Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be installed on the PC and Laptop. There are many ways to get Android running on a PC like OS Remix Player which is the best emulator for latest version. For older versions like Lollipop and KitKat, you can use emulators such as Bluestacks, Andy, Droid4x and Koplayer.

To run a Android OS in PC and Laptop, you’ll need the following things given below.

  • USB Flash drive or SD card that’s at least 2GB in size
  • A utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drive like Rufus
  • Build of the Android x86 project

How to Run or Install Android on PC and Laptop

First of all download the latest version of Android build from Android-x86 6.0 32 bit or 64 bit project site which is less than 1GB in size. You’ll also need to download Rufus, a free tool that will install Android onto the flash drive and install the Rufus in your PC or Laptop. 

  • Launch the Rufus after installation is completed and you may get a warning from Windows asking if you want to allow Rufus to make changes to your device, just click “Yes”.
  • Choose your USB drive in the top dropdown box
  • Make sure “FAT32” is selected from the File System dropdown
  • Tick the “Create bootable disc using” box, then select ISO image from the dropdown
  • Click the CD drive icon next to “ISO Image” to select the Android x86 ISO file you downloaded earlier and click on “Start” button.

Note : A dialog box should appear, letting you know that “ISOHybrid image detected”, choose Write in ISO image mode (Recommended) and click “OK”.

Rufus will take 5 to 10 min for creating bootable USB flash drive and it shows “Ready”, when it’s completed.

  • Once the bootable USB flash drive is ready, restart your PC or Laptop and press F10 or F12 to enter BIOS settings. Head to boot menu and change the boot order with first priority “Boot from USB storage device”.

 

  • A menu will show up asking how you’d like to run the installation, Live CD mode or Install it to the hard disk. Since you’re testing the Android x86, choose the first option “Live CD – Run Android x86 without installation”.
  • Follow the on-screen instruction to get logged in with your Google account.

When you’re ready to exit Android x86, just hit your computer’s power button. The “Power Off” dialog will show up just like normal—power down, remove your USB drive, and restart the computer to get back into Windows.

So there’s no excuse to try Android on your PC or Laptop. If you like this article, don’t forget to share with friends via Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

 

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