Biswajit Biswajit - 5 months ago 19
Android Question

Why Android Studio is slowing down when editing xml file or changing the design?

I have a Hp envy notebook with Intel i7 and 8gb ram and 2gb graphics, still sometimes android studio stucks when I am working with xml or design the app. Is there any problem with my laptop or android studio?

Answer

It's probably because there's not enough heap memory for AS. You might want to try the first technique mentioned in this blog: Eliminate Lags & Stutters in Android Studio.

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Increasing Android Studio's Memory Heap:

Android Studio, like other Java applications, is known for hogging an insane amount of memory while running. Unless enough memory is allocated to the IDE at launch, disk swapping will start kicking in and if you're not using a SSD, God bless you.

Open the file [AS Installation Folder]\bin\studio64.exe.vmoptions or studio.exe.vmoptions, depending on which version you're using.

In it you're likely to find these two lines at the top:

-Xms128m
-Xmx750m

Increase the two values to something reasonable, e.g. -Xms256 and -Xmx1024. You can boost the second value to 2048 if you like; my coworker whose computer has 8G of RAM doesn't find any issue with -Xmx2048 either.

After you're done, restart AS and if you've checked Show memory indicator in Settings/Appearance, you'll see something like this at the bottom-right corner:

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Speeding up Gradle build time

One of the reasons developers are still hesistant to ditch Eclipse is because of Gradle. Although it's indeed a nice build system and there are many benefits to using it, even the simplest Gradle calls are pretty slow and time-consuming. As a consequence, our workflow includes a lot of unavoidable waiting, and sometimes we even forget what needs to be tested after AS finishes its laborious building processes. There are a few things we do to boost Gradle's speed.

First, go to Settings/Compiler and check everything, except for the 2nd option Make project automatically. For VM Options, we use these configurations:

-Xmx2048m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8

Next, add the following lines to gradle.properties in your project directory:

org.gradle.daemon=true
org.gradle.jvmargs=-Xmx2048m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8
org.gradle.parallel=true
org.gradle.configureondemand=true

Accelerating the emulator with hardware virtualization

Although the Android emulator is not part of Android Studio, it's well worth mentioning that if you're using one of the newer Intel CPUs which support hardware virtualization, the emulator can be amazingly fast. Check out this article for how to set it up on your machine.

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