I want to emulate a android smartphone on my pc. I already found the android emulator from andoid sdk manager but its look more like a programming tool so I am not sure if this is what I want.

I want an emulator that is able to install android with root permissions so I can install apk's like lucky patcher etc.

What can I use?

  • What OS are you using on PC? Yes you can use android sdk for this, and you can root using this method – xavier_fakerat Feb 21 '19 at 19:07
  • Windows 10. And ok I will try this – SomePerson Feb 21 '19 at 19:09
  • Private users can use Genymotion Emulator "Genymotion for fun" for free, their images are usually already rooted and it does not feel "like a programming tool". – Robert Feb 21 '19 at 19:39

Android SDK is not necessarily for development only, you can simply download the standalone Android SDK and install it your your PC.

After setting up your AVD simply, root it using this method. This is a standard method that works for most applications (except for a few requiring flashing .zips via recovery e.g Xposed, but I'm working on a fix for that)

Note: To access API > 27 on your target AVD, you need to manually upgrade the emulator.


  • Does this work with android 9 too? – SomePerson Feb 21 '19 at 19:36
  • Yes it does after you upgrade your emulator – xavier_fakerat Feb 21 '19 at 19:38
  • I didnt get it to work, I did everything like in the tutorial. I have sdk version 28+ installed but android 9 isnt starting at all and android 7 just hangs in the andoird screen :/ – SomePerson Feb 21 '19 at 20:43
  • It doesnt work with the 28 version. After I tried the 27 version it worked. – SomePerson Feb 21 '19 at 20:52
  • I choose a google cpu/abi and now it is still loading after 10min with the google sing. Is this normal? I have a good pc btw – SomePerson Feb 21 '19 at 21:07

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