Troubleshooting Android Studio: When It Gets Stuck on “Installing APK”

Troubleshooting Android Studio: When It Gets Stuck on "Installing APK"

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Dealing with development environments can sometimes be as challenging as writing code itself, particularly when the tools do not behave as expected. One such common issue that developers face is Android Studio getting stuck on the “Installing APK” step during the deployment of an application to a device or emulator.

Understanding the Issue

When Android Studio displays “Installing APK” indefinitely, it typically indicates a problem with the connection between the IDE and the device. Although the APK may successfully install and even open on the device, the IDE fails to progress to the next step and connect the debugger automatically.

Possible Solutions

Here are some steps you can take to resolve this issue:

  • Check “Wait for Debugger” Setting: On your testing device, ensure that the “Wait for debugger” option is enabled in the Developer Options. This setting is crucial for allowing Android Studio to initiate debugging upon app installation.
  • Revoke USB Debugging Authorizations: Navigate to Developer Options and select “Revoke USB debugging authorisations.” Restart your device, re-enable developer options, and attempt to deploy your app again.
  • Disable “Monitor apps installed by ADB”: In some cases, turning off the “Monitor apps installed by ADB” option in Developer Options can resolve the hanging issue.
  • Reboot Your Device: A simple yet effective solution is to reboot your device. This can clear up any temporary glitches that may be causing the problem.
  • Adjust USB Configuration: Ensure that your device’s USB configuration is set to File Transfer mode. This can be found in Developer Options under “Default USB configuration.”
  • Check USB Drivers and Ports: Faulty USB drivers or ports can interfere with the communication between your device and Android Studio. Try updating your drivers or switching to a different USB port, preferably directly on your motherboard as opposed to case ports.

Repeato: Your No-Code Test Automation Solution

While troubleshooting deployment issues in Android Studio, it’s also essential to ensure that your application is thoroughly tested. This is where Repeato comes into play. As a no-code test automation tool for iOS and Android, Repeato can help streamline your testing process.

With Repeato, you can create, run, and maintain automated tests for your apps with ease. Its use of computer vision and AI makes it fast to edit and run tests, ensuring that you can quickly verify fixes and updates to your app. Moreover, Repeato’s built-in ADB capabilities allow for seamless integration into your existing development workflow.

If you’re facing issues with Android Studio and APK installation, consider incorporating Repeato into your development and testing process. Its robust features can help you maintain a high level of app quality and reliability, ultimately saving you time and resources.

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