Chromebook: Sideload an APK file.
Note that this will wipe your Chromebook’s storage, so you’ll have to set it up from scratch afterwards. However, practically everything on Chrome OS is synced online anyway, so that shouldn’t take too long.
Developer mode also means you’ll see a warning screen every time you boot, and you’ll have to press Ctrl+D to skip it. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any getting around this limitation.
You’ll now need to enable apps from “Unknown Sources” on the Android settings screen on your Chromebook. To access it, open the Chrome OS settings screen and click the “App Settings” link under Android Apps.
Android’s Settings screen will open in a window on your Chromebook. Click or tap the “Security” option.
Enable the “Unknown Sources” option under Device Administration. You’ll see a warning telling you to be careful about what you download and install.
If you don’t see the Unknown Sources option here, your Chromebook isn’t in developer mode. This option only appears here when your Chromebook is in developer mode, so try going through Step One again.
Now you can install an app from an APK file. First, download the APK file to your Chromebook and save it in your Downloads folder.
You might expect that you can simply double-click or load an APK file from Chrome’s Files application, but that doesn’t work. You’ll just see an error messaging saying “This file type is not supported.”
The install should run, and the PIA app will appear in your app list.