Table of Contents
- Remix OS for Mac
- How to Install Remix OS 3.0 on MacBook & iMac.
- Step 3: Format USB Disk using Disk Utility.
- Step 4: Make the USB Bootable with Remix OS.
- Step 5: Select the Mode in which you will use the Remix 3.0 – Guest mode or Resident mode?
- Step 6: Setup Remix OS 3.0: Language Selection & Acceptance of User Agreement.
- How to Create Partition on Mac Drive or SSD
- Some Bugs Encountered while using Remix OS 3.0
Remix OS 3.0 is the latest version of Remix OS, It is yet to launch officially and leaked version of the Remix OS was found. The screenshots of the interface were so tempting that I wasn’t able to stop myself from downloading the entire OS. I downloaded the Remix OS for Mac but was confused with the installation, so just gave it a try and it worked like charm.
Remix OS for Mac
Now I’ve created a Bootable USB drive with Remix OS 3.0, However, the method which I’ve used only works for the Windows OS. And doesn’t seem to work with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac’s and was keen to help people who owned Mac’s and wanted to test the OS and ended up finding the best steps to install Remix OS 3.0 on Apple products.
So I’ve created another guide to help people who own MacBooks, iMac’s to create a Bootable USB disk for Booting Remix OS 3.0 on their MacBook’s. If you are not aware, the Remix Operating System can be used in two modes, the Guest mode and Resident mode, by using this method you will only be able to use Remix on your MacBook/iMac in Guest mode.
Do you know how to dual Boot Remix OS with Windows? Read the post to know about this topic.
How to Install Remix OS 3.0 on MacBook & iMac.
Creating a Bootable USB disk on Windows System is very easy, There is a Remix OS USB Tool present which writes the “Remix OS for Mac” to the USB. But in MacBook or iMac it is going to be a bit tough, but don’t worry, I’ll simplify it and help you with installing the Remix OS for Mac on OS X. Get the full information about official Remix Operating System from here.
Requirements for Device:
- Remix OS 3.0 ISO File.
- MacBook Air, Macbook Pro or iMac.
- USB Drive (8-16 GB).
- Some knowledge about Terminal.
Step 1: Download the Remix OS 3.0 ISO File.
We’ve already posted a link to Download the Remix OS for Mac using Torrent Client in one of our previous post: Download Remix OS 3.0. The download link requires a torrent client, if you don’t have one, I’d suggest you to download a torrent client for your Mac. There can be some risks involved in torrenting so it’s worth installing a VPN for Mac to ensure you’re doing it safely.
After downloading you will see two files, one would be the Remix OS for Mac and the other would be the Remix OS USB Tool. However, the Remix OS USB tool won’t work on MacBook’s or iMac’s. Once downloaded, You are supposed to rename the ISO file as “RemixISO.iso” and put the ISO File on the Desktop.
Step 2: Convert “RemixISO.iso” (ISO) to “RemixISO.img” (IMG File) to make it compatible with MacBook or iMac.
The “IMG” File type isn’t compatible with the Mac and that’s the reason why you weren’t able to create a bootable USB for your Mac. Copy the below lines to the terminal and you will be able to convert the RemixISO.iso to RemixISO.img.
hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o Desktop/RemixISO.img Desktop/RemixISO.iso
The Terminal will give an output file with the name “RemixISO.img.dmg“. Rename the file and remove the “.dmg” from the file name, so after renaming the name will look like “RemixISO.img“. After doing it, head to the next step.
Step 3: Format USB Disk using Disk Utility.
Open Disk Utility and Select the letter of your USB Drive and Format it and select the Format as “MS-DOS (FAT)” and click on Erase.
Doing this will delete the entire data on your USB Drive, so if you have some important data on your USB disk, then it is recommended to take the backup of those files to your HDD/SSD.
Step 4: Make the USB Bootable with Remix OS.
So now when we have the Remix OS’s IMG file ready with us, It’s time to write it to the USB and make the USB Bootable. So follow the below steps to make the USB Bootable.
Open the Terminal again and type the command
This command will list all the drives which are connected to your Mac (MacBook/iMac). Note down the number of your USB disk and note it somewhere, and continue typing the below commands in the Terminal.
Replace “X” with the USB disk number found by following the above steps.
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX sudo dd if=Desktop/RemixISO.img of=/dev/rdiskX bs=1m diskutil eject /dev/diskX
After entering the above command in the Terminal, Turn off your Mac and hold down option key and you will see two options to boot. You can check the Image below.
Press click enter on the Windows to continue, if everything is fine and the OS is properly set in the USB drive then you will see the boot up screen (Blue screen), now follow the next step.
Step 5: Select the Mode in which you will use the Remix 3.0 – Guest mode or Resident mode?
The Remix OS 3.0 can be used in two different modes – Guest mode and Resident mode, Resident mode will save your data and can be accessed next time without your USB drive.
However, Guest mode will require your USB Drive and won’t save any of your data on Remix OS 3.0. If you select the guest mode then, that’s all done with “Creating a Remix OS 3.0 Bootable Drive for Mac’s (MacBook/iMac’s)”.
If you want all the data on your Remix OS 3.0 to be saved then you can get set with the Resident mode. However, for Resident mode you will have to complete one more step.
Select Resident mode and press TAB and enter the below line:
androidboot.hardware=remix_x86_64 androidboot.selinux=permissive quiet SRC= DATA= DATA_IN_MEM=1 DPI=265 UVESA_MODE=2880x1800
It will boot in to Remix Operating System 3.0 within two to three minutes depending upon your System configuration. That’s it you’ve successfully installed the Remix OS 3.0. Now follow the below steps to set it up.
