Yesterday I was trying to sideload that Google Pixel’s Aurora Live Wallpaper from the XDA Forum and it had multiple download options depending on the type of processor your phone has. Now, I’ve been reading a lot about the Android OS and smartphones over the year but, quite frankly, I was confused what processor my smartphone is running. Is it ARM, ARM64, or x86?
Knowing which processor you have is very important to make sure you are downloading the right files. One app, nowadays, has multiple versions for multiple processors so that it runs smoothly on each and every phone available. If you only install apps from the Google play store then knowing which CPU architecture your phone has is not necessary, but if you sideload apps then this information is required as CPU architecture is becoming a factor in more and more scenarios these days, including certain sideloaded app updates and, of course, custom ROMs and Gapps.
What’s ARM, ARM64, and x86?
As of now, there are three main CPU architectures used in Android smartphones – ARM, ARM64, and x86. Out of these three, ARM is the most common as it is properly optimized for battery consumption. ARM64 is an evolution of the original ARM architecture that supports 64-bit processing for more powerful computing, and it’s quickly becoming the standard in newer devices. Then there’s x86, which is a bit more powerful than either type of ARM CPUs, but not quite as battery-friendly, so it’s the least common of the three.
Here’s how you can find out which processor your phone is running.
- Go to the Google play store and install Droid Hardware Info by InkWired. This app shows you all the information regarding your device’s hardware.
- Once installed, open the app and head to System tab. From this tab, take note of two fields – CPU Architecture and Instruction Sets.
- Use the information provided in this step to convert the information learned in the previous step (CPU Architecture and Instruction Sets) into common processor name.
- ARM: ARMv7 or armeabi
- ARM64: AArch64 or arm64
- x86: x86 or x86abi
Which type of processor does your device use—ARM, ARM64, or x86? Let us know in the comment section below.
You should also try the My Device app: