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Basic steps

To start using Genymotion Desktop and run your Android application in a virtual device, follow the steps below.

First run

  1. Launch Genymotion Desktop:

    Click Genymotion icon from Windows Application menu or desktop.

    Click Genymotion icon from the Applications directory.

    Click Genymotion icon Genymotion from your distribution Application Launcher, or in a terminal:

    $ ~/genymotion/genymotion


    If you installed Genymotion in a specific directory, replace ~/genymotion/ by your Genymotion installation path; or, if you installed it globally (with sudo), replace ~/genymotion/ by /opt/.

    The main window opens:

    Genymotion main window

  2. If you already have a Genymotion account, enter your credentials and click NEXT. Otherwise, click on CREATE ACCOUNT to create a new Genymotion account.


    If you are using Genymotion Desktop behind a proxy, click View proxy options and set your Proxy type, hostname, port and authentication.

  3. In the Usage panel, select:

    • Personal use if you wish to use Genymotion Desktop free edition for personal use only.
    • I have a license if your are using Genymotion Desktop for business. You must own a license in that case.


  4. Read the End User License Agreement carefully and check I have read and accept the end user license agreement. Click NEXT:


Genymotion Desktop main window opens:


Select a hypervisor


From Genymotion Desktop 3.3.0 onwards, it is possible to choose between VirtualBox or QEMU hypervisor.


If you upgraded from a previous Genymotion Desktop version, the default hypervisor will be VirtualBox. Otherwise, it is QEMU.

  1. Go to Genymotion > Settings > Hypervisor


  2. Select QEMU or VirtualBox from the drop-down box.

If you change from the default, you will be prompted to restart Genymotion to apply that change. For more information, please refer to Genymotion configuration.


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.

Create a new device

  1. Click on Add a device and select a virtual device template from the list. You can use the search box and Filters to find a specific device profile:

    Virtual device installation

  2. Click on NEXT or double-click on the template of your choice. The virtual device installation wizard opens:

    Install virtual device window

  3. In the GENERAL tab, you can change the name and select the Android version of the device. Click NEXT when done.

  4. In the SYSTEM tab, you can change the number of processors, RAM and/or VM Heap size:


    If you cannot add a virtual device at this step, you may be running out of free space. We recommend you check the free remaining space on your hard disk.

    Click NEXT when done.

  5. In the DISPLAY tab, you can select the resolution, style and the OpenGL ES maximum API version:

    Device tab

    Click NEXT when done.

  6. In the Android options tab, you can enable or disable the Android navigation bar (default: enabled) and the virtual keyboard (default: disabled):

    Android opt tab

    Click INSTALL when done.

VirtualBox - Hypervisor options

If you selected VirtualBox hypervisor, there will be an extra Hypervisor options tab. There, you can set the NAT (default) or Bridge hypervisor network mode:

Hypervisor opt tab

Click INSTALL when done.

Your virtual device is being downloaded and will appear in the My installed devices section:

Deployment window


If you cannot add a virtual device at this step, you may be running out of free space. We recommend you check the free remaining space on your hard disk.

Launch a device

Double click on your newly created virtual device, or click , to start it:

Virtual device main window

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