I would like to use the Android Emulator to work on some APKs. In order to start the Android Emulator, based on the instructions here: https://developer.android.com/studio/run/managing-avds.html

So, I need to start the AVD Manager from Android Studio, then create a device and start the emulator.

Now, the issue is, when I open Android Studio, it asks me to create a new Project or open an existing one before continuing. This takes a long time. Isn't there a way to just start the AVD Manager without opening the Android Studio GUI?

Probably, there is a way to start AVD Manager from command line?


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    Questions about writing and publishing Android apps, writing custom ROMs, and other topics that are primarily of concern to developers are off-topic. Consider taking advantage of other resources that may be appropriate for your question. – iBug Jun 18 '17 at 3:39
  • Thanks. I'll refer that resource. You could just point me to the resource instead of giving a "-1" on reputation ;) I'll ask on Forums related to Android Developers. – Neon Flash Jun 18 '17 at 5:46
  • People downvote questions and answers not suitable for this site, not only me. Fix your post or self-delete it directly before a moderator come to close and delete, when you're likely to get more downvotes. – iBug Jun 18 '17 at 7:16
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    Use of the emulator is on-topic here. Using it for development is not, but simply starting it up without Android Studio is entirely applicable to those using it for other purposes. – Matthew Read Jul 11 '17 at 18:03
  • @iBug This question is not about writing or publishing Android apps or writing custom ROMs and there are several people who use Android emulators without being developers. This is a suitable question. – Sam Mearns Feb 28 at 13:29

You can navigate to the directory where you have installed SDK and launch "AVD Manager.exe"

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    Any clue how to launch AVD manager on Mac? (without using android studio) – tmh Apr 9 '18 at 6:25
  • I would like to know as well. – Aero Windwalker Oct 6 '18 at 2:18

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