We are excited to announce that Minecraft: Education Edition has made its way to the Chromebook platform! We’re a game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. It’s our mission to build a better world through the power of play, and we’re grateful for your interest!
Installing Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks
Minecraft: Education Edition is available for download in both the managed Google Play Store and the consumer Google Play Store.
Managed Play Store: The managed Play Store allows an administrator of a domain to have control over which applications are enabled and how they are installed. To install Minecraft: Education Edition for managed Chromebook users, the administrator will need to enable managed Google Play, Android apps and Minecraft: Education Edition for the users. To enable the managed Play Store and Minecraft: Education Edition, please follow Google's instructions here:
- Guidelines for deploying Android apps on Chromebooks
- Deploy Android Apps to managed Chromebook users
Unmanaged (Consumer) Play Store: To install Minecraft: Education Edition as an unmanaged user (for example, if you sign into your device with a personal Gmail account), you will need to log in to a device that supports the Google Play Store. You can install the application from the Play Store by following Google's directions here:
Purchasing and using licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebook is very similar to our other supported platforms. For example:
- An Office 365 education account is required to play Minecraft: Education Edition on all platforms, including Chromebook. To learn more, see Office 365 Education and Minecraft: Education Edition. We will soon be adding the ability to sign into Minecraft: Education Edition using your Google credentials if you have linked the two accounts.
- Minecraft: Education Edition is available for any educational user to try for free, including those using Chromebook. Trial licenses are limited to 25 logins for teachers and 10 logins for students before purchasing a subscription is required. To learn more and get started, go to http://education.minecraft.net and select GET STARTED.
- Purchasing Minecraft: Education Edition licenses for any platform, including Chromebook, is done through the Microsoft Store for Education, via volume licensing agreements and through partner resellers. To learn more, see Purchasing Minecraft: Education Edition.
- Assigning M:EE licenses on any platform, including Chromebook, is required to play and is done via the Microsoft Store for Education and managed by an IT admin or teacher. To learn more, see Distribute Minecraft: Education Edition. You can download the app from the Play Store App on your device.
For our full guide on deploying Minecraft: Education Edition (including Chromebook), see the Minecraft: Education Edition Deployment Guide.
Considerations for Shared Devices
There are a couple of additional considerations to be aware of if the Chromebooks are shared between multiple students.
- World Storage: In Minecraft: Education Edition, worlds are stored locally on the device. If students frequently change devices or if accounts are removed when the student signs out, we strongly suggest exporting worlds and saving them to cloud storage or removable storage before signing off of the device.
- Installation/Hard Drive Usage: Chromebooks keep applications separated for each user, which means each account on the device will install Minecraft: Education Edition independently. You will need to plan for 350 - 500 MB per user (250 MB for the app + space for worlds for each user) sharing the device. The managed Play Store does keep an application download cache that is shared across all users on a device to expedite installation meaning bandwidth to download the application should be once per device for users within the same domain.
There are a few technical requirements for using Minecraft: Education Edition on a Chromebook.
- OS: Chrome OS Version 83 or newer
- Hard Drive: ~500 MB space free per account sharing the device (1 GB recommend).
- RAM: 4 GB of RAM is recommended
- CPU: Processors with lower technical specifications may experience performance issues. We recommend closing all other applications while using Minecraft on these devices.
- Play Store: The Play Store & Android apps will need to be enabled. All 2019 or newer Chromebooks support the Play Store. For 2018 or earlier devices you can see Google support here: Chrome OS Systems Supporting Android Apps. Note: Not all devices that support Android apps are compatible with Minecraft: Education Edition.
- Ephemeral Mode: Not supported. Since all user data is deleted on device sign out, both Minecraft and the worlds will be deleted on each sign out.
- Kiosk Mode: Not supported. Google will be removing support for Android apps on Kiosk Mode in 2021, so we do not plan on adding support for it at this time.
- Input Devices: Mouse, track pad and touch are fully supported.
Additional details on technical requirements and guidance for all platforms can be found here: Supported platforms for Minecraft: Education Edition.
Differences in Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebook
The following aspects of deployment are unique to Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebook:
- Companion Apps Are Not Yet Available on Chromebook
We currently do not support installing the following companion apps on Chromebook:
- Proxy Support Not Yet Available on Chromebook
Directing web traffic through proxies may function but is not currently supported or validated. You should verify all scenarios requiring proxies to see if they work in your network environment.
If you'd like to see Google's guides or are having trouble with licensing, authentication, networking these resources may be helpful:
- Minecraft: Education Edition Deployment Guide
- Google's Minecraft: Education Edition Help Guide
- How to deploy applications for Chrome OS (Google Admin Console video)
- IT Admin Guide
- How to Setup a Multiplayer Game