How to check your Android smartphone processor and hardware config

Since the release of Android Lollipop, the installation process of Xposed Framework has become a bit more complicated. Not only there are separate installers for each version of Android, but now, you also need to know the processor of an Android smartphone installed on your device to make sure you download the correct files. In fact, the CPU architecture is becoming a determining factor to make some app updates and of course to install custom ROMs.

How to know the Android smartphone processor

There are three main CPU architectures used in Android phones. ARM is perhaps the most common, as optimized for battery consumption. ARM64 is an evolution of the original ARM architecture, which supports 64-bit processing for more powerful computing and is fast becoming the standard of the latest devices. Then there is x86, a little more powerful than both types of ARM CPUs, but not as battery optimization, so it is the least used of the three. But regardless of all this, if you’re not sure if you know the processor of an Android smartphone, I’ll show you below how to check if it’s an ARM, ARM64 or x86 processor.

The verification process is very simple. Just install an app on the device that will inform you about some basic data related to the processor but also other useful information to learn more about the architecture of your device. The info refers to the CPU, system, memory, camera, temperature, battery and details on the sensors.

Step 1. Install Droid Hardware Info

The easiest way to find the type of CPU installed on your smartphone is to install an application that gives you complete information about the hardware of your device. Our favorite app is called Droid Hardware Info and is available for free on the Google Play Store. To get started, look for the application by name and install it, or go directly to the installation page at the following link.

DOWNLOAD | Droid Hardware Info | Google Play Store

Step 2. Find the CPU architecture and instruction set

Once installed, simply open Droid Hardware Info and go to the System tab. From here, you can see two fields in particular: CPU Architecture and Instruction Set. Write down this information and use the table in step 3 below to find the name of your CPU type.

Step 3. Convert the information in the CPU name

If the information must be used to use them in Xposed, the procedure does not end there, because you will have to find the correspondence between the data taken from the app and the CPU. Proceed in this way. The data provided by the app in the CPU Architecture and Instruction Set fields differ from the requirements that you will see in the Xposed Installer application. So, to find the exact name of the CPU type of your device, you need to match the information you found in Droid Hardware Info with the following list:

  • ARM: ARMv7 or armeabi
  • ARM64: AArch64 or arm64
  • x86: x86 or x86abi

Droid Hardware Info not only provides news on the processor, but provides detailed information on many other data on your Android smartphone, including the manufacturer of the device, operating system, internal memory, camera, temperature, battery and details on the various sensors. This is not an app to install and delete, because, being very light, you can keep it installed on the device to constantly monitor some important data of the smartphone and realize the level of memory or heating the device.


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