How to Resolve Android Emulator Process Killed Error in Android Studio

How to Resolve Android Emulator Process Killed Error in Android Studio

6 June 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Encountering the “Error while waiting for the device: The emulator process for AVD was killed” message can be frustrating, especially when you’re in the middle of developing your application. This guide will walk you through several solutions to resolve this issue effectively.

Common Causes and Solutions

There are several reasons why the Android emulator might get killed unexpectedly. Here, we have compiled the most effective solutions based on recent and highly recommended troubleshooting steps.

1. Upgrade Android Emulator

If you’re using an older version of the Android Emulator, upgrading to the latest version can often solve the issue.

  • Open Android Studio.
  • Go to Tools > SDK Manager.
  • Select the SDK Tools tab.
  • Check for updates for the Android Emulator and install the latest version.

After upgrading, try running your emulator again.

2. Check Disk Space

Insufficient disk space can prevent the emulator from starting. Ensure that you have at least 5-10 GB of free space on your disk drive.

  • Delete unnecessary files to free up space.
  • Check the Event Log in Android Studio for specific disk space-related error messages.

3. Change Graphics Settings

Sometimes, the issue can be due to OpenGL compatibility problems. Switching the graphics mode to “Software” can help.

  • Go to Tools > Android > AVD Manager.
  • Click the Edit (pencil) icon next to your AVD.
  • Change the Graphics option to Software.

4. Update SDK Tools

Ensuring that your SDK tools are up to date can also resolve the issue.

  • Go to Tools > SDK Manager.
  • Navigate to the SDK Tools tab.
  • Update all available tools, especially the Android Emulator.

5. Check ANDROID_HOME Environment Variable

If you have multiple Android SDK installations, ensure that the ANDROID_HOME environment variable points to the correct location.

  • Go to your system’s environment variable settings.
  • Verify that ANDROID_HOME is set to the correct SDK location.
  • Restart Android Studio and your PC if necessary.


By following these steps, you should be able to resolve the “emulator process killed” error and continue with your development work. Ensuring that your tools are up to date, managing disk space, and configuring settings appropriately can make a significant difference.

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