A backup copy of Windows 10 is always useful. So it is useful to know that you can also install Windows from your Android smartphone.
You can install Windows 10 from a wide range of external media. It is useful to have a backup copy of Windows 10 on a USB flash storage drive. But what if you need a copy of Windows 10 when you’re out and about?
In that example, you can install Windows 10 Direct from your Android smartphone through the DriveDroid app. Here’s how you set up DriveDroid, then install Windows 10 from your smartphone.
What is DriveDroid?
DriveDroid is an Android app that allows you to mount operating system disk images and act as installation media, such as a bootable USB flash drive or CD / DVD-ROM.
You can use DriveDroid to install a wide range of operating systems. It is commonly associated with Linux distros, but you can also use it to install Windows 10.
Important: DriveDroid requires Android root access.
Routing is a process that allows you to privilege the device. This allows more control and access to the app than a standard app. Rooting is similar to jailbreaking an iOS device.
If you want to root your Android smartphone, then check out our guide on how best to root your Android device. In my experience, Magisk is the easiest way to root your device — but you have to take a system backup before committing because the process potentially involves wiping your device.
How to install Windows 10 from your Android device with DriveDroid
If you do not have root access on your Android device, the rest of this tutorial will not work properly. DriveDroid requires root access to your device in order to properly mount Windows 10 ISO. If you want to install a different operating system, such as Linux distro, you will need root access.
From here on, this tutorial assumes that your Android device has root access.
1. Download the latest version of Windows 10
To install Windows 10 from your Android device, you will need a copy of Windows 10. The Windows Media Creation Tool is the easiest way to download the latest version of Windows 10.
Go to the Windows 10 software download page and now choose the download tool.
Open the Windows Media Creation tool.
Choose the installation media for another PC, then make your Windows 10 ISO settings.
If you are creating a backup ISO for the PC you are using, you can use the recommended options for this PC.
Press Next, then complete the process.
After Windows 10 ISO finishes, you will have to copy it to your Android smartphone in an easily remembered folder. It is best to copy files to your Android using a USB cable, as you will also need an active connection for the rest of the tutorial.
2. Download and configure DriveDroid
Open DriveDroid. The app will immediately request root access, which you should grant.
Configure the image directory. The image directory is the folder where you store your disk images (ISOs), such as the Windows 10 version copied to your device.
During DriveDroid initial setup, you will select a default folder, but you can change it later.
3. Test Your DriveDroid USB Settings
DriveDroid will now test USB connection settings for your Android device. DriveDroid needs to handle a USB connection as a mass storage device, allowing it to mount your Windows 10 ISO as a bootable image.
Follow the steps with the help of screenshot below:
For most users, the standard Android kernel is the right choice. Select the first option, then press Next. Wait for the DriveDroid test file to display as a driveable drive.
If the device does not appear in your file explorer, choose a different USB system and try again.
When you cycle through the three basic USB settings and the DriveDroid test file, don’t worry.
DriveDroid Adjust USB Options
You can modify the DriveDroid USB options from the main page.
Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner, then scroll down. USB Settings> Manually change USB Mode> Mass Storage, then select Confirm.
4. Mount your Windows 10 ISO in DriveDroid
Now, you need to mount the Windows 10 image. Depending on the default image folder option, Windows 10 ISO may already be available on the DriveDroid main page.
If not, select the gear icon in the upper-right, then select image directories.
Press the red icon in the lower corner. Now, browse to the folder containing your disk images and grant access when requested.
Select the correct directory from the image directory, then return to the DriveDroid homepage.