How to Install and Setup Android Studio

Android Studio is referred to as an official IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Google’s Android OS (Operating System) that is specifically designed for Android development and also created using the IDEA software of JetBrains IntelliJ. Android Studio is still supported and compatible with other programming languages such as C++ and Java.

Android Studio Features

Find below the list of features offered by the Android Studio program:

  • Extending Android Studio with Plugin architecture using the plugins.
  • Much easier to integrate Google App Engine & Google Cloud Messaging with in-built Google Cloud Platform.
  • NDK & C++ support.
  • Lint tools can be used to assist with the version compatibility, usability, catch performance, and even other problems.
  • Extensive frameworks and testing tools.
  • GitHub integration and Code templates will assist to create the sample code import and common app features.
  • Without creating the new APK, make use of Instant Run for pushing the updates or changes directly to your existing or running app.
  • You can develop using the unified environment for entire Android devices.
  • A feature-rich and fast emulator.
  • The Gradle-based flexible build system.

Download Android Studio

Google offers the Android Studio program for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows platforms. You can visit the Android Studio’s official website to download the Android Studio program along with command-line tools and traditional SDKs. Find below the requirements for your respective platforms:

Linux OS Requirements

  • Minimum screen resolution: 1280 x 800.
  • Recommended 4 GB storage space (1.5 GB for Emulator system image & Android SDK and 500 MB for installing IDE plus). Hard drive disk space of 2 GB.
  • 8 GB or 9 GB required for Android Emulator. Minimum 3 GB RAM capacity.
  • GLIBC (GNU C Library) version 2.19 or higher.
  • 64-bit distribution with the ability to execute 32-bit applications.
  • KDE or GNOME Desktop.
  • Tested on Trusty Tahr and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Mac OS Requirements

  • Minimum screen resolution: 1280 x 800.
  • Recommended 4 GB storage space (1.5 GB for Emulator system image & Android SDK and 500 MB for installing IDE plus). Hard drive disk space of 2 GB.
  • 8 GB or 9 GB required for Android Emulator. Minimum 3 GB RAM capacity.
  • Supported for Mac OS X version 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, and also up to Sierra (Version 10.13).

Windows OS Requirements

  • Minimum screen resolution: 1280 x 800.
  • Recommended 4 GB storage space (1.5 GB for Emulator system image & Android SDK and 500 MB for installing IDE plus). Hard drive disk space of 2 GB.
  • 8 GB or 9 GB required for Android Emulator. Minimum 3 GB RAM capacity.
  • Supported for Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7 (both 64-bit & 32-bit).

Install & Setup Android Studio

Find below the instructions to install and setup Android Studio program:

  • Access the Android Studio executable file (.exe file) and hit the Next icon.
  • Now, choose your preferred installation path and press the Next icon.
  • Ensure that you have the required space to proceed with the installation process.
  • Then press the Next icon.
  • Finally, hit the Finish button and you will be prompted to import the earlier settings.
  • Choose the option named “Don’t Import” and hit the Ok icon.
  • Now, the Android Studio application will start and browse to locate the list of available SDK components.
  • Once the SDK components are listed then hit the Next icon.
  • Choose the Standard option and press the Next icon.
  • You can select the Dark or Light theme. (Darcula – Dark theme & IntelliJ – Light theme).
  • Hit the Next icon.
  • After downloading the selected SDK components, press the Finish icon to launch the application.
  • Now, you can create a new app by choosing the option “Start New Android project”.

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