Speeding Android Emulator

Android is not as straightforward as iOS so there are a few tips that may improve the speed of starting up Android Emulator.

  1. Launch Android SDK Manager.
  2. Under Android x.x.x (API y) look for Intel x86 Atom System Image and install it.
  3. Under extras look for Intel x86 emulator accelerator (HAXM) and install it.
  4. Go to ~/Library/Android/sdk/extras/intel/Hardware_Accelerated_Execution_Manager/ and install IntelHAXM_6.0.1.dmg.
  5. Add a new device and make sure it uses the Intel Atom (x86) CPU and has Use GPU Host enabled.
  6. Test it!.