How to install Chrome OS on your old Mac or MacBook

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Do you have an old MacBook that can’t handle macOS? Did you know that you can erase macOS from your Mac and install Chrome OS instead? It’s pretty easy to do, and if you have a habit of looking at something at work (winks, winks, cricket, basketball, football fans), you can use your old Mac as a second screen.

That’s why this simple step-by-step guide will explain why and how to install Chrome OS on older Macs for free.

Why should I consider installing Chrome OS on my older Mac?

The MacBook is definitely a long-term investment. They are one of the most reliable technologies you can own. However, all high-tech products have a certain age.

Despite having a promising internal structure, the MacBook will begin to show age after 6-7 years. Slowdowns, crashes, and lags are common sights. But did you know that you can get more than a couple of years of life from your old Mac by installing Chrome OS?

Let’s start with the basics.

What is Chrome OS?

Chrome OS is Google’s operating system for laptops that do not have high-end specifications. This is a lightweight alternative operating system for macOS, Windows, and Ubuntu. The OS is easy to use and has a familiar desktop feel.

Despite its desktop-like look and feel, Chrome OS is essentially its core web browser.

With most of the core work-related apps available as web apps, such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, the main goal of Chrome OS is to keep Chrome running smoothly, even at age 10. Mac.

You can watch YouTube, scroll through Twitter and other social networks, and do everything you do on a Mac with macOS.

Why Chrome OS? Why not Windows or Ubuntu?

First, Chrome OS is free and takes only 10 minutes to install. Windows and Ubuntu are also executable options. However, Windows requires a paid license to work, and Ubuntu is not optimized for older hardware.

In addition, recent versions of both Windows and Ubuntu are quite heavy for older Intel processors. So if you can already run macOS, it doesn’t make sense to install another resource-intensive OS on your Mac.

Chrome OS is fairly lightweight and you can use your old MacBook without any problems. It’s a web app, but it can do everything you do on a regular Mac, such as calling Zoom, giving presentations, and creating documents.

I’m using Chrome OS on my 2012 11-inch MacBook Air and it’s great for streaming YouTube / Netflix at work. You can receive meet calls, quick notes, open links, and check emails without any problems.

It’s essentially part of my workflow — it handles most of my secondary tasks that my MacBook can’t normally do on macOS.

Installing Chrome OS on Mac: What You Need to Know

  1. Google’s Chrome OS can run Android apps, but Cloud Ready’s Chrome OS (the OS you install on your Mac) doesn’t support Android apps.
  2. CloudReady’s Chrome OS is based on Chromium, not Google Chrome. Therefore, you will see the blue Chrome icon instead of the multicolored Google icon.
  3. To install Chrome OS on your Mac, you need a flash drive with at least 8GB of free storage.
  4. Neverware recommends that you do not use a SanDisk USB flash drive. “The installer does not work properly.”
  5. If you don’t like Chrome OS, you can use Mac’s Internet Recovery option to restore macOS.


Mac compatibility for installing Chrome OS

Before you install Chrome OS on your Mac, you need to make sure that your Mac model is supported. Below is a list of all Macs that support Chrome OS.

  • IMac since mid-2009 (with at least 2GB of RAM)
  • Silver Mac mini since mid-2007 (with 2GB or more of RAM)
  • MacBook Air 2011 or later (with at least 2GB of RAM)
  • MacBook Pro 2009 or later (with at least 2GB of RAM)
  • MacBook 5,2 (White 13 inch Core 2 Duo 2009)
  • MacBook 6,1 (Unibody 13 inch Core2 Duo late 2009)

Can I use Chrome OS via Bootcamp on my Mac?

Bootcamp does not officially support Chrome OS. However, you can install third-party OS virtualization software such as VirtualBox or Parallels Desktop to run macOS and ChromeOS side by side.

Can I dual boot macOS and ChromeOS on my Mac?

Speaking of dual boot, technically you can dual boot Chrome OS and macOS. However, you must partition your hard disk before installing. Click here for more information on how to partition your hard drive on Mac.

How to install Chrome OS on Mac

  1. Prepare a USB flash drive: First, download the C Loud Ready ChromeOS disk image from your company website. To flash your OS to a USB thumbstick, download free USB burning software for Mac such as balena Etcher.
    • Select the source file as the downloaded Cloud Ready file.
    • Then select the target drive as the USB drive.
    • [フラッシュ]Select and wait for the procedure to complete.

      Prepare a USB flash drive to install Chrome OS on your Mac

  2. Turn off your Mac..Then press and hold Option key When you turn it on.
    Mac has an option to boot from the inserted USB stick..
  3. choose USB drive hit return..
  4. Once everything is set up, the drive will boot with Chrome OS Setup system.
  5. On the welcome screen, clock Located in the lower right corner.
    You’ll see an array of Android-like quick settings.
  6. select “OS installation” From the menu that pops up.
    Note: Select this option to completely erase macOS and everything else on your hard drive. If you don’t want that, you can run Cloud Ready from your flash drive. Simply continue the setup process without installing an operating system.
  7. After the installation is complete, sign in to Google account, And you can go.
    If you’re used to Android smartphones, you should be familiar with Chrome OS, as the settings and overall beauty of Chrome OS are very similar to Android.

How to install a web page as an app on Chrome OS

Most apps aren’t available on Chrome OS, so opening each web page to use the app can be tiring at some point.

You can install a web page as an app on Chrome OS to prevent the page from opening repeatedly. To do so:

  1. Opens the selected website, for example YouTube.
  2. click 3 dots It is in the upper right.
  3. [ツール]Select and select[install Also Add a shortcut..
    This will open the app in a dedicated window, just like a regular Windows or macOS app.

    Install a web page as an app on Chrome OS

Huh! These were many steps to follow, but when done, your Mac feels like a new one. Did you install Chrome OS on your Mac? Did you face any problems? Let us know in the comments section below!

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