This article is a continuation of our previous article where you downloaded and installed Android Studio. In this article, you will download and install additional Android SDK tools, if required. Please note that with newer versions of Android Studio, all the important components are already installed (some of these components are installed when you open Android Studio for the first time). We will list down the components that are needed to be installed, and you can install them only if they are already not installed in Android Studio.
Verify that all necessary components are already installed with Android Studio
First of all, please make sure that you have installed the latest version Android Studio bundle, which we have mentioned in our previous article on downloading and installing Android. Follow the steps given below to check if all the required SDK tools are already installed (you will have to open Android Studio to check this) :
1. Go to Start > All Programs > Android Studio folder and then open Android Studio
2. Open any existing project in Android Studio, or create a new sample project (if you have never used Android Studio before, then you can follow this quick guide on how to create project in Android Studio)
3. Once your Android Studio is opened, go to Tools > Android > SDK Manager
If you don’t see Android option in Tools menu, then please wait for a couple of minutes. Android Studio takes some time to setup all the necessary components when you open it for the first time. After 1-2 minutes you would start seeing this Android option in Tools menu.
You can check the bottom right corner of Android Studio. It would usually show some progress bar and some text as well. This indicates that Android Studio is still setting up things for first use.
4. Once you select SDK Manager option, Default Settings screen would be opened with Android SDK option selected by default, as shown in the below image. Also, please note that there are 3 main tabs in this screen – SDK Platform, SDK Tools and SDK Update Sites. We will be checking only the first two tabs – SDK Platform and SDK Tools
5. In SDK Platform tab, check that the latest version of Android is installed. Even if it shows Update available, it means that the version is installed. It’s just that a new update is also available.
If you are working on real android devices then it doesn’t matter if your device’s OS version doesn’t match with the OS version installed in Android SDK. For example, in the below screenshot Android 7.1.1 is shown as installed, but you can use your real device even if it runs on any other version, say Android 6.0.
But if you want to run your scripts on an emulator, then you would need to install the OS version which you want in your emulator. For example, if you want to create an emulator on Android 5.1, then you need to install Android 5.1 from this Android SDK screen. If you intend to use real device, leave this screen as it is. But if you want to use some emulator, then select the Android version you want to install on that emulator.
For now, let us not install any other Android version. We will get to it later when we start working on emulators.
6. Click on SDK Tools tab. Verify that the components highlighted in the red boxes in the below image are already installed.
Please note that some of the components would be marked as installed, and some others would be marked as Update Available. Update Available only means that an older version of the component is installed currently. As of now, it is fine if its in Installed or Update Available state
7. For you, if all the components that are marked with red box in the above image are installed or in Update Available status, then you can click on OK button to close this screen. If any of these components is not installed, then you can click on the checkbox against that component and then click on Apply button to install the component.
8. You now have all the necessary SDK tools and platforms installed on your machine. You can now close Android Studio.
This completes our article on installing additional Android SDK tools. You would have observed that most of the components that we were looking for were already installed in Android Studio. This is one important feature with the newer versions of Android Studio, where it has all the important components already installed.
Let us know if you found this article useful. Feel free to contact us if you had any issues with any of the steps mentioned here. There might be a chance that some of the steps might be different depending upon the version of Android Studio that you use. Your feedback would help us improve our content and make it more helpful for all our readers.