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How to Install Linux on Android Phone

How to Install Linux on Android

1. Install GNURoot App

Play Store is our favorite place on Android devices! This is Google’s App Market portal for numerous applications, among which one is the GNURoot. The GNURoot app installs a fake root file system of Linux on your Android phone, which is an alternative to rooting your phone with Linux OS. Thus, search for GNURoot on the Google Play Store and tap install.

2. Choose Linux Distro

We all know that Linux comes up with various distros such as Fedora, Debian (Wheezy) and Aboriginal. GNURoot offers them in a drop-down list. After installation, you just need to select the Linux distro you wish to operate on. Note that, Linux distro can be deployed with the help of choosing the Rootfs (Root file system).

3. Launch Root File System

When you are done with selecting the Rootfs, you need to launch the fake root. Just tick the checkbox and tap on Launch Rootfs. Below it, you also have the option to eliminate a rootfs by selecting the one you do not wish to continue operating on.

4. Install Required Packages

Linux is well known and appreciated for its Package Management System. So, begin installing the required software and tools through a package manager. Thus, you are now ready to work with Linux on your Android phone; absolutely without rooting your device!

There’s another similar method: Instead of installing the general GNURoot app, you can go with specific GNURootdistro app such as GNURootDebian, GNURoot Fedora and so on, if you want to work on an individual Linux distro.

Consider your wish to install Debian on your phone. Primarily, install the GNURootDebian App from the Play Store. Ensure that you have enough space for its storage. Then, install the Debian patch by tapping on Patch Installation as shown above. Next, you just have to launch into GNURootDebian. That’s it; here you go!


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