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Fix “Android emulator gets killed” Error in Android Studio

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Sometimes, (maybe after updating Android Studio) you might encounter a strange error, which might cause you a nightmare, the error is thrown by the Studio itself and it says: 

Error while waiting for device: The emulator process for AVD was killed

Uggh…Now, what’s this error all about? Why did it happen on the system? How do I fix it? Follow the Steps Below, and you’ll certainly solve it yourself!

You might encounter this error when you start the Android Emulator and then wait for it to get started but only see the process running and the GUI never comes into play, this is especially very nasty and troublesome when you have some important work to do (maybe a client project to test in the 11th hour) and then suddenly your hope of running the emulator gets numb because the process which was still running went out nowhere and got killed.

Method 1: Update Android Emulator to the Latest Release

As blunt as it may sound, but updating the emulator which you’re running could simply end your problem, for eg. if you’re working on API Level 30 and your emulator version is 30.1.2  then updating it to 30.1.5 would perhaps resolve your issue. Updating Emulator is a breeze, simply: Android Studio -> Go to preferences -> Android SDK -> Then find and update the Android Emulator from the list. Use the Image below if you get stuck at any place:

Updating Android Emulator

Method 2: Clear your Disk Space

Sometimes, the only force acting between you and the emulator running is the low disk space, clearing the disk space and re-running the emulator (after restarting the studio) could resolve this issue for you, it’s simply an easy lookout for the node modules ????

ProTip: Clearing you Android Studio cache could clear huge chunks of data!

Method 3: Enabling Support for OpenGL

If your emulator is a device with the Google Play Services enabled, the error might be related to “OpenGL” to fix this, simply:

  1. Go to: Tools > Android > AVD Manager
  2. Press the “edit” (pencil) icon next to your AVD
  3. Change “Graphics” to “Software”.

Method 4: Install the Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator on your system

Apart from updating the Android Studio Emulator on your system, you should also consider installing the Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator as Android is a large Operating System and some system images run on the old x86 bit architecture. To Install the x86 Emulator Accelerator

  1. Go to Preferences
  2. Navigate to Android SDK
  3. Mark the Checkbox against “Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM)”

You may refer to the below screenshot if you need help:

Installing the Intel x86 Emulator (HAXM)

Method 5: Parallel SDK Installation (Rare)

If all the above-mentioned steps didn’t work out for you and you’re still not able to run the Emulator, it might be the fact that there are two SDK Installations in your system and the “ANDROID_HOME” points to the wrong location. This error might occur if you recently installed Nativescript or software like that. In order to fix it, follow:

  1. Android Studio settings
  2. Find the proper Android SDK location
  3. Update the environment variable and restart Android Studio.

Fixing Parallel SDK Installation


All the above-mentioned methods would’ve solved your issue, and your emulator would be up and running again, however, if the odds turn on to be against you, always remember that a clean installation of the whole setup would fix this problem.

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Last Updated : 09 May, 2021
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