Want to run Android on your PC? The Android-x86 Project has ported Android to the x86 platform from ARM. Android-x86 can be installed on netbooks with supported hardware, but you can also install Android in VirtualBox.
Android can be run as just another virtual machine, like you would run a Windows or Linux virtual machine. This allows you to play with the Android interface and install apps in a full Android environment on your PC.
What You’ll Need
Before you can get started, you’ll need both VirtualBox and an Android-x86 ISO to install inside VirtualBox.
- Install VirtualBox: Download and install VirtualBox if you don’t already have it installed.
- Download an Android-x86 ISO: You can find the latest Android-x86 ISO files. Download the latest one — currently Android 4.4.
Creating an Android Virtual Machine
You can now open VirtualBox and create a new virtual machine by clicking the New button. Go through the wizard and configure your virtual machine with the following settings:
- Operating System: Linux – Linux 2.6 (or later version)
- Memory Size: 512 MB
- Hard Drive Size: 3 GB or More
Next, power on your new virtual machine and point VirtualBox at the Android-x86 ISO file you downloaded. The installer will boot up inside your virtual machine.