Jide recently launched a early beta version of Remix OS 2.0 for PC.
Remix OS is a custom version of Android designed to look and feel like a desktop operating system. Over the past year, it’s shipped on a handful of tablets, laptops, and TV boxes. What’s new is that Jide is making it possible to download Remix OS and run it on many recent computers featuring Intel or AMD chips.
That includes computers that normally run Windows or OS X. Earlier this week Brad took Remix OS for a spin on a Windows PC. Today I’m going to show you how to run it on a Mac.
Whether you’re using a Mac or Windows computer, you’ll need to prepare a USB flash drive with Remix OS. Then you’ll boot your computer from the flash drive — so there’s no need to replace your operating system, partition your hard drive, or risk losing any of your files.
The Remix OS for PC download includes a USB preparation tool for Windows, but it’s pretty easy to prep a flash drive on a Mac too.
You’ll need the UNetbootin software, which allows you to create a bootable Live USB drive that can be accessed in the Startup Manager on Mac. The program distributes the file to your USB drive so that it works as a Live USB drive.
What you need
- Remix OS for PC version 2.0
- UNetbootin for Mac
- USB flash drive with minimum 8GB of storage (Jide recommends using a USB 3.0 flash drive with write speeds of at least 20MB/s for best performance. You can use a USB 2.0 flash drive, but you might run into issues.)
- Mac (I installed Remix 2.0 on a MacBook Pro running OS X El Capitan)
- A mouse
What to do
Step 1: Download UNetbootin for Mac if you don’t already have it. [NOTE: If your Mac security settings don’t permit you to open non-certified files, Control+right-click to bypass the security setting for this download.]
Step 2: Download Remix OS for PC here.
Step 3: Plug the USB flash drive into your Mac.
Step 4: Open UNetbootin and format the window as follows:
- Select DiskImage
- Select ISO from the dropdown menu
- Click on the “…” button to find the Remix file.
- Find “Remix_OS_for_PC_64_B2016011201_Alpha.ios” in your Downloads folder and select it.
Step 5: Click “OK.” Click “Exit” when done. [NOTE: UNetbootin will warn that Live USB drives are only bootable on PCs and it will not boot on Mac. However, in my experience, it worked just fine.]
Step 6: Restart your Mac and immediately press and hold down the alt/option key right when you hear the startup chime. This opens the Startup Manager.
Step 7: Select the “Windows” drive when the option appears. This boots up the Remix OS on your Mac.
Once booted, you will be able to select either “Guest” or “Resident” to use Remix. The difference being that your data and apps will be saved on the USB drive in Resident mode.
It took a few minutes for the program to open on my MBP. However, once it did, Remix OS ran as expected. I should point out that you’ll need a mouse to use Remix OS. I was unable to scroll up or down just by using the laptop’s trackpad.