How to Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows 11

Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows 11

To Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows 11. You just need a computer with good hardware. This article will help you with the complete installation process.

Google has finally released the Android 15 Developer Preview with codenamed Vanilla Ice Cream. And, If you own the latest Pixel 6, 7, and 8 series or Pixel Fold and Tablet, then you can flash or manually install a system image. However, as of now, it’s only for developers and not suitable for daily use by early adopters or consumers. It has a ton of issues and bugs, and, you might experience plenty of crashes. So, please wait for the final stable OTA update or release. There will be one more Developer Preview and 4 Beta releases; after that, Google will release a stable version of Android 15 for the general public.

However, if you cannot wait to experience the new Android 15 features. Then, you can set up the Android 15 Emulator on your Computer. Yes, setting up Android 15 Emulator on Windows 11 using Android Studio is quite fast and convenient. Since it lets you emulate various screen sizes and devices.

Android 15 Features

Since it’s the first developer preview so there isn’t much to talk about. The UI seems pretty much the same as Android 14. And, as of now, it comes with these new features.

Notification cooldown, Keyboard haptic settings, Haptic feedback in brightness slider, quick switch between Bluetooth devices, Change flashlight intensity, Circle to search, Single app screen recording options, and New animations.

There are some rumored upcoming features like Lockscreen widgets, Saving app pairs to your home screen, Archive apps, Hide apps in private space, Easy pre-set, Battery health, and charge cycle.

Android version VanillaIceCream

What is Android Studio?

Android Studio is Google’s integrated development environment for Android Apps. It is mainly designed for developers to develop Android Apps. Once, you develop an App in Android Studio. There are multiple ways to test that App. You can use your own Android Device or a third-party Emulator. Even, you can use Windows Subsystem for Android to run the Android App developed by you. However, Android Studio also offers an Android Virtual Device option.

What is an Android Virtual Device?

It allows you to set up an Android Emulator using your preferred OS and Pixel Device. Once, you create an emulator, you can test your App in it. Android Studio currently offers API 35, which is Android version 15 Vanilla Ice Cream. So, to set up an Android 15 Emulator, first, you have to install Android Studio. And after that, you can create an Android 15 Virtual Device.

Setup and Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows 11

Download and Install Android Studio

  1. Do download the latest version of Android Studio Setup. The setup size is around 1GB.
  1. Right-click on the Android Studio Setup, and then click on “Run as administrator”. UAC Window will appear, click on Yes.
  1. The Android Studio Setup screen will now open, click on Next.
Install Android Studio
  1. The Choose Components screen will now open. Make sure the “Android Virtual Device” option is selected, and click on Next.
Install AVD to Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows
  1. Next, select the installation folder. Or, keep it unchanged, if you have enough storage in a selected location. Click on Next.
  1. Choose Start Menu Folder screen will appear, click on Install.
  1. The installation process will now get started. And, once it gets completed, click on Next.
  1. That’s it, Click on Finish to open Android Studio.
Start Android Studio

Initial Android Studio Setup and Create New Project

  1. Import Android Studio Settings window will appear. Select the “Do not import settings” option, and click on OK.
Do not import Settings
  1. Help Improve Android Studio screen will appear, click on “Don’t send”.
  1. The Android Studio Welcome screen will appear, click on Next.
Android Studio Welcome Screen
  1. Select the “Standard” option and click on Next.
Standard Install Type in Android Studio
  1. Verify Settings screen will appear, click on Next.
  1. The License Agreement window will now open. Click on all three licenses from the left pane one by one, and “Accept” each. Click on Finish.
Accept License Agreement of Android Studio
  1. Android Studio will start downloading components. Once completed, click on Finish.
  1. Create a new project window will appear, click on “New Project”.
Welcome to Android Studio
  1. Next, select the “No activity” option and click on Next.
Select No Activity in New Android Studio Project
  1. On the next window click on Finish. (You can change the details if you want to build an Android App.) Android Studio will now install some SDK platforms. Once done, click on Finish.
Complete Project Creation

Windows Security might now ask ADB permission, click on Allow.

Create an Android 15 Vanilla Ice Cream Virtual Device

  1. Android Studio will now open, wait until it loads completely.
  1. On the right side of the Android Studio Screen, you will see a “smartphone with Android” icon. Click on it to open the device manager.
  1. Once the device manager is open, click on the “+” icon to Create a Virtual Device.
Create Virtual Device to Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows
  1. Select hardware screen will appear. Select the smartphone of your choice. I have selected “Pixel 7 Pro”. After selection, click next.
Select Pixel 7 Pro Device
  1. The “System Image” window will open. Here select VanillaIceCream. And, click on the small download icon. (VanillaIceCream is the new Android OS 15.)
Select VanillaIceCream VanillaIceCream
  1. The SDK component Installer will open and will start downloading the new Android 15 Emulator. Once the download process is completed, click on Finish.
SDK Component Installer Android 15 Emulator
  1. Keep the “VanillaIceCream ” option selected, and click on Next.
Select VanillaIceCream and click on Next
  1. The Android Virtual Device confirmation window will appear. You can give a name to the new AVD, and click on Finish.
Android Virtual Device AVD Name
  1. You will now see a new AVD called “Android 15 Emulator” Click on the play icon.
Install and Run Android 15 Emulator on Windows
  1. Staring AVD progress will appear in Android Studio. Android Studio also can ask for network permission, by clicking on Allow.

That’s it, the Android 15 Emulator will open in a smartphone frame.

Install Android 15 Emulator on Windows 11 Computer

You can now interact with the Android 15 Emulator using a keyboard and mouse.

So, that’s how you can Install the Android 15 Emulator on a Windows 11 Computer. Since it’s in the development stage, it can crash. You can restart Android Studio. Since, it will use so many system resources, keep heavy apps closed in the background. You can also Install Android 14 Emulator on Windows using Android Studio.