Android Studio is a program that is typically used to develop Android applications. But taking advantage of the fact that it includes an emulator to test the applications created, you can use it for other purposes, such as using Android applications or games on the big screen of the computer. And this is quite easy and quick to do, as you will see below..
To get started, obviously you must first install and configure Android Studio on your computer . Then follow the steps below. It's worth it, as the Android Studio emulator is one of the best Android emulators out there , not only because it is developed by Google and can be trusted to be safe, but also because it works so well . When you run Android apps here, it's almost as if you're using the real thing .
Open any APK in Android Studio emulator
Open the program and click on Projects, More Actions Profile or Debug APK ..
Select the APK you want to load or run in Android Studio. There are many ways to download the APK of any app, as you can see here . For example, on the evozi.com website you find a Google Play application downloader .
Finally touch the "Play" button and then "Run"..
Error Please select Android SDK
When you click the "Play" button in Android Studio, you may see the Configuration is still incorrect warning . If you click Continue anyway, the problem may persist and may be caused by the Please select Android SDK error . To solve it, go to File, Project Structure, Modules, choose your APK, Module SDK and there you must choose Android API . Press OK to save.
In some cases the solution to this error is to activate the Sync Project with Gradle Files option .
Emulator not responding
If the emulator does not respond, freezes or hangs, something that usually happens when you close Android Studio and reopen it, go to Tools, AVD Manager, right click on the emulator, Cold boot . Now run the app again with the Play button.
Tips when using the Android Studio emulator
By default, apps do not have access to the PC's input peripherals , such as the microphone. In the emulator's sidebar, tap on the three dots and you will be able to configure this access, among other things.
You can add files to the emulator by dragging and dropping from your PC. The files are supposed to be saved in sdcard/Download/ , but I had to install a file manager in the emulator to find them in sdcard/0/Download (note the 0).
You can download an APK on PC and drag it to the emulator, or download the APK from the emulator's browser. Any way works, however, when you download an APK for the emulator, you must look for the X86 architecture APK (only for mobile phones APKs with ARM architecture are used).
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