Android Emulator on Mac

January 14, 2015

I am happy to report that Android Studio for Mac is easier to configure and faster than the previous Android Emulator. I only care about the emulator portion of the studio, so with that in mind, here is what worked for me.

Install Android Studio

Setup Android Studio for Emulation

Ultimately we want to have one alias we can click on to run just the emulator. To do that we have to...

Setup an easy to click Icon

Now you have an easy to click icon that gets you straight into the emulator. Less of a barrier to website testing which is a good thing. No pesky IDE or other anything else to get in your way.

Easy right? Right?! Snaaaaaake!!

Epilogue

The setup and use of Apple's iOS Simulator is delightful in comparison to Android. I honestly wouldn't blame any web developer for balking at the above process. It is a bad experience when all you want to do is make sure your CSS works well on Android devices.

Oh and CTRL + F12 will rotate your Android Emulator. Have fun remembering that because a button or menu option would have been far too easy. *pouty scowl*