78 responses

  1. Daniel
    February 23, 2012

    Can you install and try out apps?

    • Paul
      February 23, 2012

      Yes with a Google account you can, although I would recommend setting up an independent ID for use in the preconfigured VM.

      • Bram
        June 24, 2012

        It appears that an SD card is required to install the GoogleServicesFramework etc. which are required to install apps.

        How can you add a virtual SD card to the VM?

        Simply adding a new disk does not work.


  2. Dr_HIcks
    February 23, 2012

    Yeah cool, but no thank you; I have boycotted google after they started playing dirty pool and bypassing security settings on my browsers to make add money off me.

  3. Kris
    February 23, 2012

    I gave up on Google after they released their flagship device outside the US first before controlling the launch and release of the same in their own home country. Somehow that didn’t sit well with my Americanism. I switched to the iphone 4s after that.

    • Toast
      February 23, 2012

      Well there you go mr americano buy a china made iphone.

      • icebreaker
        February 24, 2012

        Point for Mr. Toast. Oh and Kris, go and buy yourself a plane ticket and see the world, their is more to see outside of your home town.

      • Peter Scargill
        July 19, 2012

        It’s about time SOME American companies realised there is more to life than the USA – at a time when the USA was the top country in the world that was probably fine.

    • dutchman
      March 28, 2012

      Hahaha, your reason is pathetic.

    • Headloq
      July 23, 2012

      You’re a troll, right? Please say “yes”, because the alternatives I’d have to list are not pleasant …

  4. Tom
    February 24, 2012

    My instance came up locked. I don’t own an android so I don’t know the motions to emulate either. Can you help?Tom

    • de3
      February 24, 2012

      Just use the cursor to drag the lock around, the swipe to unlock feature in ICS is kind of anywhere in the circle rather than a straight line

  5. Dave
    February 24, 2012

    Just a point to people using OS X Mountain Lion as your main operating system, do not try this with virtual box as it will simply freeze your Mac and bring up the grey screen of death, only repercussions could be HD failure but just in case.

    • Paul J
      May 30, 2012

      Similar results under Snow Leopard, VM starts up, then locks up OSX, have to manually power down.

      Other VMs work fine Windows/Ubuntu.

    • Jon
      July 28, 2012

      im running mountain lion appears fine for me

    • Chi
      October 30, 2012

      It runs fine on my 10.8.2 Mountain Lion Mac and VirtualBox 4.1.23. I’ve not experienced any problems at all.

  6. Gagan
    February 24, 2012

    I am running ics on my mac but how can i install other android apps like angry birds etc..

  7. Gary Combs
    February 25, 2012

    I installed using your steps and the first screen has a big lock on it. Is there a password?

    • Paul
      February 25, 2012

      No password, just use the cursor to drag the lock on the screen

  8. ficohertz
    February 26, 2012

    i downloaded an app with my google account but it says my id is not associate with any device, so it could not install

  9. ficohertz
    February 26, 2012

    sorry for many post :
    is it possible to install apps not from android market ?

    • Neoluis10
      April 21, 2012

      I also want to install apps that I’m developing and testing because I hate the Android emulator, it is very slow. Is that possible to do this without going through the android market?

  10. Banzai
    February 26, 2012

    Hi… I logged in using gmail account to the market, then tried to install something and failed. Message: there is no android phone associated with this account.

    Can you help me with this?

  11. Pippox0
    February 27, 2012

    I have some troubles to use Android Market
    Error: there is no android phone associated with this account.

    i’m using Virtualbox on PC and VMlite VDI.

    How i can resolve it??

  12. PippoX0
    February 27, 2012

    I found out a solution for android market on virtualbox.
    I have installed …
    GoogleServicesFramework.apk. Ver.2.3.5
    Android Market.apk ver. 3.1.5

    Then i was able to sign in Android Market by launching it and typing my google account!

    • Memmers
      February 27, 2012

      How did you install GoogleServicesFramework.apk Ver.2.3.5? Whenever I try to install it, it says Application Not Installed. Any ideas?

      Also, I installed the Market but it keeps crashing. I am assuming it is because I do not have GoogleServicesFramework.

