How to Boot Android from USB Drive on Desktop Computer

Android is a widely used mobile operating system all around the world. Recently, Google has celebrated a big milestone as Android has hit 2 billion monthly active devices globally. It’s indeed an amazing spotlight of Android OS. Although there is a wide range of smartphones running Android, what about the idea of creating Android x86 bootable USB for PC?

In this blog post, we are going to provide you a step-by-step guide to boot Android from USB drive on PC. This Android live USB will help you to run Android OS on Windows PC without harming the current operating system.


Boot Android from USB on computer

Isn’t it interesting to run Android apps, games and more on the wide screen of PC? You can carry your favorite Android OS version in your USB.

This idea is beneficial if you have a mobile phone running an old version of Android and the manufacturing company has not released latest Android version for your device. You can run the latest Android version on PC even without installing it.

What You Require to Create Android Bootable USB

Before you boot Android from USB, you need to create a bootable USB. For this, you require the following components:

Rufus: Rufus is a free and fast utility that helps you to format and create bootable USB flash drives. This Android bootable USB creator is also available in portable version. This easy to use utility supports many languages hence anyone can use this utility by selecting appropriate language. The important factor is that the installation of Rufus is not necessary.

ISO Image File: Android ISO image file of any preferred version. We have used Android 6.0 Marshmallow ISO to perform this Android bootable USB tutorial.

USB: You need to have USB drive. Don’t forget to backup your data from the USB as it gets formatted when you will start to prepare Android x86 Live CD.

Also read: How to Install Windows 10 on USB Drive as Portable Windows

How to Create Android Bootable USB Drive for PC

Follow the below-given steps to prepare bootable USB of Android mobile operating system and use it on PC.

Step:1 Download Rufus free utility by clicking on below given direct download links.

Direct download Rufus 3.4 (Size: 1 MB)
Direct download Rufus 3.4 Portable (Size: 1 MB)

Step:2 Download Android ISO file if you don’t have it already.

Step:3 Connect your USB drive to your computer and run Rufus. When prompted with UAC, hit Yes button to proceed.

Step:4 Select your USB drive from the drop-down menu under the Device section (if it’s not selected automatically).

Select USB drive on Rufus

Step:5 Now select “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI”.

select MBR partitioning scheme for BIOS or UEFI on Rufus

Step:6 Select the File system as FAT32 (Default) if it’s not selected.

select FAT32 file system on Rufus

Step:7 Give the new label to your Android bootable USB as per your preference.

Volume label for Android live cd

Step:8 Select ISO image option (see screenshot) and hit the CD/DVD drive icon to browse Android ISO file from your Computer.

select iso image of Android

Step:9 Now hit the Start button. Rufus will prompt a warning dialogue box, click OK to proceed.

USB formatting warning on Rufus

That’s it. Rufus starts to create Android bootable USB and will show you “Ready” message within a short while which indicates that your bootable USB of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is ready to use on PC.

creating Android bootable USB

How to Boot Android from USB Drive on PC

Now it’s time to boot Android mobile OS from USB drive on your PC. Just restart your computer or turn it on if it is already off and press BIOS setup key successively to enter the BIOS setup utility. The suitable time to enter the BIOS setup is between the powering on Computer and launching of the operating system. The right key depends on your system hardware. The common keys to enter BIOS are F1, F2, F10,

The suitable time to enter the BIOS setup is between the powering on Computer and launching of the operating system. The right key depends on your system hardware. The common keys to enter BIOS are F1, F2, F10, DEL, and ESC. Select the BIOS setup key of your particular system hardware.

Furthermore, find and navigate to boot order option in BIOS. Select the USB drive to boot first.

The Android OS will start to boot from USB. You can either run Android without installation or install it on your PC. We recommend you to try Android OS as a live (without installation). Choose your preferred option and it will take some time to start Android OS.

Android boot screen

Now make the basic settings such as preferred language, wi-fi connectivity, and time zone to run Android on the computer.

Your Android PC is ready to use. Try this idea and let us know about your experience via comments.

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