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Features and Emulated Sensors

To simulate various behaviors of your application according to specific use cases, Genymotion provides easy-to-use widgets which emulate the following sensors and features:

Sound Volume Rotate Screen Full-screen File upload Clipboard Camera Battery GPS Capture Identifiers Network Phone Created with Sketch. Resolution Created with Sketch. Disk I/O Navigation Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch. Power

Sound volume

You can control the volume of the sound emitted by your virtual device by clicking or

Rotate screen

You can rotate the screen of your virtual device by clicking


You can turn the full-screen mode on or off by clicking

File upload

Installing an .apk or uploading any files from your computer to the virtual device can be achieved with the File Upload widget.

To do so, click and BROWSE to browse for the file you wish to upload.


You may have to restart your virtual device to see a newly uploaded file. In order to do so, you can call adb reboot command on this device, once connected with our gmsaas CLI tool.

You can also install the Open GApps package by clicking on INSTALL OPEN GAPPS.


The Clipboard widget allows you to copy and paste text to and from the virtual device.

Copy to the virtual device

  1. Click
  2. Paste your text into the clipboard text field.
  3. From within the virtual device, hold the left mouse button in the field you wish to paste to.
  4. Click Paste as on a real Android device.

Copy from the virtual device

  1. From within the virtual device, select the text you wish to copy and hold the left mouse button.
  2. Select Copy as on a real Android device.
  3. Click , the copied text is displayed in the clipboard text window.
  4. The text is automatically copied to your OS clipboard.


The Camera widget allows you to send a video stream from a virtual device to the Android system. With this widget, you can test an Android application that uses Android built-in cameras.

The default video stream is a simple video placeholder - you can also use the video stream from a real physical webcam connected or integrated into your computer.

To use the Camera widget, click


Make sure your camera is allowed to access the virtual device.


The Battery widget allows you to test how your application reacts with different battery charge levels and states of charge. To use the Battery widget:

  1. Click
  2. Modify the charge level using the slider or enter a value in the Charge level field.
  3. Modify the state of charge by checking the State of charge box:
    • Check to activate the Charging state. This simulates plugged-in power supply and charging battery.
    • Uncheck to activate the Discharging state. This simulates unplugged power supply and discharging battery.


The GPS widget allows real-time activation and modifications of a position, accuracy and bearing. To use the GPS widget:

  1. Click
  2. Set a value for the following fields:
Field Description Value range
Latitude Sets the latitude you wish to simulate. -90° to 90°
Longitude Sets the longititude you wish to simulate. -180° to 180°
Altitude Sets the altitude you wish to simulate. -10000m to 10000m
Accuracy Sets the accuracy using the slider or by entering a value. 0m to 200m
Bearing Sets the bearing by using the compass or entering a value. 0° to 359.99°


Many applications do not rely on GPS orientation, but use the device accelerometer or gyroscope to determine the device bearing instead. These features are not supported yet.

You can also define a location using the Map button. Once a location is selected, click Capture to retrieve its coordinates.


The Capture widget allows you to take a screenshot or screencast of virtual devices. This way, you can broadcast images or videos of your applications.

To open the widget, click and select an action:

Icon Action
Take a screenshot of your virtual device display.
Record your device display. Click to stop recording.

When done, select a folder on your computer to save your screenshot or video.


The Identifiers widget shows Android ID1 and Device ID / IMEI / MEID2. You can view or edit these values, without having to reboot your virtual device.

To use the Identifiers widget, click .

Click GENERATE to generate random values.


  • You cannot set an empty Android ID.
  • Valid characters for setting device ID/IMEI/MEID are lower-case and upper-case letters [a-z, A-Z], digits [0-9], dots [ . ], dashes [ - ] and underscores [ _ ].


The Network widget allows you to test how your application reacts with different network quality and performance types.

To test network quality and performance types:

  1. Click
  2. Select a network profile from the Network Speed drop-down list. Network profiles and their corresponding values are listed in the table below.
Profile Upload speed Download speed Upload/Download delay (in ms) Packet loss DNS delay (in ms)
No data 0Kb/s 0Kb/s 0 100% 0
GPRS 40Kb/s 40Kb/s 500 0.01% 1000
Edge 200Kb/s 240Kb/s 400 0.01% 800
3G 1.5Mb/s 7.2Mb/s 100 0.01% 200
4G 5.5Mb/s 17.9Mb/s 50 0.01% 100
(high DNS delay)
5.5Mb/s 17.9Mb/s 50 0.01% 3000
(high packet losses)
5.5Mb/s 17.9Mb/s 50 10% 100
Wifi 33.0Mb/s 40.0Mb/s 0 0% 0



Phone is only simulated - it is not possible to call or send messages to real mobile phones or tablets with Genymotion.

The Phone widget allows you to test applications relying on telephony features and observe their behavior when receiving a call or a text message.

To use the Phone widget:

  1. Click Created with Sketch.
  2. Enter an incoming phone number.
  3. Click Call to simulate a call, or enter some text and click Send message to simulate a text message.


Text messages are displayed in the virtual device via a notification, but they can also be read in the Messaging application.


The Resolution feature allows you to increase or decrease the resolution of the displayed content in your virtual device.

To use this feature, click Created with Sketch. and select a resolution between 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p.

Disk I/O

The Disk I/O widget allows you to emulate devices with slow internal storage. It can be very handy if your app requires reading large amount of data from the disk such as gallery apps that load locally stored images or game apps that load large files.

To simulate high or poor disk performance:

  1. Click
  2. From the Profile drop-down list, select a type of device:

    Profile Read speed limit
    High-end device Read speed limit 200MiB per second.
    Mid-range device Read speed limit 100MiB per second.
    Low-end device Read speed limit 50MiB per second.
    Custom device Enter the read speed limit you wish to emulate in MiB.
  3. Click Update.


When switching from a device profile to another, the disk cache is automatically cleared. You can force clearing the cache by clicking Clear Cache.

Icon Action
Created with Sketch. Brings the Android Recents Screen which lists recently accessed activities and tasks.
Created with Sketch. Emulates the Home button of a real device. Navigate to Android Home page.
Created with Sketch. Emulates the Back button of a real device. Kills the current activity and resumes the previous one.


The Power Widget simulates a real device power button:

  • A single click on the widget will only turn off the screen.
  • A long press will show the Android power off menu (reboot, shutdown, etc.).


Using the power off button to shutdown the virtual device is not recommended and may cause unwanted extra charges. See Stopping a virtual device for safer methods.

  1. An Android ID is a 64-bit number randomly generated when the user first sets up the device. It remains the same for the whole lifetime of the device. Android 4.2.2 and greater versions support multiple user accounts, each one having a unique Android ID. Valid Android ID numbers are 16-hexadecimal digits long. 

  2. By default, a new virtual device is deployed with the default device ID number 000000000000000. As IMEI or MEID numbers are used as device ID, Genymotion generates numbers compliant with the GSM 02.16 standard and the 3GPP2 specification (14 digits or hexadecimal digits + a checksum digit). 

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