Chromebooks are incredible computing devices and there are many reasons for this: They boot up in seconds, you don't have to spend hours updating your system, and they are very simple to use.
Chromebooks take really good advantage of cloud computing and that's the main reason why they are so fast, however, your Chromebook performance might degrade over time if your device is not maintained properly.
If you are running into any issues with playing Labster on your Chromebook, you can download the app from the Google Play Store (Please note that not all simulations are supported on the app, so please ask your teacher to assign supported simulations only!)
Here are a couple of tips to optimize your Chromebook performance and keep it running smoothly:
Tip #1: Clean up your browser extensions!
Extensions are little pieces of software that can run in the Chrome browser to help you be more productive. They can help you tremendously, however, some of them might become outdated and negatively affect performance. If they are not being supported anymore, they might start to cause issues, such as slow loading speeds, glitches, and other technical issues.
You can view all of the extensions you have installed by going into your settings and clicking on the extensions tab on the left side.
This will show you all of the extensions that you have installed in your Chrome browser.
From here, you can remove or disable any extensions that you are not using.
Tip #2: Clean up your hard drive!
Chromebooks are designed to run in the cloud, so in most cases, these devices have smaller storage drives than Windows or macOS devices. When your storage drive is full, the performance of your Chromebook can be significantly reduced. This is why storing all your information on your Google Drive is highly recommended.
Tip #3: Uninstall any apps that you aren't using.
Sometimes we will install an app and after some time, we won't use it, forget about it and never uninstall it.
Sometimes we can install an app and stop using it after some time. It is always best to uninstall any unused apps.
These apps are not going to have a significant effect on your system memory (RAM) since they won't use it if they are not running, however, they will use extra storage space on your device which can degrade your system performance.
You can follow these steps to uninstall any unused apps:
1.) Go into your settings
2.) Click on the Apps button
3.) Click on the Manage your apps button
From here, you will be able to see all the apps that have been installed on your Chromebook and uninstall them if necessary.
Stress Test Your Device: You can proceed with checking whether your device meets the minimum system requirements by running our most demanding simulation here: https://www.labster.com/tryhard/
If your device loads and runs this simulation, it should be able to run any other simulation.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions or are in need of assistance.