Android Tutorials

August 19, 2013

Run Linux Ubuntu on your Android Phone (The Easy Way)


Today I’m going to show you how to run Ubuntu on your android phone the easy. No kernel flashing, or pushing wimax drivers, or WiFi drivers will be necessary. First of all, you should have your Android device “rooted” because you need root access to run Ubuntu off your Android.

Download from Google Play (FREE)

Android VNC Viewer

Android Terminal Emulator

(Put both apps on your main screen)

Download the ubuntu.img,, and the file from here:

Here’s a link just to the if you want it:


Torrent Link of all of the above (Faster)

OK we’re good to go:

Now make a folder named ubuntu on your SDcard and transfer the three ubuntu files there.

On your device open up terminal emulator and type “su” then hit enter

Next type “cd sdcard/ubuntu” (without the quotes)

After that type “sh” (without the quotes)

(ignore the warning) Then go and open up Android VNC.

Address: localhost (or keep empty, it may work better for some that way)

Nickname: (Leave Blank)

Password: ubuntu (lower case)

Port: 5900

24-bit-color (BPP)

You can watch the video below to guide you through it. If you’ve downloaded the files and put the ubuntu files in a ubuntu folder, skip to the 2.00 minute mark in the video.

You’re all set!!



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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini