How to Install the Android Wear Emulator

This Tutorial addresses:
  • Android
  • Smartwatches
  • Emulator
  • Wearables
Android Wear Emulator helps you test all the Android Wear apps and features right on your PC without owning the physical device itself. When an Android wear emulator is installed, the launched application displays an Android wear-like interface on your computer screen, and you can use the software for testing purposes.

You can follow the step-by-step instructions given below to install the Android Wear emulator on your PC with ease:

  1. Log on to your Windows PC.
  2. Download Android SDK by going to this link.
  3. Once downloaded, extract the Android SDK.zip file.
  4. From the extracted folder, double-click the SDK Manager application.
  5. Go to Packages.
  6. On the Packages window, check the Android SDK Tools checkbox under the Tools section. (If the version of the SDK Tools is below the 22.6.)
  7. Under the Android 4.4.2 section, check the ARM EABI v7a System Image checkbox to install the Android wear.
  8. Under the Extras section, check the Android Support Library checkbox if the update is available.
  9. When the things are in place, click Install.
  10. From the Choose Packages to Install window, click to select the Accept License radio button and click Install to start installation.
  11. Once the installation is done, go to the C:\Android SDK folder.
  12. Once there, double-click the eclipse.exe file from the eclipse folder to launch the application.
  13. On the opened window, click the Window tab from the top.
  14. From the expanded list, click Android Virtual Device Manager.
  15. Once the Android Virtual Device Manager box opens up, click New from the right pane to create a new Android Virtual Device.
  16. On the next window, populate the available fields with the most suitable values and click OK.

  • Note: Choose the following options to populate available fields:
    1. Provide the name of the Android Virtual Device in the AVD Name field.
    2. Select the desired device from the Device drop-down. (i.e. Round or Square)
    3. From the Target list, choose Android 4.4.2-API Level 19 (or greater).
    4. Select Android Wear ARM (armeabi-v7a) from the CPU/ABI drop-down list.
    5. Check the Hardware keyboard present checkbox.
    6. From the Skin drop-down list, choose either AndroidWearSquare or AndroidWearRound as desired.
    7. Keep the values in the other fields as default.

    1. From the opened window, click the Start button available in the right.
    2. When the Launch Options box appears, click Launch.
    3. Wait till the Android Emulator is loaded.
    4. Turn on Bluetooth on your PC (in case of laptop).
      Note: You may have to get a USB Bluetooth device and connect it to your computer if you are using a desktop PC.
    5. Once the process is complete, on the smartphone, launch the Android Wear app.
      Note: Make sure that the Android Wear app is already downloaded, installed and functioning on your Android smartphone.
    6. On your smartphone again, tap the More icon (icon with the three vertical dots) from the top-right corner.
    7. Tap Pair with a new wearable from the available list.
      Note: If prompted, turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone.
    8. On the Choose a device interface, tap the Settings icon (icon with the Gear symbol) located at the top-right corner.
    9. Finally, tap Pair with emulator from the next screen to pair the smartphone with the emulator.
    10. After the devices are paired, you can test the apps and use the Android Wear Emulator as per your requirements.




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