How to Install Android Studio

How to Install Android Studio

You can access the full course here: Intro to Java for Android Development

Part 1

Here we’re on a Mac. Let’s go to developer.android.com and click on Android Studio.

Android Studio developer home screen

We want to download Android Studio for Mac.

Android Studio download for Mac screen

Accept the Licence agreement and click Download.

It is a large file and may take a few minutes to download. Once it finishes downloading, double click to open the file.

Android Studio being unzipped on Mac

Next drag and drop the file on to your applications folder.

Android Studio with Applications folder being dropped onto it

If you had an older version, replace it.

Android Studio with Windows permission dialogue box

Now launch the application from your Applications folder.

If you had a previous version, you could import the previous settings or choose a clean install.

Android Studio Import settings options

Once Android Studio launches, it may prompt us with a setup wizard.

Android Studio welcome Setup Wizard

We can setup and choose our preferences. Let’s go with the Standard setup.

Android Studio install type options

Next let’s go with the Lite UI Theme.

Android Studio UI Theme options

Let’s verify the Settings and click Finish.

Android Studio Verify Settings screen

At this point, the installer will download additional required files needed to do Android development.

Android Studio downloading components screen

It may ask for for some additional permissions and when complete, will present us with the main launch screen.

Android Studio welcome screen

From here, if you wanted to open am existing or completed project, you would choose “Open an existing Android Studio project”. After having downloaded the files, we will need to unzip them and select the “MyFirstApp” folder and choose Open.

Mac desktop folder with MyFirstApp created

This opens the project in Android Studio and you have everything you need to get started with our course.

Android Studio with project open

Part 2

Here we’re on a Windows machine. Let’s go to developer.android.com and click on Android Studio.

Android developer website

We want to download Android Studio for Windows.

Android Studio windows download

Accept the Licence agreement and click Download.

Android Studio License Agreement

It is a large file and may take a few minutes to download. Once it finishes downloading, click to launch the installer.

If you had a previous version installed, it will allow you to uninstall the previous version.

Android Studio requesting to uninstall old version

Click Yes if you want to uninstall it.

Windows warning about uninstalling Android Studio

We continue, making sure that the option for Android Virtual Device is checked and click Next.

Android Studio component installation options

We confirm the installation location.

Android Studio file location installation option

We can create a shortcut.

Android Studio shortcut options

Let’s click Install.

Android Studio complete installation screen

Once that’s completed, choose Next.

Android Studio Setup finish screen

Clicking Finish will launch Android Studio.

Android Studio new project screen

We are now ready for the rest of the course. If you’d like to take a look at the completed project course code, first download and unzip it.

MyFirstApp folders for Android project

Then choose “Open an existing Android Studio Project”, navigate to the correct folder (MyFirstApp in this case) and choose OK.

Android Studio opening MyFirstApp

This opens the project and tries to compile it.

Android Studio code

If there are any dependencies (libraries etc) that the project needs, Android Studio may take a few minutes to download them.

Android Studio MyFirstApp dependencies syncing

Transcript 1

Here I am on a Mac, and if you go to developer.android.com and look for Android Studio, it’s usually here at the top. Go ahead and select that, and here, you’ll want to download Android Studio for Mac. You’ll accept the agreement and choose download. Now, it is a large file, and it may take a few minutes to download. Once that finishes, go ahead and double click to open the install file.

And from here, you will drag and drop onto your Applications folder. And if you had an older version, you’d go ahead and replace it with the newer version. After that’s finished copying, you can go ahead and launch the application from your Applications folder. If you had a previous version, you can import those settings or go ahead and choose a clean install. Once that launches, it may prompt you for a setup wizard, which allows you to set up and choose your preferences. I’ll go with Standard, go with the Light theme and finish.

At this point, it will download additional required files and get everything you need in order to do Android development. It may ask for some additional permissions, and then once that’s complete, you’ll be presented with the main launch screen. From here, if you want to open the completed project, you would choose Open an existing Android Studio project. After having downloaded the files, you’ll want to unzip them and select the MyFirstApp folder and choose Open.

And from here, you have everything you need to get started with our course.

Transcript 2

To get started, you first need to download Android Studio. If you go to your developer.android.com, and from here, you’ll usually find a reference to Android Studio, and in this instance, it’s here at the top. Go ahead and select Android Studio, and from here, you’ll go ahead and download the application. From there, you’ll agree to any requirements and press download.

Once that’s finished downloading, go ahead and double-click to launch the installer. If you have a previous version, it will go ahead and uninstall it for you. You can choose next. You can confirm if you’re okay to uninstall it. We’ll go ahead and continue, and we do want to make sure that Android virtual device is selected and choose next. Then confirm, and we can create a shortcut and choose install. Once that’s completed, go ahead and choose next, and you can go ahead and launch Android Studio for the first time.

With Android Studio installed, you’re ready for the rest of the course. If you’d like to take a look at the completed project source code, once you’ve downloaded the source code and unzipped it, you can choose open an existing Android Studio project. From here, navigate to where it is opened, and select the folder. In this case, it’s called My First App, so select folder and choose OK. From here, it’s going to open the project and begin and try to compile it.

If there are any dependencies or libraries or things that are not available within your installation, you may find that Android Studio will download a number of additional files, and that may take a few minutes before it’s ready to be run.

Interested in continuing? Check out the full Intro to Java for Android Development course, which is part of our Android Development Mini-Degree.

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