How to Install Android with Google Play Store on Raspberry Pi 4

While you can remotely set up and run Raspberry Pi without a monitor or an ethernet cable, you will need a host of wired accessories if you choose to install Android on your Raspberry Pi 4 board. So in this article, we bring you a detailed guide on how to install Android on Raspberry Pi 4 and 3. We have also mentioned a way to run the Android 11 build on Raspberry Pi, but for stability and good performance, we have chosen to stick with Android 10. With that in mind, let’s go ahead and learn how to run Android on Raspberry Pi 4 and RPi 3.

Install Android on Raspberry Pi 4 & 3

This is an all-in-one guide for both beginners and experts to get Android running on Raspberry Pi. I would suggest you closely follow the step-by-step instructions, and you will have Android running on your board in no time.

Basic Requirements

1. You will need a separate monitor to set up and install Android on Raspberry Pi.

2. HDMI cable based on your board. Raspberry Pi 4 will need a micro HDMI to HDMI cable whereas Raspberry Pi 3 will require an HDMI to HDMI cable.

2. A microSD card having free space of 16GB or more.

3. Keyboard and mouse. If you have a wireless combo one, that’s even better.

4. A power adapter depending on your board.

Essential Downloads

1. First of all, download Android for Raspberry Pi. A developer named KonstaKANG is popular for making Android ROMs for Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. The ROMs are based on Lineage OS and available in many versions, including Android 9, 10, and 11. Depending on your board, download any Android version, but I would recommend Android 10 for stability. You can click here to head over to the download page for RPi 4. If you want to download Android for RPi3, click on the Devices menu at the top-right corner.

Install Android on Raspberry Pi 4 & 3 (2021) KonstaKANG

2. Next, you need to download the GApps package as the Android build does not come with Google apps and services. Open this link and choose “ARM” and “Android 10” as we are installing the Android 10 build and “pico” as it’s the bare minimum required for running Google Play Services.

Install Android on Raspberry Pi 4 & 3 (2021)

3. Next, you need to download balenaEtcher (Free) to flash Android onto the SD card.

Install Android on Raspberry Pi 4 & 3 (2021)

Install Android on Raspberry Pi

1. Once you have downloaded the Android build, extract it, and you will get an IMG file.

lineage os on raspberry pi

2. Next, open balenaEtcher and select the Android IMG file. In my case, it’s an Android 10 build. After that, choose the SD card and click on “Flash!“.


3. Once the flashing process is complete, remove the SD card and insert it into the Raspberry Pi module. In addition, connect a mouse and keyboard. Finally, connect the power source and HDMI cable to the monitor.

lineage os on raspberry pi

4. Power up the Raspberry Pi, and you will find Lineage OS loading up on the screen within a few seconds.

Install Android on Raspberry Pi 4 & 3 (2021)

5. After a while, you will be greeted with the usual Android setup process. Follow the on-screen instructions and make sure to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Run Google Play Store and Services on Android-based Raspberry Pi

Install Google Play Store and Services on Android-based Raspberry Pi

1. Now that you have installed Android on Raspberry Pi, it’s time to add support for Google Play Store and other services. Use a USB drive and move the GApps package to Raspberry Pi from your computer. I tried downloading the GApps package directly on the Raspberry Pi, but that didn’t work. If you can download it on the board itself, it will be easier for you.

gapps package

2. Once you have moved the GApps package to the board, open Settings and move to “About tablet”. Here, click on “Build Number” 7-8 times continuously to unlock Developer Options. You can search for “build” on the Settings page if “About tablet” does not appear on the settings page.

Run Google Play Store and Services on Android-based Raspberry Pi

3. Now, move back to the main Settings menu and navigate to System -> Advanced -> Developer Options.

Run Google Play Store and Services on Android-based Raspberry Pi

4. Next, turn on “Advanced Restart“.

advanced restart

5. Now, to restart Android on Raspberry Pi, you need to press and hold the “F5” key on the keyboard. Then, click on “Restart” and choose “Recovery”.

Note: Some keyboard shortcuts for Android on Raspberry Pi are as follows: F1 = Home, F2 = Back, F3 = Multi-tasking, F4 = Menu, F5 = Power, F11 = Volume down, and F12 = Volume up.

reboot to twrp

6. You will now boot into the TWRP recovery. If prompted, click on “Swipe to Allow Modifications”. After that, click “Install“.

twrp recovery

7. Here, choose the GApps package that we transferred to the Raspberry Pi board.

choose gapps

8. Finally, click on “Swipe to confirm Flash“.


9. Now, click on the TWRP icon on the top-left corner, and it will take you to the main menu. This time, navigate to Wipe -> Swipe to Factory Reset.

factory reset

10. Once the reset is complete, click on “Reboot System” on the same page.


11. And voila! You will boot directly into Android on your Raspberry Pi. And this time, you will be prompted with the Google setup. Now, go ahead and follow the on-screen instructions to log into your Google account. I suggest you not to add your primary Google account as Google has been terminating accounts for unknown policy violations of late.

