Android Studio is fantastic, but it can be difficult to set up properly. Follow these steps and you'll be good to go in no time.
Android Studio is one of the best programs for Android app development. It offers a plethora of features and integrated tools for creating professional Android apps.
The program includes a feature-rich Android emulator, testing tools, and a consistent development environment. In addition, it also features an intelligent code editor that provides you with advanced code suggestions.
Due to many configuration steps, Android Studio may be challenging to set up if you're a novice developer. Here, we show how to install Android Studio on Windows and create a sample application.
Before installing Android Studio, you first need to install the Java JDK and set up the Java environment to start working on it.
The Java Development Kit (JDK) is a required development package for creating Java-based applications. Additionally, it also includes tools for developers for testing Java-coded applications.
Follow these steps to get the latest version of Java JDK for Windows and set it up:
Now that you've successfully installed JDK, you need to set up a Java environment so that Android Studio can easily find the location of Java on your desktop.
Here are the steps you've to perform for setting up the Java environment:
Don't forget to replace the JDK version with the version you're currently using. In our case, we've used the jdk-22.214.171.124 version.
In general, you do not need to reconfigure any environment variables if you have already done so. But if it's your first time, setting the variables will help you reduce Java-based errors during compilation.
Follow these steps to download and install Android Studio for Windows:
You should use SSD storage when working with Android Studio to get better performance and faster processing. Moreover, if you want to know more about the reasons, we've already explained why SSDs are better than HDDs.
If the installer crashes or closes with a random error code, the chances are that your PC doesn't meet the minimum system requirements. For this, you must check the below-mentioned requirements once.
Your PC must meet the following requirements to run Android Studio efficiently:
If you're not sure about your PC's specifications, do check out our guide on how to check a PC's hardware specs.
If your PC is too old or fails to meet the above requirements, you won't be able to install the program properly. And so, it'll be a waste of time for you to continue any further with the steps.
While you've installed Android Studio on your Windows PC, to create a new project you'll have to configure the Setup Wizard. The Setup Wizard will help you create a development environment for your future projects.
Follow these steps to set up Android Studio:
If it gets stuck while downloading, it's because of either high CPU usage or interruption in downloading. This is why you must close all the programs that may consume the internet or are still running in the background.
To fix this issue, we recommend you read our article on how to fix the high CPU usage issue in Windows. In addition, if you're facing slow downloading issues—have a look at some effective ways to check for internet throttling in Windows.
Now, that you've set up and configured Android Studio, follow these steps to run a test project from scratch:
The first test project takes around 10-15 minutes to load all the files and sync the project using Gradle (a build automation tool). Once it is done, you can interact with your app's project structure and view different activities in Android Studio.
After making the changes to your project, you have many different options to run your test app:
Without a doubt, Android Studio is a robust app development software. The best part is that you are not limited to Android apps only. With Android Studio, you can create apps for tablets, watch faces for Wear OS, and even apps for your Android TV.
Furthermore, Android apps are developed in Java (or Kotin) and rely on XML. So, if you're just getting started with app development, you should enroll in some app development courses.
Rishabh is a Tech Writer who strives to make technology easier to understand. He enjoys writing about Android and other technology-related topics. You can usually find him tinkering with his Android device when he isn't writing XD.
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