Step 6: Setup Remix OS 3.0: Language Selection & Acceptance of User Agreement.
You will be seeing the screen with “Remix OS for Mac” written on it, it will take 2-3 minutes and you will have a screen where the languages will be listed and you will have to select the language which you will be using on Remix OS 3.0.
After selecting the Language you will have to accept the user agreement and click on “Start” and that’s it you’ve even setup the Remix OS. You will now be able to use Android Apps or say Android OS on your Mac without any emulator or being dependent on any other operating system as a base.
How to Create Partition on Mac Drive or SSD
If you want to separate your drive or SSD partition by installing Remix OS in your MacBook, you have to create a small partition for Remix OS on an external hard drive. And follow these steps:
- Press CMD + Shift then search for Disk Utility OR open Disk Utility.
- Now choose your Mac Drive or your External Drive and click on the partition.
- lick on “+” sign, and give the partition size.
- Now format as MS-DOS.
- Apply and your partition has created.
Some Bugs Encountered while using Remix OS 3.0
- Remix OS doesn’t save your previous settings.
- Tried clash of clan – Showed up black screen but sound is coming.
- Touch input instead of mouse pointer.
Tried installing it? Faced any issues? Why don’t you just comment down the issue here and I’ll try to come with a solution. Done with the Installation? What Next? Here is our guide to Install WhatsApp APK on Remix OS.
Have Queries about the Remix OS 3.0? We’ve created a thread answering the FAQ about the Remix OS 3.0.
Get more Operation System related articles from our Computer and Technology section.
Can I use the .iso in a virtual machine instead?
Sorry but… I’ve missed the part were do you show hot to INSTALL it on a Mac (and not on a portable drive). Or this will not be possible?
It requires FAT32 system so probably it won’t work! I’ve not checked it though!
It gets installed on the Portable Drive and not your Mac, It’s because it is made to stick to portable drive and it won’t create any partition. I created this post, because the installation method for both Windows OS and Mac is different!
In going to test using parallels, force some driver settings with the input methid
Every time I do the sudo command it just ejects it, it does not write the data on the usb nor does it boot up
The Terminal command should be this way, the one mentioned in the article didn’t work for me.
hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ~/Desktop/RemixISO.img ~/Desktop/RemixISO.iso
YES, tested on macbook pro with VM
use sudo dd if=/Users//Desktop/RemixISO.img …
can someone help me? i have created the usb with terminal, but i have a problem, when i reboot my macbook and hold option key, i dont get the windows option. i have only OSX and recovery. i cant get the Remix installation booted.
Same issue. USB disk is not bootable at all.
any particular settings in virtualbox I should be aware of?
because I tried but can’t get past the Guest or Resident option
is there a way on getting this to work on a much older computer? Its an IBM T41 running on an old Pentium M
can the pen drive be formatted in GPT or does it need MBR?
try making GPT your usb pen drive, instead of MBR. The file system type should be the same (FAT32)
You hold down the Alt/option key while the system boots up. it will show the drive
Tried everything still it doesn’t make a bootable usb. Will look into other forums.
Am I the only one having trouble to boot my USB-memory when done? It doesn’t appear when I get to the boot selector on startup… I’ve followed the guide and had no problem with setting up the USB stick.
it works, but it only appears the macHD after reboot… but the files are written in the usb…(i have an ibookG4)
i tried that, but my usb doesn’t appears after pressing OPTION KEY. Can you help me? (i have an iBook G4)
Yeah, seriously why isn’t the article being updated? This will work for no one without the instructions provided by commenter @vivekr:disqus
i have made the bootable usb but it got stuck at the bootloop from REMIX… it wont go further… please help
using ‘dd’ command not working in new macbook..
need boot to efi mode.. special trick needed to boot with efi enabled drive..
GPT or MBR is not effect,
you can still boot to efi mode with MBR map disk
but the main problem is,, need specific path to kernel and path to initrd to be able boot to remix iso.
anyone know the path is?
It doesn’t work for me, When I try to boot, it stops just after the word A N D R O I D apears in the screen. Any Solution?? Thanks
so… I have installed the remix os on my usb thumb drive.
i rebooted while i pressed Option, and choose “EFI Boot” (instead of “Windows” like in the article).
and then I pressed Guest mode (to try only)
but it comes error messages:
error: failure reading sector 0x0 from ‘hd1’,
error: failure reading sector 0x0 from ‘cd0’,
error: failure reading sector 0x0 from ‘hd1’,
error: failure reading sector 0x0 from ‘cd0’,
error: no such device: /system.sfs
Press any key to continue
I pressed a key…
it goes to another screen with:
and it goes on and on for hours…
what did I do wrong?
Can you explain it please?
Man, you just made my day. Thanks very much!
Did you have to set up the enterprise.cfg file to get it to work?
How long to finish writing data on the USB? I wait 10 minutes and it not finished yet and how do I know it finished?
Ok, I understand. I misread the text because English is not my mother language. Thanks for the guide!
After burning my usb stick with disktool the stick is no longer recognized on my Mac, neither on my Linux PC. It does no longer show up in file manager or in any disk tool apps. What can I do to restore it?
the cmd is wrong should be
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX && sudo dd if=Desktop/RemixISO.img
of=/dev/rdiskX bs=1m && diskutil eject /dev/diskX
The same issue!
it worked but extremely buggy, icons on the screen are too tiny, it freezes and that goes for the web page too..
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