Installing Android Studio on Mac or Windows

Windows Problems

Several students found the emulator to be so slow on Windows that it was impossible to use. If that happens, use Genymotion instead. I added a note later in the project to show you when to do that.

Mac OS X Issue

After installing Android Studio, I couldn't start VMware Fusion virtual machines on my Mac--I got this error:
Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory.
This problem is caused by the Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (HAXM).

One workaround is to restart the Mac. After a restart, VMware Fusion works.

Another workaround is to unload the Intel HAXM module with this Terminal command:

sudo kextunload -b
There are several links at the end of this project explaining Intel HAXM.

What You Need for This Project


Android Studio is Google's software development environment for Android.

It's essential for creating, debugging, and testing Android apps.

Downloading Android Studio

Follow the instructions on the Web page to download and install Android Studio for your OS. The Mac version is 234 MB in size, but the Windows version is 828 MB.

Missing Java

If you are using a Mac:
Finish the install and launch Android Studio.

A box pops up, asking if you want to import settings from a previous installation. Accept the default selection refusing to do that.

The Setup Wizard launches. Click Next.

If you are using a PC, start the installation process.

In either case, you will probably see a screen saying that you need the Java SDK, as shown below.

Installing Java SDK

If JDK was not detected, as shown above, you need to fix that.

In the Android Studio Setup Wizard, click the blue link.

Download the correct Java SDK for your OS, as shown below.

Install the Java SDK, with the default options.

Resuming the Android Studio Setup

If you are using a Mac, in the Android Studio Setup Wizard, click Previous and then Next. If you are using a PC, cancel the installation and start it from the beginning again.

Install Android Studio with the default options.

Accept all the license agreements, of course.

It's a long process, with a lot of files downloaded and installed.

Launching Android Studio

When the install finishes, Android Studio launches.

You should see the "Welcome to Android Studio" screen, as shown below.


Android Adventures - Getting Started With Android Studio

stackoverflow: Error:compileSdkVersion android-21 requires compiling with JDK 7

IntelĀ® Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager

Installation Instructions for IntelĀ® Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager - Mac OS X*

Fusion 5 - Could not open devvmmon: No such file or directory.

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