This article is an updated variant of an old article and solely focused on Android operating systems for PC. So it has been said — Running Android applications are not just limited to Android smartphones and tablet. Now you can run Android operating system on your x86 or x64 computer. We’ll provide appropriate Android OS for PC ISO free download links for each operating system listed in this article.
Here is a drill down of best android OS for computers and laptops. Also, you can install such Android OS on your computer using a USB Drive or DVD. Most of them only require a portable USB Pen Drive. Which is much convenient as you do not have to install any operating system on your hard disk to see how it will look and work.
PS: In this article, which only includes the android operating system and how to create android environments have been already discussed in several older posts on this website. For instance, most of the android OS is mentioned: “in this post & here.” Android environments and Android emulator information are taken from this thread— where we have described them broadly.
Android OS for PC
The below listed Android operating system are the top in the industry, so let’s start with them and after that, we’ll discuss other options to install or simulate Android operating system on your computer. All of these operating systems can be downloaded in ISO or other image formats, to make a bootable USB use a tool such as Rufus or read this article to know more about making a bootable USB.
1. Remix OS
Remix OS — the first best Android operating system is released in 2016 by Jide.
It was the discussion point when it comes to the interface because of its similarities to Windows 10: the taskbar, notification system, etc. Remix OS now supports both 32-bit and 64-bit computers architecture and can be easily installed whether PC is UEFI-based or Legacy. It also installs the Google Play, so undoubtedly you can install any Android apps. However, some applications will not work due to the architecture difference.
If you want a great new Android operating system Remix OS will work best. For starters, you create a bootable USB of remix OS and can directly boot and run on their computers. Then if you wish to keep running the android os from USB, you can create a persistence USB to continue running Android operating system from USB drive. Otherwise installing it on the hard disk is a better option if you want to keep using the OS. Remix OS for PC download links is after this section.
Also worth mention that Remix OS comes pre-installed some of the top application like MX Player (Video Player) and QuickPic (Gallery app). You can download remix os for PC using the below link. Also, it supports a variety of hardware that makes it possible to play HD videos without any lag, just like they play on Windows.
2. Phoenix OS
[Android 7.1/ Android 5] Currently maintained and supported.
Phoenix OS was released shortly after the publication of the Remix OS.
At that time it went popular, especially because this was the only operating system to work on 32-bit machines. However, the 32-bit version of the Remix OS has been released. Phoenix is a great Android operating system, which is roughly because of the features and interfaces similarities to the remix operating system. Both 32-bit and 64-bit computer are supported. It is also based on the Android x86 projects.
The new Phoenix OS comes with an installer that makes it easier to install the operating system directly to your hard drive or only USB drive. In so many ways it feels and acts like the remix OS, but yes it falls short when in comparison. This is one Android operating system for computer which is based on the almost latest Android 7.1 (Remix OS based on Android 6)
3. Android 7.1 (x86 Project)
[Various] Latest Android 7.1 R1
This project is to port stock-Android on x86 machines. The Android operating system project plays a very significant role in the above-mentioned android operating systems (remix and Phoenix os). If you want a light android operating system and without customization, you can install android OS build from here. You’ll get the same key features and interface as we can see on a real android smartphone. You can make bootable USB using the x86 android builds.
I recently tested the Android 7 (rc1) 64-bit architecture on my old HP laptop, and it worked really smooth. I was able to do all sort of things, wifi, Bluetooth, and brightness did work. However, when tested on a cherry trail powered CPU laptop Wifi and sound didn’t work.
If you lack good computer hardware you can test the Kitkat/Marshmallow x86 build which is just 350+MB image file that you can burn into a USB to create bootable media. After that, you can simply boot and use the Android OS.
For most users the 64-bit version should just work fine, people with single onboard processor can use the x86_64 build.
Android os for PC 32-bit download: Android 7.1 R1
Android os for PC 64-bit download: Android 7.1 R1
Openthos is new, and it supports Android apps and Linux apps in multi-windows. For this to run your computer’s CPU should be 64-bit architecture. Getting the ISO file of this operating was a task itself. First, you have to go through the link and enter the password, and later you need Baidu client software where you need to create an account (which is also problematic because everything will be in Chinese) then you can download the operating system image. I have tested the 23rd Nov 2017 version of English. Moreover, tested in the Legacy mode as it failed to boot in UEFI mode.
