Android Studio provides a platform where one can build apps for Android phones, tablets, Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto. Android Studio is the official IDE for Android application development, and it is based on the IntelliJ IDEA. One can develop Android Applications using Kotlin or Java as the Backend Language and it provides XML for developing Frontend Screens.
In computing, a plug-in is a software component that adds a particular characteristic to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization. Plugins are a great way to increase productivity and overall programming experience.
Some tasks are boring and not fun to do, by using plugins in the android studio you can get more done in less time. Below is the list of some very useful plugins in the table that are highly recommendable for an android developer.
|Key Promoter X||Key Promoter X helps to get the necessary shortcuts while working on android projects. When the developers use the mouse on a button inside the IDE, the Key Promoter X shows the keyboard shortcut that you should have used instead.|
|Json To Kotlin Class||Json to Kotlin Class is a plugin to generate Kotlin data class from JSON string, in another word, a plugin that converts JSON string to Kotlin data class. With this, you can generate a Kotlin data class from the JSON string programmatically.|
|Rainbow Brackets||Rainbow Brackets adds rainbow brackets and rainbows parentheses to the code. Color coding the brackets makes it simpler to obtain paired brackets so that the developers don’t get lost in a sea of identical brackets. This is a very helpful tool and saves the confusion of selecting which bracket needs to be closed.|
|CodeGlance||Codeglance plugin illustrates a zoomed-out overview or minimap similar to the one found in Sublime into the editor pane. The minimap enables fast scrolling letting you jump straight to sections of code.|
|ADB Idea||ADB Idea is a plugin for Android Studio and Intellij IDEA that speeds up the regular android development. It allows shortcuts for different emulator functionalities that are usually very time consuming, like resetting our app data, uninstalling our app, or starting the debugger.|
Step by Step Process to Install and Uninstall Plugins in Android Studio
Step 1: Open the Android Studio and go to File > Settings as shown in the below image.
Step 2: After hitting on the Settings button a pop-up screen will arise like the following. Here select Plugins in the left panel. Make sure you are on the Marketplace tab. Then search for the required plugins as per the developer’s requirements. After selecting the required plugins then click on the green colors Install button at the right and at last click on the OK button below.
Note: There might be a need to Restart the Android Studio. For example, you may refer to How to Install Genymotion Plugin to Android Studio.
After these brief steps, you have your plugin installed and functional on Android Studio. Similarly if one wants to disable or uninstall the installed plugins then follow the last step.
Step 3: To disable or uninstall a plugin this time go to the Installed tab. And here you can find the all installed plugins in your android studio. Just click on that plugin which one you want to disable or uninstall. Then select the Disable or Uninstall button at the right as shown in the below image. At last click on the OK button and you are done.
Note: There might be a need to Restart the Android Studio.