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Step by Step Tutorial to run Android on your Computer

androidHow many times have we heard that that Android is a free OS, with which you can do whatever the hell you want (provided you know something of the subject, of course).

Wellthe term Free tends to create confusion, but the ease that gives access to the code for Google Android is more than known. For they release a new version almost instantly available to anyone, so you can make your changes, fixes or just browse.

Well, that has its advantages, such as Android can run on almost any device and to try and see firsthand how this OS is in case you have never used. And today we are going to teach you how to run it on a computer.

Step by step

It started with this tutorial on how to run Android on your computer. For this we make use of a virtual machine, in this case we have used VirtualBox, which you can download from this link and is available for Linux, Windows or Mac

We also need obviously the image you want to install Android. Thanks to the user community, we have available a adapted to almost any device with x86 architecture, complication so we can install it directly on your PC if you wish, and has been modified to be compatible with many devices having ISO’s specific Asus eePC, samsung, etc.

So we can get off the version we want both here and here

In this tutorial we tested 2 versions, 2.3 and 4.0. The first is much more refined and is more functional, while the second is still in development and does not work very well. Saying that has been used for the adapted version Asus eeePC because the generic has some problems, especially with the 4.0.

Once we have everything ready, and ISO downloaded VirtualBox installed, go to the mess. We start the virtual machine and the first thing to do is create a virtual “disk” in which the OS install.It is as simple as giving the New button you find in the top of the window.

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Opens a new window where we will be asking several options. The first is to choose a name for our virtual machine and select the OS type. In this case Android will call (for example) and select Linux and the other type (although Ubuntu appears on the image, you must select Other).

The next step is to allocate an amount of RAM you want to dedicate to that machine. Here it is advisable to work well is to give 1Gb minimally. I tried with 512 but with 2.3 and can be used with 4.0 is impossible. Although I recommend him to ensure 2Gb.

The next thing is to choose if we create a new or an existing disk, we choose again, select the typeVDI and space I choose always reserved dynamically, but is indifferent to choose the other option. Finally we determine the size of the disk, which give 1 to 2 Gb there’s plenty. You just need to click on “Create” to finish the process.

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Okay, we have created our album almost ready, just a few details left us. We select our new OS and enter the settings. Once there, go to System in processor tab you activate the PAE / NX box, and see if they have 2 “Media”. One is the disk itself, and the other CD / DVD allegedly will use to install the system. By having an image, we will indicate boot from there and not from the reader. We selected the disk, and on the right you will see a small icon of a CD. The press and give us option to choose where our ISO is located, so we look for, select it and go. Now we can start the installation.


We hit Start and see how it opens a new window and turn us onto several messages. Basically tells us about the resolution of the screen and the mouse can be “locked” inside the window. We mark not remember us these messages and go. To test Android, select the first option and press enter, we will see how it starts to load and in a few seconds we will have Android running on your PC.

Now I just need to tweak what you want to prove it. Just one thing, using version 2.3 I had no problems connecting to the Internet and access almost all settings without complications, but with 4.0, being still in “testing” on my computer I could not turn on WiFi, but if any of you has a Asus eeePC theoretically should run you around, as it has been adapted to the hardware.

I recommend you first try generic and if you have problems with version Try eeePC, which I perfect I’m gone.

As a final note, to say that the mouse works as a “finger” of truth. I mean, if I hold down the left button exits the popup menu, and as for the menu buttons and back to version 2.3, the right button acts as a back, lie the central button (the mouse wheel ) makes the menu function.

If you have trouble integrating the mouse within the window, go to options VirtualBox, specifically in the “machine” and activad option “Disable mouse integration” menu. Now, go through the window above and You press the left button, for example, in this way will stay within the window.To remove it, you must press the Ctrl key and go right.

I hope you have served this tutorial and that you can prove that you have not done yet, Android 4.0 or, why not, any version of Android. So you can compare changes that have been taking different evolutions and thus seen together, it has not been easy.

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