How to Install Android in Your PC

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How to Install Android in Your PC?

There are many people who will like to run Android on their Personal Computer, but they are not certain if they can do it, and make it work in the right way. For all the people out there who would love to play with Android on their PCs here is a helpful article. The Android-x86 can be easily installed on your notebooks after an upgradation of hardware; but if you are not really willing about that, you can simply install Android in Virtual Box, just like another virtual machine running Windows or Linux. This can be very helpful to install full-fledged Android applications on your PC.

Things that you will need

To start with, first you will need to install Virtual Box and Android-x86 ISO to be installed within the Virtual Box.

  • Step 1: Install Virtual Box — In case your PC does not have Virtual Box installed already you can simply download and install it from the online sources.
  • Step 2: Download Android-x86 ISO — The latest Android-x86 files are also available on the net. Opt for the latest version of it available in Google Code.

How to create an Android Virtual Machine 

The process of creating a virtual machine through the Virtual Box is simple. Follow the next steps:

  • Step 3: Open the Virtual Box, click on the new button; it will launch a wizard. Complete the wizard with the below mentioned settings to create a new virtual machine.

OS: Linux-Linux 2.6

Memory: 512 GB

Hard Drive: 3 GB or higher.

  • Step 4: This step involves gearing up the newly created virtual machine. Point the Virtual Box at the Android-x86 ISO file downloaded. This will launch the installer within the virtual machine.
  • Step 5: In the installer select the “Installation- Install Android-x86 to hard disk” option and strike Enter.

Creating a partition 

Now you will need to create a disk partition for installing the Android system. Follow the next steps:

  • Step 6: Select the “Create/Modify partitions” option and click the “OK” tab.
  • Step 7: In the next screen select the “New” tab by using the arrow keys.
  • Step 8: You will need to select the “Primary” option in the next page and press Enter. Pressing the “Enter” again will ensure that the partition will include the total virtual disk created.
  • Step 9: Select the “Bootable” option to make your partition bootable, and in order to write your changes to the virtual disk select the “Write” option.
  • Step 10: Finally select the “Quit” option to get back to the “Choose Partition” screen.

Installing Android to the partition 

  • Step 11: In the Choose partition screen the newly created partition will be available at the top, select it and press Enter to start installing of Android to it.
  • Step 12: Select ext3 file system and then “Yes” for formatting the partition.
  • Step 13: Choose “Yes” and “Yes” again to install the GRUB bootloader and the /system directory as read-write.
  • Step 14: Now remove the ISO file and reboot your virtual Android machine like any other virtual system.

On successful installation and booting the Android will use the standard Internet connection of the virtual machine and you will be presented with a live Android environment populated with the Google Apps.

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