FIX: Android emulator won’t connect to Internet

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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android emulator won't connect to internet on Windows 10

The Android Emulator is a vital part of the Android Studio suite. The mass of final testing is done here, and for the majority of projects, it requires the internet connection. If you want to test your app fully, at least. However, there seems to be a problem where users have had a hard time connecting to the internet from within Android Emulator.

Android Emulator Internet issues on Windows 10

  1. Check for general connection issues
  2. Reinstall Android Studio
  3. Disable the unused Network adapter
  4. Check the Internet permission

1: Check for general connection issues

Let’s start with some general troubleshooting steps. Before we start dealing with the internal issues in Android Studio, you should check whether the connection is working all-around on your PC. If the problem is solely existent in Android Emulator, we suggest moving to the second step below.

On the other hand, if you’re experiencing general network issues, we suggest following the enlisted steps:

  • Restart your router and modem.
  • Switch between LAN and Wi-Fi if possible.
  • Flush DNS.
  • Disable third-party antivirus temporary.
  • Disable Proxy or VPN.

2: Check the Firewall

Another viable solution is to check the configuration file and confirm that the internet permission is granted to Android Emulator. In addition, you should check the Windows Firewall and confirm that the Android Emulator is able to communicate freely. After that, you should be able to resolve the issue at hand.

And this is how to allow Android Studio to freely communicate through the Firewall:

  1. In the Windows Search bar, type Allow app and open Allow an app through Windows Firewall.
  2. Click “Change settings”.
  3. Allow Android Studio to for Private network and confirm changes.

3: Disable the unused Network adapter

The most prominent solution we were able to find concerns disabling a Network adapter. Namely, it seems that Android Emulator tries to connect via a not-established, inactive adapter. This, of course, leads to an internal network error and users are unable to access the online content.

Here’s what you need to do in order to avoid this:

  1. Open Network settings.
  2. Choose right-click on the Adapter you want to disable and disable it.
  3. Check whether the problem is resolved.

4: Reinstall Android Studio

And, finally, if none of the previous steps proved resolutive, the only thing we can suggest is a complete reinstallation of the Android Studio. This might help, but we can’t claim that with certainty. This is the last resort, so if there’s a way to find an alternate solution without resorting to reinstallation, go with that. You can also try an alternative emulator.

This should do it. In case you have any additional questions or suggestions, make sure to post them in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.


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