Install Android 12 on Windows PC

Install Android 12 on a Windows PC

There are two ways to install Android on your PC. One, as an operating system in itself, the other as an emulator like BlueStacks. However, it’s difficult to recommend BlueStacks as it is quite a resource hog. And, if you wish to install the newest Android version, we cannot recommend Bluestacks as it is often late for the party. This time let’s discuss how to install Android 12 on a Windows PC so that the Android you install would be the latest Android version you can play with.

How To Install Android 12 on Windows PC

Read on and discover the simple step-by-step process on how to install Android 12 on a Windows PC. For this, we won’t be needing BlueStacks. It’s not the only way to install Android on a PC. We’ll be needing Android Studio.

Step 1: Download Android Studio

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Navigate to the Download Android Studio link to get the latest version of Android Studio.

Click the Download button. Read through the End User License Agreement (EULA) and agree to its terms before being allowed to download. Kindly wait until the download finishes.

Step 2: Install & Run Android Studio

Navigate to your Downloads folder and run the installer to install Android Studio.

Make sure that the Android Virtual Device Box is checked. It will serve as the sandbox where Android 12 will be running in after installation.

After the installer finishes, run Android Studio. The app will run some initialization screens such as importing settings (which do not matter at this point) and it will be downloading further updated SDK components for development. After downloading the SDKs, do not bother sending usage stats to Google. Though they might get it anyway.

You will be graced with a welcome screen with small messages below regarding further updates that should be downloaded.

If you choose to ignore and proceed, choose the install type. For now, choose the Standard Installation. This will suit our purpose of just knowing how to install Android 12 on a Windows PC.

Select the User interface style. The choices are normal and Dark Mode. Your preference will not affect the outcome. Click Next.

Next is the SDK components setup. Leave the default settings be and click Next.

Android Studio will be downloading the default components selected. Click on Finish after.

Step 3: Create a Virtual Device

Now will then be taken to the Welcome Screen. There will be three main actions. New Project, Open, and Get from VCS. You will however need to click on the More Actions link below the three. It will display several options but choose AVD Manager. AVD is Android Virtual Device.

Click on Create Virtual Device on the following screen.

Since Android can be installed on various devices, the next screen shows what type of device Android should be installed in including TV, Phone, Tablet, smartwatch, and automotive dashboards, along with respective models and screen sizes for each. In this case, we want to play or use Android 12 by installing several apps. Choose a phone and a model with Play Store in its profile. Then click on Next.

Step 4: Download & Install Android 12 System Image

On the next screen, click on the x86 Images tab. We will be using an image that runs smoothly on x86. Click on the download link with an S at the beginning. S means it’s a system image file for Android 12 with Google Play.

You will be graced with another license screen. Simply click Accept and proceed by clicking Next.

Android Studio will then proceed to download the image. The file is over 1GB in size, so patience is required depending on your connection speed.

Once downloaded, click on Finish. You will be brought back to the Download screen. Click on Next. On the next screen, type in what the name of the Android Virtual Device will be. Then click on Finish.

The next screen will show your list of Virtual Devices. If you see a virtual device, the installation was a success.

Step 5: Install Intel HAXM

It’s not over yet as you will need to install the Intel HAXM (Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager) to speed up performance in Intel systems, assuming your processor is Intel-based. The install link is provided on the right of the screen.

Depending on the Android Studio version, the HAXM installer provided might fail. No need to worry. HAXM can be downloaded separately through Github. On the Github page, hunt for the download link for Windows.

After downloading the HAXM zip file, extract the installer and execute. When finished. Restart Android Studio.

Step 6: Use Android 12 on Windows PC

You will be taken straight to the Welcome Screen. Again, choose More Actions and choose AVD Manager.

Click on the Play button on the device you created.

The system will start and will display a replica of the phone model you chose along with external controls to simulate actions and gestures available for the phone. Including Power, Volume Up, Volume Down, Tilt, Rotate, Camera, Search, Back, Home, Recent, and the triple-dot menu. Click on the Power button to start the device.

It will appear as if a phone with Android 12 is on your PC, with all its base contents available. You can install Android apps and games from the PlayStore and run them on your PC using the Android Studio emulator.


Knowing how to install Android 12 on a Windows PC would be perfect for those who wish to develop Android apps by fully taking advantage of Android Studio’s in-built functionalities. It can also be used to test out various types of Android devices or phones before purchasing, play with the latest version of Android available without having to purchase a new device, or simply enjoy Android apps and games without having any Android device. Having an AVD on the PC is also convenient for playing without having to leave your desk and picking up a separate device.