How to run Android on PC? | Install Android apps in Windows 11 using Playstore

If you have been following the article titled How to Use Third-Party Android Apps in Windows 11, you may not feel comfortable with it. Among all the reasons, one of the reasons, one of them can be that it is a Chinese operating system. That’s why I thought I should find another way where you can feel comfortable running Android on PC and then install Android apps inside in Windows 11 without any problem. And believe it, I found another method that you can use to test Android on PC. The bad thing is that it is not the latest Android operating system which is Android 12, it is Android 9 with a fully functional play store available inside it. I thought it was way better than Android Studio which uses a lot more storage, data and resources and way better than FydeOS.

1. How to run Android on PC?

level 1. To run Android on PC and then install Android apps in Windows, 11 using Play Store, we need to download the required files. Before I go any further, I should mention that for this guide, I will be using VirtualBox, and inside VirtualBox, I will be installing Android using an ISO. Now you know that the second file is an Android ISO.


You can get VirtualBox from their official website and get Android ISO from OSDN. Pour le moment, seul l’ISO d’Android 9 est disponible, vous devez donc savoir qu’il n’y a pas d’ISO d’Android 10. Si vous en trouvez, assurez-vous que la source est un site Web Trustworthy.

Download Android ISO and VirtualBox Setup

The second step. After downloading the required files, make sure that VirtualBox is installed on your main operating system. The other step is to create an Android virtual machine to install Android apps using the Play Store. Click New, and in the next window, click Expert Mode, it will save you a lot of time.

Create a new virtual machine with expert mode

Step 3. It’s time to give the virtual machine a name, and if you want to save it to another location, you can do that as well. But the most important part is the type, you will have to make sure to choose Linux and for the version, you will have to choose another 64-bit or 32-bit Linux. You have downloaded the 64-bit version of Android, so the version is up to you.

RAM is another matter, 2 GB is required for 64-bit Android, and for 32-bit, 1 GB must be entered there. However, I inserted 4GB of RAM for better performance. At the end, choose Create a new virtual hard disk.

Virtual Machine Specifications

Step 4. Put in how much storage you want for the VM, I’ll go with 60 GB. Leave the rest of the default settings.

Storage size

Step number 5. We need to attach the Android ISO to the virtual machine and then configure some important settings. To add an ISO to the VM, click on VM Settings, go to Storage and locate the ISO image.

Attach Android ISO to VM

We need to configure other settings related to the virtual machine, otherwise you will get stuck at some point and cannot move forward. So it’s best to prevent these things before you encounter bugs. Also, the screenshots are in the slideshow below, you can browse through them.

  1. Increase the video memory to 128MB and change the graphics console to VBOXSVGA.
  2. Increase the number of processors up to 2.
  3. Change the paravirtualization interface to KM and save changes.

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2. Install Android on PC in VirtualBox.

If you have been following so far, then congratulations, we are ready to install Android on PC in VirtualBox. So click start to boot up the virtual machine, and use the arrow keys to navigate the menu. Choose the advanced option.

Advanced Options

Choose the fourth option called Automatic Install – Automatically install to the selected hard drive and press Enter.

Automatically install Android on PC

Well, the installer again asks to confirm if you want to erase the hard drive and install Android inside it. Choose “Yes” and wait for the installation to complete in a minute.

Disk Format

After the installation is complete, the installer asks if you want to restart or boot the operating system. Choose Run Android x86 and hit Enter.

Run Android OS in Windows 11

After the reboot, you need to set up the steps as they are when setting up a new phone. Settings like language, time and region, accept terms and more. You can manage it, if you can’t manage it yourself, follow the slideshow below.

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Here is how to run android on pc then install android apps using play store, or install apk from third party websites.

Run Android apps on PC


Booting Android on PC with ISO on a virtual machine takes less time, and it doesn’t take up much storage space. Finally, it is very fast and you can run android apps through play store or use APK from third party websites.

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