Run Google Play Store and Services on Android-based Raspberry Pi

12. So here it is. Google Play Store and all the Google services are now installed on Raspberry Pi and working absolutely fine. In case you are getting a “Device is not Play Protect certified” notification or some apps like Netflix are not available for download,  follow the steps below to fix this issue.

Run Google Play Store and Services on Android-based Raspberry Pi

Fix “Device is not Play Protect certified” Error on Android-based Raspberry Pi

If you are getting this error on your Android-based Raspberry Pi, there is nothing to worry about. You can manually enroll your Android-based Raspberry Pi on Google’s list of certified devices. To begin with, install the Device ID app by Evozi (Play Store/ APKMirror) on Raspberry Pi. If Play Store is not opening for you, you can sideload the Device ID APK from APKMirror.

Fix "Device is not Play Protect certified" Error on Android-based Raspberry Pi

2. Next, open the Device ID app, and it will display the code for Google Service Framework (GSF). Click on it and “copy” the code.

google service framework

3. Now, open on your Raspberry Pi and paste the GSF code. After that, click on “Register“. That’s all you need to do to fix the “Device is not Play Protect certified” error. Now, wait for 5-10 minutes, and the notification should be gone. You will be able to access the Google Play Store and all its apps on your Raspberry Pi 4.

register uncertified device

4. If it’s still not working, restart your Android-based Raspberry Pi. Press and hold the F5 key and click on Restart -> System. This time, the error should be gone. You can check your device certification from the Play Store -> Profile menu on the top-right corner -> Settings -> About -> Play Protect certification. Here, it should show the “Device is certified”.

Fix "Device is not Play Protect certified" Error on Android-based Raspberry Pi

Run Android on Raspberry Pi Without Any Restrictions

So that is how you can install and run Android on a Raspberry Pi. In this guide, I have chosen KonstaKANG’s Android build as it offers more stability and has wider support for older Pi boards. In case you want to run the latest Android 11 build, check out recently released OmniROM builds. That said, it’s only compatible with RPi 4, featuring at least 4GB of RAM. But the good part is that it comes preloaded with Google services.

So for more such interesting tutorials on Raspberry Pi, stay tuned with us. And if you want to use your Raspberry Pi to set up Pi-hole, we have a dedicated guide that provides the instructions from scratch. Finally, if you have any questions, comment them down below and let us know. We will try to help you out.

comment Comments 14
  • Chelsea says:

    I just installed LOS and followed the instructions that you provided, however when LOS boots back up it will say Android Tv keeps stopping and I have no idea why. Any suggestions?

  • Ben says:

    What exactly is the problem with policy violations?

  • Name says:

    Does this setup pass safetynet check?

  • Mike says:

    I get an error saying start4x.elf is not compatible for my Pi 4 2gb… it looks like my Pi is newer than the image is built. Is that correct?



  • Eric Dyer says:

    I know nothing about this stuff, but trying to build something and think this might be my solution. Done correctly does this build allow you to run ALL apps in the Play Store?

  • Robbie says:

    I got my RPI4B-4GB to run Android 11/12, (Rom:12 SDK31) but since OpenGApps only has version 11 you have to install NikGApps and it should work just fine. Got it up and running in no time at all. Chrome has issues, use Firefox or any other browser to get up and running on the internet.
    KonstaKANG is king! 🤴

  • Dean says:

    Good article. Is is possible to get GPIO support and also SERIAL RS232 support and also other protocols like I2C, 1Wire etc working? Thanks

  • Mihir says:

    tried all the steps but still showing device not registered even after rebooting and waiting

  • alan w fisher says:

    just tried this on an RPi4 using Linage 18 which is Android 11, not ability to “Restart” and choose “Recover! any idea how to correct this?

    • Clive says:

      Had the same problem with 18.1

  • Ralph R Sherman says:

    I tried to use this procedure on a raspberry pi keyboard (p400) which supposedly is a repackaged pi4. i followed each step carefully and after the final reboot, the system tries to look for updates, and aborts after several minutes with message “coundn’t connect” try again using another network. if you continue without a connection, you can finish some setup steps later.
    1. there is no option to continue, and changing to other wifi signals has the same results.
    2. while searching for updates, i notice the wifi indicator (upper right corner) changes intensity suggesting it is switching channels
    3. if i reboot the system BEFORE installing the playstore from the usb stick, i can search internet, run google…seems ok..and i can connect to both the 2.4 and 5 g signals from my router.
    any suggestions?

    • Wilson says:

      Efectivamente amigo Ralph yo tuve el mismo resultado como lo indicas en las versiones Android 10 y 11, hasta probe con los gaps 10, 11, arm 64 y 32 del mismo pico, al parecer aca existe un error, de inicio mas sin embargo funciona pero al instalar las apps estan demasiado lentas pero estoy seguro que no es por la velocidad de mi internet sino que presiento que algo hace falta, si alguien puede colaborarnos en este tema se los agradeceriamos, saludos..

    • Anon says:

      Did you find a solution? Just curious….

  • Piter says:

    Good Article. How about Hardware Accelerated Video Decoding? Is it supported?

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