Quick info:

  • Makers Empire works as well on Chromebooks as any other platform that is supported (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android).

  • It doesn't use much storage space - student designs are stored in the cloud.

  • Students do not need to have access to the Google Play store - specific apps can be chosen by the administrator.

  • All Chromebooks since 2019 and many earlier models support the app. If you have an older model, please see the Older Chromebooks section below.

Is your Chromebook managed by your organization or school or is it a personal device?

If your Chromebook is managed by your organization or school, you need to ask your IT administrator to install Makers Empire 3D via the Google Admin Portal. See 'Google Admin Console installation for managed devices' below.

If your Chromebook is a personal device, you can install Makers Empire 3D via the Google Play Store. See below.

Personal Chromebook installation with Google Play Store

If you can see the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, you may be able to install Makers Empire 3D by simply searching the store and choosing to install the application.

If you can't see the Google Play Store, click this link to go to the installation page: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makersempire.makersempire

If the Android Google Play Store is not available on your device, you can enable Android apps by following the instructions here: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/7021273?hl=e

If you have done all the steps above and cannot see Makers Empire 3D in the Google Play Store, your device might be managed by your organization or school. Please contact us for more help.

Google Admin Console installation for managed devices

Google's instructions are here: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7131624?hl=en

Alternatively, you can follow our guide for IT administrators to make sure Android app support is enabled and add Makers Empire 3D as an approved app on your Chromebooks. Please contact us if you have any problems.

1. Sign in to your Google Admin Console and select Devices

2. Under Devices, select Chrome devices

3. Under Chrome devices, enter Apps & extensions

4. Enter Additional Settings in Apps & extensions section

5. Under Additional application settings/Android applications on Chrome devices, select Allow

6. Google Admin Console will then ask you to confirm your change and accept their agreement

7. Finally, remember to save your change to allow Android apps on your organization Chrome devices

8. Next, go back to Apps & extentions page to add apps

9. Search for "Makers Empire 3D" and add to your allow list

10. Review and accept permissions to Makers Empire 3D

11. After pressing Accept, you should see the following page:

12. Chromebook users in your organization should now be able to install Makers Empire 3D from Google Play. When the user launches the Google Play app on their Chromebook, they will only see your allowed apps.

Optional Automatic Installation for Younger Students

You can make the installation of Makers Empire 3D happen automatically so users won't need to use the Google Play app. This is done by choosing the Force install + pin option in the installation policy section of the Apps & extensions page.

Google recommends manual installation for older students. See https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/9962839?hl=en

Limiting Access to the Google Play Store

Following the steps above does not give general access to the Google Play Store. If the store has been previously enabled on your devices and you wish to disable it, you can follow these steps:

1. Sign in to Google Admin Console and select Apps

2. Enter Additional Google services

3. Scroll down and make sure Google Play service is OFF

4. If Google Play service is ON, click on it to turn it OFF for everyone in your

organization

5. In the Additional Google services page, scroll down and make sure Managed Google Play service is ON for everyone. If it is OFF, turn it on

Older Chromebooks without Google Play Store

If you cannot find the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, you might have a device that was launched before 2016. Check this list to find out if your device supports Google Play Store: https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supp orting-android-apps

If your Chromebook is listed and the Status is Stable Channel it should be possible to install and run Makers Empire 3D. Make sure your Chromebook device is up to date and the Google Play Store is installed. Check out this guide to update your Chromebook's operating system: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/177889

Installation issues due to URLs blocked by your proxy server

Sometimes, school networks have proxy servers that interfere with Google's app installation process. If this is affecting you, your app installations may be blocked or appear to freeze. This can be due to the proxy server blocking access to specific Google URLs.

If Google Play appears to be working but you are experiencing problems with the app download, try adding the following URLs to your proxy whitelist:

  • android.clients.google.com

  • gght.com

  • gvt1.com

  • play.google.com

  • play.googleapis.com

  • www.googleapis.com

  • googlevideo.com

Note these are not specific to Makers Empire 3D - many app installations from the Play Store would require access to these URLs.

You might need support from your organization's IT administrator to whitelist these URLs.

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