Google Android Emulator in Windows

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Running Android Emulator in Windows is not an easy task. It may be a great hurdle for you if you have never tried using it before ever. Therefore, if you are now in a mood to have Google Android Emulator in Windows, you may have few choices. One of them is to configure the most hectic and tough Android SDK properly or the other one is to simply give a chance to BlueStacks Emulator.

Android Emulator in Windows

This BlueStacks is not much compatible to few primary Android applications, and may not help you a lot in this, but can give you a lot more hard time. However, it will be best if you create your own Android Emulator for Windows.

Whenever you planned about creating something new for yourself, you always need to have a proper VM ware or virtual machine. Hence, you can create virtual machine on primary basis, which must be capable to run at Android x86. Android x86 is a new version of Google having AMD processors.

This can facilitate you with complete Android experience along with complete desktop features, navigations, and complete access to Google Play store.

Therefore, for creating your own Google Android Emulator compatible with Windows, you must follow steps mentioned below:

1. Install Virtual Box

You first need to have a virtual box installed. Download it from internet and later on install it on your desktop or laptop. Virtual box is completely licensed software and is available widely on the internet for different Windows versions.

2. Download Android x86

Without Android x86, you are nothing. This is exactly the same thing we have on your desktop i.e. program files x86. Do install its latest and fresh version for better results. You can have it from the internet easily. This will be installed live from internet and its iso file will be created later on.

3. Launch Virtual Box

Launch the software you have installed in first step. Remember to follow step 2, else it will not work at any cost. Just click new tab over there in virtual box.

4. Follow Instructions on Interface

  • You now need to follow instructions given on screen.
  • You can choose any name but write Android x86 as Name, LINUX as Type and other LINUX as Version.
  • Select at least 1 GB RAM or 1024 MB RAM by scrolling scale horizontally.
  • Now, you need to create virtual hard drive when prompted.

Later on, you have to select VDI i.e. Virtual Drive Image, which must be the first radio button on interface. Then, you will be asked about disk size, remember to choose dynamically allocated or fixed size. Fixed size is actually little faster, but will consume maximum space of your disk.

On the contrary, dynamically allocated one will only consume needed space and will never affect you a lot. Maybe, dynamic allocation is 8 GB, but it may take only 2 GB.

  • Select 8 GB and click next.
  • Now, right click Android x86 from your mouse and click Settings.
  • Do not forget to set your video memory at 64 MB.
  • Do select optical drive under storage option.
  • Select optical drive and make choice of CD/DVD.
  • Now select, ISO file you already have downloaded and click OK.
  • Now, click start with Android x86.
  • Choose installation you need.
  • You can create or modify and partitions if you need.
  • Choose new primary to have single primary division of your disk.
  • Select bootable and then confirm for final installation. Click Yes.
  • Now, click OK to start.
  • Choose ext. 3 line you do in LINUX and click OK.
  • Install system as read/write if you desire.
  • Now you have to unmount forcefully by going into devices and CD/DVD devices and then go to remove disk from virtual drive.
  • Now reboot and click ok.
  • Run your Android setup.
  • You can disable mouse if you wish.
  • You are done now.

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Waking Emulator from Sleep

Default settings of Emulator are 800 X 600. You can change them if you wish.

  • You first need to hit “a” key when GRUB comes onto the screen.
  • Type vga=ask command and press enter.
  • Again, press enter.
  • Input mode or resolution you wish i.e. 1152X864X24 and press enter.

We have discussed here quickly the use of Emulator in Windows, you will surely be loving it and do not forget to try it on your personal device.

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