How to install Linux on an Unrooted Android smartphone

Getting Linux on an Android smartphone is the ultimate dream of any Linux fanboy. To have both Android operating system and rich Linux on your smartphone is a must for any programmer. We have already given a tutorial for installing Kali Linux on your Android smartphone but that requires rooting the Android device. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to install Linux on an unrooted Android smartphone.

How to Install Linux On Android Phone Without Rooting

Using this method, you will be installing all the Linux files on your Android smartphone by downloading them and then using the complete interface for your pentesting or any other security that you like.

You can do all this without rooting your Android smartphone using a superb App called GNURoot. GNURoot creates a fake root environment on your Android smartphone and fools the Linux files into believing they are being implemented on a rooted smartphone.

Follow all the steps below to proceed :

Step 1. First of all, head over to Google Play Store to download and install  GNURoot. This App allows you to install Linux files on your Android smartphone without rooting by creating a fake Linux running platform.

How to Install Linux On Android Phone Without Rooting

Step 2. Once installed, the App panel will give you to install lots of distro Linux roots like Wheezy, Fedora, Aboriginal, and Gentoo. Choose one of them and then simply tap on “Create New Rootfs” and wait for the process to get complete.

How to Install Linux On Android Phone Without Rooting

Step 3. Once the download process is complete, simply select the distro in the second drop down list and then simply tick on the option “Launch as Fake Root.” Tap on Launch Rootfs that will launch all Roots file on a fake Linux platform.

How to Install Linux On Android Phone Without Rooting

That’ it, You now have successfully installed Linux on your Android smartphone. Now you can easily install the extra Linux packages that you need and run the Linux distro with ease.


  1. It doesnot work,
    I’ve downloaded the both GNUroot and Fedora destro
    but when i hit the lunchrootfs it says
    “Unfortunately the app stop working”
    Fraud tutorial -_-

  2. What i want to know, if it’ll work parallel to android system or over the android or under the android environment. i want to give a try but can’t risk losing my data.
    clear my doubt those already have given a try.

  3. It is an unsupported project abandoned in 2015. All the OS images are updated. One is no longer able to update or install any new package. Useless.

  4. I tried to do this, but when I did the step after step 2, I just saw a weird round icon. And then the robot voice made a error message sound. Yes, I upgraded my mouse and firmed my ware. What else can I do? Can you help me?


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