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How to Install Android on a Raspberry Pi
It turns out that the little microcomputer is a fantastic platform for installing Android apps. You can get these apps on the platform in pretty much any language, and they’re among the most universally available, allowing users from around the world to download the same application in almost any language.
For example, most of the applications released for the Linux-based Raspberry Pi range from $1 to $10, so it’s possible to install a few of them for a few dollars—though that’s not cheap.
On the other hand, if you want to install software that costs $30 or more, it can be difficult to find access to it. This is especially so for the Linux-powered Raspberry Pi, whose operating system is adapted specifically to the device.
So, with the Raspberry Pi in mind, we’ve devised a way to get your Android app download started.
You can install Android on a Raspberry Pi (or any other microcomputer for that matter) by following the below process. Note that although the instructions are approved by Google, you are under no obligation to follow them. Additionally, you will be required to use a certified Google Play Store to install the app, so it will be more expensive than using an unofficial download service like The Pirate Bay.
Step 1: Install Android Pie
Use your command line software to type in /MSSSUBSCRIPTES/RaspberryPisSetup.exe.
Chances are high that you can use a Wi-Fi network to download the necessary APK file.
Set the EXE file to open from /MSSSUBSCRIPTES/RaspberryPisSetup.exe.
In the upper right corner of the screen, scroll down and download /MSSSUBSCRIPTES/RaspberryPisSetup.exe.
Switch on your Raspberry Pi’s Wi-Fi network.
Screw on the volume buttons and go to Menu > About.
Tap “Internet Options.”
Tap the menu icon with three dots.
Tap a toggle to turn on APK debugging.
Tap the “OK” button, which will accept the connection.
Do not open the APK file from the device’s RAM until you’ve successfully connected your Google Play Store to the Raspberry Pi’s Wi-Fi network.
What you will probably need:
A network, Wi-Fi, or a good place to connect.
Find your Wi-Fi network and connect to it with your Wi-Fi adapter.
Tap the browser version of www.google.com/play-store/robo-droid to download the file or open an executable file (The “Raspberry Pi Deployment Configuration” APK file is available for download at the link above).
Choose “Install from this network” or “Install from this machine” on your Google account.
Go to the “settings” menu on your device and turn on Wi-Fi.
Turn on Bluetooth if it is enabled, and turn your device on.
Go to “Settings,” and then tap “Parental Controls.”
If the parent you are controlling is not on a GDrive or Google Account, you will need to contact them via text message to verify they are also running Android Pie.
Double-tap the button in the top left corner of your device to access your settings, and then select the “Parents” option on your device.
Make sure that your Settings menu is open, and tap the “Unknown Sources” button next to your device.
Make sure the “Choose from this data” box is unchecked.
Choose “Unknown Sources” from the menu.
Google will detect your Google Play Store access from your device’s Wi-Fi network.
Remember that you need to connect to the official Google Play Store in order to enable debugging.
If you have further questions or comments about our process, we’re happy to help! Stay up to date by following @RaspberryPi.