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Guide To Run Android 4.3 In Virtualbox by Priyanka ,  Aug 17, 2013
f you are keen to get your hands on the latest Android 4.3, but your phone’s manufacturer/carrier is not ready to push the update to your phone yet, you can try it out on your desktop. You doesn’t have to install the Android SDK or emulator. As long as you have VirtualBox in your computer, you can run Android 4.3 in a virtual machine.


VirtualBox is an open source virtualization software that allows you to emulate a real computer. In this case it will be a x86-based computer.
It’s available for different platforms like WindowsLinux and Mac OS. Download the right package based on your OS.
As soon as you download and install it
Download the Android 4.3 x86 iso from its Google code page. As of this post, the build is “android-x86-4.3-20130725.iso”.

Now you need to open VirtualBox and create a new virtual machine. Click on New:

Fill the following fields:

  • Name : Android 4.3 (or any name you like)
  • Type : Linux
  • Version : 2.6
Click Next to move to the next page of the wizard and set the Memory to, at least, 1024MB (1GB) :

You can create a new virtual hard drive, or use existing one. For new virtual hard drive, I would recommend a minimum of 4GB for storage space.

Once you have created the virtual machine, select it from the list and click the “Settings” button.

Now click on Settings and under Storage you need to select the iso file you downloaded before and click Ok.

Installing Android 4.3

Once you are ready, click the Start button. This will boot up the virtual machine.

On the boot screen, use the arrow key to select “Installation – Install Android -x86 to hard disk”. (If you just want to test it out, select “Run Android -x86 without installation”)

It’s now time to create a partition. Press Enter on Create/Modify partitions:
Assuming that you have assigned 8GB to the virtual hard drive, you should see 8587.20MB of Free Space in the screen. Use the right arrow key to navigate to “New” and press Enter. Select “Primary” on the next prompt.
You should see a screen like this:

Select the “Bootable” option to make the partition bootable. Next, select “Write” and press Enter. Type “Yes” when prompted. Lastly, select “Quit” to quit the cfdisk (Partition manager).

Back to the main screen, select the partition that you have just created and click OK.

When prompted, format the partition to “ext3″.
Select “Yes” to install bootloader GRUB.
Select “Yes” to install /system directory as read-write. At the end of the installation, you should see a screen like this:

Running Android 4.3 in VirtualBox

Reboot the virtual machine. On the first bootup, it will take some time for the OS to load and initialize. Subsequent boot up will be faster. Once you are in the Welcome screen, follow the Setup wizard to setup Android 4.3.
At this point, you might want to disable the mouse integration so that the mouse cursor will appear in the screen. This will make the navigation process much easier.
While setting it up, it might not be able to detect any WiFi network. You can safely skip the WiFi setup as it won’t affect your Internet connection. It is also not necessary to sign in to your Google account. It will take you to the Home screen once the setup is completed.