How to open Android Emulator on macOS

This post goes over how to open Android Emulator on macOS.


You already installed Android Studio, updated the tools with the SDK Manager, and created a virtual device.

Open Android Emulator

List the Android Virtual Devices (AVDs):

~/Library/Android/sdk/emulator/emulator -list-avds

You should see something like:


Open the emulator:

~/Library/Android/sdk/emulator/emulator -avds <AVD_NAME>

Replace <AVD_NAME> with one of the AVD names from the list.

For example:

~/Library/Android/sdk/emulator/emulator -avds Pixel_3a_API_33

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