How to Run Android on Your iPod Touch

By Matt McGew

Android is a operating system for mobile devices and was developed by Google. The iPod Touch uses the iOS operating system from Apple. You can run the Android OS on your iPod Touch instead of iOS. First, you must modify the operating system so that you can install software not authorized by Apple. This is known as "jailbreaking." Once the device is jailbroken, you can download and install a modification application on your device that will allow you to run the Android operating system on your iPod Touch. Note that, despite statements on several unofficial websites, jailbreaking an iPod Touch will void the warranty from Apple, the same as jailbreaking an iPhone will.

Step 1

Jailbreak your iPod Touch device. Tap the "Safari" icon on the home screen of your device. Enter "" in the Safari search bar and tap the "Go" key. Slide the arrow icon across your device's screen as instructed to jailbreak your iPod Touch. Select the "User" option. Your device will now automatically reboot. When your iPod Touch restarts, you will find a Cydia icon on your home screen indicating that you have successfully jailbroken your iPod Touch device.

Step 2

Tap the "Cydia" application on your jailbroken iPod touch.

Step 3

Tap "Search" and enter "Bootlace" in the search bar.

Step 4

Select the "Bootlace" application.

Step 5

Tap the "Install" button.

Step 6

Tap the "Confirm" button.

Step 7

Press the Home button on your iPod Touch.

Step 8

Tap the "Bootlace" icon on the home screen of your device.

Step 9

Tap the "Install" button to download and install the OpeniBoot application.

Step 10

Tap the "iDroid" icon.

Step 11

Tap the "QuickBoot" icon and then tap the "Android" logo to restart your iPhone. Your iPhone reboots and runs the Android operating system.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before jailbreaking your iPod Touch, you should go to iTunes and create a backup of your iPod Touch. This is not, however, required to successfully jailbreak your device.
  • Jailbreaking is not illegal. However, jailbreaking your device will void Apple's iPod Touch warranty if it is still in effect.