How can I install google play on the Android SDK Emulator? I start my emulator like this:

./emulator -avd my_custom_device_API_26 -dns-server -writable-system 

and I tried it How to install Google Play services on an Android 6.0 emulator?, but it doesn't work. Although I'm staring emulator as writable, I get:

remote couldn't create file: Read-only file system

Also, I've bit different APKs as mentioned in that answer namely: PrebuiltGmsCorePix.apk instead GmsCore.apk and I can't find GoogleLoginService.apk. I have the Open GApps 8.1 Pico version. I've also tried to install APKs but was unsuccessful.

  • You need to elevate to root access to mount RW. Try adb root then adb remount then push and install your package.
    – Bo Lawson
    Jan 18, 2019 at 13:45

3 Answers 3


For that, you have to install the Google Play image from the Android Studio SDK Manager. But you can't get it for API level below 24


Remember that to display all those submenus you have to tick Show Package Details on Android SDK setting:

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Also the download may be about 2GB but on hard drive may take 10GB once decompressed.


Other comments don't mention it, but after installing the Google Play you also need to create an emulator again (there will be +Store in the description) enter image description here

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    Hiya! Make sure when answering that you're still giving a full solution to the question being asked. For situations like this, it's common to point to other answers as what to follow for a setup, then continue with the extra details you feel are necessary.
    – Ethan Z
    Nov 24, 2021 at 18:25

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