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Download Mozilla Firefox on your Chromebook

Are you looking to download the Firefox browser on your Chromebook? Learn different ways to download the full-fledged browser and replace the Chrome app.

A Chromebook built on the Linux architecture allows you to install the Linux version of the Firefox app. To install the app on a Chromebook, you can use the Google Play Store for the Firefox app’s Android (or Mobile) version.

For a full-fledged Firefox browser, you need to enable Linux Developer Environment from Chromebook Settings and run the Firefox installation Linux commands using the Terminal app.

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Note: There are different ways to install it. You can install the Linux version of Firefox or the standard application available on the Play Store.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to download and install the Firefox app in ChromeOS.

Pre-requisites for Installing Firefox app

Before downloading and installing, you must know a few requirements.

  • Use a Chromebook running ChromeOS 80 with Intel or AMD chipset to run apps from the Play Store or use Linux-powered apps.
  • A stable internet connection to download the app bundle on a Chromebook.

Few Exceptions

  • If your Chromebook runs on an ARM chipset from MediaTek/Qualcomm, you will be limited to using the Firefox Android app.
  •  You cannot install Firefox (or any app) on a Chromebook owned/managed by a school or workplace. Any modification will require an administrator’s permission. You may contact the concerned administrator to install Firefox on your device.

Download Firefox from the Play Store (easy way)

Firefox’s mobile-platform-supported application can be found on the Google Play Store and can also run smoothly on Chromebooks.

  1. At the bottom left corner of the Chromebook screen, click the App Launcher.
  2. Go to the Play Store app and launch it.
    Play Store app on Chromebook
  3. Click on the Search for Apps & games box and search for firefox.
  4. Click on the Install button when Firefox appears in the search results.
    download Firefox on Chromebook using Play Store

Once the app gets installed, open it by accessing the Chromebook app launcher.

Resize Firefox to Fit your Chromebook Screen

The Firefox you downloaded on your Chromebook is designed for the smartphone interface. When you launch Firefox on your Chromebook, you will be notified that using the mobile version of the Firefox app may not fit in the interface of your Chromebook.

To customize and fit the Firefox interface on Chromebook, follow these steps.

  1. At the top of the screen, click on Tablet > click on Resizable.
  2. Click on the Allow command.
  3. Drag the Firefox window to resize and fit it to the Chromebook screen.

Install the Linux Version of Firefox app (technical)

Want a classic Firefox browsing experience? Follow the steps below to install the Linux version of Firefox on a Chromebook running on an X86 Intel/AMD chipset.

Enabling the Linux Developer Environment

Start by enabling the Linux Developer environment on the Chromebook to install the Linux package of an app.

  1. Boot up your Chromebook and click on the Clock.
  2. Click on Settings settings gear icon to open the Chromebook Settings page.
    Chromebook Settings gear icon
  3. Scroll to the Linux Beta section and hit the Turn On button.
    Install and Enable Linux Support on ChromeOS ChromebookIt will open a Linux setup and installation page.
  4. Hit the Install button and proceed with the on-screen instructions.
    Download and Install Linux Setup on Chromebook

That’s it; your Chromebook can now install Linux application packages.

Installing Firefox Linux Package with  x86 (Intel/AMD) CPU

  1. Launch the Terminal app on ChromeOS.
  2. From the list, click on Penguin.
  3. Type this command to establish you have the latest Linux release
    cat /etc/os-release
    
  4. If the Linux version is older than 10, update it using this command.
    sudo bash /opt/google/cros-containers/bin/upgrade_container
  5. Install the Flatpak package using this command.
    sudo apt install flatpak
  6. Confirm by keypress Y on the keyboard.
  7. Press the Enter key to finish the Flatpak package installation.
  8. Next, add this command.
    sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
  9. To install Firefox on the Chromebook, type this command.
    sudo flatpak install flathub org.mozilla.firefox
  10. Finish the installation process by pressing Y and then pressing the Enter key.

You can find Firefox under the Linux apps folder. Use the Chromebook Launcher to run the Firefox browser.

Installing Firefox for Chromebook with ARM-based CPU

Officially, you cannot install Firefox on Chromebooks running on Qualcomm or MediaTek chipsets. There is an unofficial way to install Firefox. First, enable the Linux developer environment by following the steps described in the previous section.

Next, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Launch the Terminal Command using Ctrl + Alt + T shortcut keys.
  2. Next, enter this command.
    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
    
  3. Press on the keypress Y and hit the Enter key.
  4. Now, type this command and press enter.
    sudo apt install firefox-esr
  5. Again, keypress Y, and then hit the Enter key to complete the installation of Firefox.
    Install Firefox Linux program on Chromebook

After installing the app, you can find it under the Linux Apps folder.

Bottom Line

If you have a knack for customizing and trying out new apps, you will love switching to Firefox browser for a while. Grab the app from the Play Store, which is the easiest method to have it on your Chromebook.

For a complete browsing experience, install the Firefox Linux version on the Chromebook. You can generally update Firefox to the latest version on the Chromebook as you do on the other computer.

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Swayam Prakash

Swayam Prakash

Swayam is a professional content creator with 6-years of experience in conceptualizing, creating, and managing tech-based content for notable online publishing firms. He troubleshoots the technical issues and loves to write about it. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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