How Do I Run an Android Studio App on My Phone?

Android, Android Apps

Welcome to this tutorial on how to run an Android Studio app on your phone! In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of running your app directly on your Android device.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • An Android device: You will need an Android smartphone or tablet to run the app.
  • A USB cable: You will need a USB cable to connect your Android device to your computer.
  • Android Studio: Make sure you have Android Studio installed on your computer. If you haven’t installed it yet, download it from the official website and follow the installation instructions.

Enable Developer Options on Your Android Device

In order to run apps directly from Android Studio, you need to enable Developer Options on your Android device. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Go to your phone’s Settings.
  2. Step 2: Scroll down and tap on About phone.
  3. Step 3: Scroll down again and find the Build number.
  4. Step 4: Tap on the Build number seven times continuously. After each tap, you will see a countdown message indicating how many taps are left.
  5. Step 5: Once you have tapped it seven times, a message will appear saying “You are now a developer!“. This means that Developer Options have been enabled on your device.

Connect Your Android Device to Your Computer

Now that you have enabled Developer Options, it’s time to connect your Android device to your computer:

  1. Step 1: Take the USB cable and connect one end to your Android device.
  2. Step 2: Connect the other end of the USB cable to an available USB port on your computer.
  3. Step 3: On your Android device, you may see a prompt asking for permission to allow USB debugging. Tap on Allow.

Configure Your Device in Android Studio

We are now ready to configure our device in Android Studio:

  1. Step 1: Launch Android Studio on your computer.
  2. Step 2: In the toolbar at the top, click on the “Run” button (it looks like a green play button) or press “Shift + F10”.
  3. Step 3: A dialog box will appear, showing all available devices. Select your connected Android device from the list.

Select and Run Your App

We have reached the final step: selecting and running our app on our connected Android device!

  1. Step 1:In Android Studio, open your project containing the app you want to run on your phone.
  2. Step 2:In the toolbar at the top, click on the dropdown menu next to the “Run” button.
  3. Step 3:Select your app from the list of available configurations.
  4. Step 4:Click on the “Run” button or press “Shift + F10”.

Congratulations! Your app will now be built and transferred to your Android device.

You can monitor the progress in the Android Studio console. Once the process is complete, you will be able to see and interact with your app on your connected Android device.

I hope this tutorial helped you learn how to run an Android Studio app on your phone. Now you can test your apps directly on a real device, which is essential for ensuring their functionality and user experience. Happy coding!