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How do you get the system images to make an emulated device?

I'm running Android Studio on Windows and when I try to make an emulated device, CPU/ABI is grayed out saying, "No system images installed for this target."

4 Answers

Harry James
Harry James
14,780 Points

What this means is that you do not have the SDK installed that you are trying to use. Open the SDK manager and install the Platform and System Images for that SDK version and, you're all set to go!

Thank you

Harry James
Harry James
14,780 Points

Jason Massey

The SDK Manager is this little button here: http://gyazo.com/1dd5a5a85766d94174aa185cbe95ac4a It's located on the left of the Virtual Device Manager :)

You don't need to download every SDK (Infact, I don't know anyone who does) however, you should download your projects Target SDK. If you don't know what this is already, open up your AndroidManifest.xml file and switch to the XML view. You should see a line like this:

        android:targetSdkVersion="21" /> // This is the important line!

The numbers may be different for your project but, this target SDK is what matters. Either download the version for your targetSdkVersion (You will want to download the platform and the system images for that SDK version) or, download the Android L preview and set this to 21 (When Android L is actually released, it will be API 21. At the moment, it shows up as 20 but, I'd recommend using 21 as, it means you won't have to change it for a while).

Hope it helps and, any more questions, let me know :)

Thank you.

Sorry, but what is the SDK manager and where can I find it?

Ben Jakuben
Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Thanks, Harry! The download on the video page includes the appropriate SDK and AVD image for convenience, but this gives you the same thing.