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Fix “SDK tools directory is missing” Error in Android Studio

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 09 May, 2021

Sometimes it happens with developers that when he/she starts the “android studio” program, displayed a window of “downloading components” which says:  “Android SDK was installed to C: / Users / user / AppData / Local / android / SDK2 SDK tools directory is missing “. So to fix “SDK tools directory missing” in android studio, try the following methods 

Method 1

The Cause for this error  -SDK tools package might not be installed. 

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Quick fix: Go to the Tools –> SDK manager –> SDK tools.  Deselect Hide obsolete packages option on the right bottom and further install Android SDK Tools(obsolete). A new folder named Tools is now generated in the SDK directory. (C:\Users\..\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\tools.)

“HIDE OBSOLETE PACKAGES” BY DEFAULT SELECTED

“HIDE OBSOLETE PACKAGES” DESELCTED



Method 2

Another reason -Prolly due to inadequate storage available than requisite(minimum 4.53 GB) at your place of download, android SDK tools package did not get installed 

Quick fix: Uninstall Android SDK (default location C:\Users\..\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk ) and install it again. This time affirms the minimum required storage space at your place of download. After execution check, if tools folder is now added in SDK directory.

REQUIRED FREE SPACE

COMPLETE SDK FOLDER

Method 3

Alternative reason- corporate proxy jamming the installer’s call to the internet, due to which android studio installer could not install SDK.

Quick fix: List the path to your corporate PAC file. For that, you need to find the URL.  So, go to System Preferences -> Network -> Advanced -> Proxies -> Automatic Proxy Configuration -> Proxy Configuration File . Now once we know the correct URL, go to Configure -> “Appearance and Behavior” -> System Settings -> HTTP Proxy. Select “Automatic proxy configuration URL:” and enter the URL.

Method 4

Just as this error pops up,  in place of clicking on ‘finish’ click ‘x’. Further, when it asks to reinitialize, Choose the recommended option. Then  click  Configure -> Project Defaults -> Project Structure and copy-paste or browse (AppData folder may be hidden) to  C: / Users / .. / AppData / Local / android / SDK. Try running the project again. Hope this helps!!!.

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