5. Bliss OS
Blisspop is pure Android x86 ports but with few modifications like the taskbar and system stability. You can also launch apps in Windowed mode rather the full-screen which helps opening two or more apps side by side.
A note about Openthos and Bliss OS: When testing both OS failed to boot over UEFI firmware, they run successfully when Legacy mode was turned on from the BIOS settings. So if you have a computer with only UEFI firmware you maybe not be able to boot both of the Android Operating System from a bootable media device. But if you insist and like to test them you can use a virtual machine software to run them on the operating system you are using. Some of the modern computers might have support for Legacy mode, but you need to enable it from the BIOS settings. So technically if you are running on Windows 8 or newer your computer probably has support for UEFI firmware in you might face problems booting these two so check in your BIOS settings if you can find Legacy mode and enable it.
6. Android Lollipop/Marshmallow
Also android-x86 ports of Android Lollipop and Marshmallow you can use in computers with moderate hardware. The latest android port uses more resources on your computer. Both Lollipop and marshmallow are based on Android 5 and Android 6 respectively. Both android versions are popular among thousands of users, and these are the version whose introduce us to material design. Use below links to get the operating system image and save it to your computer.
Simulate Android environment
Have an Android OS environment without installing any Android OS. If you don’t want to boot android os, then Windows and back and forth you can utilize android emulators. These emulators work within your current operating system (Windows and rest).
6. Remix OS player
Unlike the most android emulators, the Remix OS player is a full-fledged Android operating system which works on Windows operating system. In addition, it requires the Virtualization feature to be enabled on your computer (from the bios settings). At first glance, it looks like other Android Emulators, there will be some buttons next to the box that you can use to control this android os better.
In a shell, it is just like the whole Remix OS, but running on Windows. If you do not want to switch more than one operating system, you can get the remix os player that runs on Windows. But in some cases when you BIOS is locked and you don’t know your computer’s BIOS admin password, you have to reset BIOS password in order to get into BIOS settings and turn the VT feature on. There is one drawback that it doesn’t support AMD chip computers.
Just like Remix OS, the Player is also abandoned.
7. Android Emulators & Alternatives
Since we’ve already covered some of the best android emulators for windows, and such Leapdroid was our favorite, (since the team joined Google, they declared the project discontinued and removed old downloads as they didn’t pass android compatibility test, says the message on their website). Here are a brief mention of our other picks.
In appearance, it is more like the Remix OS Player to you but it is based on an older Android version which is either KitKat or Lollipop. And unlike Remix OS player it does not require the Virtualization feature compromising some performance there. That make is easily supported on wide range of computers running on the Windows operating system.
Also, there are many Android emulators available on the Internet. But the best of the Android emulator you have already reported, therefore, it would not be appropriate to repeat the information again.
Installing Android OS on your Computer
Once you choose an Android OS that you like and wish to install on your computer, follow below-given instruction to get it installed on your computer.
At a glance, you have 3 options.
- Directly botting from USB flash drive.
- Installing on Hard-Disc.
- Emulating within your current OS.
Booting from a USB drive.
This is the easiest approach to bring android os on your computer. Just like Linux OS’s you can get the Image file (OS file, typically in ISO and IMG format) burn it to USB using a tool like Rufus for Windows.
From now on turn-off your computer, press action key while the splash screen to choose boot device and when that happen to choose the USB Flash media to boot from.
If you choose running Remix OS, it will throw 2 option to load the Operating system, the guest mode is as it sounds; doesn’t save sessions, the Resident mode will save installed apps, logged account, and settings. The process is almost identical for Phoenix OS, Android-x86 builds.
Installing Android OS on your hard drive comes with risk to wipe out information of your current operating system from the bootloader. It means you won’t be able to boot your Windows OS. Remix OS and Phoenix OS provide installer using them GRUB2 can be installed making both your OS accessible.
Before you go:
We understand that by now you should have received enough information about the Android operating system. So now you can easily decide which Android operating system you can install on your computer. However, if you still have any problem or doubt, hop to the comment section. Or if you know any Android device for PC we are looking forward to hearing from you as well.