How to resize the AVD emulator in Android Studio?

I’ve seen many posts asking about how to re-size the AVD emulator, however I have not found any that work. My emulator is off the top of my computer screen, and I cannot resize it.

How to resize the AVD emulator in Android Studio?

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  • 16 Solutions collect form web for “How to resize the AVD emulator in Android Studio?”

    You can resize your emulator screen

    1. By going (in the top menu of Android Studio) to Run > Edit Configurations

    2. In the left panel of the just opened dialog, choose your application.

    3. In the right panel, choose the General tab, and then go down and check Emulator, and in Prefer Android Virtual Device, choose the virtual device you are currently using.

    4. Now, go the tab Emulator (next to the General tab), and in Additional command line options, write

      -scale 0.X

      where X can be for example 25 or 50, which would represent respectively 25% and 50% of original size.

    Try this on Android Studio:

    1. Go to Run

    2. Click Edit Configurations

    3. From left side, under the Android Application tab, select name of your application

    4. Now, from General tab (in the right panel), go down and check Emulator, and select one emulator from Prefer Android Virtual Device list

      For point 3 and 4

    5. Click on the Emulator tab, and in the entry box Additional command line options, change the scale of the emulator to something of the form -scale 0.X (where X could be for example 40, if you want your emulator to be 40% of the full size)

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    6. Click Ok to save these settings

    Edit : On Android Studio 1.5 , this options are removed. Good News is we can directly change the size of the emulator from Android Studio 2.0 (As shown in the introduction video)

    With Android Studio 2 now you can resize your window simply by dragging a corner.

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    Probably a duplicate but my step by step on what I did to get this working.

    Environment Windows 10 64-bit on Surface 3 i7 8g ram w 512g hard drive.

    Run HAXM config in {android sdks}\Intel\Extra
    Gave it 4 gig of ram
    verified its working by going to an admin prompt and running ‘sc query intelhaxm’. Status of 4 verified it was happy.

    Ran Android Device manager and deleted all images present.

    Created new image targeting KitKat 4.4, wqith 768mb of ram

    In emulator set scale to be “4 dp to 1 px onscreen”

    You’ll have to experiment for your particular resolution.

    Started the emulator from the device manager. Comes up FAST, and non-docked, and clickable.

    Screen shots below.

    Healy in Tampa.

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    I have gone through this same issue and recently got perfect solution.

    While you creating your own virtual device there is an option for “Start-up size and orientation” ,the default of which is “auto”

    You need to select another value according to your need from the drop-down menu and voila…

    This worked for me and wish will work for you too.enter image description here

    Android Studio 1

    1. Got to AVD Manager
    2. Under Actions for the device you want to change
      click “Edit this AVD”
    3. Change Scale setting

      Android Studio 2

    For step two click on the little pencil on the right.

    little pencil

    This solution is going off of what @james04 did with a minor tweak since specifying the scale as -scale 0.X didn’t work for me.

    1. Run –> Edit Configurations –> Emulator tab
    2. Check Additional command line options
    3. Type -scale 128dpi (or some other dpi of your choice; will need to experiment a little to get exactly what you want).

    So, basically just replace -scale 0.X with -scale XXdpi.

    I was getting problem while doing from the methods mentioned.

    I will give the way I did, which is different from the given methods.

    Follow the steps as given :

    1. Go to Control Panel.
    2. Click on Programs.
    3. Select “Turn Windows feature On or Off“.
    4. Check “Telnet Server” and “Telnet Client“.
    5. Go to cmd.
    6. Type “cd\” (to move to the main directory).
    7. Now type “telnet localhost 5554” (leaving the quotes and the number is the same as present on top of your emulator).
    8. Now type : window scale 0.x (x as per your requirement eg: window scale 0.5 to get the half screen size).

    Hope this helps.

    Link :

    With older versions of Android Studio, adding -scale 0.5x to the additional command line options worked like a charm.

    But with Android Studio v1.5.1, The Emulator tab is missing in the Rn/Debug Configurations window.

    Has anyone else encountered the same thing?

    As of now, I’m starting the emulator from Command Line with the -scale option to make it work.

    ./emulator -avd NEXUS_9_API_19 -scale 0.4

    After the Android Studio 2.2 update, there is no Emulator Tab in Edit Configurations window.

    If you want to scale your emulator, you just need to use this keyboard combination:

    To scale up: Ctrl +

    To scale down: Ctrl +

    If what you want is scaling by a percentage or getting a 1:1 display, maybe you should try modifying these two files:
    (I don’t know if this one will work since I didn’t have a chance to try.)



    This is situational for me:
    My setup:
    MacBook Pro (Retina: 2880×1800) + 27′ ASUS Monitor (1920 x 1080) + Startup size and orientation in AVD Manager set to Auto.

    There are 2 situations in which I can start emulator:

    1) With ASUS monitor attached to Macbook Pro

    This results in an emulator window that fits my ASUS monitor in height. If I move the emulator window over to MacBook – it does not resize properly – part of the emulator window is hidden.

    2) No monitor attached to MacBook Pro

    This results in an emulator window that fits my MacBook Pro in height. This is ideal because I can now reattach the big ASUS monitor and the window is still a comfortable size.

    This leads me to conclude that in the case of multiple displays – Android Studio philosophy is to pick the largest size and size the Emulator window accordingly.

    So I guess Android Studio bug fix/enhancement can be to reset emulator window size based on detecting a different resolution when it is moved between displays of different resolution/dpi/ppi.

    I have submitted a bug report to AOSP here:

    Yet another way in AndroidStudio. Open the terminal from the bottom status bar.

    Enter the following, changing the path and avd name to match your environment.

    C:\android-sdk\tools\emulator.exe -scale 0.25 -netdelay none -netspeed full -avd Nexus_6_23

    Note: The scale can be refined as needed

    !!!! Finally !!!!

    For Android studio greater than 2.0

    This solution worked for me. Since Emulator tab is not there to scale the screen.

    1. Go to Android virtual device(AVD)
    2. Emulated performance > Graphics – Change it from Automatic to Software.

    See Screenshot for better understanding

    Concerning the resizing, there are plenty of good answers here. But for moving the emulator window with the keyboard it is as easy as pressing [ALT] + [Spacebar] and move the window around with the arrows.

    This is a good trick for any kind of apps.

    For those who want a cmd line way, create a shell script (this example uses in your path with this content:

    if [ $# != 1 ]; then
        echo usage: $0 scale
        exit 1
    echo "window scale $1" | nc localhost 5554

    Then just type the following command to resize the window to whatever you want:

    $ 0.4

    Unfortunately, -scale and -dpi-device flags have been deprecated with Emulator 2.0.


    Add warning messages for deprecated window size flags. ("-scale" and "-dpi-device")
    The deprecated “-scale” parameter will now be ignored. (
    Removed the "-scale" flag and "window scale" commands. (

    I think the best workaround for now, modu’s answer. The usage CTRL+ Up and CTRL + Down

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