If you are thinking of starting to create your own Android applications, the first necessary step is install Android Studio. It is not the only IDE with which you can create Android apps, but it is the official one and best adapted for the operating system.
In its early days Android Studio was not much different from IntelliJ, on which it is based, and required some juggling by installing the Java JDK and the Android IDE separately, recently the process has changed and is much easier: It’s basically just hitting the Next key.
1. Download Android Studio
The first step is obviously to download the installer. It is officially available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and you will find the download link on its official website. We are going to focus on the version for Windows, although many indications will be useful for other operating systems.
Make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network, then the download takes about 1 GB. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, it will take more or less, so be patient. As soon as it’s done, click on the downloaded file to start the installation.
2. Start the installation
Android Studio is an enormously complex tool, but luckily its installation is not. Although it is only available in English, the truth is that there is not much difficulty since in most screens you only need press Next, or next.
The only place where you can have any more questions is in the settings about the maximum RAM memory to be dedicated to the emulator from Android. The truth is that you can change this later and the recommended configuration is … well, that is the recommended one, so in this window the most sensible thing to do is press again Next.
Otherwise there is no major difficulty in the installation and the actual process will begin soon. It may take its time if your PC is running at the right power, so be patient. Once I finish, press Finish to open Android Studio for the first time.
3. Initial configuration
The first thing you’ll see when you open Android Studio for the first time is a screen like the one below. In it you are simply asked if you want import settings from a previous version. Generally Android Studio will detect the settings by itself, and if you don’t have any previous settings saved it will be checked Do not import settings, or do not import configuration.
The next window that will appear asks your permission to send usage data and statistics to Google, with the aim that they are used to improve the application. It’s totally optional, so please accept it with Send usage statistics to Google or not, in this case by clicking Don’t send.
After this pre-configuration wizard comes the Setup Wizard. They are really just a couple of windows with the most important configuration options and that, in any case, you can always change later from the settings.
The first thing you are asked is if you want to make a standard or custom installation from Android Studio. In the vast majority of cases, the standard installation is sufficient and will save you time and the occasional headache.
Then you have to choose what theme are you going to use in the code editor. It comes with two from the factory: the light theme Light and the dark theme Darcula. Choose the one that convinces you the most, although you can always change it later from the options, as well as customize all the colors and fonts if you wish.
4. Download the components
Do you remember when we mentioned at the beginning that in the past installing Android Studio was a hassle? Part of the fault was Java and the Android SDK, but now the process is automatic. If you chose the standard installation, Android Studio chooses for you the components you need to download.
Once again it will surely download exceed 500 MBso make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and have enough disk space. Let the PC do the work for you and wait for the download and installation to finish. When done, tap Finish.
5. Enjoy Android Studio
It is done, Android Studio is already installed on your system and it will show you the welcome screen. Surely you are looking forward to creating your first Hello world on Android, so for this you need to click on Start a new Android Studio project.