Install Android 4.3 on VirtualBox with screenshots

Hi, do you fancy running an Android OS on your desktop without having to install the Android SDK or emulator. Did I hear you say YES :), then this guide is for you.

Step 1: Requirements

– Download and Install latest version of Oracle VirtualBox
– Download Android 4.3 ISO image

Step 2: Create New Virtual Machine

– Launch Oracle VirtualBox, click the “New” button. Enter name of VM, select Type as “Linux” and Version as “Linux 2.6” or “Linux 2.6 / 3.x” depending on the version of VirtualBox you have running

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– Enter desired memory size (Recommend at least 1GB)

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– Leave default Hard drive selection and click Create

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– Leave default Hard drive file type (VDI)

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– Allow Dynamic as default

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– Allocate 4GB as minimum disk size

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– By default, the selected Network will be NAT. You can change that to Bridged Adapter by clicking on Settings > Network

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Step 3: Create Partition

– Start the VM, click the yellow folder, select the Android ISO file and click Start

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– Use keyboard arrow key to select “Installation – Install Android-x86 to harddisk” and press Enter key

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– Select “Create/Modify partitions

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– Use your arrow key to select New and press Enter

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– Select Primary and press Enter

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– Leave allocated size as default and press Enter

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– Now select Bootable first and press Enter. Ensure that the word “Boot” appears under the Flags column. Then scroll using left or right arrow key, select “Write” and press Enter

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– Now type “yes” and press Enter

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After the partition table is written to disk, use arrow key again, select “Quit” and press Enter

Step 4: Install Android 4.3

– Back to main partition screen, select newly created partition and press Enter

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– Select “ext3” for filesystem type

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– Select “Yes” to confirm formatting

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– Select “Yes” to install boot loader GRUB

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– Select “Yes” to install /system directory as read-write

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– After install is completed, select “Run Android-x86” and press Enter

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– While on the Welcome screen, right-click on the button indicated below and select “Disable Mouse Integration”. Doing this will allow you to see your mouse movement 🙂 . Select desired language and click on Start

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– At this stage during setup, skip Wi-Fi; No to Google Account except you want to login if you desire; Personalize your setting; Agree to Google services; and Finish. Now you should have your familiar Android screen to play with

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– Try browsing the web to confirm Internet connectivity

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Note: when your Android screen goes blank due to screen lock, you might find it difficult to wake it up. So what you need to do is click on the blank screen, on your keyboard locate the Menu Key button and press it. This should wake your screen up 🙂

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– To turn if off, click anywhere close to the battery sign and drag it down. Then click POWER OFF

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Please feel free to comment your install experience

 
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