How to install Android in VirtualBox By Bas Wijdenes

Running Android in VirtualBox.

In this blog post I explain how you can install Android in VirtualBox. If you have Windows 10 Pro or higher, you can also use a built-in Windows Feature Hyper-v. I also wrote a blog post for Android in Hyper-V.

If you do not have Windows 10 Pro, you can use VirtualBox as a virtualization tool. A Virtualization tool such as VirtualBox or Hyper-V lets you run different OS or multiple virtual machines without having to install it directly on your PC.

In this post we will look at Android in VirtualBox. There are many Android Emulators on the internet such as Bluestacks, but these applications are often slow and require a lot of resources from your computer.

If you install Android in VirtualBox you have an empty installation without extras. This allows you to test applications, or use Android only applications on your Windows Device.


Before we start with Android in Virtualbox  – prerequisite

  • First, we need … VirtualBox! Download Virtualbox here.
  • We need the Android ISO (Image) to install Android.
    Click here for an Android ISO.

Keep in mind that your Host OS has at least 5GB hard drive and 512Mb Memory


Let’s install VirtualBox.

For if you don’t know the steps how to install VirtualBox I’ve made a seperate blog you can find here.


Installing a Virtual Machine for Android specifically.

Start VirtualBox.

After you’ve started VirtualBox you’ll see the main screen where you’ll see your Virtual Machines.

Click on New.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

The Create Virtual Machine will pop-up

Choose a Name what you want. I go for Android.

Type requires you to select Linux.
In short: Android is based on Linux, for more about this you better go to Wikipedia.

Always choose the highest version with Linux version.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

You need a minimum of 512MB for Android. The higher the Memory, the better your Android runs. Keep in mind how much the Host has in total and base your Memory on this.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select Create a virtual hard disk now and click Create.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Do you ever think that you will switch to a Windows 10 Pro version, then I would go for VHD. Otherwise I would keep VDI selected.

Click Create.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Go for Dynamically allocated.
Click Next.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Choose between 2 and 8GB depending on your hosts HDD.
Click Create.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select your Android Virtual Machine and click on Settings.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select Storage.

Go to Controller: IDE and click on Empty.

Select your Android ISO.
It’s usually in your Downloads folder.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

We’ve successfully created a Virtual Machine for Android.


Let’s finally install Android in VirtualBox.

Select your Android virtual machine in the start screen and click on Start.

You’ll need to start using your arrow keys now.

Select ‘Installation – Install Android-x86 to hard disk‘  with the arrow keys.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

You should see a HDD you’ve created in the previous paragraph.
Select sda.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select ext3 as file system.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select Yes to continue

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select Yes to continue.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select Yes to continue.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

..And select Yes again.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Select Yes to continue.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

We’ve created the image with at least 512MB in the previous step.
Select Yes again.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

I’ve missed a screenshot, but click Select.

Select Run Android-86x.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

Before we start the virtual machine, we’ll have to remove the Android ISO from the Virtual Machine. Otherwise it will proceed with the installation again.

Go to Devices.
Open CD/DVD Devices.
And click Remove disk from virtual drive.

How to install Android in VirtualBox.
How to install Android in VirtualBox.

We’ve successfully installed a Virtual Machine with Android.

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work full-time as a Services Engineer. In my spare time I write about the error messages that I encounter during my work. Furthermore, I am currently occupied with Office 365, Azure infra, and PowerShell for automating daily tasks.

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