How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your PC

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Are you still waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on your device? Or maybe you already have it but don't think that a relatively small smartphone or tablet screen does it justice? If you're in either of these situations, then getting a Lollipop emulator on your PC could be appealing. Here we'll show you how to do it. 

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Get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your PC. / © ANDROIDPIT

You may be familiar with an Android app emulator like Bluestacks, but this emulator goes one step further by letting you run the whole Android operating system on your desktop. Read on to find out how to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your PC.

Install Android SDK (Software Development Kit)

  • Download Android SDK for your computer - as either a .exe or .zip file - and install it (you need to have the Java Development Kit installed on your PC for the installation to go ahead).
  • Open SDK Manager. The only boxes you need to have ticked in the Packages window are Android SDK Platform-tools under Tooland Android 5.0.1 (API 21).
  • Next, click Install packages, then accept and confirm the installation.
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Tick the boxes marked here in red, then click Install packages. / © ANDROIDPIT

Create an Android Lollipop emulator

  • Once you've installed these packages, go to the directory where you install Android SDK and open AVD Manager.
  • In AVD Manager, click Create, then  Insert the following:
  • AVD Name: the name of the emulator, do not use spaces (example: LollipopEmulator)
  • Device: Choose which Google device you want to emulate - we recommend the Nexus 5.
  • Target : the version of Android to be installed. This will vary depending on which version of Android is out when you read this. At the time of writing, Android 5.1.1 was available to install in the SDK, but didn't work when we tried emulating it, so we stuck with Android 5.0.1, which worked for us.
  • CPU: select "ARM"
  • Skin : select "Skin with dynamic hardware controls"
  • RAM: Again, this depends on the amount of RAM your PC has, but we think 1024 amount of RAM to use so both the emulator and your PC run smoothly.
  • Leave the other items with default values ​​and click OK.
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The Android 5.0 Lollipop emulator settings. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • You've now added your emulator to the AVD Manager. Select it, click Start then Launch to run it. The first startup may take several minutes, as it will install Android Lollipop. To select a size, go into the the Launch Options after Start, select ''Scale to display real size'' and set your preferred size.
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Once you've created your Lollipop emulator, select it in AVD Manager and click Start. / © ANDROIDPIT

Congratulations, you’ve now successfully installed your first PC emulator with Android Lollipop. Now you can immerse yourself into Material Design and comb through each new option brought by this fantastic update!

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Screenshots of the emulator once on the computer. / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you tried emulating Lollipop on your PC yet? Which versions and which devices have you successfully emulated? We want to know!

(Updated by Robert Zak / Translated from AndroidPIT Italy's Mattia Mercato)

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  • JEGANATHAN V May 11, 2021 Link to comment

    its very f**king slow dude!!!!!! i using windows 8.1 64 bit. i also installed 10gb of ram!!!!

  • JEGANATHAN V May 11, 2021 Link to comment

    this very f**king slow on windows 7 64-bit. i have installed 10gb of ram. but is slow!!!

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  • Abhishek K Jan 28, 2017 Link to comment

    I have a 32 bit pc & 32 bit windows 7 installed on it. will i be able to run this on my 32 bit machine?

  • abdul rafay Nov 28, 2015 Link to comment

    pllzz tell me i will be very thankful if u tell me how much time it take to starts first time (approximately)

  • Jatin Kashyap Mar 19, 2015 Link to comment

    but this is slow emulator it works very very slow...

    as always my pc spec are intel core i5 3340 @3.30 ghz with 8 gb of ram @1333mhz and with gtx 750ti gpu but in my decent pc it works slow it slow then bluestacks emulator.

    • Tiaan Kloppers Oct 19, 2017 Link to comment

      Hi, this is extremely late, because I've only come to this website today. If you read the system requirements for the Android SDK, they say that 3GB RAM minimum is needed, but 8GB is recommended, with an extra 1GB for the emulator

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