Android Studio is a powerful Android development environment that is available on Windows. In this video, you will learn which Windows editions are the better choices to run the Android SDK, as well as the requisite RAM necessary for installing Android Studio on Windows. You'll save time by following the step-by-step instructions for installing the proper Java and SDKs for rapid Android development.
Before installing Android Studio on Windows You should first make sure that you have the required versions of the operating system and of Java. The Android SDK requires at least Windows XP and will run best on newer systems with at least four gigabytes of RAM. The website says you can get by with two gigabytes but you'll find that Android Studio is somewhat slow on that sort of system. You also need to have the Java Developers Kit or JDK. The Java Runtime Environment isn't enough. To check your Java version go to a command prompt and type Java dash version.
As of the time of this recording the best version to have is Java Seven or the more recent version Java Eight. Any update number will do. If you see an older version of Java or no copy of Java at all take a break from watching this movie and install the JDK now. It's available from the webpage at Java dot oracle dot com. From this page click the Java SE link then click download under JDK. On this screen, after accepting the license agreement, you can download the right version for your operating system.
Windows X86 for 32 bit Windows or Windows X64 for 64 bit Windows. After installing the JDK come back to this movie and you'll be ready to install Android Studio. You can download Android Studio from this webpage, at developer dot android dot com slash SDK slash installing slash studio dot html. As of the time of this recording this webpage displays information about the Android Studio Beta version zero point eight point zero.
There's a big link here to download the software. You'll then need to read through and accept the terms and conditions and then you can download Studio. Notice that there's only one version. It'll work on both 32 and 64 bit Windows. You can download the installer anywhere on your hard disk. I've downloaded it to my desktop. Double-click the installer to start the installation process and if you see a user account control dialogue click yes to continue.
On the first screen click next and then choose one of these options. I recommend choosing install just for me. When you click next you'll see that the destination folder is under the app data folder. I prefer to place the Android Studio folder right under the C drive root but you can place it anywhere on your hard disk. Click next and then follow the rest of the prompts to install the software. It'll take a few minutes to copy all of the files over.
This takes longer then it does on Mac because the files and folders are being copied individually instead of as a single package folder as happens on Mac OS 10. Once the installation process is complete you'll be ready to start up Android Studio for the first time. From this screen click next and notice that you have an option to start Android Studio immediately. But I'm going to uncheck that option and click finish because I want to describe the structure of the Android Studio installation folder.
I'll go to explorer to the C drive and open my new Android Studio folder. The SDK sub-folder is where the default Android SDK is installed. If you already have a copy of the SDK that you've been using say with Eclipse and the Android developer tools and you've customized that copy of the SDK you can use it with Android Studio. You'll just need to configure Android Studio to point to that folder. But this is the folder that I'll be using. Now I'm ready to start up Studio.
On Windows Eight you might have a new Android Studio tile. If you don't go to the start screen and start typing Android Studio and you should see it appear. When you start it up for the first time I recommend starting as administrator. So I'll right-click and choose run as administrator and then if I see a user account control dialogue I'll click yes. And that will fire up Studio. If you're working on Windows Seven, Vista or XP you can go to the start menu.
Look under Android and you'll find the Android Studio shortcut there. If you're working on Windows Seven I also recommend starting as administrator. The first time you start up Studio you might see a dialogue box asking if you want to use the settings from a previous version of Android Studio. If you see the dialogue box and you've never installed Android Studio before just click okay. Or if you've installed Studio previously and you want to import your settings then choose the appropriate option.
Also the first time you start up Studio you might see a dialogue asking if you want to update to the latest version. As of the time of this recording the latest available version was zero point eight point four. But if you do see that dialogue box click remind me later. That dialogue box will go away and I'll show you the update process in a different movie. Finally, if you see a firewall permission dialogue appear then accept that permission as well. And if you see this screen welcoming you to Android Studio then you're ready for the next steps.
Note: This course was revised on 8/20/2014 to reflect changes in the .0.8.4 beta version of Android Studio.
- Exploring Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA
- Installing Android Studio
- Creating projects with Android Studio
- Navigating the user interface
- Designing activity layouts
- Analyzing and refactoring code
- Debugging and packaging apps
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 8/20/2014. What changed?
A: We revised this course to reflect changes to the Android Studio beta, released at the 2014 Google I/O conference. This update was recorded with Android Studio .0.8.4, which contains a new project wizard and updates to the Gradle build system. For more information about the changes in this course, check out the "What's new in this update" movie.