George B George B - 4 months ago 14
Android Question

Can you download apps from Google play onto an Android Studio AVD (Android Virtual Device)?

I was wondering- can you download apps from google play onto an Android Studio AVD (Android Virtual Device)? If you can, how do you do that? Thanks!

Answer

I ended up using the Genymotion emulator. It allows to install apps from the store without a problem and it's really quick in comparison with standard emulator.

Other way to install apps from Google Play is to extract the APK and install the app in the emulator via adb:

adb install <path>/Twitter.apk

You can download the APK directly from the web or via an app.