Install and Run Android 4.0 SDK and Ice Cream Sandwich on PC

Google announced Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, on October 19. Android 4.0 SDK has also been released for developers. 1st smart phone Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available for customers in November 2011.

In this tutorial we will learn how to run Android 4.0 SDK  and Ice Cream Sandwich in an emulator and explore the features of new Google Mobile OS.

See below the step-by-step instructions on how to set up and install the Android 4.0 SDK on your PC.

Step 1 - Download the Android SDK files from: HERE. Select x86 or Windows Version if you are using Microsoft Windows OS.

Step 2 - Extract or install the Android SDK files you just downloaded to any location on your PC.

Step 3 - Now, open the folder where you have extracted the SDK and run the “SDK Manager” application.

Step 4 - The application will load and fetch all the Android SDK packages.

Step 5 - Once the SDK manger complete the loading process, now you can select the packages you want to install. Here, we will be only selecting the “Android 4.0 (API 14)” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” (under Tools).

Step 6 - Now Click on “Install  packages…”. You will be prompted to confirm the packages you have selected for installation.

Step 7 - Then Click on the “Install” button and wait for the all the packages to download from internet and install.

Click Finish and Close the SDK Manager, when all the packages are downloaded and installed on your PC.


Set Up Android 4.0 Emulator

Once you installed Android SDK r14 packages and tools, now its time to set up the Android Emulator so that you can run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on your PC.

Step 8 - Open Android SDK folder and run “AVD Manager”. Click on “New” and create a Virtual Device with details as in the screenshot below.

Step 9 - Click “OK” on the result window.

Step 10 -Select the virtual device you just created from the list and click on “Start”.

Step 11 - No need to change anything in the Launch Options Just Click on the “Launch” button.

Step 12 - The emulator will start after a few Command Prompt windows flicker and then you will see the following screen where your Android device will be booting up. It may take around 5 minutes to boot when loading for the first time.

Step 13 - Once your Android 4.0 loaded in Emulator, you will see the Welcome Screen.


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118 Responses to “Install and Run Android 4.0 SDK and Ice Cream Sandwich on PC”

  1. Jefrey says:

    I can’t open Sdk Manager.WHY..Help me please

  2. SparkX says:

    SDK manager is not opening

  3. RoB says:

    Very helpful site.. Thank you very much..

  4. Chirag Balar says:

    I downloaded the Android development kit.
    but when i run SDK MANAGER.
    it gives error that
    “Failed to execute toolsandroid.bat:, error 2
    The system cannot find the file specified.”

    How can i solve this??
    Please help me…

  5. masud says:

    bullshit………….don’t work.

  6. Imran Butt says:

    Nice Job ………….Both Thumbs UP

  7. Asad says:

    maybe sdk maneger need 2gb ram must if its not work u download bluestacks

  8. Alinutzurx says:

    For those that have problems…they must know that they need to install JRE before executing Android SDK Manager. Good Job Nice aplication!

    • Marcia says:

      Hi, mine gots the same problem, once i open sdk manager to instal it says failed to execute tools\android bat. can anybody help me to fix it? Id aprecciate it !

  9. salman shaikh says:

    admin can i play the android game in full screen if not the Blue stuck is same i want to play in full screen

  10. Uzair says:

    Those people who are having trouble loading AVD manager.exe. Copy the AVD manager and SKD manager from \sdk\tools\lib to sdk folder and then AVD manager loads perfectly. It happened to me.

  11. ali abaas says:

    IT WORKS :-) SDK manager is not opening Then try to re extract then open IT
    does’t work then check you have net framework 4 client profile and java

  12. ismailkhan says:

    sdk manajer is not opning

  13. Aan says:

    may be you have same problem with me. I’m using windows xp service pack 2. sdk manager not opening.

  14. Ujjwal says:

    I’m Not getting Google Play Store.tell me how to install.

  15. Farhan Danish says:

    I successfully installed latest Android 4.3 JealyBeen on my computer.

  16. tru says:

    there is no AVD manager in sdk……what should i do now?

  17. sherry says:

    nice post.. but if you have to run android on your pc simply download Youwave for android. Here’s the link : :) remmember me in your prayers…!!!

  18. Praveen says:

    For those who have any type of problems….. First download the android SDK from the link given above in this website. its a .zip file and its size is around 450Mb. after download complete extract it to c://program files//. after you unzipped it remember you have to install java first to make work the android sdk. download java jre from the java website. after successfully installed the java follow the above steps given in this website. it would definitely work.

  19. Suhas says:

    love u and thank u admin working like charm

  20. AMyth says:

    But yet I am unable to install apks from my pc, plz help!

  21. AMyth says:

    Great work bro!
    But yet I am unable to install my apps..
    Please help.

  22. wasif says:

    how i can open step 8……
    tell me plzzz.
    plzzzzzz help me

  23. wasif says:

    how i can open step 8..?
    tell me plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  24. Prabu says:

    thanks buddy,its work on win7-32. you may install java application first before launch Android SDK

  25. Franklin Egbuche says:

    You must install Java SD first before Android SDK will run your computer.

  26. Ammar says:

    Can i run android app like angry bird or temple run 2 etc……………..

  27. Xai says:

    how to put a apps on it?

  28. Sarfraz says:

    Its all the bullshit. Its not working. If JRE was required why the heck author didn’t pointed it out. Wasted our time.

  29. ervi says:

    i cant find where is avd manager :3 some one help me

  30. irfan says:

    i have downloaded but AVD android not found…just SDK android…

    why can it..??

  31. satish kumar says:

    I downloaded full software but not found avd manager wehre to find it.
    Please help me…..

  32. Athar Ahmed says:

    Thanks bro its really Working but only on windows 7

  33. aas graphics says:

    i am a great lover of android bu i have no android mobile please tell me a great emulator o android … :/

  34. rahul says:

    avd manager not working.. a box appears with “failed to tools the system cannot find the file specified.”

  35. Abdullah says:

    ye kis window pe chalte ha

  36. Saeed Anwar says:

    I can’t open Sdk Manager .
    Help me please

  37. ?? says:

    Very much helpfull. Working in ICS,JB,GB,HC

  38. AHMAD says:

    u are the man,, ,i am done with it,, its really superbbb

  39. Ishaan says:

    Android emulator is not working . it only shows loading. tell me what to do ?

  40. hassan shabbir says:

    dear can i used in window 8 if yes how to control desktop graphics in my notebook dell vostro v13

  41. umar siddiq says:

    i install it successfully and i can download everything you say then i open emulator after loading emulator it cannot show any command promt window admin please please help me i am trying it from two days……….

  42. Arshia says:

    how i can download android SDK and ice cream sandwich?

  43. Sena says:

    need a password to extract
    what the password ??

  44. mon says:

    does it work on 512mb ram

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