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How to Install Android 5.1 SDK and Try Lollipop on Windows and Mac

Previously this week, Google announced an incremental update to its new vision for Android, Lollipop — Android 5.1. A lot changed with the Lollipop upgrade but to provide finishing touches and add more value, Android 5.1 Lollipop is now being pushed to major Nexus devices right now. Android 5.1 Lollipop will be addressing all of the bugs that users reported in the previous version. Along with bug fixes, Google is announcing new features like more security through stronger account integration. Multi-SIM support is also built-in now. Gladly, we now have the Android 5.1 Lollipop SDK and virtual image available for download and implementation on your computer.

We will focus this post on showing you how to install Android 5.1 Lollipop virtual image and run it on your Windows or Mac PC.  This is intended for Developers so that they make their apps meet all the new standards as well as test out the performance of their apps. Enthusiasts can try out Android 5.1 Lollipop before it arrives on actual hardware. We have detailed steps accompanied by screenshots given below.


Do note, this is just an emulator for the computer so that you can test out the new Android 5.1 features. If you want the full experience, a device running Android 5.1 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 5.1 SDK on your computer.

Related: How to Install and Setup Android Studio on Windows.

NOTE: The tutorial below is along the lines of how you could download and install the Android 5.0 SDK when it came out last year. Screenshots may be slightly different. Please read every line carefully below.

UPDATE: You can now install the new Android 6.0 SDK and try out Marshmallow on you computer. Complete tutorial here!

How to Set Up and Install Android 5.1 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 5.1 (API 22)” 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 5.1 on your computer. The next part continues on Page 2.