How to Install and Run Android 12L on PC (Simplified Guide)

Technology as a whole is always advancing to new frontiers. But it also means that older hardware slowly becomes less capable when it comes to running newer operating systems. However, there are many ways to make their computers much faster. While Chrome OS Flex was one such example, another is the recent Bliss OS, an open source operating system based on Android. Fortunately, Bliss OS has now released the alpha version of Bliss OS 15 which brings Android 12L to PC users. So, if you are one of those users looking to power their PC and enjoy Android 12L at the same time, keep reading.

Run Android 12L on Windows PC (2022)

Although this guide covers the process of installing Android 12L on a PC, I will also briefly compare it to ChromeOS Flex. If you prefer to read this, use the table below to do so:

Requirements and Considerations for Running Android 12L

Although the process itself is quite simple, you will need a few things to properly install Android 12L. Make sure you’ve checked the following before you begin:

1. Bliss OS version 15

You will need to download the first test version of OS 15 from the Bliss website in order to use it on your PC. Since the process itself isn’t as easy as double-clicking it, Bliss has put together a little test you need to pass. However, in the interest of saving you time, you can simply download the latest Bliss OS 15 (To have) from this link and keep it aside for now.

2. Rufus

The version we downloaded will be in ISO format and will therefore need to be burned to a USB drive. Rufus is a good utility software that helps you create bootable USB drives quickly. Be sure to download Rufus (To have) and install it on your PC before you start.

3. A USB flash drive

You will also need a USB drive as it will be used to install or even display Android 12L on the target computer. Make sure you have it covered before you start.

4. Be prepared for bugs and glitches

Since this version of Bliss OS Alpha is in its early stages, it’s no surprise that there can be a lot of bugs. If you plan to use this build as your daily driver, I advise against it and instead suggest you preview it first. Don’t worry because I’ll show you how to do that too. However, if you decide to proceed with the installation, keep in mind the early nature of construction.

How to install Android 12L on your PC

Ready to start? The process of installing 12L on your PC is quite simple. Follow along as I show you how:

Burning an ISO image to the USB flash drive

Let’s start by making our USB drive bootable with Bliss OS 15 version. You will have to do it independently whether you want to preview the operating system or install it. Insert your USB drive into your PC and follow the steps below to do so:

1. Open Rufus on your computer to get started. Make sure you select your USB drive by clicking the drop-down button next to ‘Device‘.

2. In addition to the boot selection, click on the ‘To select‘ to choose your ISO file.

3. Navigate to the directory where you stored your build. In my case, I did it on the desktop.

Choose the build

4. Just press the ‘To start up‘ button. You don’t need to change any other settings.

Start button

5. A dialog box will appear asking you in which mode you want the image to be written. To choose ‘Write to ISO image mode‘ then OK to continue.

Write in ISO mode

6. Press ‘Okay‘ to allow Rufus to format your USB drive.

Destroy the USB drive

7. Depending on your PC, the process may take 2-10 minutes. Once done, you will see the following message and can then press Close and eject your USB drive.

Android 12L Rufus made

Install Android 12L on your PC – Preparation

If you liked browsing the portable version of Android 12L, you can go ahead and install it on your PC. However, as mentioned above, remember that early releases can and do contain bugs. For example – Bluetooth doesn’t seem to work at this point. If you dabble in sensitive work, I recommend sticking to your original operating system. However, if you want to continue, then first we will have to create a separate partition on our system before installation. I will be using my Windows 10 laptop for this. Those with a similar setup, follow the steps below:

1. Press Win + R and type “devmgmt.msc” in the Run window and press Enter. The Disk Management window will now open.

2. You will now need to either find some unallocated space on your drive and create a volume or shrink an existing one to do this. Make sure the space comes out at least 50 GB.

Shrink partition

3. Once you see the unallocated space, right click on it and press ‘New simple volume‘.

How to Run Android 12L on Your PC

4. Follow the setup wizard and assign a letter and name to your drive. You can leave the rest of the settings unchanged.

label

5. Click To finish and the new partition will be created.

Now you are ready to install Android 12L on our PC. Follow the section below for that.

