In this guide we’ll show you how to see what processor your Android phone or tablet has. Whether you’re installing a new Xposed Mod, downloading 3rd party ROMs, or sideloading an app, knowing what’s inside your phone is an important step.
This is especially helpful for those installing the Xposed Framework. Starting with Android 6.0 Lollipop there’s a different installer based on your phone’s Android version and its processor. You need this information to download the right files.
Finding out what processor your Android device has is actually really simple. Whether it’s an ARM, ARM64, or x86. Follow our quick instructions below to check yourself.
How to See What Processor Your Android Device Uses
There are a few different apps that can find this information for you. We recommend DROID Hardware Info or Device Info HW. Start by downloading one from the Google Play Store. Here’s what to do and what to look for.
- Download DROID Hardware Info on Google Play
- Open the app and grant it access to read your phone’s hardware
- Tap the System column tab at the top
- Next, screenshot or write down the info under CPU Architecture and Instruction Sets
- Match that info with the text below to find our your phone processor type
- ARM: ARMv7 or armeabi
- ARM64: AArch64 or arm64
- x86: x86 or x86abi
There are three main CPU architectures used in most smartphones and tablets. Those being ARM, ARM64, and x86. Find out which type your phone has, and you’re all set. Now use that information to download the right file for a live wallpaper, custom ROM, or Xposed Mod.
For those wondering, ARM is the most common and it’s optimized for low power consumption and improved battery life. Perfect for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. ARM64 takes that same approach and supports 64-bit processing, which most operating systems use today. Like Windows 10, or Android. Most newer devices run an ARM64 processor. Last but not least, there’s x86 (like Intel) which delivers improved performance and power, but at the cost of battery life. As a result, it’s less common in smartphones and mobile devices.
Now that you know what all of this means and where to find it, you’re all set. Hack your phone, install apps or mods, and enjoy everything your Android device has to offer.