# Configuration and Controls

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

# Configuring Genymotion Desktop

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.

# Use Genymotion Desktop behind a proxy


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

To connect a virtual device to a proxy, please refer to this article: How to connect a virtual device to a proxy? (opens new window)

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 the Genymotion website.
    You must set your HTTP proxy address and port in the corresponding fields.
  • Use authentication: enables proxy authentication.
    You must enter your proxy username and password in the corresponding fields.

# VirtualBox settings


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

In the VirtualBox section, you can change the folder where the virtual device image files are stored:


# Use third party ADB/SDK


Genymotion built-in ADB is located in:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files\Genymobile\Genymotion\tools
  • macOS: /Applications/Genymotion.app/Contents/MacOS/tools/
  • Linux: $HOME/genymotion/tools or /opt/genymotion/tools

By default, Genymotion Desktop uses its own Android tools. In Settings > ADB, you can configure Genymotion Desktop to use specific Android tools (from Android Studio, for example). Use Genymotion Android tools (default) is the option enabled by default.

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

  • Windows: %AppData%\Local\Android\Sdk
  • macOS: $HOME/Library/Android/sdk
  • Linux: $HOME/Android/Sdk

After installing Android Studio:

  1. Select Use custom Android SDK tools.
  2. In the Android SDK field, set the path to Android Studio SDK tools folder by clicking Browse. You must set the path to the SDK tools root, such as Android\SDK, not the platform-tool sub-folder. For example, %AppData%\Local\Android\Sdk is a valid value whereas %AppData%\Local\Android\Sdk\platform-tools is not valid.
  3. Close the Window.

It is also possible to install the Android SDK tools without Android Studio, with the sdkmanager tool from the Android stand-alone command-line tools package:

Installing the Android SDK tools without Android Studio

You will need to use sdkmanager from the Android stand-alone command-line tools.


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

  1. Download Android Studio command-line tools from https://developer.android.com/studio/#command-tools (opens new window).


    We recommend using the androidsdk snap package. See https://snapcraft.io/androidsdk (opens new window)

  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"
    $ sdkmanager "build-tools;29.0.3"

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

  4. Check Use custom Android SDK tools.

  5. In the Android SDK field, set the path to the Android SDK folder by clicking Browse. 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 value whereas C:\adt-bundle\platform-tools is not valid.

  6. Close the Window.

# Clipboard sharing 3.2

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

Clipboard settings

# 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.

# Misc

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


# Genymotion Desktop shortcuts

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

Action Windows/Linux macOS
Start virtual device Ctrl + L Cmd + L
Add virtual device Ctrl + N Cmd + N
Open About window Ctrl + A Cmd + A
Open User Guide Ctrl + H
Open Genymotion Desktop settings Ctrl + C Cmd + C
Delete virtual device Ctrl + D Cmd + D
Open virtual device settings Ctrl + R Cmd + R
Clone virtual device Ctrl + P Cmd + P
Reset virtual device Ctrl + F Cmd + F
Generate virtual device log archive Ctrl + K Cmd + K