How To Install And Set Up Raspbian/Raspberry Pi OS Using NOOBS For The First Time?

NOOBS makes the installation of Raspbian/Raspberry Pi OS easier for noobs.

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Flexibility is one of the great aspects of Raspberry Pi. From Android to different flavors of Linux distros, installing any operating system requires minimal effort. If you want to revert to Raspberry Pi OS or if you’re setting up your Pi for the first time, in this article, let’s look at how to install Raspbian/Raspberry Pi OS and set up your Raspberry Pi using NOOBS, easily.

For starters, NOOBS stands for New Out of Box Software. It acts as an installation wizard for installing Raspberry Pi OS or other OSes.

How To Install Raspbian/Raspberry Pi OS?

Before we begin, here’s what you’ll need.

1. A fast MicroSD card with an SDHC adapter/USB Reader
2. A Windows or a Linux machine
3. NOOBS zip file
5. A Raspberry Pi (of course)
6. A monitor, keyboard, micro HDMI to full-size HDMI cable, official Raspberry Pi charger, and a Type-C cable.
7. Patience.

  1. Insert the SD card into your computer

    Insert the SD card into the SDHC adapter or USB reader and plug it into your computer.

  2. Download the NOOBS zip file

    After the download's complete, extract the Zip file by right-clicking on it and clicking on extract all on Windows or using the default archive manager on Linux.

  3. Transfer all the extracted files to the SD card

    Copy the files to the SD card and insert the card into your Raspberry Pi's SD card slot.

How To Set Up Raspberry Pi 4 Using NOOBS?

  • Connect your Raspberry Pi 4 to the monitor using the Micro HDMI cable (Use the first micro HDMI port). Plugin the power adapter and the Type-C cable, and connect the USB keyboard and mouse to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Power on the Pi, and after the rainbow screen, you’ll be greeted by the NOOBS installer.
noobs installer - how to install raspbian/raspberry pi os
  • Click on the Raspberry Pi OS check box and click on the Install option, which you’ll find at the top-right corner of the installer window.
welcome to raspberry pi
  • Sit back and relax as the installation might take around 15-20 minutes. After it’s done, you’ll see this.
Raspberry pi os home
  • Now, select the country, language, and timezone, and finally, set a login password. That’s pretty much it.
raspberry pi os set password

If you get a warning on the first step itself, which reads, “The SD card should be first converted to MBR partition,” click on Okay.

This is because your SD card is formatted in a different scheme. Raspberry Pi OS can only be installed on SD cards with an MBR partitioning scheme. After the format’s complete, you’ll see a pop-up that says the SD card has been successfully reformatted.

Now, you’ll need to boot into Windows or Linux and follow the process from step one.

Final Words

There’s another way of install Raspberry Pi OS without a monitor, which is also called the “Headless method.” We’ll be covering that soon. Until then, stay tuned!

Want to install Android instead? Check out our how to install Android on Raspberry Pi article.

Did you face any issues following the installation process in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

Mohammed Abubakar

Mohammed Abubakar

Abu is a gadget head and an avid Linux user who loves to talk about smartphones and everything tech. In his free time, you'll find him searching for his next device or binge-watching Anime.

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