Using and managing Android Virtual Devices (AVDs) without Android Studio can be a pain. This document aims to fix that problem by providing easy to follow instructions for non-developers to setup an Android emulator for testing.
Open up a terminal window and
cd into your SDK directory.
Open up the SDK manager.
Once finished, open up the virtual device manager.
Note: If your computer does not support Intel’s hardware acceleration, install API 19’s ARM EABI v7a System Image instead and skip step 6 of the above instructions.
Now that you have an emulator setup, you can launch it at any time via the device manager (which can be accessed via steps 3 & 6 in the setup list above).
Once the emulator has fully booted to the Android home screen, you can install an app on the emulator by giving
adb install the path to your apk.
platform-tools/adb install ~/Downloads/app-release.apk
If all went well, you should now find the newly installed app in the app drawer of your Android emulator. Your newly installed app can be uninstalled at anytime via either your phone settings or with the application’s package name through adb. Uninstalling via adb can prove useful if you run into any installation errors.
platform-tools/adb uninstall com.originate.feedapp