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 and copy it in Android Studio > plugins > android > lib > device-art-resources.

  3. Launch Android Studio and open AVD Manager (Tools > AVD Manager).

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


    Or locate it by clicking the ... button beside the Default Skin dropdown menu. Click OK then Finish.

  8. The Hardware Profile for your virtual device has been created. Proceed by selecting its System Image.

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

  10. Launch the newly created virtual device in the AVD Manager.

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

Tips on Using Emulators

  • By clicking the ... (More) in the toolbar beside the emulator, you will see the Extended Controls window. Click Help to see the list of Keyboard shortcuts.

  • The buttons and other controls on the emulator work as they would on the actual device. For example, clicking on the home button will bring up the home screen.

  • Tweak the AVD hardware configuration to speed up your emulator. Increasing the memory or setting the screen to a smaller size gives a minor performance increase.

  • When starting an AVD, you may select a screen size suitable to your computer to enlarge or reduce the size of the emulator.

Emulator Limitations

In this release, 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