How to Run Android on PC with Phoenix OS

Featured Phoenix Os Desktop Screen

Phoenix OS is a PC operating system based on Android, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. The current version supports Android 7.1 and is designed to run on laptops, desktop PCs and tablets. Being writable, it can be easily carried on a flash drive and run from another computer.

The best part is that Phoenix OS will not impact your original Windows or macOS. The lightweight operating system does not take much space under the root directory of a partition. For booting, you can either go with your original operating system or Phoenix OS. You can easily uninstall it if you don’t like it much.

Originally designed to play Android games on a full screen, Phoenix OS can now serve as a full-fledged computing system giving you the option of another virtual PC.

Installing Phoenix OS

Phoenix OS will run on any machine that supports x86 computers and uses Intel or AMD processors starting from 2010. To download it, visit the official site and select your target system. If you’re a Mac user, you can only download the ISO, whereas Windows users can run an installer.

Phoenix Os Download Options

The download is 673.2 MB in size and is routed through an external app server.

Installing Phoenixos Windows 10

Once open, you can see various options for the Phoenix OS installer. If you want to install it on a hard disk, see the section below.

Select Install Type
Writing Phoenix Os Usb Drive

Choose the U disk option if you want to boot from a removable media (recommended if you don’t want the hassle of a dual-start mechanism).

To install Phoenix OS on a hard disk, select the required hard drive. I went with C:, and it did not cause any trouble.

Install Phoenix Os To Hard Disk

In the next step, you can select the data size, which would vary depending on the amount of space you need.

Install Phoenix Os 32g Hard Disk

Wait for a little while for Phoenix OS to install into your hard disk. After that, you have to change an important setting in the BIOS as shown in the next section.

Install Phoenix Os Ongoing Process

Troubleshooting for Boot Errors

If you start Phoenix OS directly after installation, you will get an error due to the secure boot mode. Windows 10 installs it by default to prevent malicious software – a rootkit, from loading when your device starts. To turn off the secure boot mode, you have to edit the BIOS configuration in Windows Safe Mode.

Secure Boot Phoenix Os Error

In older Windows systems, it used to ask you to hold down the shift key for a restart. To access safe mode in Windows 10, go to “Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery,” Go to “Advanced Startup,” and click “Restart now.”

Advanced Startup Restart Now

During restart, you can see a blue screen. Here, you can either use your removable USB drive as discussed in the previous section or go to “Troubleshoot” for advanced options.

Troubleshoot Windows 10 Pc Safe Mode

Click “Advanced options” in the next stage.

Advanced Option Safe Mode Windows 10pc

Go to “UEFI firmware settings” where the BIOS data resides. It refers to a middleware that is residing between the operating system and your computer’s firmware. While it is a default for Windows, you can change it.

Uefi Firmware Settings

You can use you keyboard arrow keys to navigate to “boot.” Here, you will see an option for UEFI enabled. This needs to be changed.


After you change the option to Legacy mode, each time you restart your computer you will get a dual-start choice. The Phoenix OS website recommends that you boot it from a USB drive.

Note: for most laptops, you can always go back to secure UEFI mode by holding down the F2 key during restart. Usually, it varies, and you can see the right keyboard input key during restart and when the PC brand name is visible.

Windows 10 Boot Mode Legacy

Applications of Phoenix OS

There are many excellent applications of Phoenix OS. It can serve as a default second PC where all your favorite apps are visible on the main screen.

Phoenix Os Desktop

You can easily install and work with Word, Excel and other Office applications on Phoenix OS.

Word Excel Phoenix Os

Gamers are the real ones to benefit. Phoenix OS transfers all your Android games to a full screen experience with no extra effort needed. You can choose between joysticks, consoles and keyboard/mice inputs to get a more complete experience with your favorite Android game.

Playing Games Phoenixos

For any other troubleshooting tips, you can visit the Phoenix OS official forum.

Phoenixos Forums

To uninstall Phoenix OS at any time from your system, simply go to the Phoenix OS folder and select “settings” and run the uninstaller from there.

In Summary

Android-based desktop operating systems like Phoenix OS are gaining popularity because you receive much more from your Android phones. For the most part, this particular OS remains bug-free and does not over-consume your resources.

Have you used Phoenix OS before? How did you like it? Please share your experience in the comments below.

Sayak Boral
Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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