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How to turn your PC into an Android computer


Most smartphones these days run on Android, but when it comes to computers, Windows and Mac OS are the dominating players. There have been a handful of Android builds for computers over the past few years, but most of them are hard to install or offer limited functionality which sticks too closely to what we have on tablets. Remix OS is a little different. The developers built the operating system on top of Android, tweaking pretty much every element of the UI so that it looks and works more like a traditional computer operating system.

If you want to turn your computer into a full-features Android PC, follow the instruction below.


  • Desktop or laptop computer running Windows
  • USB 3.0 flash drive with 8GB of storage or more
  • 15 minutes or free time

Step-by-step instructions

Note: the flash drive must be formatted to FAT 32 in order for Remix OS to be installed properly.

  1. Download the latest version of Remix OS
  2. Extract the ZIP file
  3. Open Remix OS for PC installation tool
  4. Click Browse and select the Remix_OS_for_PC ISO file that was extracted from the ZIP file
  5. Click the Type drop-down and select USB Drive
  6. Click the Drive drop-down and select your flash drive
  7. Press OK
  8. A message will appear, warning that installing Remix OS will erase everything on the flash drive, press OK again.
  9. Once the installation is complete, press Exit
  10. Press the Start > Power > Shift + Reboot > Use a Device > EFI USB Device
  11. When the PC boots up, select between Resident Mode and Guest Mode (data will not be saved in guest mode)
  12. Select your language, review the user agreement and connect to your WiFi network

Congratulations, your computer is now running on Android! With Remix OS installed on your computer, you can now enjoy all the apps and games that you typically use on your smartphone or tablet, but it does have a few tricks that you typically don’t see on other Android devices. Since Remix OS is built for computers with large displays, the applications open in resizable windows. You can use apps side-by-side, stack them, minimize them or resize them as you see fit.

Let us know what you think of Remix OS and if you decide to install it on your computer.


Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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