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Virtual Devices

Virtual devices are Android devices pre-configured and deployed by Genymotion Desktop. They allow you to deploy and test your own application with the sensors and features provided by Genymotion Desktop. This section explains how to manage and run virtual devices, deploy an application, emulate sensors and features, interact with virtual devices and generate their logs. It also lists the keyboard shortcuts available in virtual devices.

Managing virtual devices

Your installed Android virtual devices are displayed in the My installed devices section of the Genymotion Desktop main window:

Genymotion main window

Start a virtual device

Double-click on the virtual device, click Start or right-click on the device and select Start.

Configure a virtual device

Click Edit or right-click on the device and select Edit.
The Edit virtual device window opens:

Virtual device settings

From this window, you can configure the following parameters:

  • Name: Sets the name of your virtual device.
  • Display: Change the virtual device display size and density.
Display settings
  • Predefined: Sets the screen size and density from a predefined list.
  • Custom: Sets a custom screen size and density. You may experience display or performance issues when using custom screen size and density values.
  • Start in full-screen mode: Displays the virtual device in full-screen mode, adjusted to your screen size.
  • System: Set the number CPUs, Android version and memory size.
System settings
  • Android version: Displays the Android API (version). This setting can only be changed at device creation (see Basic Steps).
  • Processor(s): Sets the number of processors used by the virtual device. Default value is the recommended one for an optimal use. When defining more processors than default, we advise setting one less than the total amount of processors to leave one dedicated to the host and avoid performance issues.
  • Memory size: Sets the memory space allocated to the virtual device. The value must be below the memory of your computer and take into account the memory space used by your computer. We advise that you set the values recommended for the real devices (512MB to 2048MB).
  • Android system options: Show/Hide Android navigation bar and enable virtual keyboard for text input.
  • Network mode: Set Network mode (NAT or Bridge)
NAT Network mode

Network Address Translation (NAT) is the simplest way of accessing an external network from a virtual device. It does not require any configuration on the host network. For this reason, it is the default networking mode.

Bridge Network mode

In Bridged mode, the virtual device is a full participant in the physical network. It can contact other machines on the network and can be contacted by other machines as if it were a physical computer on the network. But the network needs to have a DHCP server that provides a valid IP address to the virtual device.

You must select the interface on which you want to apply the bridge.

For more information, please refer to the official VirtualBox documentation.

Delete/Clone/Reset a virtual device

Click , or right-click the device, and select:

  • Delete to delete a device
  • Clone to copy a device
  • Factory reset to reset a device to factory settings

Interacting with virtual devices

This chapter describes features that help you easily interact with your virtual devices.



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Genymotion Desktop supports touchscreens: touch and multi-touch can now be performed on your touchscreen, as on a real mobile or tablet device.

With mouse and keyboard

If you don't use or have a touchscreen, multi-touch is also simulated with the mouse and keyboard. See Multi-touch shortcuts.

Copy and Paste

The clipboard is shared between your computer and Genymotion Desktop. Thus, you can easily copy and paste text from your computer to Genymotion Desktop, and vice versa.


Clipboard sharing can be disabled in Genymotion global settings. See Clipboard sharing.

Drag'n Drop

Drag and drop a file to the virtual device display to install or upload it. The behavior of dragged and dropped files is different according to the file type:

File type Result
.apk files (Android applications) APK files are installed on the virtual device. If the same application already exists but with another signature, you can decide to override the existing application.

For more details, see Deploy an application.
.zip archives (flashable archives) Zip archives detected as flashable (containing a /system folder) are flashed on the device.

Flashable archives may damage your virtual device - we recommend making a backup of the device (cloning) before flashing it.
Other (regular files) Regular files will be uploaded to /sdcard/Download. They can be accessed via the Amaze or File Explorer applications provided in the virtual device.

Display tips

When navigating within a virtual device, you can at any time change its display:

  • Full-screen mode: You can switch to full-screen mode by pressing F11. Pressing a second time reverts to the original screen size.


On macOS, you may have to use the key combination ctrl + fn + F11.

  • Custom size: You can resize the virtual device window by selecting and dragging an edge or a corner of the window.
  • Fit to content: When the virtual device window is resized, black areas appear on the borders. Double-click in one of those areas to fit the virtual device window size to its content.

Generating logs

In some cases, notably for assistance purposes, you may need to generate a log archive, either for a specific virtual device or for all virtual devices. Follow either of the procedures below:

  1. Select HelpGenerate logs from the main window (launcher).
  2. Select the path to save the generated archive.
  3. Wait until the archive is generated and click Close.
Generate logs for a single virtual device
  1. Right-click or click on the virtual device in the main window (launcher).
  2. Select Generate logs.
  3. Select the path to save the generated archive.
  4. Wait until the archive is generated and click Close.

Virtual device shortcuts

The table below lists all shortcuts that can be used in virtual devices. For shortcuts related to the use of the application, please refer to section Genymotion Desktop shortcuts.

Multi-touch shortcuts

Action Windows/Linux macOS
Zoom in Ctrl +
Zoom out Ctrl +
Tilt forth Ctrl +
Tilt back Ctrl +
Rotate clockwise Shift + Shift +
Rotate counterclockwise Shift + Shift +

Display shortcuts

Action Windows/Linux macOS
Rotate screen Ctrl + R Cmd + R
Enable/Disable Pixel Perfect Ctrl + P Cmd + P
Activate full-screen F11 Ctrl + Shift + F
Ctrl + Fn + F11
Show/Hide toolbar Ctrl + T Cmd + T

Capture shortcuts

Action Windows/Linux macOS
Take screenshot Ctrl + Shift + S Cmd + Shift + S
Make screencast Ctrl + Shift + V Cmd + Shift + V
Open screen capture destination folder Ctrl + Shift + E Cmd + Shift + E

Volume shortcuts

Action Windows/Linux macOS
Increase volume Ctrl + + Cmd + +
Decrease volume Ctrl + - Cmd + -
Action Windows/Linux macOS
Back Ctrl + Backspace Cmd + Backspace
Recent apps Ctrl + Shift + O Cmd + Shift + O
Menu Ctrl + Shift + M Cmd + Shift + M
Home Ctrl + Shift + H Cmd + Shift + H
Power Ctrl + Shift + P Cmd + Shift + P
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