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Why is my Android Studio running super slow?

When I open my Android Studio and open my Emulator it takes a while for it to open up. Is there a reason? I don't have any windows open just my Google Chrome (for the Video instructions), Android Studio and the Emulator.

2 Answers


The default emulator can be quite slow. Depending upon your OS and CPU you might have three options.

  1. If you are running Windows(I think this works for Macs as well) and have an Intel CPU, you could try utilizing HAXM for hardware acceleration.
  2. If you are running Linux, you could try using the hardware acceleration available there for Intel and AMD CPUs.
  3. You could try running the Genymotion emulator.

My recommendation is if you can run HAXM or some other form of hardware acceleration, to do that. Let me know if you have more questions.