Ubuntu Touch is the mobile version of Ubuntu which is an open-source Linux operating system and runs on tablets, servers, cloud, computers etc. Ubuntu Touch was designed and aimed for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 devices. The Ubuntu Touch team has purchased the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 9 and the number of supporting device will increase in the future. Till then, you can install Ubuntu Touch on any of these currently supported devices through this step-by-step guide.
If you are wondering if there is an unofficial port of the OS for Nexus 5, then yes, there is. However, it is not yet supported by Canonical and there are some critical issues with it. For this reason, we do not recommend you try it right now.
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Installing Ubuntu Touch on Android
Ubuntu Touch had a complex installation process when it was announced. You needed to use your PC to flash Ubuntu Touch on your Android device. But now there is an easier method to it. But first, you must make sure you fulfill these requirements:
- A supported device – Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10.
- At least 2.7 GB of free space on your android device.
- Unlocked Bootloader.
- USB Debugging Enabled.
- ADB drivers installed on your PC.
Install Ubuntu Dual Boot App
Download and Install the official Ubuntu Dual Boot App on your Android device. Doing this, you will reset your device, so make sure you have a backup of your data before you perform these steps
- Connect your Android device to PC via data cable.
- Download the latest dual boot installation script using this link.
- Now, open the terminal/command prompt and enter the following:
chmod +x dualboot.sh
- When this is done, enter this command to run the script:
How To Install Ubuntu Touch
After installation of Ubuntu app, you may now proceed with the installation of Ubuntu Touch. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open Ubuntu Dual Boot App.
- Select channel by clicking on Choose Channel Install.
- Choose the utopic channel, as recommended by Canonical. Make sure you tick on the bootstrap option.
- Click on Grant when the app requests Superuser access.
- When the download completes, tap on Reboot to Ubuntu to boot into Ubuntu Touch.
This will set up a dual boot installation comprising of Android and Ubuntu Touch on your Android Device. You can switch between the OS(s) anytime you like by using the power button to reboot.