Genymotion Now Comes With Open GApps Installer
Genymotion is the most popular replacement for Android emulator, but by default it does not come with Google play services and play store. You will have to follow this guide and manually install one or two zip files to install required files. But now with version 2.10 Genymotion adds a one-click installer to automate the process!
Here’s the official release notes for the feature: link
Even though it’s a “1-click” installer, it took me 5 minutes to figure out where to “click”. So I took some screenshots for the installation. Hopefully these steps would help you as well.
#1 Make sure you have Genymotion version 2.10 installed
#2 Click on the newly added “GAPPS” button
#3 Accept terms and Wait
#4 Reboot the emulator
This is always a tricky thing to do for genymotion emulators. Some people say you can run
adb reboot command to reboot genymotion instances, but it never works for me.
Instead I would long click the “power” button, power off the machine, close the instance, and then just restart the emulator.
#5 Login and verify everything works
Also a green check mark should also show up at “GAPPS” button. Click on the button again it would show:
- The installer basically downloads and installs the appropriate open gapps file for you. Nothing too magical. You can still drag over the zip file and install it manually.
- I tested with genymotion 5.1 and 6.0 images, and both work as expected. Remember to switch to android official
adbtools to avoid weird issues. (Sometimes emulators freeze when using genymotion’s adb binary)
- The installer does not install
ARM Translation Installer v1.1by default. It is only needed when you run into
INSTALL_FAILED_CPU_ABI_INCOMPATIBLEerror. See more details in the guide by codepath. However installing the ARM translation WILL BREAK the Instant Run feature. Use it when you actually need it.