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Hi there!

This guide will show you how to install Linux (any distro) on your Android device.

Before you continue, check the following:

- Make sure your device is not a Samsung Galaxy S6 (tested and not working)

- Make sure your device is rooted, you can download Root Checker from the play store.

- Make sure that busybox is installed, if not click here.

- Make sure that you have a file manager, if not click here.

Step 1: Install!

We need three applications for this project:

- Complete Linux Installer

- Terminal Emulator

- androidVNC

When downloaded, open Complete Linux installer, click Install Guides and then follow the steps from there.

By now you should have an archive with the distro files. For this guide we are going to be using Ubuntu (steps vary from the OS you chose).

Open your file explorer and create a new folder in the root of your device storage (user storage) called "ubuntu" (in this case it's Ubuntu).

Now, extract the archive to the Ubuntu folder and then remove the version numbers from the file, you should be left with "ubuntu.img" and "ubuntu.img.md5".

Unatie4 months ago
I tried to do all of these steps but it just took about 6hrs to load then just stopped right after step 2
JoshuaH1991 year ago
Please help. I installed debian ons my android device but when I tried to install python with 'sudo apt-get install python3' using the terminal emulator it gave me an error: command 'sudo' not found. Please help
Uncle Kudzu3 years ago
Is this with a working GUI, or a CLI?
thepcgeek (author)  Uncle Kudzu3 years ago

Or you can read about it in the Complete Linux Installer app

thepcgeek (author)  Uncle Kudzu3 years ago

Yes, you have to connect to your device using androidVNC with the app running. Different Operating Systems have different instructions.