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Set up Your Emulator

When you develop an Android applications where would you test it, You cannot test it every time on your mobile or tablet. “Emulator” is the answer. Emulator is a software that act as your Android device. Every Android developer must have the emulator set up on the Eclipse.

Another point is you cannot have all the android devices with all different configurations but don’t worry In Emulator you can test your applications on all the configurations which you don’t own.

Steps to follow:

In Eclipse, go to Windows->Android Virtual Device Manager .

Open Android Virtual Device Manager

Open Android Virtual Device Manager

Click on the “Create” in Android Virtual Device Manager Window.

Create New Virtual Device -1

Create New Virtual Device -1

Once you click on create, the Create new Android Virtual Device (AVD) window.

create new Android virtual device (AVD)

create new Android virtual device (AVD)

Now fill the following fields :

  • AVD Name : TH-AVD
  • Device : Nexus 4 (4.7″ , 768 x 1280: xhdpi) , you select from the various options from the drop down based on for which device you want to create emulator.
  • Target : Select the Target API, I have selected ‘Android 4.4.2 – API Level 19’.
  • CPU/ABI: Intel Atom (x86)
  • Skin : Skin with dynamic hardware controls
  • Front Camera : None
  • Back Camera : None
  • RAM : 1907
  • Internal Storage : 200

Now Click OK

create new Android virtual device (AVD) -1

create new Android virtual device (AVD) -1

You should create few AVDs with different API levels and hardware configurations so that you can test your application on different versions of the Android OS.

Now you can locate your newly added AVD “TH-AVD”.

Select the TH-AVD from the list and click Start.

Start AVD -1

Start AVD -1

Once start is clicked , You will get a window with Launch Options.

select the “Scale display to real size”, so that emulator will be set according to your screen size. you can select other options wisely based on your computer screen.

Launch Options

Launch Options

Click Launch.

The Android Emulator will be launched. Initially the it will take time, because it will boot the Android OS.

Starting Android Emulator

Starting Android Emulator

Android Emulator

Android Emulator

After some time the Android Emulator will be ready for completely and it will be ready for your application..

First the emulator will appear with locked screen like a real android device.

Locked Screen

Locked Screen

Click on the lock and swipe to the right, the home screen will appear.

Home Screen

Home Screen

Happy Androiding 🙂
Sumit Jain

If you find anything incorrect or you feel that there is any better approach to solve the above problem, please write comment.

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