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Step-by-Step Guide to create and launch Android Virtual Device (AVD) in emulator using Android Studio


This is a beginner's guide to android studio and android virtual device (AVD). This guide will help you create and launch Android Virtual Device (AVD) in emulator to test your android apps using Android Studio.


Android Virtual Device


  • Install latest stable version of Android Studio

step 1 : Run Android Studio

Android Studio
Android Studio

step 2 : Open AVD Manager

Configure (Settings icon) > AVD Manager
Android Studio - AVD Manager
Android Studio - AVD Manager

step 3  : Create a Virtual Device

Click on "Create Virtual Device"
Create Virtual Device
Create Virtual Device
  • Select Hardware - Choose Device Definition : for this demo, we will select Pixel.
  • Note : You can also create your own hardware profile or import an existing hardware profile using "New Hardware Profile" and "Import Hardware Profile" buttons.
  • Click Next
AVD Manager - Hardware
AVD Manager - Hardware

step 4 : Select a System Image

  • Download and Select the latest stable version of Android System Image.
  • Click Next
AVD Manager - System Image
AVD Manager - System Image

step 5 : Verify Configuration

AVD Configuration
AVD Configuration
Click on "Show Advanced Settings" Button
Advanced AVD Configuration
Advanced AVD Configuration
For most of the settings, keep default values.
Only change the below config parameters :
  • Graphics : Hardware GLES 2.0
AVD Configuration - Graphics
AVD Configuration - Graphics
  • Multi-core CPU : 2
AVD Configuration - CPU
AVD Configuration - CPU
  • Click Finish
Android Virtual Device AVD
Android Virtual Device AVD

  • Your AVD is ready to be launched in the emulator !

step 6 : Launch your Android Virtual Device in the emulator

In Actions column, Click on the play button to launch this AVD in the emulator

Launch AVD
Launch AVD

step 7 : Launching Emulator... Starting AVD...

Wait for a few seconds to launch emulator and start Android Virtual Device AVD.
Launching Emulator
Launching Emulator
AVD Android Emulator
AVD Android Emulator
You have successfully created and launched Android Virtual Device (AVD) in emulator using Android Studio. 

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