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Nathan Rossin
Nathan Rossin
776 Points

Android Studio is too slow. Am I missing something?

I am okay with a long initial startup time, but just going through the first project (simple Hello World app), it takes 3 minutes for the Gradle to finish; and therefore takes that long before I can even choose a Virtual device to use.

Is this normal? I have a fairly basic system with 3GB of RAM, which I know isn't a whole lot, but didn't think it would cause this much lag.

Is there a known way to speed it up a bit (I am using the package downloaded directly from Android, not the Treehouse package).

1 Answer

Ken Alger
Ken Alger
Treehouse Teacher


Welcome to Treehouse!

3GB of RAM is more than likely your issue. I used to have 4GB on my development system and Android Studio and the associated emulators were rather slow. Add in additional programs being open (email, browsers, etc.) and it really bogged down. I have since upgraded my RAM and while it is not lightning fast at 8GB, it is more livable.

If you are maxed out at 3GB I would suggest to have Android Studio be the only thing open and running, or at the very least not too much else. If your system isn't maxed out I cannot think of a better investment into your development environment (and sanity) than an upgrade.

Happy coding,