How to create Android Virtual Device (AVD) in Eclipse

An Android Virtual Device (AVD) is an emulator configuration that lets you model an actual device by defining hardware and software options to be emulated by the Android Emulator. The developer can test his applications on an emulator which comes along with Android SDK. But first the developer has to define a virtual device which suits his needs.

Creating an Android Virtual Device (AVD) in Eclipse

First open the  'Android Virtual Device Manager' from Toolbar.

Android Virtual Device Manager 

The following is the screenshot of Android Virtual Device Manager window. Click on New Button to add a new AVD.

Create New AVD 

When you click on New button the Create new Android Virtual Device (AVD) dialog box will appear.

Android AVD

Fill all the details regarding to the AVD eg. device name , platform target , memory card size etc. (see the above screenshot). After filling all the details click on Create AVD button.

AVD Manager 

Now you can see the AVD you just created is in the list of AVD Manager. To start an AVD please select the AVD you want to start and click on Start button.

Launch Options

When you click the Start button you see the above screenshot, here you need to click the Launch button to start AVD.

Android Emulator

Now you are ready to test your applications in the AVD. So what you think about this tutorial? please let me know by your comments.

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