Here is how to install Android on your PC

Here is how to install Android on your PC
Android is the world’s most prolific mobile operating system, and in a couple of years it might well become more popular than Windows with mobile devices ending up in almost every pocket. But what if you could install Android on not just your mobile device, but computer as well? Turns out, it is possible.

Having Android as your main computer operating system however is not guaranteed to work - driver support, and a ton of stuff may or may not be there, so it’d be best if you first try running Android via a USB drive to check compatibility.

Otherwise, all efforts to bring Android to PCs is courtesy of the Android-x86 project. Android is a Linux-based platform after all, so the core is there.

We have to stress that everything is still under development and not final, so this is more of an undertaking for tech enthusiasts rather than the average user.

Hit the source link right below for the complete tutorial and a bunch of links to read more about the project.

source: XDA Developers via Android Authority



1. wendygarett unregistered

Nice info... But no thanks :) I'm satisfied with my mountain lion :)

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

unless i have a touchscreen pc android on pc hardware is history

25. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I have best of both worlds. Mountain Lion Macbook Pro, and a Windows 8 PC desktop. But Android....only on mobile. Oh and as far as It's a joke.

27. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Actually the best of both worlds would be windows 7 and mac osx. windows 8 is just awful, unless it's on a touchscreen, then it's just frustrating and borderline unusable. Windows Phone is decent, but when there's an OS like android, why bother?

31. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

even windows 8 is much better on touchscreen devices-doesn't mean that people don't install it on non-touch pc's

28. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

There's probably as many programs available for x86-android as mountain lion, you should give it a shot! You might even get to use 2 mouse buttons!

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

great option for rich in features,performance & customization

12. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You mean android is rich in features than windows?

19. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Was thinking the same, i cant possibly think of a reason to install Android on PC

26. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea that doesn't really make sense. For mobile use, by all means. But as a desktop operating system? What would it offer that Windows doesn't?

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

now this is a step forward in technology! :)

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

I been using android x86 since last year . Zzz

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

lol....well i didnt know it was old ....its new to me how is it though? is it good?

11. thelegend6657 unregistered

It's great , but there's a few problem . It might be easy to install , but it's super damn hard to uninstall . Sleep is broken . Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't . For example , when I close the lid of my laptop , sometimes it will sleep like on normal android , but sometimes it will shut down ! Performance is decent . I got the same score on antutu as the Asus Transformer prime . Except on nenamark it got 17 fps only . My laptop is very old using Intel Pentium Dual Core 1.9ghz with 3GB ram . Some apps can't install or won't run . Example Skype , angry birds and quadrant . Adobe flash don't work . I recommend if you are trying it to create a partition (few GBs is enough ) . Live cd has terrible performance .

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This is an interesting info about the processing performance. Can you tell more about the laptop's CPU and GPU? I know many conservative, prejudiced guys here would say that even an old Pentium is a processing monster compared to current mobile chips.

22. thelegend6657 unregistered

Its a budget laptop , hey i live in a 3rd world country , my family is not really welloff . Intel Pentium dual core inside 1.86ghz with no GPU and 1GB ram (i added the 2gb myself . I admit the laptop isnt very powerful , but with windows 8 installed good enough to do my day to day chores

5. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

WOW...I am waiting for this...Since Unity introduction, I stopped using Ubuntu Linux. Probably I try to run Android on my PC. However, I am waiting for Google to launch officialy Android for PC...

8. wendygarett unregistered

How about chromebook? Lol

10. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012


13. thelegend6657 unregistered

I installed this since early last year running Gingerbread on my PC . Now I installed the ICS version on my PC . I can say its good enough to be a daily driver

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Should be fun for my netbook, Atom processors running W7 is just too damn slow.

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Hardware acceleration will likely not work on PC hardware

16. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

This is kinda old news to those who truly follow android and not just buy the phone and think that they become a tech guru overnight. I've had ice cream sandwich and jelly bean installed for years, along with meego, windows phone 7 and now windows phone 8. This is how true developers test their apps. This is why I'm looking forward to jolla. Android is too buggy. Windows is partially locked down. I've almost completely ported meego to a coby 7'' music player. I'm waiting for the jolla sdk.

17. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

hmm, some netbooks like the Acer Aspire One series have pre.installed Android with dual boot to Windows 7. I guess the pre-installed Android was 2.2 or 2.3

18. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Nah i would take google's more polished Computer and Computer OS- The chromebook.

20. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

ASUS is the best for Android x86 its an old info. But before intalling run in live mode,check for cpu variation .iso. Intel or amd.

21. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Typo: installing

23. cnyte

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

why would you want android on a pc?

24. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

I started running Android ICS on my Lenovo S10-3t touchscreen netbook this past summer. It came with Windows 7, and after upgrading it with a fresh install to Win7 Pro and eliminating the bloatware, it was still too slow. It really speeds it up. The latest version I have is the Release Candidate version 2, so it does still have it's share of bugs, but it basically turns it into a tablet with a dedicated keyboard. It's great for living room web surfing, organizing, etc., but I also have it connected to Google Drive and have work tools setup on it as well. It's basically like combining a tablet with a Chromebook. You have all the benefits of a Chromebook (quick startup, virus free web browsing, document creation via Google Drive) and the ability to run most apps in the Google Play store, plus a drive to save your data to. I'd honestly consider making the move to an official Android netbook or laptop. I'd just like to see support for connecting directly to a Cisco or Avaya serial port for console configuration. If it had that, it'd be my dedicated work laptop. For now, it's my dedicated home laptop.

29. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i still prefer windows 7 or ubuntu (dont really know any macs)

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