The reason why Android is so popular is because it is completely open source, meaning the possibilities for the Android platform are endless. Now, with just a little work, you can have Android running on your PC for free with minimal effort.

If you follow this post to the letter, you will have Android up and running in no time AND HAVE ZERO PROBLEMS (HOPEFULLY)!

STEP ONE:

Head on over HERE and grab the latest version of Android x86.

STEP TWO:

Now there are two ways to use this download. You can either burn this ISO file to a disk or onto a USB disk.

To create a bootable disk for this project you need to use UNetbootin, which you can grab HERE

STEP THREE:

Now, insert your USB stick or CD/DVD and then launch UNetbootin. Ignore the top half and focus on the bottom. Locate the ISO image via the bottom half of UNetbootin, and ensure the correct USB/CD/DVD is selected. Once everything is correct, click OK to start the conversion process and write the bootable data to your selected media. This conversion process should only take a few minutes.

STEP 4:

Like any OS, Android can now be booted by restarting your PC and booting from either the CD/DVD or the USB drive. After your computer boots from the selected media you should see the Android boot menu which has three options. For now I advise you choose the first one, Run Android x86 without installation. When you have tested the OS and ensured everything works to your liking then you can choose the installation option.

STEP 5:

After choosing the Run Android x86 without installation option, Android should boot within a few minutes. After the Android logo, you should see the starter wizard. Just click through the options quickly to get to the main OS.

STEP 6:

You will now see the start page for Android. This shows some prompts for new users, but we assume if you’ve gotten this far you are not a new user, so ignore those. Applications are launched from the small matrix icon on the top right. You can also use the arrows on the bottom left to move between the Android screens.

STEP 7:

Play with the settings by clicking the clock on the bottom right of the display and then clicking the text that says “No Internet Connection”. Clicking the WiFi icon will turn it on and scan for networks. As of now there is no guarantee that your hardware is compatible with Android x86, but the project is updated often so you should check back.

STEP 8:

If you do choose to install Android x86, if you have multiple partitions, please be sure to do your research on which partition you would like this installed to. Android x86 installs the Grub bootloader, which by default, will take away your Windows boot option. You will need to add this Windows boot option manually.

Have fun, play around, and brag to your friends that your PC runs Android.

Don’t forget to comment on how your installation went and  how much you enjoy using Android on your computer!

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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
Justin Duino