How To Get Started With Android Things

Visit this >link and scroll down to the Android Things image download link for the Raspberry Pi 3. After you download the zip file, extract it to somewhere on your computer that is easily accessible. For example, I extracted the Android Things zip file to my desktop.

2. Save the image of Android Things to your microSD card

Now that the image of Android Things OS is downloaded to your computer, you must write the image to your microSD card. The directions for doing this will vary depending on which computer you have…

  • For Windows users, learn how to write the Android Things image to microSD by visiting >here
  • For Mac users, click >here
  • For Linux users, click >here

3. Boot up Android Things OS on your Raspberry Pi 3

After you finish writing Android Things to your microSD card, insert it into your RPi3. Then, connect your Pi to a monitor via the handy HDMI port. Once you power up the Pi, you should see an Android Things loading screen that looks like this:

Upon booting up, this Android Things load screen will be displayed in the meantime

After around a minute or so, your Raspberry Pi 3 should finish booting up and then display this default home screen:

So far, Android Things is telling us that there isn’t any wifi or ethernet connection. We will address this in Part 2!


Your Raspberry Pi 3 is now successfully running Android Things OS.

Whereas your typical android device will display the application launch screen, wallpaper, widgets, etc., Android Things is much simpler. Once you upload an Android App to your Raspberry Pi 3, the start screen above will go away and immediately display the user interface of your application.

With Android Things, a monitor or screen is optional. This means that you can run android applications on the Raspberry Pi 3 without needing to constantly interact with it. Simply unplug the HDMI cable and the Android app will continue to run on your Raspberry Pi 3 as long as it has power.

Visit Getting Started with Android Things Part 2 in order to learn how to create a simple Android Things ‘Hello World’ app and run it on your Raspberry Pi 3.

Thanks For Reading!

— David Lie-Tjauw

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