The idea of running Android as an operating system on a PC hasn’t crossed most people’s minds. If it has, then you probably think that it is impossible. A company called Jide has a different opinion. And their opinion is now reality.
Chih-Wei Huang and Yi Sun pioneered as the Android-x86 project in 2009 in that was meant to make running Android on a computer a reality.
Intoducing Jide and Remix OS
In 2013, three former Google employees formed a company called Jide. It’s purpose was to unlock the potential of Android on a computer.
Jide also patnered up with Chih-Wei Huang, one of the founders of the Android-x86 project.
In November 2015, Jide released the beta version of Remix OS based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. An official version (v2.0.x) was released in December 2015 with minor updates upto July 15, 2016.
On July 26, 2016 Jide released Remix OS version 3.0.x based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Remix OS is based off of a linux kernel and is freeware.
It is absolutely free to download and use.
How to install Remix OS on your computer or laptop
Whether just for fun, to play games or to run all the resource heavy apps available for Android, you may want to get Android on your computer.
Remix OS can run in two ways:
- It can be installed onto a flash drive and booted from there OR
- It can be dual booted alongside Windows
Both are really simple to do, however, personally, I prefer to dual boot since Remix OS installs and uninstalls like a program.
Before we begin:
Recommended system requirements
- 2 GHz dual core processor or better
- 2 GB system memory
- Minimum 8 GB of free hard drive space
- Internet access is helpful
*Note: If you plan on running it via USB, then a USB 3.0 flash drive is recommended for optimal performance.
Downloading Remix OS
Click here to go to the official Remix OS download page.
Scroll down until you see this:
And select the version suitable for your PC. Click here if you don’t know whether your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit.
*Note: Size of Remix OS | 32-bit: 732MB | 64-bit: 932MB
Choose your option below by clicking on one of the icons:
In case during the installation you are informed that secure boot is enabled, here is a video on how to to disable secure boot.
Secure boot is a feature of some mordern PCs meant to prevent the installation of other Operating Systems.
OR INSTALL ON A FLASH DRIVE:
Finishing up the installation…
Unfortunately, the Google Play Services and Google Apps do not come pre-installed, however it is very simple to add them. Click here for the Google Play Services and Apps installation guide.
RUNNING REMIX OS
If you’ve followed everything up to this point, then on start-up simply select :
- Remix OS, if installed onto your PC OR
- go to the boot setup menu and boot from the flash drive.
*Note: When booting up the first time, you are asked to choose between:
- Resident Mode and
- Guest Mode
Resident Mode (Recommended) saves all your settings, files and apps while Guest Mode does not. Choose wisely.
You can now enjoy Android on your PC!
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