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Installing Android onto persistent USB stick + Google Parent

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by OM2, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. OM2

    OM2 Well-Known Member
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    I want to install Android onto a USB stick

    I want it to be a 'persistent' install - so things can be saved. Simple things like WiFi networks and maybe documents and other files.

    I want to give the kids a laptop where they boot into android and access the Internet
    + where I can control access with Google parent.

    Google parent is 95% great
    It's buggy but it does the job and lets me stay in control the kids accessing on their mobiles.
    I'm hoping I can control at the same time on a 'Chrome laptop'.

    Are there any guides to doing what I want to do? Is there any reason why it won't work?

    I found some guides for making a persistent install of Android - but these are from 2018. With no reference to using Google parent.

    I'd like to save myself the need to buy a Google laptop.


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  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    A "Google laptop" I think would actually be a Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS, rather than Android. Although those can run Android apps.

    Android running on a regular PC laptop, like a Dell or something, is actually Android-x86. This is not produced and supported by Google. It's basically an open source project derived from the AOSP. As for making Android-x86 a persistent install running from a USB stick, not a clue. But I guess a build could be made to do that.

    Don't know what "Google Parent" is, never heard of it.
    #2 mikedt, Jan 7, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2020
  3. OM2

    OM2 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the reply.
    Google Parent is something Google added to let you control kids access and usage of devices.
    It's more than just an app as it helps control everything.

    Just hoping 'Android-x86' will have Google parent enabled.
    Need to search this first I think.

    EDIT: I did a Google search, I came accross this "Google starts blocking "uncertified" Android devices from logging in Custom ... Here are the best parental control apps for managing apps, filtering websites and ... to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for android x86 support"." - doesn't sound good!
    #3 OM2, Jan 7, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2020
  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    It appears you can manage a childs chromebook using Google Family (Google Parent being the parent app side of Google Family). I have my son set up to manage his phone, but haven't played with the settings on the Chromebook he got for Christmas. I'll give it a try when I get home.
  5. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    Android X86 install and runs perfectly well on Dell Laptops, You can run it 'live' from a USB stick or DVD, to see how well it runs on your laptop. But, to install it you'll need to reboot and choose install from the Android boot menu. DO NOT attempt to partition the hard disk, as Android has it's own partitioning scheme that's very different to either Windows or Linux. I had better results using Lineage OS (also so on the Android X86 site)

    The current version is based on Android 8.1, and there's a beta of Android 9. It really is full Android on a Laptop. Don't worry about a lack of touchscreen, the Laptop's touchpad works just fine.
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