5 easy steps to Install Kali Linux on Android

Wanna carry your Linux everywhere you go? It'll be a good idea to learn how to install Kali for Android phones.

How to Install Kali Linux on Android


Kali can be called a penetration testing Linux distro used by cryptographers and digital forensics. If you have no prior knowledge on this OS, you might wanna refer to HOW TO INSTALL KALI LINUX ON A SYSTEM since I've already broken it all down as well as installation tutorial on computers.

Penetration testing entails making use of a variety of tools and techniques in testing the limits of security procedures and policies. These days more apps are made available on the Android OS for smartphones and tablets every day, so it becomes somewhat worthwhile to have Kali Linux on your smartphone.



Unlike the Computer installation, follow the below steps closely and you'll find the android installation pretty easy

INSTALLING KALI LINUX ON THE ANDROID PHONE

Prerequisites
  • Android version 2.0 or higher
  • Full battery life
  • Nothing less than 5Gb of memory space (both internal and external)
  • A strong internet connection
I believe you have the above specs so let's continue; Rooted Android phones are required for this to work, so lemme start there:

1. Rooting Your Android Phone

Left to me I'd say have your phone rooted by an expert because a little mistake on your part might screw up your phone. However, if you can do it, what you first need to do is back up your phone data.

When that is done, go activate EOM unlocking and USB debugging in the smartphone's developer settings.

When the above steps are completed, head over to the Google developers site and download Android SDK tools and install it in a default directory. Or you can install it anywhere you can remember.

Uncheck everything in the displayed tab, then click to install two packages.

Note that this step is only for those with unrooted Android.

Install By Accepting Licenses

Find your way to your Android phone's manufacturer site and install the device drivers. Make sure the bootloader is unlocked.

Note that certain devices will ask you for an unlock key. Restart your Android to fastboot mode (done by pressing volume up+power on most devices).

Open a command prompt on your personal computer.

If your device requires a code, copy and paste it on your manufacturer's website. After the website form is submitted, you'll receive an email from your device manufacturer that contains a file, key and other necessary instructions for rooting your smartphone.

Get Kingo Root

How to Install Kali Linux on Android
Go and download the KingoRoot app from google play store. If you don't find it, a little google search will fix you. Install the application and make certain your phone is connected to your personal computer. 

Enable the debugging stuff in your Android and root your device.


2. Set up Linux deploy for Kali

How to Install Kali Linux on Android


NOTE for this procedure: Your Android phone should be rooted or have near you a rooting guide for your phone brand.

Download and install Linux deploy application from Google play store. Click on the download icon and select Kali distributions in the distributions tab.

Choose your installation type and location as well. You may decide to stick with the default settings but I recommend configuring up the deployment app yourself.

3. Installation

After configuring all the necessary stuff: You can go ahead to build the Kali image by pressing the install button at the top of the screen. This should take less than 5 minutes depending on your internet speed.


Installation boots a Kali Linux bootstrap directly from the Kali repository. By now Kali Linux is successfully installed.

4. VNC viewer app(optional)

Go download the VNC viewer app from google play store.

Now the steps to configure your VNC:


  • set Address to localhost 

  • set name to kali


When you must have finished the above steps, press the connect button and you'll find your Kali running on your Android.

How to Install Kali Linux on Android | installationThe Kali installation is prebuilt with a VNC or SSH server thus dropping the need to download one. So this step is optional.







5. The CHROOT mode

How to Install Kali Linux on Android | Chroot mode
Now you're done with the installation, let the Linux deploy mount and load your Kali Linux chroot image automatically. 

This step also means the start-up of SSH and VNC  servers to enhance easier remote access. Press the START symbol and this process will begin.


Note the IP address of your device. You'll be using it to log in to your kali session.

log in to chroot mode

Either use the SSH or VNC client to get yourself into your kali. The default VNC setup will be as follows;

  • username: android

  • Password/key: change

Important stuff you need know on using Kali Linux on Android

Linux deploy normally allocates 4GB of image size for a naked installation of kali. It is recommended you reconfigure the settings of the image size at the Linux deploy in case you need to install more utilities that might require huge space.

You might wanna check out how to use your Android as a security camera

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