So, you finally decided to take that important step and buy a great Chromebook? Or maybe you already own one for a while and you’d like some variety?
In today’s article, we’re going to check out the best apps for Chromebooks – must have apps in my opinion – stuff you need to make your life better or just a lot easier. Plus, they will help you get the most out of your Chromebook!
So without further ado, let’s check out below Techosaurus Rex’ list of the 11 must have apps for your Chromebook!
Best Chromebook apps Summary:
VLC for Chrome OS
One of the most popular video player apps all over the world, VLC has a version for Chrome users and it’s just as feature-rich as its Windows and Mac counterparts.
Basically, all you have to do after installing VLC is finding video files to watch: this amazing app plays them all without the need of extra codecs, downloads or programs.
Yes, I know that nowadays we’re doing most of our video watching online from various services, but for those rarer moments when you actually need to play a local file, you can rest assured that VLC will get the job done without a problem.
Great app that doesn’t take a lot of space – which is always good when dealing with the limited amount of storage Chromebooks offer.
And since we’re talking about limited storage… why not try to find ways to increase that? Google Drive is your connection to the cloud and, depending on the Chrombook you have, it can even beat or match the local storage offered by your laptop.
Basically, Google Drive allows you to safely store and access files in the cloud and offers a ton of GB for storage, for free.
Organize your files, edit them online and access them anywhere, anytime – as long as you have an internet connection. This is a must have app!
If you are used – like most of the world – to using Microsoft’s Office set of tools, you’ll be happy to hear that you can still get access to them on a Chromebook. Not exactly the same thing, but pretty close!
Office Online allows you to create, edit and view files in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – then sync them via OneDrive and access them on other devices.
You’ll feel right at home here using this app (if, of course, you’re already using Microsoft Office).
Polarr Photo Editor
There are many options when it comes to photo editing, but Polarr is one of the most popular. It is lightweight and easy to use, but still offering high depth levels for those who really want to work on their photos and turn them into more than good looking posts for Facebook.
This app doesn’t have the advanced features of hardcore photo editing apps like Photoshop, but sometimes you don’t need all that.
Sometimes, you just need a few handles to switch and a few options to automatically turn your photos into better ones. And that’s exactly what this app offers!
Probably Spotify doesn’t need any introduction. If you haven’t heard of it, your world will change after installing it – especially if you enjoy listening to music.
Basically, this app allows you to listen to any music, any time, while creating playlists, searching for bands and songs, discovering new things you’ll enjoy and much more.
Another app that probably needs no intros and probably the thing you already plan on visiting a lot.
But instead of checking out the browser version of Youtube, install the app and get an even better experience on your Chromebook. Access the millions of videos available on the platform and never get bored again!
You can’t invite anyone over for some Netflix and chill if you don’t have Netflix, right?
While this app is not free – or at least using it is not free, it’s perfect for offering countless hours of entertainment.
Top TV series and movies are available to be streamed online and you don’t need a ton of storage to enjoy them all. So make sure that you have a great Chromebook for Netflix and get the most out of this app!
You don’t need a Kindle reader in order to be able to read your Kindle books! The best part about this app – or Kindle in general – is the fact that there are a ton of books available for free.
Install Kindle on your Chromebook, connect it to your main Amazon account and you’ll be able to access your library, add new books to learn and enjoy all the features on your new laptop.
If staying organized isn’t your main strength, Any.do will help you a lot. Extremely popular and full of features, Any.do easily syncs across all your devices and becomes your personal – and very useful – assistant.
You can create lists, tasks, attach notes and files, share them and organize them, create reminders, projects… basically everything you need in order to make sure that you don’t forget anything important, then access these on any device you own.
A great service and a great app that will improve your productivity or at least help you get better organized.
Free phone and video calls anywhere, anytime? That’s exactly what Skype does and everybody seems to use it.
Fortunately, there’s a version created for Chromebook owners, offering the whole set of amazing features. So make sure that you install Skype right away and keep loved ones close no matter where you are in the world!
Reddit is widely known as the first page of the internet. And it doesn’t only mean that Reddit has been here for so long, it also means that most of the stories you read online on major news outlets originated from a Reddit source.
The thriving community of Redditors feeds the internet with pretty much anything you can think off, making this site/app one of the most useful to use on your chromebook as a general user, but even more as a journalist.
These are apps that we would consider must-have on any Chromebook out there. Of course, with tens of thousands of apps available, you might be able to find even more great ones to use.
If you do, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comment section below!