How to Install Ubuntu in Any Android Phone – Tutorial

Ubuntu New LogoTime has arrived to taste the latest version of Ubuntu OS right on your Android smartphone. While the World is moving towards Open Source, the likes of Apple will soon have to think about this biggest threat as the number of Android activations per day are way more than that of Apple. So, making use of Android’s open sourceness, in this article we will be checking out on how you can easily install Ubuntu on your Android with the help of simple instructions.

Disclaimer: We should not be held liable for any damage caused in the process of updating your Android Phone with Ubuntu. It is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions to the point which are mentioned in procedure. We also haven’t tried porting this to all Android devices but can test the same at your own risk.

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Backup all the data present in your phone with the help of below mentioned steps and not with any of the PC Suite tools as PC Suites doesn’t recognize your devices and you will have issues in restoring the data.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log –Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Ensure that your device is left with the minimum of 60% battery charge and also you will have to make sure that the  Samsung KIES Mode is enabled , which can be enabled from the Settings option. Also, enable the USB Debugging Mode too from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.

Pre Requisites:

  • Device needs to be Rooted & Busy Box should be installed,
  • A minimum of 1GHZ processor (recommended)
  • Android OS version should be Android Eclair 2.1 or higher
  • Android device should be on Custom ROM firmware and not on Stock Firmware ,
  • SD card with at least 3.5GB of free space for large image (2.5GB for small image)
  • ADB should be installed in your computer
  • Active Data connection on your device (Recommended 3G / Wi Fi)
  • Ext2 file system support

Assuming that you have followed all the mentioned instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply ubuntu OS in your Android device.

  1. Reply piyush March 6, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Can I install ubuntu on xperia c

  2. Reply piyush March 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Can I install ubuntu on xperia c.

  3. Reply Raja February 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Can I install in Karbonn A11 Please reply?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela February 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Hey Raja, you can give it a try

  4. Reply subhod February 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    How to find appropriate ubuntu image??

  5. Reply Ihsan Ali December 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Can I install in HTC V one?

  6. Reply stev September 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Some one please send me boot strip down load link

  7. Reply jammin August 9, 2013 at 6:27 am

    i have to ask… is there a typing mistake in the following extract from your instructions?

    > Set your IP Address to local host and port number as 5900. Enter the password as “Ubuntu &the press “Connect” to connect and GUI will be rendering the same. Once you are finished in Ubuntu, type on exit in the command line and wait till the same shuts down.

    where it says “Enter the password as “Ubuntu &the press “Connect””… do you mean to say

    “Enter the password as “Ubuntu” & then press “Connect””?????

    pay close attention to the text and see if it is a mistake.

  8. Reply Marc September 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    When I click the link to download Boot Strip, I’m taken to a page that has a lot of different files, and none of them are called Boot Strip, the nearest one I see is called Can you give a little more detail about what should be done here?

    Thanks a lot for your help!

  9. Reply shubham sukhwal September 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Hey. I have micromax A100 it is dual sim ICS android. Phone
    Can ubontu is possible in this phone

  10. Reply shubham September 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I have micromax A100 it is dual sim ICS android. Phone
    Can ubontu is possible in this phone

  11. Reply neelanakkooram September 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    hi can i install android in china iphone 4s with 32gb phone memory if possible what should i do for this?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela September 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      yes you can very well install this

  12. Reply phly95 September 13, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I have 2 suggestions 1 is very important, especially to newbies who got it rooted by someone else

    1. Make everything automated, just select Ubuntu version and let the app do the rest off the internet

    2. Make install of the dock edition for people who want the OFFICIAL Ubuntu for Android (unless it’s copyright)

  13. Reply JavaDeveloper September 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I’ll certainly use Eclipse that way =)

  14. Reply Ajay June 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Did can install in Samsung galaxy mini

  15. Reply Sylvester June 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Can we revert back to android??????

  16. Reply Sylvester June 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Can we revert back to android????

  17. Reply anup ar June 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    has anyone tried it on mmx funbook??

  18. Reply Jhaymes Pann June 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Hi guys. First of all thanx for all ur hard work. aa is always my first stop when looking for info on anything android!
    Just to clarify, this will essentially transform my galaxy s into a dual boot android/ubuntu device right? As in I can use my phone as usual or boot ubuntu for extra awsomeness? =D


  19. Reply Koundinya Ayalasomayajula June 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    could not install ubuntu..saying applet not found

    • Reply Pradeep Neela June 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

      install the packages in your computer first and then move the same to your phone

  20. Reply nimit June 18, 2012 at 11:55 am


  21. Reply muthu June 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

    will this work with a Samsung gt-s5660? It has an 800MHz processor and a very small screen.Please let me know. I think it might crash if i try it.

  22. Reply Waman Ganesh Prabhu June 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I might give it a try.. thanks..
    how do I revert back to android.

  23. Reply adwaith June 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    After installing ubuntu can we roll back to ics if we dont like it

  24. Reply Amit Kumar June 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Ubuntu on Android device. its cool 🙂

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