Installing Android 12L

With everything settled, let’s start by installing Android on our system. Follow the steps below to do so:

1. As before in the preview section, insert the USB drive into your PC and turn it off.

2. Reboot the USB drive by accessing your PC’s BIOS and boot menu. You will again find yourself in the main Android menu.

3. However, this time scroll down using your keyboard and select ‘Android-x86 2022-03-16 Install‘, and press Enter.

4. In the menu that appears, choose the partition we created earlier, then press Enter to select it.

How to Run Android 12L on Your PC

5. On the next screen, choose ‘ext4‘ and press Enter. This will start reformatting the partition and might take a few minutes.

How to Run Android 12L on Your PC

6. A few popups will now appear. just say Yes everyone to proceed with the installation.

The process itself will take 15-20 minutes and once complete you will see the option to boot to Android or return to BIOS. And it’s as simple as that! However, remember which you will need to boot into your BIOS each time to select between Windows/Android partitions. Now go ahead and enjoy Android 12L on your PC!

Preview Android 12L instead

This section is for users who want to experience Android 12L on their PC but are not ready to fully install it. Fortunately, the ISO version of Bliss OS has a preview function that will make it work from the USB drive itself. Make sure you have burned the ISO image to your USB drive before continuing. Once done, follow the steps below.

1. Shut down your PC and insert the USB drive into the computer where you want to try this one.

2. Press the Light up button and as soon as you do, repeatedly press the key that will take you into the PC BIOS. Depending on the manufacturer, the key can vary but is mostly between F2, F8 and F12.

Android 12L Boot Menu

3. You will come to the PC BIOS interface. From here find the Start menu option that will allow you to choose your Pen Drive. As you can see, in the case of my ASUS PC, just press F8.

Boot Menu BIOS

4. Once in the boot menu, you will see your main hard drive and the USB drive below it. Simply select the USB drive using the arrow keys, then press Enter to boot from it.

Select PD Android 12L

5. Your PC will now start reading from this USB drive and will show up in a menu in a few moments. You are now in the menu list of the USB key.

6. From the list of options that appear, select ‘Android-x86 2022-03-16 Live‘ and press Enter to start it.

live preview

7. Your PC will now start booting into Android version 12L. Depending on your USB drive and PC, this may take some time. It is also important to note that you should not remove the USB key at any time. Also, if you see any warnings, don’t worry and let the startup process continue as it is.

Hi Android

Congratulations! You are now on the Android configuration screen. Feel free to configure the operating system, connect to Wi-Fi and experience Android on your PC! However, remember that once you shut down your PC, you’ll need to start the setup all over again. If you think the preview version is stable enough, follow the section below on how to install it.

First impressions of 12L

Since my first use of Android 12L on PC, I can say that Bliss OS developers have done a great job implementing their code on Android. Running Android 12L on my PC even while previewing definitely feels faster and smoother compared to Windows. One of the biggest benefits of the Android version of Bliss OS 15 is that you get pre-installed Google apps. As for the overall design, this version of 12L shares aspects and elements of traditional Android combined with hardware elements. I had a lot of fun setting up Google Clock Android 12 Widgets on my home screen while sprucing up my experience with different launchers all the time on my PC.

Comparing the Android 12L version to ChromeOS Flex, I feel little to no difference in overall smoothness. However, the perfect replication of Android elements and gestures combined with various hotkeys make 12L an Android and fun experience. If you are an Android lover and want to have it on your PC without slowing it down, check it out. Users who want more PC experience while keeping their computer fast learn how to install ChromeOS Flex here.

Make your PC faster with Android 12L

Hope you enjoy making your PC faster and enjoying Android with this new version of BlissOS. Once you’re all set up, try out these best Android multiplayer games and see if you can play any of them on this build. Are you having problems? Ask your questions in the comments below!

Calvin W. Soper