Android Studio not using built in SDK

If you download Android Studio you’re probably ready to develop the apps instantly, because there is built in SDK (android) in the software. That’s sweet for new developers, not for me, because I have used Eclipse and sometimes I run this IDE too. And that means I already downloaded SDK, unzipped it in different path, download all important images and set up all virtual devices.

And there’s a problem. Even if I set up Android studio to use my SDK path, it sometimes doesn’t work and it uses Android Studio path (../android_studio/sdk/). That means I have to create demanded virtual device (and sometimes download correct API version images). And because Android Studio is EAP, the settings might not work and sometimes I’m not able to change the path.

Here’s the quick fix. Delete the SDK folder from Android Studio folder and create junction (in Windows). That means run command prompt (press button with windows logo at keyboard, type cmd, press enter) and type in this command:

MKLINK /J [destination path] [sdk path]

In my case it was:

MKLINK /J C:\Java\android_studio\sdk C:\Java\sdk

Here we are, problem succesfully solved.

junction

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