Remix OS on Chromebook

It seems like everyone has been talking about Remix OS lately. If you aren’t up to date, Remix OS is another implementation of the Android x86 poject. The goal of the project is to get Android running on desktops.

In the video above, I took a brief look at the state of Remix OS. The tl;dr is that it’s well designed and offers a nice stylish edge over the normal stock Android UI. It tries really hard to mimic many of the archetypes we have come to expect from a typical Windows desktop. However, I can’t say that I fully realize the potential of Android on desktop computers. In any case, you can get this to run on any x86 Chromebook. I will warn you, the performance seemed to be a little disappointing on my Chromebook, but ymmv. Let’s take a look at how to install Remix OS on Chromebook.

What You Will Need:


Before we begin, first make sure that your Chromebook has developer mode enabled along with USB booting. Then download Remix OS from the link provided, make sure that you download the Legacy package and not the one for UEFI bios. After it’s done downloading, run the installer in the zip; it should be very self-explanatory.  It will wipe all the contents from your flash drive and install Remix OS to it.

Finally, power on your Chromebook and hit CRTL + L when you get to the developer screen; this will bring up the legacy bios. Hit ESC to bring up the bootmenu and choose your USB. From there, you can either choose resident mode or guest mode (Resident mode will only put the changes on your flash drive and will not have any affect on Chrome OS).

Remix OS modes

35 thoughts on “Remix OS on Chromebook

  1. Is this able to be installed permanently onto the Chromebook now since the recent update Remix had?? Would love to see an updated article on it. Thanks!!

      1. Actually, it would be possible, but you’d have to disable rootfs verification.
        Assuming you just went into dev mode, if you don’t then you will have to go out then into dev mode, then enable debug at setup, which will be in the top right corner. When you’re asked to enter a password enter “chronos”. That is the one they use now. From there, after you have set it up, press CTRL + ALT + T. Type “shell”. That will give you root. Then type “sudo crossystem dev_boot_usb=1”, and there. Then follow the steps on this article.

        1. Hello, can explane in step by step, coz I doing almost same what u saying , but still after restaring computer remix not booting .
          In bios in my case ( Sea Bios) I seen so many portion on hard drive , and when u go instaling bios ask choose partition to install Remix.
          I think how to format hard drive or delete all partition and put there Remix

          1. Follow his steps to go back to normal Basic Input Output System (BIOS). Then you need to edit it to work with blk1 and 2, because they are marked as null. If Chrome OS is already gone then you will need a separate computer. Do you have one?

          2. hi, really Im not sure even really dont remember, maybe I need upload new bios or u have any link to see how to fix it?

          3. Oh! I just realized something. It is supposed to boot from blk2. That’s the USB drive. So can you try to boot from blk2?

          4. WAIT! You want it to be installed permanently on the hard disk. Copy the files in blk2 to fs0.

          5. I think yes , need to install permanently , coz laptop doesnt have any software, only this EFI.
            Anyway can u give command how to boot from blk2?

          6. Type “fs0:” then “attrib -r startup.nsh” and finally “edit startup.nsh”

          7. I am SOOOO late. So after 2 months of studying.. i know what to do. So type
            mv blk2 fs0 and it should work due to the EFI Shell being a Unix-based shell (supposedly) then reboot/force reboot

          8. Uhh… i think you may be stuck. But I will gather info as soon as possible. This may help me a bit for the info that is give you. What OS are you commenting from?

          9. Ah. Mount the usb and try to run startup.nsh INCLUDED in the ISO or Flash/CD. Return with results.

  2. when i run this (i have a custom seabios btw. I am on a acer chromebook r11.) i select usb, select resident mode, and then it dowsn’t load.

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