How to run Android app in Chrome using ARChon

The ARChon Runtime can be used to run Android apps in Chrome. This means you can run Android apps on any OS where Chrome runs: Windows or Linux.

  • Download the ARChon Runtime that matches your platform from here.
  • Unzip the downloaded file, rename its directory to something sensible and place it in a directory that is permanent. This is because Chrome will not install this runtime, but access it from this directory whenever it starts.
  • Open Chrome, go to chrome://extensions. Enable Developer Mode. Click Load unpacked extension and choose the directory you unzipped ARChon Runtime to. Chrome will load the extension and ARChon Runtime will appear among the extensions.
  • On your Android device, install ARChon Packager from the Google Play Store.
  • Open the ARChon Packager app and choose the app you want to be packaged. It will produce a zip file and store it in a ChromeAPKs directory. Transfer that zip to your computer.
  • Unzip the app file, rename its directory to something sensible and place it in a directory that is permanent.
  • Open Chrome, go to chrome://extensions and install the app just like you did for ARChon Runtime above.
  • To run the app, go to chrome://apps and click its icon. It should open and run.

Note that while I was able to run apps like this, they could not connect to the internet. I could not fix this problem.

Tried with: ARChon Runtime 2.1.0 Beta, ARChon Packager 0.9.6, Chrome 51.0.2704.103 (64-bit) and Ubuntu 15.10

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