How Install APK on AVD?

APK, APK Installations

If you are an Android developer, you would have come across the need to test and debug your application on a virtual device. The Android Virtual Device (AVD) is an emulator that allows you to test your Android application on different versions of the Android operating system and different device configurations.

One of the most common tasks that you might need to perform while testing an application is installing the APK file on the AVD. In this tutorial, we will discuss how to install an APK file on AVD.

Step 1: Create an AVD

Before you can install an APK file on AVD, you need to create a virtual device. To create an AVD, follow these steps:

  • Open Android Studio and click on the ‘AVD Manager’ icon from the toolbar or navigate to Tools → AVD Manager
  • Click on the ‘Create Virtual Device’ button
  • Select a hardware profile for the virtual device and click ‘Next’
  • Select a system image for the virtual device and click ‘Next’
  • Configure any additional settings for the virtual device and click ‘Finish’

Step 2: Download and Install APK File

Once you have created an AVD, download the APK file that you want to install. You can download APK files from various sources such as Google Play Store or third-party app stores.

After downloading the APK file, follow these steps to install it on AVD:

  • Launch Android Studio
  • Select your project from the list of recent projects or open it from File → Open Projects
  • If your project is not already open in Android Studio, open it by navigating to File → Open → [Project Name]
  • Click on the ‘Run’ icon from the toolbar or navigate to Run → Run
  • Select the AVD that you want to install the APK file on and click ‘OK’
  • Wait for the AVD to start up
  • Drag and drop the APK file onto the AVD window
  • The installation process will start automatically and once it’s completed, you can launch the application from the app drawer of your AVD.


That’s how you can install an APK file on AVD. By following these simple steps, you can test your Android applications on virtual devices before deploying them on real devices. This will help you identify any issues and make necessary changes before releasing your application to users.