      • Martijn
        March 1, 2012

        Same here…

      • Aman
        May 20, 2012

        it tries to acess network network throu wifi or gprs

    • Aman
      May 21, 2012

      i don’t have wifi nor gprs
      can i create some like fake wifi or gprs

    • Aman
      May 21, 2012

      first install GoogleServicesFramework.apk and then install googleplay.apk

  13. Martijn
    March 1, 2012

    How to press the power button?

  14. Ricky
    March 1, 2012

    How did you make the WiFi working using Virtualbox (in Mac Mini) and ISO image from Android-x86.org (e.g. android-x86-4.0-RC1-asus_laptop.iso or android-x86-4.0-RC1-eeepc.iso)

    I tried but it cannot get the data connection (keep staying at turning on wifi…)


    • Mihai
      March 17, 2012

      Same here. Any luck on that?

      • Ian Kellough-Pollock
        April 7, 2012

        I’m getting this too, although I’m using Linux.

  15. AhrimanSefid
    March 7, 2012

    Hi All.
    Me Need Help For Active Or Enable Lan Network Or Need Install App & Game In Local.

  16. Paul
    March 12, 2012

    I’m slightly confused by the step saying..

    – At the boot menu in VirtualBox, select the lower “Android Startup from /dev/sda” option

    In virtual box I see the Android config on the left & settings like “general, system, display, storage” on the right – I cant find anything about boot or ‘start up from’.

    If I try to start the VM it fails with
    Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Android-v4.
    Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE).
    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: Console
    Interface: IConsole {1968b7d3-e3bf-4ceb-99e0-cb7c913317bb}

    • Paul
      March 12, 2012

      I solved the issue by simply repairing permissions in OS X using Disc Utility. Then Android boots & I see the option you mentioned.

  17. azl
    March 22, 2012

    how do i connect to the net on vmware?

  18. Brad
    March 23, 2012

    So how to you get the market on this? I would like to play pocket empire on this to gain more troops. I tried installing the GoogleServicesFramework.apk and Android Market.apk from my gmail but it said installation failed.
    Any help?


  19. JZ
    March 24, 2012

    I tried running this but it stops booting at:

    [6.011899] init: Timed out waiting for /dev/.coldboot_done
    [6.020402] Kernel panic – not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
    [6.307993] atkbd.c: Spurious ACK on isa0060/serio0. Some program might be trying access hardware directly.

    Any ideas why this is happening?


    • Robert
      March 27, 2012


    • Michael
      May 3, 2012

      If you use a earlier version than 4(ics) it works. It’s a bug on AMD Processors.

    • bb56
      May 16, 2012

      I have same issue – I notice no solution has been suggested. I am running on XP SP3 Intel Core Duo supporting VT-x.

      Any suggestions?

    • Indru
      May 21, 2012

      I am getting the same error.
      Using Android 4.0 RC 1 release Feb 28 on the downloads page.
      Any resolution?

  20. Brad
    March 25, 2012

    Work around was to install the amazon market APK.

  21. niya
    May 5, 2012

    its not getting connected to d internet…could u help plzzz….

  22. jb36th
    May 20, 2012

    I have tried and it work perfectly except it’s little bit slow

  23. Aman
    May 20, 2012

    can i get an iso file off android 4.0

  24. Saad
    May 22, 2012

    not able to run whatsapp.. it says Mobile Network required, although internet is working

    • Bharat Bajaj
      July 11, 2012

      Mobile Network means… Whatsapp is associated with a mobile number… It becomes ur id.. So mobile network is required too! But how can it be possible as ur on pc

  25. N73A
    May 24, 2012

    Hey, pls help me out guys……… Why I am getting this message ” unfortunately market/youtube/settings stopped working”? What is the reason…. That really spoiled my day!

  26. Tommy
    May 26, 2012

    This might be a dumb question, but how do I extract the Android-v4.7z file? There is no file extension, so my Mac doesn’t automatically detect how to extract it.

  27. Tommy
    May 27, 2012

    Thanks Paul!

  28. ryan
    May 30, 2012

    i keep getting a error

    init; timed out for /dev/.coldboot_done

    kernal panic – not syncing ; attempted to kill init

    how do i solve it

  29. easy10
    June 8, 2012

    Plz anyone tell me how can make my wifi woks….

    when enable wifi , its says wifi turning on… and get stack on that page forever…

    I also dont know bwt which 1 to choose [ nat] or [bridge] networking………….

