Android SDK Emulator

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last updated: 2018-01

This guide discusses how to use the Google Android SDK Emulator with Visual Studio.


The Google Android SDK Android emulator can be run in a variety of configurations to simulate different devices. Each one of these configurations is created as a virtual device. In this guide, you will learn how to launch the emulator from Visual Studio and how to troubleshoot common problems.


Running the Emulator

How to launch the Android SDK Emulator from Visual Studio.


How to identify and resolve common Android SDK Emulator problems.

For information about configuring the Android SDK Emulator and creating new virtual devices, see Android Emulator Setup.


This guide explained the process for configuring the Google Android SDK emulator to run and test Xamarin.Android apps. It introduced the pre-configured virtual devices, explained how to create custom Android Virtual Devices (AVDs), and provided the steps for deploying an application to the emulator from Visual Studio. In addition, a troubleshooting guide outlined the most common problems and solutions.

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.