Ever wanted to install an android operating system on your computer. Maybe on the computer, you’re using right now. Do you know you can install Android OS on your computer just like you install Windows OS? An Android operating system is almost similar to the Android operating system, which is found in major smartphones. Just like that when you install it on a computer you could use Play store to download and run Android apps and games — right on your computer.
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What device can get Android P preview?
Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2 are the Google smartphones to get the Android P preview ahead of all. Users can get the Preview from this google’s page.
First, know that you can set up an Android environment on your computer using Google’s official Android SDK. Otherwise, skip this part to continue with instructions to install android on your computer (not emulate within Windows) actually installing and booting into it just like Windows and Linux.
How to Install Android 9 using Android Studio on PC
We are calling android 9 as Android P because the official name is not revealed yet (some guesses).
Step 1. Install JAVA SE Development KIT from here. Accept the license agreement and install the SDK appropriate to your operating system. Otherwise, you’ll get
JAVA_HOME is not set and no 'java' command could be found in your PATH.” error. After that install Android SDK.
Install Google Android SDK / Studio
To install Google’s Android SDK, proceed as follows.
- Visit Google’s developer.android.com
- Click on Develop tab.
- Select Android Studio.
- Go to the bottom of the page find command line tools.
- Select the SDK package for your OS, i.e Windows.
- When download finishes install it on your computer.
- If you find this hard, download Android Studio instead.
Step 2. Open Android SDK manager. Click on the Android 9 checkbox to select all entries inside it. Also select Platform, SDK build, and SDK tools. Then click on Install button, accept terms and click Install button. it will take some time downloading files from the google server.
If you’ve installed the Android Studio through the installer. Start the program once installed and click on the Start a new Android Studio Project and follow on-screen instructions to set a profile.
Step 3. On Android SDK Manager, click on Tools -> Manage AVDs -> Create. Then select any device, for example, Google Pixel 2 and select Android P as the system image. Name this “P” or anything. You can set RAM usage, Storage that you’d want to allow for this AVD. Have a look at other options, snapshot that saves and makes easier to resume from the previous working state.
Step 4. Allow some minutes to finalize the process, if you haven’t VT-X mode enabled go to your BIOS settings and turn it on. This allows virtualization software to use resources efficiently to improve performance. When launching options prompt, you can use the option to scale display to real size and wipe user data.
How to boot a real Android Operating system on Computer.
Follow these instructions to install android on a machine running on Intel processor (32-bit and 64-bit). Most of the computers nowadays are 64-bit so they can flawlessly run Android Operating system. First, you need to grab these things.
The number one question comes that may strike your mind will be where to get an android operating system image file in either ISO or IMG file.
Where to Download Android OS
Before getting into how to install the android os on your computer, you need to know where to find them to download. Just like Linux distributions, there are many companies or groups of peoples who releases android builds, let’s know what kind of Android OS builds are available on the internet. The Android x86 is a project to port Android Builds for the x86 And x64 machines. The other Android OS like Remix OS and Phoenix OS are highly customized to do more things and are based on the same Android x86 project.
- Android x86: Stock Android port (32-bit & 64-bit).
- Remix OS and Phoenix OS: Customized android port (32-bit & 64-bit)
- Other OS, for instance, OpenThos.
- List of Android OS builds available for PC
I’m going to take the Android 9 P build from the Android x86 (also remix OS) and demo you to install it on a computer.
Note: Perhaps, installing Android is easy and doesn’t involve complication but you may face some limitations depending on your computer hardware. For instance sound, Wifi and Bluetooth may not work, though LAN internet/USB tethering will always work. Apart from that, you can run all the essential Android apps and games from the play store. In this post, you’ll learn to install Android operating system on your computer, and there are more than one ways, so let’s check them one by one.
- Get Android Build from the Android x86 website according to your computer architecture. If your computer is 32-bit, then download an android build of 32-bit (x86), or if your computer is 64-bit then download a 64-bit (x64 / Amd64) build.
- Download the Rufus Tool
- A USB Drive.
Step #1. Prepare installation media: Download both required files (Android OS image and Rufus tool) and save them on your computer in the same folder for ease.
Step #2. Plug the USB driver and Open the Rufus tool. Drag the iso file inside the Rufus tool. Click Start to let the tool burn that image file to your USB drive, it may tool from several seconds to several minutes depending on the size of the Image file and type of the USB.
Note: The USB drive will be formatted to create installation media, so backup if you have anything important on it.
Booting into Android OS.
Step #3. Now turn off the computer if you’re going to install Android OS on the same.
Step #4. Plug the USB drive into the computer. When the computer boots, press Esc button to pause loading your existing operating system and to display Boot Options, then press F9 button (HP Laptops) to select the boot device.
Step #5. In this case, I’ll select the External USD Hard Drive option. Choosing Boot option may be different on your computer, but try your luck massing “ESC, F1, F8, F10, Delete key” and combinations.
If things were gone right, you’d see the menu to boot Android from the USB. Select the option to run the Android OS without installing on your hard drive. The Remix OS gives 2 options,
- Resident mode: Will make persistence installation on the USB, so your data will be saved.
- Guest Mode: to test the Android operating system on your computer, this is helpful when you want to check its compatibility or how it works before making a permanent installation.
Step #6. Here it is. You’ll be taken through the setup prompts to select language and connect to Wi-Fi. And after that, you can use the Android operating system.
Step #7. You have to sign up with your Google account in order to activate the Play Store. To do that click on the Active Play Store icon on the desktop and enter your Google email and password and agree its terms. Just after that, the Play Store icon will be created on your desktop screen all you have to do is double-click the icon and here is the Play Store. Access all the android games and applications from play store and install them on your computer.
Play store is live.
Installing Android on PC Hard Drive
You can install Android operating system permanently on your computer’s hard drive, in case you have chosen the Android x86 builds: you’ll see an install option when you access the boot menu. But if you decide to Install Remix OS and other, the setup process may be different. Here are some of the helpful guide for Remix OS.
That’s how you can run or install a whole Android operating system on your pc. Do you know why the Remix OS is on trend? because it is highly customized and you can use it on a daily basis, or as a secondary operating system. Having issue when you try to install android on pc? comment below. We’ve already covered news and guide about Android Operating system earlier, here are some.