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How to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on VirtualBox?

Android Marshmallow is the sixth major version of the Android operating system which was unveiled in May 2015 after Android Lolipop at Google I/O under the code name Android M then the official release was after six months, it was in October 2015 with many extra features and functionalities. Now it is the latest version of Android OS which is running on many smartphones and tablets, but the question is can we run it on PC or Any Virtual Machine?
The answer is YES, now you can have Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your PC. This time, you not only can use it into your smartphone but also you can have it on your PC with just a few steps, it’s unbelievable. You can really install Android marshmallow into your windows PC and use it just like you’d use it on your phone or tablet. Now here, I’ll show you guys how you can work on Android latest version into your PC using VirtualBox. You can also install it in Hyper-v or VMware or any other machine easily.

Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on VirtualBox

1. Now to run this Google’s version OS on your PC you need to provide the requirements. Download the iso file of Android Marshmallow with the VirtualBox into your PC.

  • Open up the VirtulaBox click New.
 Create-a-New-virtual-Machine

Create-a-New-virtual-Machine
  • Once you opened it, choose a descriptive name for the new virtual machine and select operating system as a Linux then select the version as Other Linux (32-bit) then click Next.
Create Vitual Machine
Create Virtual Machine
  • Determine the amount of memory (RAM) in megabytes to be allocated to the virtual machine then click Next.
memory-size
memory-size
  •  Now create a virtual hard disk.
Create-a-Virtual-Hard-disk
Create-a-Virtual-Hard-disk

2. Choose Hard disk file type.

  • Choose the VDI (Virtual Disk Image) then click Next.
Choose-VDI
Choose-VDI
  • Mark the Fixed size then click Next.
fixed-size
fixed-size

3. File Location and size.

  • Determine a place for the Virtual machine and choose the amount of the virtual hard disk in megabytes then click on Create. It’ll take some time to be created.
Locate-it
Locate-it

4. Click on the settings.

 Settings

Settings
  • Click on Storage then select the iso file(Android Marshmallow iso file).
select-iso-file
select-iso-file

5. Start your machine

Start-the-machine
Start-the-machine

6. Select the installation method(install your Android-x86 to harddisk) and hit enter.

install-android-marshmallow
install-android-marshmallow

7. Click on the Create/Modify partitions then click Ok.

create-modify-partitions
create-modify-partitions

8. Do you want to use GPT. NO

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gpt-no

9. At this step, you need to create a NEW partition.

 New
New
  • Enter Primary then enter Size.
Primary
Primary
  • Enter Bootable.
Bootable
Bootable
  •  Enter Write ( when you selected the write, then type YEs then hit enter to continue).
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write
  • Now enter Quit. The partition will be created.
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quit

10. Select the partition you created then format it as an ext4 type.

Choose Filesystem
Choose Filesystem

11. Click Yes.

Confirm
Confirm

12Bootloader GRUb, click Yes.

Confirm
Confirm

13. Skip the EFI GRUB2.

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Question

14. Answer the question(Yes).

- Question
– Question

15. Now the Android- x86 successfully installed, just click Run to run it. When clicked on run, it will take time depending on your system.

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10. And boom! you’ve it on your VirtualBox like this.

Marshmallow screen
Marshmallow screen

Ok, that’s all. Feel free to enjoy and give your feedback about it.

43 replies on “How to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on VirtualBox?”

I used your ISO file but the virtual machine has been loading with “ANDROID” in the middle of the screen for over 2 hours now. What should I do? Should I just keep waiting or shut it down and try again?

I do not know about VMWare or VirtualBox, but on KVM I was able to get past the stuck at rootx86 problem by changing to a different video display driver.. It defaults to Cirrus. I switched to VMVGA and it booted fine after that.

Do you have a 64 bit OS that you’re running VirtualBox in? If so considering installing a 64 bit version of android under Linux 64bit. This allowed me to get past the same issue you have and it also fixed my cannot find cpu0 error. My Android seems to boot fine now.

I want to see by using Google and other applications after this installation via VirtualBox. Nothing works. All applications stop working.

Any idea how to get networking? In Virtualbox, I set to NAT and check “cable connected”. If I try to start any network application (Play Store, browser…) it’ll crash the app and say “Unfortunately, APP has stopped” (APP being whatever networking app I try)

Thank you for this wonderful lesson
I have a problem I can not find her explanation

First i downloaded a .vdi copy vesion android-x86-6.0 From this site

http://www.osboxes.org/android-x86/

And I run it on virtualbox

And worked successfully

But I want install it alongside linux

So I downloaded a .iso copy From this site

http://sourceforge.net/projects/android-x86/

The same as the previous version but iso

But when i installed it on a hard or virtualbox

Only works in the command line

Also i do the same thing with version android-x86-5.1-rc1

But stuck on android logo

I tried many times
Used ( nomodeset – xforcevesa – UVESA_MODE=1024×768 )
format (ext4 – ext3)

But all my attempts were unsuccessful

My question

why .vdi copy run successfully while .iso not

some information

my pc hp compaq – dual core – AMD athlon x2

graphic card ATI

ram 4G

i have’t luck with android on my phone or pc

any help please

Is there any way to transfer files to this VM? I am trying to use it to test out an Android App. I have it all set up but can’t get a network connection and can’t figure out how to move files over.

When I get to step 10 it goes back to step 7. There is no “ext4” type to choose. I don’t understand why it seems to be running fine up until then. Any ideas?

I m getting error …. After starting virtual box… And entering install Android 6.0 using hard disk…it stops….it hangs in there….after few steps…the last one being written as “unsupported p6 model 69”

Yeahhh… I just get a pretty android splash screen forever and ever and ever and ever… downloaded a virtual box image even. I dunno about this android x86 nonsense

I tried to install this image into VMware, but not success.

I use Windows 7 64 Bits. Here the errors i get.

This kernel requires an x86-64, but only detect an i686CPU.
Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU

Now i try to download virtual box and try again.

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