How to Install Android on Raspberry Pi [Full Guide w/ Images]

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Overview

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install Android7.1 on your Raspberry Pi board.

The Android operating system is not recommended by the Raspberry Pi company. However, many users are looking to use this operating system on the Raspberry Pi board.

What You Will Learn

  • How to install the Android operating system on the Raspberry Pi board.

What is Android?

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google. It is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open source software and is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Wear OS for wrist watches.

Installing Android on Raspberry Pi

Required Materials

Hardware Components

Raspberry Pi board × 1
Micro SD card (minimum 8GB) × 1
5V adapter (with a recommended current rating of 2.5A or more) × 1
Network cable
PC or laptop

Software Apps

Etcher

How to Install Android on RPi

Follow these steps to install the Android on Raspberry Pi

Step 1: Download Android from here.

Step 2: Connect micro SD card to your PC and format it. (we recommend you to use SDFormatter)

Step 3: Extract the downloaded OP file and copy the contents to the micro SD card using Etcher.

  • choose the OS file.
Note
You can also unzip the file. This software accepts both .zip and .img formats.
  • choose your SD card
  • select the Flash
  • Wait until the following message is displayed.
  • Initial Operating System Test

    To ensure successful installation of the operating system, you follow these steps:

    • Put your SD card into the Raspberry Pi
    • Connect your Raspberry Pi to the monitor using HDMI cable.
    • Connect the mouse to the Raspberry Pi
    • Connect your Raspberry Pi’s power supply
    • After the operating system boots, you should see something similar to the following image on your screen.
    Note
    To connect to the internet connect your Raspberry Pi board to the modem through a network cable.

    What’s Next?

  • Start installing Apps on your Android OS.
  • Further Reading & Resources

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    Comments (4)

    • Andres G Hoffmann Reply

      Can I use Google play and download normal apps or no?

      April 18, 2020 at 4:16 am
      • Amir Mogoeir Reply

        Yes, it should be okay.

        May 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm
    • Ravjeet Bomrah Reply

      I followed the procedure as above
      But nothing happens when I put the se card and power up the unit.
      Anything I am doing wrong
      Using pi2
      Noobs works perfect on the same unit

      June 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm
    • ravjeet bomrah Reply

      have followed the above procedure , but once i insert sd in pi and power it up nothing happens . android installation does not start (waited 30 min).
      any thing i am doing wrong . pl suggest
      using 32GB sd

      June 8, 2020 at 5:29 am

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