Remix OS created a lot of buzz during the last few days and many Android lovers like me tried to install it on their computers. Most of the articles on the internet show installing Remix OS using a USB stick and dual boot along with your existing OS. Following this method, you need to boot the OS from a USB drive every time and you can’t work with your default OS simultaneously. So, we came up with an article that shows how to install Remix OS on VirtualBox and use it along with the existing OS.
I tried the Remix OS virtually on both Windows 10 and Windows 7 and it worked pretty well. We’re now installing Remix OS virtually using VM VirtualBox. This method of installing Remix OS on VirtualBox will work on Windows, MAC, and Linux and you can use both operating systems at the same time.
Install Remix OS on VirtualBox – Step by Step Guide
We are dividing this tutorial into 3 parts for a better understanding
- Installing VM VirtualBox on your machine.
- Creating the virtual machine for Remix OS.
- Installing Remix OS using ISO file on the virtual machine.
Step 1: Install VM VirtualBox on your Computer/Laptop
In order to install Remix OS virtually, we must have a tool that can create a virtual machine in our device. We recommend you to use VM VirtualBox since it is easy to use and free of cost.
You must start by downloading VM VirtualBox software (Click here to download VirtualBox). It is available for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Solaris.
Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. If you want to change the default location to install the VirtualBox, click on Browse.
Click Next to begin the VirtualBox installation process and wait till it completes.
Tick “Start Oracle VM VirtualBox” and click Finish.
You have successfully completed installing VirtualBox on your device. Using this tool, we’ll create a virtual machine to run different operating systems simultaneously.
VirtualBox needs to install few device software’s to complete the installation. Whenever you see such pop-up’s during the installation process, simply click “Install”
Step 2: Create Virtual Machine using VirtualBox
Now it’s time for Step 2. We’ll create a virtual machine in this step which is a very crucial and important step. Follow the instructions carefully.
In Oracle VM VirtualBox, you will see “New” located at the extreme top left corner. Click on it to create a virtual machine.
You should give a name to your virtual machine and for convenience, we named it Remix OS. Select type as Linux and Version as Other Linux (64-bit)
|If you’re using a 32-bit operating system, you won’t get Linux (64-Bit) option in the drop-down list. To fix this issue, follow the instructions in this link.|
Allocate at least 1 GB of RAM for your virtual machine. The more RAM you allocate, the smoother Remix OS performs. If your device is running on 1 GB of RAM, allocate 512 MB.
The simple rule is to allocate a minimum of 40% of total RAM. I’m using 6 GB of RAM and allocated 2 GB for Remix OS.
Tip: 1 GB = 1024 MB
Next select “Create a virtual hard disk now” we’ll add ISO file later.
In Hard disk file type, select “VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)
In “Storage on physical hard disk”, select “Dynamically allocated”
This is the last step to create a virtual machine. You should assign 16 GB of hard disk space to this virtual machine and click Create.
Done with one more step. Your virtual machine is ready and the only thing left is running Remix OS in it using an ISO file.
Step 3: Run Remix OS using ISO file [Download link Provided]
You will see the newly created virtual machine with the name “Remix OS”. Before running Remix OS in it, you need to download Remix OS ISO file. Below is the official link to the ISO file of Remix OS.
Unzip the downloaded file and you’ll see these 3 files. We only need the middle file (iso file). You can ignore “How to Launch Remix OS for PC.txt” and “remixos-usb-tool.exe”
In VM VirtualBox, Left click “Remix OS” in the left side panel and click “Start” at the top.
Click the folder icon and browse the extracted .iso file. Click Open.
Remix OS will start now. Select “Guest Mode” and click “Tab“. (Resident mode is not working in some devices)
Remix OS will start booting and you need to immediately type the following code using your keyboard and press “Enter”. (Please note the <space> between “DATA_IN_MEM=1” and “vga=791”.)
vga=791 says we are booting in 1024×768 resolution with 65000 colors.
Wait till Remix OS loads. Please be patient, it takes some time depending on your allocated RAM in step 2.
Once it completed loading, select language as “English (United States)” and enjoy Remix OS on the virtual machine along with your existing OS.
To integrate the mouse with Remix OS, Click “Input” and select “Mouse Integration“.
Tip: Use host keys (right ctrl + C) or ctrl+alt to get your mouse pointer out of VM VirtualBox.
Remix OS on VirtualBox Screenshots
Hope you like this tutorial on installing Remix OS on VirtualBox. Let us know if you have any questions.