It’s now possible to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your Windows PC. Read on to find out how.
If you’re a long-time Android fan you may like to know that you can now use your favourite software on your PC as well as on your phone or tablet. That’s right, there’s a way to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your computer. Here’s how to do it.
Before you start
This won’t be a simple process. There are a fair few steps to get through and a few programs that you will need to download before starting the process, such as Android-x86 from Sourceforge, GParted and UNetbootin (downloads via the links).
Android-x86 is how you get the Android source code onto your Windows PC.
Android-x86 is an open-source project to run Android on PC
UNetbootin is necessary for creating a hard drive partition.
Use Unetbootin to create partitions in your hard drive
GParted is for managing your partition, once you’ve set it up using Unetbootin.
Manage hard drive partitions with GParted
Using these 3 programs, you’ll be able to partition your hard drive, allowing one part to be used for Android on your computer.
USB drive formatting
Your USB drive will need to be formatted to FAT32. If you’re not sure how to do that, this guide will help.
Create hard drive partitions
After downloading UNetbootin, search for Partition in the start menu. Select Create and format hard drive partitions, then, right click the location where you want to put Android 6. Next, click Shrink volume. Rather than 64 GB, make the drive size 64,000 MB. Click on Shrink.
Select USB drive in UNetbootin
Open UNetbootin and select Disk image. Next click on the 3 dot icon. Find gparted-live-0.xx.x.x.i686.iso, select the USB drive and then press OK. Click Yes in the confirmation menu that pops up.
Using UNetbootin to select an iso file
Go to boot menu
Restart your computer and keep pressing F12 until you see a list of devices. Use the arrow buttons to select the device for booting. Press Enter.
Use the arrow buttons to choose your USB drive. In the next menu, choose GParted Live and press Enter.
Hitting Enter should have opened a GParted window. In it, right click Unallocated Partition and then click on New.
Make sure you choose ext4 for the file system then click Add, followed by Apply.
Remove the USB drive and then reboot your computer.
Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Open up UNetbootin and as before, click on Disk image and then on the 3 dot icon. Find the android-x86-6.0-20151202.iso file, select the USB drive and click on OK.
In the next menu, select Installation and then click Enter. Choose ext4 and click Do not format. Don’t forget that last part, it’s a crucial step to getting this process right.
You will now be asked a series of questions. It’s important to answer each one correctly. Here are the questions in order with the answers you should select.
- The first question will be about installing GRUB boot loader. Answer = yes.
- You will be asked to make a new boot item for Windows. Answer = yes.
- The program will ask for EFI GRUB2 to be installed. Answer = yes.
- Then you will be asked to format the /dev/sda1 boot partition. Answer = no.
- Lastly, the program will ask if /system directory or read-write should be installed. Answer = yes.
After this you’ll have to wait a few minutes while it writes. Once it has finished, remove your USB and reboot the computer.
That’s it. When you boot your computer you’ll be able to choose between Windows as normal or into Android Marshmallow instead. Now you can have some fun trying out Android 6 on your PC. Now you have 64 GB of storage to play around with, the only question is what will you do with it?