Does not Genymotion Emulator Show in Visual Studio? Here’s a Fix!


Genymotion emulator is running in client machine and not being displayed in Visual Studio emulator list.

Genymotion emulator does not show in Visual Studio emulator list.

Potential Causes

  • Genymotion is out-of-date.
  • Different ADB versions in installed SDK and Genymotion.

ADB, Android Debug Bridge, is a command-line utility included with Google’s Android SDK. ADB can control a device from a computer, copy files back and forth, install and uninstall apps, run shell commands, and more.


Potential Fixes

One of the following fixes might help:

  • Restarting both Visual Studio and Genymotion emulator.
  • Updating Genymotion to the latest version.
  • Changing Genymotion ADB path to match Visual Studio’s. For this to work follow the following steps:
    • If you do not know your Android SDK location, go to Visual Studio Settings -> Xamarin -> Android Settings and copy the SDK Location Path.
    • Now open Genymotion Settings -> ADB, select the option to use custom tools and paste the copied location path.
    • Restart Genymotion emulator if it’s already running.
Getting Android SDK path from Visual Studio options dialog.
Changing Genymotion Android SDK path.


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