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How to Use Android 12L on Windows PC and Mac

Recently, Google announced Android 12L for multiple form factor devices, including phones, tablets, foldable and Chromebooks. Earlier, Google had abandoned the tablet form factor, but with the recent success of foldables, tablets are back in the business again. As usual, the update will roll out in a phased manner, which means few of us might need to wait for OEMs to push updates on our phones. We all are excited to try it out and can’t wait till our devices get the update. But on the other side, why wait when you can install and run Android 12L on your Windows PC and Mac right now. Well, performance might not be as good as you would get on phones, but it’s worth it when you want to get an early taste of Android 12L. So, let’s dive deep and learn how to use Android 12L on Windows PC and Mac.

Install and Run Android 12L on Windows and Mac (2021)

In this guide, we have included detailed steps to install Android 12L on Windows PC and Mac. I would suggest you look at the table below. Based on the OS you use, you can jump to any particular section.

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Android Studio Installation

There is only one requirement to run Android 12L on Windows 10/11 or Mac. That’s Android Studio. Just get the latest Android Studio Canary version to try out the Android 12L emulator on your PC. All below steps remain the same for both Windows and Mac. In this article, we will perform tests on a Windows machine.

Step 1 – Download the latest Canary build of Android Studio. It will automatically detect your OS and let you choose a setup file – ZIP for Windows or DMG for macOS.

Download Android Studio(Canary Build)

Step 2 – After downloading the file, Windows users need to extract the ZIP file. Upon extraction, open the “bin” folder and double-click the “studio64.exe“ application file to launch Android Studio. Mac users can drag Android Studio to the Applications folder.

Opening Studio application to Install Android 12L on Windows and Mac

Step 3 – Since we are running Android Studio for the first time, an import settings popup will appear. Select “Do not import settings” and press the OK button to proceed. Further, choose the setup type as Standard and click the Next button.

Android Studio Import setting dialogue
Select standard installation on Android Studio

Step 4 – Now, keep everything as default and click on “Next“ till the setup is complete. During the installation, Android Studio will download some components from the internet.

Android Studio downloading necessary components to use Android 12L on Windows

Step 5 – After the installation and component download completion, click on the “More Actions” button and choose the “Virtual Device Manager” option.

Virtual Device Manager (VDM) selection

Emulator Setup

Step 1 – Next, click on the “Create virtual device” link visible at the center of the screen. It will open a list of device definitions.

Virtual device creation in Android Studio

Step 2 – Select the “Tablet” section from the left side under “Category” and choose “Nexus 9” or “Pixel C” device. You can also choose between 3 “Foldable” options from the “Phone” section. Click “Next” for System image selection.

Android Tablet selection

Step 3 – On this window, click on “Download” next to Sv2. This page is where we are selecting the latest Android 12L that we are going to test. The file size is around 1.4GB, so be patient. Once downloading is complete, click on the “Finish” button.

Android Studio System Image selection
System Image download

Step 4 – Close all windows except the “Device Manager” (shown in Step 1). Again, click on the “Create virtual device” link, select Nexus 9 and Sv2 system image. Finalize the device setup by pressing the “Finish” button.

Finalizing AVD settings

Step 5 – From the same Device Manager window, click on the “Play” button under “Actions” to boot up the Nexus 9 device we added in previous steps.

Run Android 12L Emulator on Windows and Mac

Step 6 – And there you have it! The all-new Android 12L emulator will load on your Windows PC or Mac right away. All of the emulator controls will come up next to the table. From there, you can customize Android 12L settings as per your likings.

Android 12L UI Homescreen - Emulator running on Windows

Check out some of these new Android 12L multitasking and UI features in action:

Experience New Features in Android 12L

So that is how you can set up Android Studio and run the Android 12L emulator on your Windows or Mac PC. Currently, we have covered a new tablet and foldable-friendly version of Android 12, but soon, we will try installing the OS on a phone form factor like Pixel 4 as well. That’s all from us in this tutorial. Do let us know if you have any questions in the comment section below.

Android 12L Settings Page Android 12L Notification Center

YouTube on Android 12L PC Emulator Android 12L Privacy DashboardRecent apps menu on Android 12L


FAQs

  1. Can I run Android on Windows or Mac?

    Yes, you can. You will have to run the Android emulator using Android Studio. There are no limitations as to which Android version you can use. The latest installment to the OS family is Android 12L, and it's also available for testing.

  2. Is there any way to install and use Android Apps on Windows without using Emulator?

    Windows 11 natively supports Android apps installation. However, for other OS, either the Android emulator or third-party emulators like Bluckstacks are needed.

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