Installing Android Things

Once you have your hardware assembled, the next step towards building an Android Things application is to install the Android Things OS to your development board.

This post will focus on that process

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This video details the install process


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What Do You Need?


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Where To Get Setup Utility

Android Things Console

“You will need to sign in to your Google account and accept the licensing agreement and terms of service”


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Starting the Utility

Navigate to your working directory, and invoke the setup utility from the command line.

In my case, I ran the macos variant, but there are versions for linux and windows as well.



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Setup Process

The setup process is very straightforward.

Follow the command line prompts, selecting the appropriate options.

When asked, be sure to select the correct board


The first 3 selected options in my case were:

1 - Install Android Things and optionally set up Wi-Fi
2 - NXP Pico i.MX7D
1 - Default image: Used for development purposes. No access to the Android
Things Console features such as metrics, crash reports, and OTA updates.


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Wifi can be configured using the Setup Utility as well.

It can be done as its own process, or as the last step in setting up your board.


To run as it’s own process

  • re-run the Setup Utility
  • select option 2 to configure wifi
  • follow the prompts to enter your wifi credentials


That’s it.  Your development board should now be connected to wifi.


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What Next?

Now you’re ready to build your first Android Things application!

To get started building a UI based application using the touch screen, you can check out this post:

Android Things: From 0 to Hello World

I’ve been excited at the prospect of IoT and building with Android Things for a long time I had visions of building complex and exciting projects over my winter vacation. I finally decided the time was right, and started down the rabbit hole with a simple Google search “android things kit”.


To get started building using the Rainbow HAT add-on board check this out:

Android Things: Hello Rainbow HAT –

Using the Rainbow HAT with Android Things is the perfect way to get started with peripheral I/O. This post walks through a “Hello Rainbow HAT” example.


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