Install Android OS on VirtualBox

In this tutorial, I will explain how you can install Android OS on VirtualBox. Usually, Android OS can't be used in computers and laptops because they don't have ARM Processors, we will solve the problems, installing the Free Software, Android-x86 on VirtualBox.




Installing Android-x86 in VirtualBox will give you the opportunity to use Google Play Games as well as test your APP on devices with Intel x86 and AMD processors, instead of the ARM, chips, which are the processors that are installed on our Smartphones, iPhone, Tablets and in most Android devices, you will not have the disadvantage of not having a touch screen.

Before starting the installation, do one important thing.



1. Dowloand Android-x86

Download Android-x86 from its website, here are two mirrors, where it gives you the option to download Android-x86, choose the one you want, the important thing is that you download the one that works with the processor you have, Intel x86 (32 -Bit) or AMD (64-Bit).


2. Add Android on VirtualBox

Start VirtualBox, click on the button where is written the Word New

bottom where is written the Word

You will get a window, click where it is written Type choose the Linux option, and press where is written Version, you will be different options, if you have a 32-bit processor you will get Linux 2.6 / 3.x / 4.x (32 bit ) and with a 64-bit processor you will get Linux 2.6 / 3.x / 4.x (64 bit), choose the option that works with your processor, when you finished, click on the button below, Next.

window Choose the size of your memor

Choose the size of your memory(RAM), the more memory you choose, the better ..., the option that gives you 1024 MB is the minimum with the Android works, but when you have a RAM of 6 GB or more, I advise you to choose 2048 MB and hit the button below, Next.

window create the Virtual Disk

Create the Virtual Disk for Android x86, choose the option to create a virtual hard disk now and click on Create.

window choose how you want the hard drive

Choose how you want the hard drive for your virtual Android, choose the option you want, and click on the button below Next.

window choose whether the new virtual disk file should be allocated

Choose whether the new virtual disk file should be allocated as it is used, or if it should be created fully allocated. A dynamically allocated virtual disk file will only use space on your physical hard disk as it fills up, although it will not shrink again automatically when space on it is freed and and click on the button below Next.

window Choose whether the new virtual disk file

Choose the size of the hard drive for your Android, I advise you not to be less than 10 GB, and click on the button below, Create

window Choose the size of the hard drived

The main VirtualBox window will appear, click on the left where your new virtual Android is, then press the button above, where this Settings.

window press the button

In Systema + Acceleration, select Enable VT-x / AMD-V

select VT-x / AMD-V

On the left side, press the Display button, on the right where this Graphics Controller, choose the VBoxSVGA option and click where it says Enable 3D acceleration.

window to choose  display

Now we are going to select the Mouse so that we can use Multitouch, think that Android was conceived to work on Smartphones... on the left click with the Mouse in System, on the right where it says Pointing device, choose the option USB multi-touch tablet.

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And with this, we will have finished our configuration to be able to install Android, click below, where it says OK .


2. Install Android

Press the left side where our Android partition is, and on the right hand on the bottom Start.

window to choose partition

We will get a window that will ask us where have we us Android-x86 File, press the button and search with the Folder where it is and press the button Start

window aks whrw have Android-x86

A window will ask us where we want to install Android, with the cursor key, we will move it to Installation - Install Android-x86 to harddisk and press the Enter key.

choose where we want to install Android

We press the C key, to choose the Create/Modify partitions option and press the Enter key.

to choose Create/Modify partitions


It will ask us if we want to use GPT, choose No and press the Enter key.

choose to use gpt

We will partition our hard drive (the one we have in Virtualbox) to install Android x86. In the console, we move with the symbols keyboard and , choose New and press the Enter key. We elect Primary, and we touch the Enter key. He will ask us how much space we want to give to the Partition, the numbers it gives you is the space we have in our Partition, she has already made the calculation herself ..., so we provide the Enter key. In the Bootable option, we press the Enter key. Finally, we save what we have done, move to Write and press the Enter key, ask if we want to keep it, write yes and press the Enter key.

window how have partition for android

We go to Quit and press the Enter key and leave the console.

We receive this window,

how to receive the window

If we receive a window like mine, the only difference with mine, will be the Size, we give the Enter key, we will ask if we want to Format, we say Yes and we move to ext4 and we provide the Enter key, we will ask if we are Sure, we move to the word Yes and press the Enter key, ask us if we want to install GRUB, choose Yes and press the Enter key, ask Install / system directory as read-write select Yes and press the Enter key.

In the end, if everything went well this window will come out,

window to show with gut configuration

If we choose the Run Android-x86 option, our Android will start, we can also select reboot.

window start android

Pressing the start symbol, in yellow, you will to enter to the Android settings.








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