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How to Install Android 5.0 SDK and Try Lollipop on Windows and Mac

Android 5.0 SDK is now available for download, which means you can try out the new Android 5.0 Lollipop on your computer! Google announced it will be revamping Android at Google I/O 2014. This revamped Android was code-named “L” and it shed some light on Project Volta and also Material design, two very major changes to the Android ecosystem. It’s been months since I/O and finally, we have a complete working Android 5.0 SDK and system image which can be installed on your computer along with the full name, Lollipop.

This guide is solely intended on showing you how to configure and run Android 5.0 Lollipop virtual image straight from your Windows or Mac PC.  Developers who are looking to try this out on the actual hardware right now can follow our previous articles which include all the details about installing the Preview Image on either Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013 Edition). Want to see what Material Design is all about? Read the instructions below.


Do note, this is just an emulator for the computer so that you can test out the new Android 5.0 features. If you want the full experience, a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop would be much better as emulator tends to leave out much of the hardware features. Let’s continue with a step-by-step guide on how to set up and install the Android 5.0 SDK on your computer.

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NOTE: The tutorial below is along the lines of how you could download and install the Android 4.4.2 SDK when it came out last year. Screenshots may be slightly different. Please read every line carefully below.

How to Set Up and Install Android 5.0 SDK Lollipop Emulator

Step 1 – Download the Android SDK installer from: We’re going to use the Windows version here.

Android Sdk

Step 2 – Install the Android SDK files you just downloaded to any location.

Step 3 – Now, go the installed location and run the “SDK Manager” application.

NOTE: If you have downloaded the zipped version of SDK, go to the location where you extracted the zip archive.

Step 4 – Wait for the application to load and fetch all the Android SDK packages.

Android SDK Installation

Step 5 – Once completed, now select the packages you want to install. Here, we will be only selecting the “Android 5.0 (API 21)” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” (under Tools). You can leave the “Extras“. This should be enough.


Step 6 – Click on “Install packages…”. You will be prompted to confirm the packages you chose to install and you would have to agree to the License information to proceed.

Step 7 – Click on the Install button and now wait for the all the packages to download and install.


Note: If you’re going through all this just for the Android Emulator, then only select “SDK Platform” and “ARM EABI v7a System Image” and install them. You don’t really need the rest!

Next, let’s set up the Android emulator to actually run Android 5.0 on your computer. The next part continues on Page 2.

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Taimur Akmal

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