Is there a VirtualBox on Android

Android Install Android in VirtualBox - that's 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 TVs, streaming boxes or even in on-board computers. On the other hand, Android has never really established itself on PCs or laptops - no wonder, since the system is primarily designed for use with a touchscreen. Nevertheless, in many cases it can be worthwhile to use Android on the PC. For example, you can play your favorite mobile games on your PC or try out apps that you don't necessarily want to have on your smartphone. Unfortunately, Google does not offer Android itself as an installable system. But there is an excellent solution to this misery: The open source project Android x86 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 the gigantic selection of apps for the Android system. With it, you can practically bring the full Android experience to your PC. In principle, however, Android x86 is designed to be installed directly on a PC or a laptop. This is especially worthwhile if you still have an old computer that is too slow for Windows, for example. But there is a practical alternative to turning off real hardware: Simply install Android in a virtual machine. Android x86 gets along well with the free VirtualBox. It's available for Windows as well as Linux and macOS, so you can use Android practically anywhere.

This is how you do it:

Tip:Problems starting Android with VirtualBox 6.0.x

If you have problems starting Android with VirtualBox version 6.0.1 or higher, there are a few settings that you should adjust. In the VirtualBox menu, click "display"and activate"Enable 3D acceleration"and"VBoxVGA". You also have to switch off the UTC hardware clock. This works via"system" > "Motherboard" > "hardware-ClockinUTCSimply deactivate this option. The Android GUI should now boot successfully.

Another tip: If you have problems with the mouse input when using Android x86, deactivate the mouse integration. To do this, click in the VirtualBox menu on "Input"And uncheck"Mouse integration”. If you now click into the Android x86 window, the mouse is “caught” and you can use Android correctly. In order to control the real system again, you have to use the "Release button"From VirtualBox. You can see this in the lower right corner of the virtual machine window. For example, in Windows this is the right CTRL key on your keyboard, in macOS the left command key is used.

If you have problems using the mouse, simply deactivate the VirtualBox mouse integration.