How to install Android Emulator on Windows,Mac and Linux

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In this post I try to explain how to install and use the Android emulator on different OS versions to test new Google system.

There are different versions for each operating system, all have a compressed file that has everything you need inside and Windows has an executable that makes life a little easier as you see if you have everything you need.

First of all, download it and unzip it to a folder, no matter where.

Then, before trying anything else we need to check that Java is installed:

It is very important to have Java installed or we can not use the other tools.


Now that you have the Java SDK installed and unzipped, plays configure the emulator to use it.

Open the SDK folder and find the file in SDK Manager. We ran and we will get this window:

Now wait for it to finish loading the information about new versions and the end look like this:

Now we have to choose the things we want to get down and give Install. In this tutorial we will go down the Android 4.0.3 version but you can use any.

After installing the Android version you want, in the folder of the SDK also find the file AVD Manager. We ran and we will get this window:

We will have to create a new virtual device, we click on New and we will emulator options:

Configure the emulator as you want and you can create. The important parts are:

Target: The Android version will use the emulator.

SD Card - Size: Size of the virtual sd, for example 1024 MiB.

Skin: Screen Size to emulate.

At the end we will have the emulator created and only need to give to Start:

If all goes well the emulator will start and we will try our pc Android.