Android is the biggest mobile operating system in the world, but its usage is limited to ARM-architecture devices (mostly smartphones). This is why Android OS is largely absent from laptops or PCs, which use the x86 architecture. If you want to play an Android game on your PC, you have to rely on an Android emulator like Bluestacks, MeMU, or Android Studio. If you want the full Android experience on your PC, you will have to download Android-x86. Android-x86 is an open-source project that ports Android OS to devices that utilise x86 architecture. In this article, we show you how to install the complete Android OS on a PC.
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Here’s how you can install Android-x86 on your PC
Step 1: Download the Android-x86 ISO file from here and burn it to a CD. You can also create a bootable USB drive for the OS.
Step 2: Use the USB/CD to boot your PC and select ‘Install Android-x86 to hard disk’.
Step 3: Choose a partition to install Android-x86. You can also create a new partition.
Step 4: If you want to keep the existing data on your PC, select ‘Do not re-format’. Your PC can run Android OS along with Windows. If you wish to erase the data on the system, choose a format type from the list.
Step 5: Confirm your selection.
Step 6: Select ‘Yes’ to install boot loader Grub.
Step 7: Hit ‘Yes’ for a read-write system directory. This is necessary for debugging, rooting, and getting rid of bloatware packages.
Step 8: Wait for the installation to end.
Step 9: Select ‘Run Android-x86’. The Android OS will load on your PC.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I run Android on my PC without an emulator?
If you do not want to use a third-party Android emulator on your PC, you can install Android-x86 OS in just a few simple steps.
Can Android be installed on a PC?
You can run Android apps on your PC by using an emulator like Bluestacks or installing the Android-x86 OS.
Is Bluestacks safe for PC?
Bluestacks is one of the best Android emulators out there and is completely safe to run on your PC. However, its performance may differ depending on the processor you are using.
This is how you can install the complete Android OS on a PC. If you are a Windows 11 user, you can use the official Windows Subsystem for Android software to run Android apps on your PC. If you want to install Android-x86 on your PC, make sure your device has at least 8GB of free disk space.
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