Remote debugging with Android emulator

Daniyar Nurgaliyev
2 min readOct 14, 2020

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Launching Android studio application on emulator which is on another computer.

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The development computer is MacOs, the remote computer is WindowsOS (where emulator is launched).

Settings for Computer B: WindowsOS

  1. Download Bitvise SSH Server and install.

2. Open downloaded program and Go to Settings
-> Open easy settings

-> Open tab "2. Windows accounts"
-> Click Add

-> Click "lookup" and try to find current Windows userName, then click ok
-> Check “Allow port forwarding”
-> Ok

-> Save changes

3. The server should have already been started, if not click Start server

4. Download and install Android Studio, and create and launch emulator

Computer B with MacOs

1. Type Terminal command:

Then type "yes"
-> Enter
-> Enter

It will generate 2 files on the path: ~/Users/MacUserName/.ssh

2. Type Terminal command:

Change username and ip address to Computer A's.

Then Enter the password of Computer B's username

3. Open new Terminal and type following command (unnecessary):

The result should be something likes this:

This means that we have a connection with remote device on Computer A.

4. Type Terminal command:

It will reload adb devices and you will see it on Toolbar panel as a "Virtual Device"

Now just click Run on Your development computer and the application will be launched on another device's emulator.

Helpful links:

this and this

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