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Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,243 Points

Recommended Hardware for Android Studio

I have Android Studio for PC and Laptop... both running on Windows 10.

I've just clicked to open AS on my Laptop and it's probably going to take up to 5 minutes before it's open and ready for me to use.

Most if not all videos for Android seem to use Apple OS systems and they seem to load AS and any emulators very quickly indeed,

What kind of hardware specs do I need for this? :)


1 Answer

Ben Deitch
Ben Deitch
Treehouse Teacher

Hey Jonathan!

In my experience Android Studio and the emulator both use a ton of RAM. So it'll run on most hardware, but if you're on something without a lot of RAM it may run slowly. For reference, Google recommends 8 GB for Android Studio + 1 GB for the emulator - and for what it's worth, my 2015 MacBook Pro has 16 GB and works great.

Also, don't read too much into us using Apple devices. Whenever anything takes a while to load, we usually end up editing that out :). I use Linux at home and used Windows before that, and they all work about the same.

Hope that helps!


Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,243 Points

Thanks for this Ben,

Yes, I should have known there'd be some video editing trickery going on. :)

I tend to do most of my development on my 12GB RAM laptop so from what you've told me I'm actually getting a decent return on speed from that although I do have it working on 4GB ram here on my desktop.

Thanks for your reply :)