How to install Android on a PC

Android on a PC

Although Android is an operating system designed for mobile devices, it has many initiatives to bring it to the desktop.

I suppose the ease of the system and the large universe of applications makes it a very comfortable working environment for many.How to install Android on a PC

Here we explain the alternatives to install Android on a PC. Now also Remix OS has emulator.

Android Oreo with Android-x86

Android-x86 is an open source initiative to bring Android to desktop computers with x86 processors and not ARMs like our smartphones. This project takes the source code from Android and adapts it to the PC.

Install Android-x86 based on Android Oreo on a USB stick

  • You need a USB memory stick of at least 4 GB capacity formatted in FAT-32.
  • Download the image (choose 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your computer) from the web: use the ISO format if you are a beginner.
  • Open the Rufus program. It will detect the usb that we have connected, below we choose “Image ISO” and we press the button of the side to look for the image inside the folder that we have just decompressed.
  • Now click on ‘Start’ to flash Android x86 on the USB stick.
  • Once it’s finished, restart the computer.
  • When it restarts enter the Bios or UEFI and choose the boot from the USB to boot Android from the USB memory.

Android 7.0 Nougat with Android-x86

At the end of August they released Android 7.0 Nougat for PC in its developer version and in February 2018 they already had two stable versions of 7.1 Nougat available: one with Android stock and another with Lineage OS.

Install Android-x86 based on Android Nougat on a USB stick

  • We need a USB memory stick of at least 4 GB capacity formatted in FAT-32.
  • Download the image with Android-X86 or CM-x86.
  • Unzip the file with 7zip, or another program to unzip.
  • Open the Rufus program. It will detect the usb that we have connected, below we choose “Image ISO” and we press the button of the side to look for the image inside the folder that we have just decompressed.
  • Now click on ‘Start’ to flash Android x86 on the USB stick.
  • Once it’s finished, restart the computer.
  • When it restarts enter the Bios or UEFI and choose the boot from the USB to boot Android from the USB memory.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow con Remix OS

Remix OS is a very stable and productive desktop version of Android. It feeds on the Android-x86 project to prepare its main kernel but gives it several extra functions to make it, from my point of view, one of the best Android desktop experiences. It’s based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The download is free and available for 32-bit and 64-bit. In addition its installation is very simple.

Install Remix OS based on Android Marshmallow on a USB stick

  • This time we need a USB memory of at least 8 GB capacity, formatted in FAT-32. It can also be installed on a disk partition if you prefer.
  • Download the appropriate Remix OS image for your computer’s processor, 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • Unzip the file you just downloaded with 7zip, or another program to unzip.
  • Inside the uncompressed folder we have some instructions (in English), an md5sum file to check that the image is intact, the image with the system with extension . iso and an executable installation file.
  • Just connect the USB stick to the computer and double click on the installation executable file.
  • When the installation program opens, it searches for the image with the . iso extension, selects USB memory and searches for the drive (letter) that refers to the USB memory. Now click on OK.
  • Once finished flashing Remix OS in the memory restarts the computer.
  • When booting again enter the Bios or UEFI and choose the boot from the USB to boot Remix OS from the USB stick.

Conclusion after using Remix OS based on Android Marshmallow

In early 2016 I was testing the first Remix OS beta. It worked quite well but the stable version is much better, you can see that they have dedicated a lot of work and enthusiasm to this project.

So much so that even the founder of the Android-x86 project now collaborates with Remix OS.

It’s a full desktop experience, from which I’ve even written a few lines of this article. It’s Android but it’s perfectly adapted to the big screen and mouse.

I would even say that it enriches even more the Android environment that we have on a mobile device.

Android PC Emulators

Remix OS Player

Another way to get Android on big screen is to use an emulator. One of the best and the only one that runs with Marshmallow is Remix OS Player. This is a version of Remix OS mounted on a virtual machine so that you can run it directly in a Windows environment.

All you need to do is download Remix OS Player, unzip it and run the RemixOSPlayer.exe file inside the folder. At first it will ask you to configure some things and it takes a few minutes to start. To remove the mouse from the emulator window press Ctrl + Alt.

To the right we have several options and a menu from the three points where we can change some aspects of the emulation such as battery status, location, network signal or where to save screenshots. To pass files from the system to the emulation just drag and drop.

Other emulators and alternatives

There is a wide offer of Android emulators for pc, but apart from Remix OS Player the rest use versions of Android with Lollipop and KitKat. The best known are BlueStacks or Andy for Windows, I personally quite like Koplayer. For Linux we have Shashlik that is still in development phase.

There are also other alternatives to be able to use Android on a computer. We have programs like Cyanogen co-founder SideSync de Samsung or Vysor with which we can mirror the screen of our smartphone on a computer screen.

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