How to Install Spotify On A Chromebook

Following the steps outlined in this guide you’ll be able to install the full fledged version of Spotify (not the web based or Android App) on your Chromebook!

The stars have aligned! Spotify supports Linux, Chromebooks can run Linux – and now the final piece – audio works in Linux apps installed on Chromebooks. So without further ado, here’s how you can install Spotify for Linux on your Chromebook.

  1. The very first thing to do is make sure your Chromebook is updated to the latest version of Chrome OS (link will open in a new tab).
  2. Now you’ll need to make sure you have Linux installed on your Chromebook. All set? Next.
  3. Open a Terminal from the Linux apps section of your App Drawer. Enter the command:

    curl -sS | sudo apt-key add –

  4. a Chromebook Terminal with a command being issued

  5. Now enter the following command:

    echo “deb stable non-free” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

  6. another Chromebook Terminal window with a different command being issued

  7. Finally, enter the command:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install spotify-client

  8. the command to install Spotify on a Chromebook from the Terminal

  9. When prompted, tap the y key to continue.
  10. a Chromebook Terminal with a yes or no prompt

  11. Once the process has completed and you’re back at a command prompt, close the Terminal. Don’t worry about the warning message – just click the Leave button.
  12. the warning message that appears when closing a Terminal

  13. Return to the Linux apps section of your App Drawer and ta-da – there’s Spotify!
  14. a fresh install of Spotify on your Chromebook

  15. Open it up, sign and and give it a whirl.
  16. the Linux Spotify App running on a Chromebook
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  17. Any other instances of Spotify that you have running will identify your Chromebook as “penguin”
  18. the Spotify connect to a device panel

  19. That’s it – enjoy!

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