When tweaking Android you might somehow get into a situation where you need to know your CPU architecture. In fact, to root your Android you need to know which processor architecture was used in your mobile, also whether the process suits your device. So it is one of the responsibilities of an Android user to have a pinch of knowledge on his phones CPU architecture.

Whether you are root user or a non-root user you need to know CPU architecture. It is helpful in later stages but may not be now known to you at present. When we buy a smartphone we look for some specifications, reviews and other requirements. In the same way, you need to know something about your smartphones CPU Architecture. Speed or battery backup changes from one processor to another. Some give better battery backup, some give good performance and some give extra features that are not present in many.

Android mainly supports 3 kinds of processors namely ARM, Intel, and MIPS. Of the three ARM is widely known and the top brand in providing processors for various Android manufacturers. Although Intel is widely used in Desktops and Server markets it is less known in Android devices. Long time back MIPS is known very widely and also has seen a lot of success with 32-bit and 64-bit processors in embedded spaces but as times progressed it became least popular when compared to the other processors in Android devices.

So always the main rival is between ARM and Intel. But the winner at this present stage is ARM. Now we shall how to find which processor is running in your device.

What’s ARM, ARM 64, x86?

Now you know that ARM is the most popular and widely used processor in Android. Well in ARM we have three different architectures. They are ARM, ARM 64 and x86. What is the difference between them? ARM is a somewhat old one. However, it is known for providing better battery backup. ARM 64 is derived from ARM. It is seen in almost all the devices in the present days. X86 is known for providing a great performance of the other two but it lags a bit when coming to battery backup. So it is not used in the present market.

How to know whether your device is ARM or ARM 64 or x86?

That's not a big task to find what CPU architecture your device has. There are some applications which can give you full details of the CPU. You can simply download them and check the architecture.
1. Download the application My Device from Play Store.
2. After installing open it.
3. Now click on the menu at top left corner with three lines.
4. In that click on the CPU tab. In that look at the 5th column which is ABI. It gives you the processor architecture or even you can look at the CPU model to know it.
5. Now again click on the menu, then click on OS. In that look at the third column which gives you API level. That's if you have known your CPU architecture and Android version.

1. API Levels

API Levels of Android smartphone for CPU Architecture

1. API level 21 is Lollipop with 5.0 update.
2. API level 22 is Lollipop with 5.1.x update.
3. API level 23 is Marshmallow with 6.x.x update.
4. API level 24 is Nougat with 7.0 update.
5. API level 25 is Nougat with 7.x.x update.
6. API level 26 is Oreo with 8.0 update.
7. API level 27 is Oreo with 8.x update.

2. Processor Architecture

CPU Architecture or Processor of Android
i.  ARM is also called  :  ARMv7 or armeabi.
ii.  ARM64 is also called  :  Aarch64 or arm64.
iii.  x86 is also called  :  x86 or x86abi.

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