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This section introduces Genymotion Desktop user interface and actions you can perform from the different windows. It also lists the user interface keyboard shortcuts.

Genymotion Desktop settings can be reached by clicking on GenymotionSettings.

Account and license settings


In the Account section, you can SIGNOUT, register a License or connect to a company license server.

Proxy settings

This setting allows Genymotion to connect to our servers through a proxy - it does not apply to the virtual devices.

From the Settings window, click on the Network tab. There, you can modify the network settings to set a HTTP proxy.

Network settings window

To define your proxy settings, check the corresponding boxes:

  • Use HTTP Proxy: Enables Genymotion Desktop to use a proxy when connecting to Genymobile servers. Set your HTTP proxy address and port in the corresponding fields.
  • Use authentication: Enables proxy authentication. Enter your proxy username and password in the corresponding fields.

Hypervisor settings


From Genymotion Desktop 3.3.0 onwards, it is possible to choose between VirtualBox and QEMU hypervisor:

  1. In the Hypervisor section, use the drop-down box to select your preferred Hypervisor:


  2. If you change from default or the previously selected hypervisor, you will be prompted to restart Genymotion to apply the change.

Each created virtual device depends on the hypervisor. For example, Virtual devices created with VirtualBox will disappear from Genymotion dashboard if the hypervisor is switched to QEMU, and vice versa.

In the Virtual Device section, you can choose where the virtual devices images are stored:

Hypervisor settings

It is not recommended to change this setting, unless you are familiar with VirtualBox and QEMU.

Use third party ADB/SDK

By default, Genymotion Desktop uses its own built-in Android tools, located in the following paths:

C:\Program Files\Genymobile\Genymotion\tools\

However, if you use an IDE such as Android Studio, you may need to use specific Android tools. In that case, you can follow these steps:

The easiest way to get the Android SDK tools is to install Android Studio . By default, Android Studio installs the SDK tools in the following folders:


After installing Android Studio, open Genymotion and:

  1. Go to Genymotion > Settings > ADB
  2. Select Use custom Android SDK tools
  3. Click Browse to set the path to the Android SDK:


You must set the path to the SDK tools root, such as Android\SDK, not the platform-tool sub-folder. For example, %LocalAppData%\Android\Sdk is valid whereas %LocalAppData%\Android\Sdk\platform-tools is incorrect.

Android command-line tools require Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment.

If you don't wish to install Android Studio, you will need to use sdkmanager from the Android stand-alone command-line tools to install ADB:

We recommend using androidsdk from snap instead of sdkmanager on Ubuntu.

  1. Download Android Studio command-line tools from
  2. Extract the archive files in the folder of your choice and go to the tools/bin/ sub-folder.
  3. In a terminal or command shell, use the following commands:
sdkmanager "platform-tools"
  1. Install androidsdk from snap
  2. In a terminal, run the following command:
androidsdk "platform-tools"

This will install the platform-tools in the current folder. You can use the --sdk_root={directory} option to install the tools in a different folder.

Then, in Genymotion:

  1. Go to Genymotion > Settings > ADB
  2. Select Use custom Android SDK tools
  3. Click Browse to set the path to the Android SDK:

ADB w/o AS

You must set the path to the SDK tools root, not the platform-tool or build-tools sub-folders. For example, if you installed the tools in C:\adt-bundle, C:\adt-bundle\ is a valid whereas C:\adt-bundle\platform-tools is incorrect.

Clipboard sharing

Clipboard sharing between the OS and the VD is enabled by default, but it can be disabled in the Device section:

Clipboard settings

Genymotion settings - Device

Screen capture folder

The folder where screen captures and screencasts are saved can be changed in the Device section. Default value is your home folder.


In the Misc section, you can control whether Genymotion collects usage statistics or not, and clear Genymotion cache:


Genymotion Settings - Misc


The table below lists global shortcuts that can be used in Genymotion Desktop:

Action Windows/Linux macOS
Add a new virtual device Ctrl+N Cmd+N
Open Genymotion Desktop settings Ctrl+, Cmd+,
Open virtual device settings Ctrl+I Cmd+I
Delete virtual device Del Del or Fn+Backspace
Duplicate virtual device Ctrl+D Cmd+D
Generate virtual device log archive Ctrl+K Cmd+K
Quit Genymotion Desktop Ctrl+Q Cmd+Q

Virtual Device shortcuts can be viewed and customized with the Settings widget.

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