Android is one of the largest operating systems in the world. It has proven to dominate the smartphone market entirely but has unfortunately not made its way to desktops and laptops. This does not that you cannot enjoy having the latest Android operating system on your computer. You can easily do so using virtualization software such as VMware and Virtual box. We have made a guide to install android pie on VMware as a tutorial to help you guys test and enjoy the latest flavour of Android- Android 9 Pie.

There are many reasons as to why you would want to install the latest Android 9 Pie on your computer. It could be that you are an android developer who wishes to test android apps. Or a hacker wanting to pentest the latest android operating system. Or maybe your just a curious guy willing to give this tutorial a try.

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There are many virtualization software solutions available but only two have the very best features in our opinion.

These are VirtualBox and VMware. Their free versions have all the necessary features while their paid versions are worthwhile for developers. By using this android installation tutorial you will get to every feature of Android just the way it works on a smartphone. Developers will appreciate the fact that they can create different Android device-like virtual machines so they can test apps on devices of different specifications. Developers can make multiple virtual machines and also easily manipulate RAM, ROM, and other specs so as to determine how the app will work on different Android phones.

Note: The installation procedure for Android Oreo, Nougat and marshmallow are the same as the installation of the android pie.

Step 1: Install Vmware Player and Download Android Pie ISO Image

Download and install the VMWare Player from the official website. You can download the android pie ISO file for personal use from the android x86 website. You can also download it from here.


VMware Workstation Player 15

To install the VMware player go to the official website and download the VMware player latest. Now open the download folder and look for a file named VMware player that has a .exe extension. Right-click on it and choose “Run as Administrator”. An installation wizard will start which will guide you through the VMware installation process. Once the installation is done reboot the system.

Step 2: Create a New Virtual Machine for Android Pie

To start the android Pie installation click on the “Create a New Virtual Machine” button. Then click “I will install the operating system later“. When the “Guest Operating System Installation” window pops up, choose to install the operating system later. See the images below for reference

Next, you will be required to select the guest operating system. Click on the button next to “Linux” and choose the version as “Other Linux 4.x” as shown below.

Guest Operating System Installation

Next, you need to choose the name and locations for the installation of the Android Pie. Choose the name Android 9 Pie. As for the location, specify where the virtual machine should be stored. You can always use the default location.

Once this is done then click “Customize Hardware” as shown below. Here you can choose any size RAM and CPU. Click on the “Memory” menu and set the memory you would like to allocate to the VM. Choose over 1GB but do not exceed the maximum memory size that is recommended.

Customize Hardware

Under the hardware tab, click on “CD/DVD (IDE)” and on the small window that opens to the right, select to Use ISO Image file. Click on the Browse button and go to where the Android 9 PieISO file is located. Select it and press the “Open” button. Refer images below:

Boot with Android ISO File

Now select tab “Display” and enable “Accelerate 3D Graphics“. You can also allocate more graphics memory if you plan to play games.

Enable 3D Graphics

Confirm that you have set up everything correctly as shown in the images. Click on the “Close” button. Now the Android Pie virtual machine will be created.

Step 3: Installation of Android Pie in Vmware

Click on the “Power on this Virtual Machine” option to start the Android Pie installation process. A few seconds later a blue screen just like the image below will appear on the screen. On this screen, select the “Advanced options“.

Advanced options

Next select “Auto Installation” to install android 9 in VMware as a virtual Machine

Auto Installation

You will get the below prompt click on “yes”

When the installation is done, right-click on “CD/DVD icon” and select “Disconnect“, then click “Reboot” the VM. As you reboot, you will see a black screen with writings on it.

Disconnect ISO image and Reboot Virtual Machine

Step 4: Boot with xforcevesa Mode

Your OS will not directly start. You need to modify some boot parameters. Don’t worry we will guide you through them.

On the Grub screen, select Android x86 9.0 and press the “e” button to edit this command before booting Android Pie.

Press E Button

Press the “e” button again, and move the cursor to left-hand.

Press e button again


You will first start here. Press the left arrow to move

Replace the “quiet” parameter with “nomodeset xforcevesa”, then press “Enter” to save and press the “b” button to boot.

And you’re done. Now you can boot to your android Pie OS in Vmware

Step 5: Enjoy the cool features of your VMware Android Pie VM


Android 9 Pie in Virtual Machine

You will see a boot screen logo that resembles an Android phone. Now when the boot is complete you can now check out all the cool new features of the Android Pie. Android Playstore is already installed you can sign in and install apps you love. You are now done with Android Pie installation and we congratulate you. Please do let us know in the comments below your experience with the guide.





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