How to install Android on Windows Phone: step by step installation instructions

There was a time when there was an OS created for every single push-button phone and communicator. Now things are different, and the number of popular OSs has drastically decreased to only three: Android, iOS and Windows (for Windows Phone). Each of these operating systems has its own kernel and architecture, which means that programs written for one OS will not install on the other. This greatly limits Windows Phone users. We will tell you how to install Android on your phone from Microsoft – Windows Phone.

Difficulties of installing Android OS on a Microsoft phone

Let’s warn the desperate right away that installing one OS on top of another or to replace it is quite a long process, and yes, difficult for inexperienced users. Frankly, installing Android on a Windows phone is as perverse as installing Windows on a Mac Book. So it is recommended to weigh the pros and cons first of all. Maybe in your case it’s better to pick up a different manufacturer’s phone, find an alternative for the program you need, or accept the lack of it.


When using different installation methods, you may encounter many difficulties, among which are:

  1. Constant hangs of the installed system.
  2. Inability to download the distribution.
  3. Incompatibility of the Android version with the hardware component.
  4. Damage to the main OS.
  5. Loss of important data.

This list is far from complete, so we warn you: this way is only for desperate adventurers. Be prepared for unpleasant consequences, complex manipulations and possible popping errors.


How to install Android on Windows Phone

If you do decide to take this risky step, the first thing you will have to stock up your computer, Internet access (preferably fast and unlimited), and the Windows Phone itself. Also you’ll have to spend a couple of hours, because it’s not the fastest process. So, let’s get down to business.

Booting from an external media

Let’s first consider the safer way, namely running Android OS in Live mode, that is, without further installation. This method is suitable for some one-time operation, after which all the data will be erased and Windows Mobile will boot by default again. This method has several advantages:

  • You can immediately check how the “iron” of Windows Phone “befriends” the distribution to be installed. It’s better to catch an error in Live mode than to have to deal with it during a full installation.


  • The data does not stay on the device, which adds some privacy.


The only downside is that Android memory will be limited to the memory of the external drive. In general, if you are ready, below is a detailed algorithm for installing the OS from an external device:

  • Download the distribution of the desired version of Android. For example, we will use the image of Android 10.
  • Load the image onto an SD drive (format it to FAT32 beforehand).
  • Insert this drive into the device.
  • Find the SD card in the explorer and start the first execution process. This is usually Haret.exe.
  • Run the installation window. Here you can choose “Live CD” mode to not install but to run the image directly. You can also choose Installation to install.
  • Wait for it to load.


Finished. The phone restarts in Android mode. To return to Windows Mobile mode, reboot the device.

Launching a new system from Windows Phone memory

The method described above is convenient for a one-time job, but it is limited to the external storage memory. If you want to install Android main OS, then follow the algorithm above, but instead of SD drive, download the distribution directly into the gadget memory. After that, run the Haret.exe file. Choose Installation mode instead of Live mode. Wait for the download. After that, Android will be installed as the main system. But this method does not work on all devices.

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