Setting up an Android Emulator for testing Intune features

Overview

As more customers leverage either standalone Microsoft Intune or Microsoft Endpoint Manager for cloud management of their devices they also seek an efficient means to upskill administrators on Intune features and capabilities without the need to purchase devices upfront for testing.

 

Scenario

I recently delivered a workshop where attendees experienced the above issue with limited access to physical mobile devices which prompted me to further investigate an option for the administrators to emulate an Android device locally on their Windows 10 machine. In this post I am going to share the installation and configuration of the Android Studio software for emulation of Android devices.

 

Installation

The Android Studio software is available for download from Android’s developer site:

https://developer.android.com/studio

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For a review of the requirements before installation you can browse:

https://developer.android.com/studio/run/emulator#requirements

Most notably disable Hyper-V features on the Windows 10 operating system, you can follow the below steps:

  • Browse to Control Panel
  • Select Programs and Features
  • Select Turn Windows Features on or off
  • Uncheck Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Platform, Windows Hypervisor Platform and Windows Sandbox

 

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  • Select Restart Now

 

Once the download of Android Studio is completed, initiate the installation by selecting Run as administrator and follow the prompts to complete the installation. Modify settings as you require for your environment.

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Create the Android Virtual Device

To create the Android Virtual Device (AVD) start by launching the AVD Manager tool from Android Studio:

  • Select Tools
  • From the drop down menu, select AVD Manager.

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  1. Provide a name for the Android Virtual Device
  2. Select the screen orientation
  3. Select Finish

 

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After the initial AVD deployment is completed, you can deploy more AVDs by selecting the Duplicate option from the drop down menu.

 

Configure AVD internet connection

  • Configure the AVD Proxy Settings

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  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Proxy. Configure as required for your environment

 

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  2. Disable Mobile Data if you have an onboard SIM on your host Windows 10 machine to avoid any additional charges

 

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