Install Linux on Android

Free distributions based on the Linux kernel, can be installed not only on computers but also available on mobile devices. In addition, there are special versions of operating systems where the interface and tools remade for smartphones and tablets. Usually the desire to set free a distribution you receive from owners of phones running Android. Installed thus Linux will be next to the primary OS, and the user will choose the system to boot. Next we want to demonstrate the implementation of this procedure on the example of one of the most popular programs.

Install a Linux distribution on Android

In the implementation of the task is not difficult, it requires only the availability of sufficient free space in the internal memory of the device and an active Internet connection. The only thing that can be difficult — getting root-rights, but with full instructions, this goal will also be accomplished quickly and without problems.

The following guide will not work for installing Linux distributions Kali Linux, because it will be used incompatible software. Detailed instructions on this topic you will find in a separate article from the link below.

Step 1: Obtaining root-rights

Then used the software to perform the installation will require root. By default, they are not available on Android, they need to get through a special third-party tool. Then, before the user opens unlimited possibilities in the OS. This step is the most complicated, so it should be to understand in the first place, to continue the operation. Detailed guidance on the method of obtaining root-rights on the mobile device you find in our separate article, following this link.

Step 2: Install Linux Deploy

After successfully obtain root privileges, you can proceed to the immediate installation of Linux. The downloading of the most popular distributions available with Linux Deploy, which will perform all the necessary actions. It will only need to install and configure. The first task is:

Download Linux Deploy from Google Play Market

  • Open Google Play Market and go to the application page.
  • Start the installation by clicking on the appropriate button.
  • After displaying the “Open” tap on this link to start Linux Deploy.
  • Step 3: Configure Linux Deploy

    Now you have the smartphone contains root access and the necessary software, and then everything is ready for installation. It remains only to choose the path and version of the distribution that is directly in Linux Deploy.

  • Run the application and read the instructions. It describes the General rules of installing Linux.
  • Open the advanced menu, tap the icon of three horizontal stripes.
  • Here, navigate to “Profiles”.
  • Create a new profile and give it a name. You can create unlimited number of accounts. Each of them are assigned to individual settings, it is possible to install several distros around.
  • Return to the main menu and navigate to categories settings of the operating system.
  • Select distribution and version on your own.
  • Hold Linux Deploy and start convenient file Manager or standard Windows Explorer. Is there anywhere you create a folder, naming the OS. There and you will install all the files.
  • Set it to an arbitrary name to remember the storage place. Write down or copy the path to this directory.
  • Go back to the app and in paragraph “installation Path” set the location of the required folder.
  • Step 4: Install and run Linux

    Before you start the installation, double check that all parameters have been set correctly, because incorrect settings sometimes lead to the abandonment of devices, and solved it just reset the configuration to the factory condition. After that click on “Start”.

    Agree with the actions when displaying system notifications. Then will restart Android. Clicking on “Start” will launch the guest operating system.

    Above you dealt with the installation of Linux as a guest OS on a device running Android. As you can see, nothing in this complicated, the main thing — to obtain root privileges and perform the correct configuration of the application. All the files it downloads from open sources and install them yourself.


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