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How to install a PWA on a Chromebook (Progressive Web Apps on ChromeOS)



Installing a Progressive Web App (PWA) on your Chromebook is a good idea if the website supports it. Although you can use things such as Spotify from a browser or even install an Android App. You will get a much better experience using a PWA.

PWAs are installed from the browser in an instant. Once installed you will enjoy a much more stable experience and better functionality.

PWAs are the way forward, so if you use websites or Android Apps and would prefer to install a PWA. Then this video will show you how to do it.

In this video, I install Spotify as a PWA and I also install Outlook as a PWA on a Chromebook. However, the method is the same for installing a PWA for another favourite website you enjoy using.

Once a PWA is installed on your Chromebook you will get access to the app via an icon in your ChromeOS App launcher. This means you can also pin the app to your taskbar, which will make it much easier and quicker to run this app in the future.

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3 comments

  1. Thanks for this explanation. I have been reluctant to install PWAs because I don't really understand what they are or why I should use them, but you've convinced me to give them a go.

  2. So why would the experience be much better with a PWA? It's the same browser window, but you can no longer navigate it with the address bar and the back button and in the process the fact you're looking at a website is hidden. Apps need native Chromebook support instead of PWA spam.

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