How to install Firefox in Chrome OS

The idea behind Chrome OS is to use Chrome. But if you one who prefers the Mozilla Firefox browser and want to use it, here’s how:

Step 1: Install Firefox for Android

If you want the simple and quick Firefox experience, all you have to do is download the Firefox app. You may want to consider using either the stable app, the beta app or even Firefox Focus, but whichever you choose, it will work.

  • Head to the Play Store on your Chromebook with Android app support, look for Firefox and install it.

Although this works, it does not provide the full desktop experience for Firefox. If that is what you are looking for, go for step two.

Step 2: Install the Linux App

If your Chromebook has support for Linux app, you can install it. (At the moment, only Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook plus support Linux apps.)

  • If you want to go about this the easy way, what you have to do is install Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) which will require inputting some commands.
  • Next, open up a terminal and input the command shown below:
sudo apt install firefox-esr

Wait for a few seconds, after which Firefox will be ready.

But in the event that you want more security, you can also go ahead and install Iceweasel right there from the terminal:

sudo apt install iceweasel

Step 3: Set Up Crouton

If your Chromebook does not support Linux, and the Android app is not suitable for you, use Crouton.

Crouton provides a way for Chrome OS to run in conjunction with Linux. In fact, it can even be run in a dedicated browser tab. All you have to do is install Crouton.

As soon as you’re done with the installation of Crouton, you can then install Firefox in your Crouton installation with the use of the terminal. You could as well use the commands listed above to install Firefox ESR or Iceweasel.

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