An Android Tablet Running On Your PC

Android with Oracle VM VirtualBox

First, install Oracle VM VirtualBox.

To run Android, get the .iso file.
Download android-x86_64-7.1-r5.iso. This is Android 7 64-bit.

If you’re downloading on Windows, then install


Start Oracle VM VirtualBox, click New, and fill out or select the following:

Name:Android 7 64-bit –type that in–
Machine Folder:–leave this to default–
Version:Linux 2.6 / 3.x / 4.x (64-bit)

Click Next >.

Select Memory Size minimum 4GB, click Next >.

Choose Create a virtual hard disk now.
Click Create.

Choose VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image).
Click Next >.

Choose Dynamically allocated.
Click Next >.

At File and location size, click Create.

Yours won’t have four different instances, like mine. Yours will have one instance listed. Click Android 7 64-bit and Settings.

Then click Storage. Under Controller: IDE click Empty.

To the right of Optical Drive click the CD icon, and select Choose a disk file….
At the bottom of the new window under Files of type:, select RAW (*.iso *.cdr), then select the Android .iso file you downloaded. It is named android-x86_64-7.1-r5.iso. Click Open.

Click System, then Processor. Choose 2 processors. If this option is grayed out, then you will need to enable virtualization in your BIOS. That gets even geekier than this. If you don’t know how to do that, you can try the instructions here.

Click Display. After Graphics Controller, choose VBoxVGA. This will register as invalid settings. Do it anyway, it’s required. Click OK.


Now click the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager Start button . When the Android window opens, choose the top option, which is Live CD – Run Android-x86 without installation. Then press the Enter key on the keyboard.

Wait for Android to load. You will see a black screen with the word “android” on it, then a black screen.

When you see the blue screen with clouds, click LET’S GO.

At the prompt Welcome to your VirtualBox, click Set up as new.

Continue installation. If no other options, choose VirtWifi. This is a virtual machine, so there will be no port to plug in a Ethernet cable or use hardware WiFi. Continue setting up your new Android.

At the Get connected screen, choose See all WiFi networks.

Then select Wi-Fi. If it’s the only option, choose VirtWifi, like I did.

At Sign in, choose Skip in the lower-left. Choose Skip again. You can sign in when you do a full install of Android.

Type in your name. Click Next.

At Google Services, choose which you want to opt-in. You can choose to opt-out. Scroll down for more option. Click I AGREE. Click All Set.

When asked to Select a Home app, choose Launcher3.

Next, open up Chrome, and go to, so you can install F-Droid and then the Firefox browser.

Author: richard