Android Studio

How to install Android Studio

This is the second article of the Android Game Programming series. Here I would like to explain, step by step, how to install and configure Android Studio. It is the development environment that we will use to create our video game.

How to install Android Studio

Android Studio is based on the IntelliJ platform and was developed by Google, it is the official software to develop applications for Android. The software is free and can be downloaded from this website.

The procedure to install it is really simple because you need to launch the downloaded executable file and follow the proposed panels.

When the installation program starts, the Welcome to Android Studio Setup panel will appear, click on the Next button.

Android Studio Welcome Panel

In the Choose Components panel, leave the default and click on the Next button.

Android Studio Choose Components Panel

Click on the I Agree button in the License Agreement panel.

Android Studio License Agreement Panel

In the Configuration Settings panel, choose the installation directories of Android Studio and Android SDK and click Next.

Android Studio Configuration Settings

In the Choose Start Menu Folder panel leave the default and click on the Install button.

Android Studio Choose Start Menu Folder Panel

When the installation finishes, press the Next button.

Android Studio Installation Complete Panel

In the Completing Android Studio Setup panel click the Finish button.

Android Studio Completing Setup Panel

Android Studio is installed and ready to run.

How to configure Android Studio

After installing Android Studio you need to start the program and run a simple configuration wizard. In this procedure, it is sufficient to leave the default values and always press the Next button and, finally, the Finish button. This is the procedure in detail:

  1. Start Android Studio.
  2. Enter the Welcome panel and click the Next button.
  3. In the Install Type panel, leave the default values and click the Next button.
  4. Go to the Verify Settings panel and verify the inserted values and click on the Finish button and then on Finish button again.

The procedure described above is available in video format at the following link.

What’s next?

Now that you’ve learned how to install and configure your development environment, it’s time to create our first Android “Hello World” application that will be the starting point of our video game.

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