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How to Install Linux on Android Devices?

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Wondering How to Install Linux on Android Devices? If your answer is yes, then read on. In today’s time, there are quite a lot of manufacturers are already working on Linux based phones. However, they are not going to hit the smartphone market soon. However, if you do not wish to wait and want to install Linux on your phone right away, then read on.

How to Install Linux on Android Devices?

linux on android

In this article, I will be talking about how you can install Linux on Android Phone without even rooting. So let’s just head into the topic without wasting much of the time:

Step 1: Installation of GNURoot from Play Store

The first thing that you have to do is install this Android app called GNURoot on your Android phone. The application is absolutely free to use available on the Google Play Store.

GNURoot Android Linux

Talking about the app, well, it offers you a method to install and use GNU/Linux distributions on your Smartphone. As well as you can use all the associated applications and packages. Plus, the good part is that the app does not require you to be a root user.

Also, by uninstalling the app in a regular way would wipe up the whole Linux system from your device. And it will not harm your device in any way. To get started with this app, follow these steps:

  1. First of all, go to Google Play Store from your Android device.
  2. Search for the GNURoot App.
  3. Then download and install the app.
  4. Finally, launch the app.

Step 2: Select the helper app of a Linux distro

For the second step, you will need to select the helper app of a Linux distro. By default, GNURoot offers you different ARM based Linux distros like Wheezy, Fedora, Gentoo, Aboriginal, and so on.

Wheezy linux for android install

So simply select any of the Operating System and then tap on “Create New Rootfs” to download the required files.

Create New Rootfs linux android wheezy

The process is going to take some time. So you better wait and let the download complete.

GNURoot Wheezy

Step 3: Select the Linux distro and launch

Once the download is completed, you will need to launch the GNURoot app. Now, come to the second drop-down option. Over here you will find an option that says “Launch as Fake Root”, simply enable it.

After that, you will need to tap on the “Launch Rootfs” button to start installing Linux on your Android phone.

Launch as Fake Root GNURoot

Step 4: You are all set to use the app

Once the installation is completed, you are all set to use Linux on your Android phone. Now you will be able to install any package of your Distro’s repo using the relevant package manager by apt-get for Wheezy or Yum for Fedora.

Also, you can create extra terminal Windows by tapping on the + button from the top and switch using the top-left drop-down menu. Also, to access various settings, you can tap on the top-right icon and other options.

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How to go graphical with Linux on Android phones?

There are four main Linux distros available in the GNURoot. And in all of these distros, you will need to work using the command line. However, if you wish to run programs that require Windows, then you will need a GUI. The good part is, GUI can be implemented using the WheezyX distro available under the first drop-down menu.

When you select the WheezyX distro, it launches a VNC server, and to see the GUI, and you will need to download VNC Viewer. The app is available on Google play store free of cost.

Once the WheezyX distro launches in a terminal window, get started with the VNC viewer app and enter ‘localhost:1’ as address and ‘password’ as the default password. By doing this, a virtual desktop for the Xterm terminal window for Wheezy will launch.
And now, with the help of the mouse pointer and keyboard icon, you can navigate the Linux on your Android device.

Final Words on how to install Linux on Android

So that was the answer to your question How to Install Linux on Android Devices. Installing Linux is a cool thing that you can try out. So go ahead and check out the steps and see how it is working for you. Also, for any questions, do feel free to comment below, and I will surely help you out.

Rohan pandya is a Blogger, Youtuber, Entrepreneur and Social Media Expert who love's to explore latest technology on the web everyday. He thinks When You Are Young You Believe The Possibilities You Have Are Endless.

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