Using a Galaxy Emulator Skin

What You Need

  • Android Studio and Android SDK

  • At least one platform installed in Android SDK > Platform

  • Downloaded Galaxy Emulator Skin

How To Use

  1. Download your preferred Galaxy Emulator Skin.

  2. Extract the downloaded skin in your file directory and locate it later on when configuring the hardware profile.

  3. Launch Android Studio and open the Device Manager by going to Tools > Device Manager.

  4. If you have an existing virtual device, click Edit this AVD button and select the downloaded Emulator Skin. Otherwise, click Create device in Device Manager.

  5. In Virtual Device Configuration, click New Hardware Profile to create a profile for your new virtual device.

  6. Fill in the specification of your virtual device.

  7. In the Default Skin, locate the downloaded Emulator Skin by clicking the ... button beside the dropdown menu. Click OK then Finish.

  8. The hardware profile for your virtual device has been created. Click Next and select its System Image.

  9. Verify all configuration and check if the Emulator Skin is applied by clicking Show Advanced Settings.

  10. Before launching your virtual device, go to File > Settings > Tools > Emulator and uncheck Launch in a tool window to launch Android Emulator as a standalone application.

  11. Launch the newly created virtual device in the Device Manager.

    Afterwards, your virtual device with its Galaxy Emulator Skin should appear.

Tips on Using Emulators

  • The buttons and other controls on the emulator work as they would on an actual device. For example, clicking on the home button brings up the home screen.
  • Click the ... button in the toolbar beside the emulator to open Extended Controls window.
  • Know the list of Keyboard shortcuts in the Help menu of Extended Controls window.

Emulator Limitations

The emulator lacks support for the following features:

  • Placing or receiving actual phone calls. However, you can simulate phone calls (placed and received) through the emulator console.

  • USB connections

  • Back camera/video capture. Front camera works if you have a webcam installed on your computer.

  • Device-attached headphones

  • Determining SD card insert/eject

  • Bluetooth