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.

  • stev

    Some one please send me boot strip down load link

  • jammin

    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.

  • Marc

    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!

  • shubham sukhwal

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

  • shubham

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

  • neelanakkooram

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

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can very well install this

  • phly95

    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)

  • JavaDeveloper

    I’ll certainly use Eclipse that way =)

  • Ajay

    Did can install in Samsung galaxy mini

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can install in Galaxy mini

  • Sylvester

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

  • Sylvester

    Can we revert back to android????

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can revert back to the android os

  • anup ar

    has anyone tried it on mmx funbook??

  • Jhaymes Pann

    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


  • Koundinya Ayalasomayajula

    could not install ubuntu..saying applet not found

    • Pradeep Neela

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

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  • muthu

    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.

  • Waman Ganesh Prabhu

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

    • Pradeep Neela

      sure, do let us know

  • adwaith

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

  • Amit Kumar

    Ubuntu on Android device. its cool :)