Instale Android en VirtualBox: así es como funciona

Install Android in VirtualBox – this is how it works

Install Android in VirtualBox - this is how it works


Google’s Android mobile system can be found practically everywhere – not only is it the dominant system on smartphones alongside iOS, but Android is no longer uncommon on televisions, streaming boxes, or even on-board computers. On the other hand, Android has never really established itself on PCs or laptops, not surprising as the system is primarily designed for use with a touch screen. However, in many cases it can be worth using Android on the PC. For example, you can play your favorite mobile games on your PC or try applications that you don’t necessarily want to have on your smartphone. Unfortunately, Google does not offer Android as an installable system. But there is an excellent solution to the misery: the Android x86 open source project brings Android to the PC.

How to install Android in VirtualBox

In addition to a full Android installation, Android x86 also offers full access to the Google Play Store, and thus to the gigantic selection of applications for the Android system. With it, you can practically bring the full Android experience to your PC. However, in principle, Android x86 is designed to be installed directly on a PC or laptop. This is especially useful if you still have an old computer that is too slow for Windows, for example. But there is a practical alternative to shutting down the real hardware: just install Android in a virtual machine. Android x86 gets along with the free VirtualBox. It’s available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, so you can use Android pretty much anywhere.

How to do it:

1st step:

First, download the latest version of VirtualBox for your system and install it. Current downloads can be found here: Also, download the latest version of Android x86 as an ISO file. Next we use the version based on Android 7.1 “Nougat”. At the time of this article there is also a near-finished version of Android x86 based on Android 8.1 “Oreo”. You can find the downloads for Android x86 at this link:


2nd step:

Start VirtualBox and use the “New”A new virtual machine. Assign a name of your choice and select in the “Kind” the entrance “Linux” outside. TO “version” choose “Linux 2.6 / 3.x / 4.x (64 bit)“And click”Follow”. If you have downloaded the 32-bit version of Android x86, select the 32-bit entry under “Version”.


3rd step:

Enter the menu “Memory sizeEnter the memory that will be available for the Android virtual machine. As a general rule, the more the better. They should at least one gigabyte (= 1,024 MB) available. If your PC has eight gigabytes of RAM or more, we recommend that you set it to “2048 MB”To configure.


4th step:

In the next menu, create a virtual hard disk on which Android x86 will be installed. To do this, select “Create hard drive“And click”Produces”. In the opened wizard, accept the default configuration to the menu “File name and size”. Here you determine the Storage folder Android hard drive and insert the maximum size firmly. We recommend, at least ten gigabytes reserve for Android. Apply the change with “Produces”.


5th step:

Your Android virtual machine is ready to use, now you just have to Install Android x86. To do this, start the machine by double-clicking the list on the left side of VirtualBox. The program will now ask you Insert ISO file. To do this, click on the button and navigate to the corresponding Folder with Android x86 ISO file. Select it with a double click and then click on “start”.


6th step:

VirtualBox now displays the Android x86 text-based installer. Use the keyboard to select the entry “Installation: install Android x86 on the hard driveAnd hit Enter.


7th step:

Now you need to prepare the Android virtual hard disk. To do this, select the item “Create / modify partitions” outside. The question “Do you want to use GPT?“You deny by selecting”No”.


8th step:

Now you will land in the Android x86 partition menu. First select “New“And set the option”Primary” one. Apply the Default settingsto achieve the maximum capacity of the hard disk. Mark the new partition by selecting “Boot“As a boot partition and then apply the settings with”to write”. You have to do this step by entering “yes” to confirm.


Nineth step:

As soon as the process is finished, exit the menu with “Leave”. Now you can select new partitionto install Android x86 on it.


Step 10:

Next, you need to make some basic adjustments. TO “choose file system“Select the option”ext4” and subsequently “yes”. It is also installed in “Confirm“Selecting”yesThe Linux GRUB boot loader. The question “install / system directory as read-write“You can also say.


11th step:

Then finally the installation of Android x86 begins. Once it is complete, you should still remove the Android x86 virtual installation CD. To do this, click on the right click on the CD icon in the VirtualBox status bar. Then select “Remove disk from virtual drive”. You can then start the system with “Run Android-x86” Start.


Step 12:

Android x86 will now greet you with the setup wizard that you may already know from your Android smartphone. Now do this and log in with your Google account. Then you can use Android x86 on your PC in basically the same way that you get to know it from your smartphone or tablet. By the way, you can safely ignore messages about a missing WLAN connection: Android x86 automatically takes over the correct connection from the “host” PC.

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Tip: Problems starting Android with VirtualBox 6.0.x

If you are having trouble starting Android with VirtualBox version 6.0.1 or higher, there are some settings you need to adjust. In the VirtualBox menu, click on “monitor“And activate”Enable 3D acceleration“Y”VBoxVGA“. You should also turn off the UTC hardware clock. This works through “system“>”Motherboard“>”hardwareClock in UTCDisable this option. The Android GUI should start correctly.

Another tip: If you are having problems with mouse input when using Android x86, please disable mouse integration. To do this, click in the VirtualBox menu on ??Entry?? and uncheckMouse integration??. If you now click on the Android x86 window, the mouse is “stuck”. and you can operate Android properly. To get back to controlling the actual system, you must use the ??Release button?? from VirtualBox. You can see this in the lower right corner of the virtual machine window. In Windows, for example, this is the right CTRL key on your keyboard, in macOS the left command key is used.


If you are having trouble using the mouse, just disable the VirtualBox mouse integration.