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How to Install An Emulator for App Testing & Toast APK
How to Install An Emulator for App Testing & Toast APK
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Overview

Reviewing your apps is a key part of delivering an incredible experience to your guests on both iOS and Android. Not everyone has access to two different types of phones so using an emulator can be useful for getting full visibility. For Android Testing we recommend using Bluestacks for Windows and Mac (Intel Chip) and Android Studio for those running Mac (M1 Chip). For iOS testing emulator suggestions are COMING SOON!

Limitations

  • Bluestacks is not supported on any Mac running the M1 Chip

  • as of 11/17/23 - Bluestacks X & Bluestacks 4 is not supported on MacOS Sonoma 14.0. Bluestacks X docs

ANDROID EMULATOR - Android Studio (Mac M1 Chip)

Step 2: Click Download Android Studio

Step 3: Next Agree to the Terms and Conditions and click Mac with Apple Chip

Step 4: Next open the Downloaded Android Studio file and drag the android studio logo over to the Applications folder to install.

Step 5: When accepting the terms be sure to select and accept both licenses and click Finish.

Step 6: Next click to Open the Android Studio Application.

Step 7: Next click the More Actions dropdown and select Virtual Device Manager.

Step 8: Next click the Create device button

Step 9: Next select Phone and choose a Device Type.

Note: We recommend selecting one with the Play Store logo for future app update downloads.

Step 10: Next click Next

Step 11: Next use the recommended API level and click Next. This will be pre-selected.

Step 12: Next click Finish

Step 13: Next click the Play Icon to boot your new device!

Step 14: Connect with your delivery manager to receive your APK.

Note: For clients who are already live on the Google Play App Store you can simply search for your app.

Step 15: Once you have received your APK file simply drag and drop the APK of the app you are looking to test onto the opened Android Emulator. Grab from the bottom of the emulator screen to access the newly downloaded APK and click your new App.

ANDROID EMULATOR - BLUESTACKS (Windows & Mac Intel Chip)

Step 2: Click on “Download BlueStacks” to get the latest version of the app player.

Step 3: Launch the installer once it's done downloading and click Open.

Step 4: Connect with your delivery manager to receive your beautiful new APK.

Note: For clients who are already live on the Google Play App Store you can simply search for your app.

Step 5: Once you have received your APK file let's add it to the emulator...

Step 6: Begin by opening the newly downloaded Blue Stacks Application on the desktop of your computer..

Step 7: Once the screen opens click the stack of papers at the bottom left hand corner of the window.

Step 8: A new window will pop open simply drag and drop the app APK you are looking to test onto the Blue stacks Screen.

Note: While the screen is loading it will show ads. This is expected behavior.

Step 9: Simply drag and drop the app onto the home screen of the loaded device. This will trigger the import.

Note: If you don't see the app appear try closing and reopening the emulator.


Step 10: Once the apps are in place they will appear on the home screen as shown below.

SUGGESTED APK’S

Toast APK - Drag and drop this onto your Emulator Screen to have access to the Toast POS Ordering UI

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