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Android Studio for beginners, Part 1: Installation and setup

Jeff Friesen | Aug. 24, 2016
Install Android Studio and start your first Android project

Figure 4. Set the Android Studio and Android SDK installation locations 

Change the location or accept the default locations and click Next.

The installer defaults to creating a shortcut for launching this program, or you can choose to decline. I recommend that you create the shortcut, then click the Install button to begin installation.

Let the installer create a new shortcut for Android Studio or cancel shortcut creation.

Figure 5. Create a new shortcut for Android Studio 

The resulting dialog box shows the progress of installing Android Studio and the Android SDK. Clicking the Show Details button will let you view detailed information about the installation progress.

The dialog box will inform you when installation has finished. When you click Next, you should see the following:

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Figure 6. Leave the Start Android Studio check box checked to run this software

To complete your installation, leave the Start Android Studio box checked and click Finish.

Running Android Studio

Android Studio presents a splash screen when it starts running:

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Figure 7. Android Studio's start screen

On your first run, you'll be asked to respond to several configuration-oriented dialog boxes. The first dialog box focuses on importing settings from any previously installed version of Android Studio.

Import settings from a previously installed version of Android Studio or keep the default setting.

Figure 8. Import settings

If you're like me, and don't have a previously installed version, you can just keep the default setting and click OK. Android Studio will respond with a slightly enhanced version of the splash screen, followed by the Android Studio Setup Wizard dialog box:

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Figure 9. Validate your Android SDK and development environment setup

When you click Next, the setup wizard invites you to select an installation type for your SDK components. For now I recommend you keep the default standard setting.

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Figure 10. Choose an installation type

Click Next and verify your settings, then click Finish to continue.

Review various settings before installation of SDK components.

Figure 11. Review settings

The wizard will download and unzip various components. Click Show Details if you want to see more information about the archives being downloaded and their contents.

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Figure 12. The wizard downloads and unzips Android Studio components

If your computer isn't Intel based, you might get an unpleasant surprise after the components have completely downloaded and unzipped:

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