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How to Install Android in Virtualbox as a virtual machine

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How to Install Android in Virtualbox as a virtual machine

You want to run Android on your PC? Android-x86 project transferred x86 Android platform from ARM. Android-x86 can be installed on netbooks with supported hardware, but can also be installed Android in VirtualBox as virtual machine.

Android can be like any other virtual machine, like to run Windows or Linux on virtual machine. This lets you play with Android interface and install applications in full android environment on your computer.

What are required

Before you start, you must have VirtualBox software and Android-x86 ISO image to install in VirtualBox.

- Install VirtualBox from here ,If you have not already installed.
- Download Android-x86 ISO image – you can find it here .Download the last – currently Android 4.2 .

Creating an Android Virtual Machine

1 – Now you can open virtually Box 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
Memory Size: 512 MB
Hard Drive Size: 3 GB or More

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2 – Next, power on your new virtual machine and point VirtualBox at the Android-x86 ISO image file you previously downloaded. The installer will boot up inside your virtual machine.

Select the Installation option and press Enter to continue.

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3 – We’ll need to create a partition for the Android x86 operating system. Select the Create/Modify partitions option and press Enter.

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4 – Select the New option with your arrow keys and press Enter to create a new partition in the free space.

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5 – Choose the Primary option and press Enter, then press Enter again to have the partition take up the entire size of the virtual disk you created.

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6 – Highlight the Bootable option and press Enter to make the partition bootable, then select the Write option and press Enter to write your changes to the virtual disk. You’ll have to type yes and press Enter to confirm writing the changes.

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7 – Activate the Quit option and you’ll go back to the Choose Partition option screen. Then you’ll see the partition you created at the top of the screen. Select the partition and press Enter to install Android to it.

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8 - Select the ext3 file system, and then select Yes to format the partition.

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9 – Choose Yes to install the GRUB bootloader, and then select Yes to install the system directory as read-write.

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10 – Once you’re done, you can remove the ISO file and reboot your virtual machine.

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Android should boot up like any other operating system would in your virtual machine. As with an Android smartphone or tablet, you’ll have to go through the setup process and optionally provide Google account details. Skip the Wi-Fi setup screen , Android will use your virtual machine’s standard Internet connection.

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If your mouse cursor doesn’t work, click on the Machine menu and select the Disable Mouse Integration option. Click inside the virtual machine and you’ll see the mouse cursor. Press the host key displayed at the bottom-right corner of the virtual machine window (default key: Right Ctrl) to release the mouse cursor from the virtual machine.

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You’ll boot into a live Android OS environment, complete with Google apps like Gmail, Maps, and the Play Store for installing other apps. Android is primarily designed for touch input, but it can also be used with a mouse and keyboard — this means that your computer’s mouse and keyboard can function as serviceable input devices. Just don’t try doing anything you need multi-touch for.

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This isn’t the fastest way to run Android apps on your PC . However, Android-x86 provides access to a complete Android system in a virtual machine. It’s a great way to get more familiar with a standard Android system or just experiment with it like you would experiment with a virtual machine running any other operating systems ( you can do snapshots - particular state of your virtual machine, if you want to try installing some Apps, and if something goes wrong , you can always go back to previous  state of your virtual machine ).

Go full-screen with an Android virtual machine and you’ll get an idea of what it would be like to use Android on a laptop. Hope this will satisfy your need to work on android OS, like test environment for example.

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