  30. TimS
    June 28, 2012

    Silly question maybe but I can’t seem to navigate back out of a screen to the home screen are there mapped keys for button functions?

  31. SM
    July 21, 2012

    I tried it in my windows vista system using virtual machine.
    But getting error while loading.

    init cannot find: system/bin/servicemanager
    init cannot find: system/bin/vold
    init cannot find: system/bin/netd
    init cannot find: system/bin/debuggerd

    etc continues.
    and the virtual machine stuck.
    Have to power off the vm.

    May I know whats the issue and how it can be solved.
    I followed the process you mentioned and until this all vent well.


  32. Game
    July 25, 2012

    Can anyone explain how to run the apps??

    How to install the framework & apps store??

    I also have downloaded some .apk files.. hw can i run them>>
    Can i run whatsapp??

    pls help

  33. Abee
    July 27, 2012

    Hi, My Fone running Android 2.2 Froyo just lost it’s display. DIY screen replacements are expensive, so I’ll rather buy a new phone.

    Can I use this(Older Versions of-course) to actually access everything on my fone and pull out the data, Using USB connection?

    Pardon the Naive question, I guess it would be just a matter of getting everything from the SD card, however many files just wont open.

    P.S. The phone seems to be running fine. Just the display thats the problem.

  34. huisinro
    August 11, 2012


    I am the author of this very popular android virtual machine. Just a quick update, the Jelly Beans vm is about ready.

    In addition, we just released an Android app, VMLite VNC Server, that allows any android devices to be remotely accessed.


    • tozq
      August 25, 2012

      Hi, Mr. huisinro,
      Please help us to make app installation task working. Thank you so much.

  35. Leo Smulders
    August 17, 2012

    Hello mr. author of the android virtualmachine. Would you please address some of the issues people having. It would be nice to answer now and then some questions.
    Here’s mine: downloaded / installed the android vm in virtualbox. It startup. No internet. No clue to what’s wrong. I noticed that the vm in virtualbox has NAT as virt. machine, and a wired connection. however, inside the vm there’s only wireless and it does nothing.
    I have loads of virtual machines, none of them have internet accessiblity problems. One thing i tried (and actually this is beginning to becom a big wast of time, esp. compared to ) is to replace nat by bridged. no effect.

    I would recommend BlueStacks to anyone not interested in android as a developer, but just to run apps.

    • Charles
      September 4, 2012

      If I open the browser, it seems to work fine, as the networking is forwarded outside of the VM through my desktop wired connection.

      However, apps that look for a wifi connection (Amazon, for example) don’t work, period.

      Any solutions would be great.

  36. Mayur
    September 27, 2012

    How to enalble Internet connection for this android virtual machine. I want to install applications too.
    Please guide me for same.


  37. Balaji Birajdar
    September 29, 2012

    I have a solution for all your problems. Install the Android 4.0.1 .ova image from builddroid.org into your VirtualBox. It has built in Google Apps ( including market)


    Use the ‘Import Appliance’ option in the menu to import the .ova file

    Hit me a thanks if it helps you

    • pienkvien
      September 30, 2012

      thanks Balaji !
      nice to see an Android on my linux desktop :)

    • crabman
      October 3, 2012

      sweet.. now just move this post to the top.

    • Jake
      February 23, 2013

      Thanks!!! This was exactly what I needed. Good job by whoever did this, the virtual wifi interface is an elegant solution to apps that refuse to run without one, in spite of there being actual internet connectivity.

  38. serge
    October 13, 2012

    perfect!! everything works, good for testing

  39. npsingh
    October 28, 2012

    hi please help me everything ok but when instalation is completead a lock icon appear but i faild to open it i drag mouse in every diraction but be fail every time what be do please help me

  40. Aaman
    December 3, 2012

    THanks for this – it works mostly fine – how do I copy apks from within this virtual machine to my host Windows machine. I created a shared folder but I get an error message about Guest Additions and also, no way to see the shared folder in my ES File Explorer within Android

  41. zs247
    December 23, 2012

    it wont work in downloaded googleservcesframework.apk
    but it wont install

  42. Wim
    February 23, 2013

    Reply for npsingh:

    hi please help me everything ok but when instalation is completead a lock icon appear but i faild to open it i drag mouse in every diraction but be fail every time what be do please help me

    I had the same and had to pusk escape button before the lock released

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