Move Android Studio AVD folder to a new location

Default Android Virtual Device Manager (AVD) folder is located is in C:\Users\<user_name>\.android\avd. To move it to a new location perform following steps:

  • Close Android Studio
  • Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Environment Variables
  • Add a new User variable:
    • Variable Name: ANDROID_SDK_HOME
    • Variable Value: D:\Android_SDK_HOME
      Replace D:\Android_SDK_HOME with the path you want become your new AVD folder root.
      The path you enter cannot be root folder of your Android SDK (but can be a subfolder).

  • Open Android Studio. Make sure a folder called .android was created in your new location.
  • Move avd folder from the old location (C:\Users\<user_name>\.android) to the new one (D:\Android_SDK_HOME\.android).

February 2017
Android Studio 2.3


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