How to create a new Android Virtual Device (AVD) in Android Studio?

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We use AVD to test our Android Application before launch into google play store and see how it looks like on different devices. AVD Manager is a tool that use to create and manage AVD for the Android Emulator. It helps us to test our application without real devices.

Here are the steps to create a new AVD.

Step 1: Launch Android Studio

Step 2: Select Tools-> AVD Manager.

It will open the below option to create a new virtual devices

Step 3: Click on “+ Create Virtual Device..”.

Step 4: Select Hardware

Now, the next step is to select the hardware device. You can select each category and your favorite device’s resolution. See the below diagram. I have chosen a phone in a category and Nexus 6. After you select your emulator, click on the Next.

Step 5: Select SDK Version

After you select AVD device, now your next step is to select SDK Version. If you have various SDK versions like kitkat, Lollipop and Marshmallow etc., select any one. Here, I have only installed Marshmallow SDK version. So, I choose marshmallow SDK version and click Next.

Step 6: Choose AVD Name

Here, you need to choose your AVD name. Write your AVD name in this format “Device Name API Version”. For example: Nexus 6 API 23. It will be easy for you what device are you using and which API level. Click Finish after writing AVD name.

Now, you can see that your Android Studio is creating your AVD emulator.

Step 7 : Android Virtual Device Created

Now, you can see your newly created AVD emulator is created successfully.

If you want to create more AVD, simply click the “+Create Virtual Device” and follow the step 4 to 6 again.

Run your application and see the output.

Android Emulator

That’s it. You have successfully created your AVD emulator.


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