How to install Android on a PC?

How to install Android on a PC?

Android is an operating system originally designed for mobile devices, but it has many solutions for transposing it to a desktop computer. We must believe that the ease of the system and its infinite universe of applications make it a very comfortable working environment. We will detail here the different solutions to install Android on a PC.

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Android 8.1 Oreo with Android-X86

Android-x86 is a free-source solution that allows you to transpose Android to a desktop computer with x86 processors and no ARM, like our smartphones. This solution adapts the source code of Android to the PC.

Install Android-x86 down on Android 8.1 Oreo from a USB drive

  • It requires a USB drive of at least 2 GB capacity and formats in FAT-32
  • Download the image (choose 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your machine) from this site: privilege the ISO format if you are a beginner
  • Open the Rufus program, it will boot the program on the cl. Proceed as follows:
    • Detect the device USB connect (your cl)
    • Select partition type (MBR or UEFI), the latter is a more modern format found on recent PCs
    • Choose ISO Image, and press the ct button to locate the image in the dcompress folder.
    • Now click on Start to flash Android x86 in the USB drive.
  • Once the operation is complete, restart the computer.
  • When rebooting, enter the BIOS or UEFI interface and select boot from a USB key to boot Android from the USB key.

If you encounter a problem, do not hesitate to tell us about it on the forum, our members and I will do our best to help you.

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Android 8.1 Oreo. AndroidPIT

Android 7.0 Nougat (Bta) with Android-x86

This beta version still retains some bugs because it is a beta version, but you can test Android 7.0 on your computer before you have the system on your smartphone. The main problem is the Wi-Fi connection, because we were unable to connect to the internet and download applications. Nevertheless, you can test a fairly fluid Android Nougat.

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Android Nougat on a PC. AndroidPIT

Install Android-x86 down on Android 7.0 Nougat from a USB drive

  • It requires a USB drive of at least 2 GB capacity and formats in FAT-32
  • Download the image with Android-X86 down on Android 7.0 Nougat: nougatx8620160902.iso.bz2
  • Uncompress the file with 7zip, or another uncompressed program.
  • Open the Rufus program. Detect the USB device connect, below, we chose ISO Image, and press the ct button to locate the image in the dcompress folder.
  • Now click on Start to flash Android x86 in the USB drive.
  • Once the operation is complete, restart the computer.
  • When rebooting, enter the BIOS or UEFI interface and select boot from a USB key to boot Android from the USB key.
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Flash Android Nougat with Rufus. AndroidPIT

Conclusion after using Android-x86 down on Android 7.0 Nougat

As has been said, the internet connection still does not work, but you can try most features and new features offered by Android Nougat as the shortcut bar or shared screen. This is a beta version and it still does not allow to have a productive desktop. For a real Android experience on a computer, you should try Remix OS with Android Marshmallow, which is completely free.

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Screen shared with two windows of Android-x86 Nougat. AndroidPIT

Android 6.0 Marshmallow (stable) with Remix OS

Remix OS is a very stable and very productive version of Android for desktop. It relies on the Android-x86 code to develop its kernel while providing additional features, making our view the best experience Android on computer.

Its download is free and it is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Its installation is also very simple.

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Remix OS: when Android is cut for your PC. AndroidPIT

Install Remix OS down on Android 6.0 Marshmallow from a USB drive

  • This time, you need a USB drive with at least 8 GB of capacity, formatted in FAT-32. It can also be installed on a disk partition if it suits you better.
  • Download the Remix OS image that fits your computer's processor.
  • Uncompress the downloaded file with 7zip, or another uncompressed program.
  • The dcompress folder contains instructions (in English), an md5sum file to check that the image is intact, the image with the system and the extension .iso and an executable installation file.
  • Just connect the USB drive to your computer and double-click on the executable installation file.
  • When the installation program opens search for the image with the extension .iso, select the USB key and look for the unit (letter) that refers to the USB key. Finally, click OK.
  • Once the flash of Remix OS is finished in the memory, restart the computer.
  • When rebooting, enter the BIOS or UEFI interface and choose boot from the USB key to boot Remix OS from the USB key.
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Remix OS offers a unique experience. AndroidPIT

Conclusion after using Remix OS down on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

At the beginning of 2016, we were testing the first beta version of OS Remix. It worked very well, but the stable version is much better and the work and enthusiasm devoted to this project are obvious. So much so that the same founder of the Android-x86 program is now working with OS Remix.

The desktop experience is total, to the point that some lines of this article have even been written since OS Remix. It is an Android, but an Android perfectly adapted to the big screen and the use of the mouse. Android environment is even enriched and increased compared to that of a mobile device.

Android emulators for PC

There are also many other ways to use Android on a computer. There are programs like SideSync from Samsung or Vysor from Cyanogen's co-founder with which it's possible to open a mirror of your smartphone's screen on a computer screen.

Another method to use Android on the big screen is to use an Android emulator for PC that can be found very easily, the most well known as BlueStacks, Andy or Droid4x for Windows, we personally prefer Koplayer. For a Linux system, there is Shashlik which is still in the development phase.

For more information, I advise you to read our article ddi: The best Android emulators for PC

So you have no excuse not to test Android on your PC. How do you find using Android on your computer?

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