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Install the Chromebook Pixel ‘Google+ Photos’ App on Any Chromebook


A Google+ Photo app (previously known as ‘Pulsar’) was released exclusively for the Chromebook Pixel yesterday evening by Google. 

The application, which as the name suggests hooks into your Google+, allows you to browse, manage and edit your existing photos, as well as quickly upload new ones through a file picker or auto-upload feature.

And, like all good packaged applications, it runs offline too.

But what if you don’t own a Pixel? Are you being left out? No, as it turns out.


Google+ user David Stallard found the application listing on the Chrome Web Store. With a single click the app can be installed on any Chromebook or Chromebox – despite both the Chromebook Pixel sub-site and the Chrome Web Store listing claiming that it is ‘Only available for the Chromebook Pixel’.

The app is working fine on both my Series 5 and Series 3 Chromebooks, and HP and Acer C7 users are also reporting success. The app does not work on other operating systems.

Officially, Google has said that it’s working to bring the app to all Chromebook owners in due course, albeit but with no definite time frame. No idea how long the current version will remain available for all Chrome OS users, so you might want to nab it now just incase it’s removed or restricted at a later date.

Google+ Photos App for Chrome OS

  • Samuel Horne

    Thanks a bunch!

  • Kenny Strawn

    Been having a little luck on my Acer AC700-1099 as well… well, actually, the created by the app does extend beyond the lower limits of the screen, but still at least some luck.

    • arturjc

      That happens to me also in Samsung ARM Chromebook.
      If you chage to fullscreen you will be able to reach the lower menus.

  • Guest

    I can download this app but the photos are blank in the Samsung ARM Chromebook . Hopefully, the new updates can fix this issue.

  • William Andreas

    Works great on Samsung Arm Chromebook ;D

  • For an app with the Google+ name, I’m quite surprised this is limited to only Chrome OS devices.

  • Seb

    Worked for me on a Samsung Chromebook!

  • WidyGraycloud

    this is very cool. can I install it for my chrome? I use virtualbox

  • Max Bleich

    I’m having trouble on my C7…

  • Annie

    Do I need another app or how do I share to FB?