Android N is the latest Android OS after Android Marshmallow. Google has made Android N Developer Preview available for Nexus devices and they usually release the latest updates and SDK to the users. Android N is scheduled to release in the third or fourth quarter of this year. If you don’t own a Nexus device and still would like to check out the latest Android N, you can install Android N on Windows PC with the help of this tutorial.
Note: Make sure you have the latest Java Package installed on your PC. If you don’t, then you can get it from here.
How To Run Android N on Windows PC
- Download and Install the latest Android SDK on your PC from the Google’s Developer Site.
- Install the Android SDK wherever you want on your PC.
- Once you have successfully installed it, launch the SDK manager on your PC. You will see a list of tools to download on your PC. For Android N, you will only require these packages: Android SDK Platform-tools and Android N (API 23, N Preview).
- Click on the install packages button after selecting the required packages. Agree with the license and agreement terms and start the installation. Wait until it downloads and installs .
- Once downloaded, open the Android SDK folder in the installation location and run AVD Manager.exe. Upon launch, hit the Create button, and you will see a Create New Android Virtual Device (AVD) pop-up on your PC.
- Give a name to the new virtual machine, select a device from the list and set the target as Android N (Preview) – API Level N ( The AVD manager automatically sets it to the latest version). Select the rest of the options as shown in the image below.
- Configure the rest of the settings as per your PC configuration and proceed. You can opt for a low RAM AVD if your PC has significantly less memory.
- When it is done, select the new AVD from the AVD manager and press start to launch your virtual device.
- A pop-up window will appear, enable the Scale display to real size option unless you want to run the AVD in the original size. Press the launch button when you are done with the settings
- A new window will appear with the Android N booting up on your new Android Virtual Device.
- It should take a long time for the AVD to load depending on your PC configuration. Be patient while the AVD boots to the launch screen.
Once the process successfully completes, you are done. But if you get stuck on the Android logo for a considerable amount of time, then you should try repeating the steps from 5 to 11 after deleting the existing AVD. This concludes our tutorial on how you can install and run Android N on Windows PC.