro c640
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook
HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Laptop
HP Chromebook Pro c645
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 – 14c-ca0065nr
HP Chromebook x360 – 14b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 14a-ca0097nr
HP Chromebook x360 14c-ca0085nr
HP Chromebook x360 – 14ct-ca000
HP Chromebook 11 G1 1NW60UT Laptop
HP Chromebook – 14-ca020nr
HP Chromebook 11 G6 Education Edition 3PD94UT
HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE – Customizable
Lenovo Chromebook Duo (10.1″) 2 in 1
Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
Chromebook 500e 2nd Gen (11.6″) Intel
Chromebook 300e 2nd Gen (11.6″)
Chromebook 100e 2nd Gen (11.6″)
Chromebook 14e (14″)
Chromebook C340 (11″)
Chromebook C330 (11.6″)
Chromebook Yoga (15.6″)
Chromebook 3 (14″)
Lenovo Chromebook S345 (14″)
Chromebook Flex 3i (11″)
Chromebook Flex 5 (13″)
AMD Chromebook 100e 2nd Gen (11.6-inch)
AMD Chromebook 300e 2nd Gen (11.6″)
Samsung Samsung Galaxy Chromebooks
Samsung Chromebook Plus (LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung Chromebook 4+
Samsung Chromebook 4
Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2)
Samsung Chromebook 3
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Go Deep with Steam Games on a Chromebook

So that was our short guide on how to install Steam and play games on a Chromebook. Although the installation process is not a one-click process like on the Windows operating system, it is still quite simple and all you need is a bit of familiarity with Linux. So go ahead and install various Steam games to check if your Chromebook can handle graphics-intensive games.

Anyway, it all comes from us. But how was your experience? Let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you like playing Minecraft, you can install it on your Chromebook without Steam. In case Steam isn’t working for you, you can use GeForce Now on your Chromebook. It is a cloud gaming service and does not require Linux support. On top of that, the game library is quite huge.