How to run Android Studio on ANY device with JetBrains Projector

since I use it only for a few hours a week for my personal projects, it ends up being quite affordable. Even if I used it for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, it would cost me around $64 / month. Not bad considering I don’t need an expensive laptop anymore.

Out of curiosity, I looked up laptops that would be roughly equivalent to the Amazon instance the author has set up. Asus and Lenovo both make options that are right around $1,000 and pack the same punch. If we assume the instance costs $0.40 per hour, as stated in the article, and is run for 6 hours a day, as would be a good moderate estimate for most people who use it for a job, 5 days a week, 48 weeks of the year, you're paying $576 per year. Essentially, for this setup to make sense, you have to assume that you have a sunk cost in a laptop or desktop that you already like, will use for the next two years, and simply isn't up to the task of developing software on, you will always be developing where you have a strong internet connection, you still need to be mobile, and that if you bought the laptop you would need to be the same value, it would need to be replaced in less than two years.

Not to mention, you can't debug on a real device without going through additional rigamarole.

This honestly seems like a terrible idea for most people.



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Guide to setup JetBrains Projector and access Android Studio from any device.
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JetBrains Projector with Android Studio

Step 1: Spin up a Linux server. 
Step 2: Connect to your remote server via SSH. 
Step 3: Install Projector and Android Studio on the remote server. 
Step 4: Access Android Studio from a Browser. 


To run Android Studio on any device with JetBrains Projector, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Download and install JetBrains Projector on your device.
  2. Download and install Android Studio on the device that you want to use as the host.
  3. Open Android Studio and go to the "Welcome to Android Studio" window.
  4. Click on the "Configure" button and select "Projector" from the drop-down menu.
  5. Follow the prompts to set up the connection between your device and the host machine.
  6. Once the connection is established, you should be able to use Android Studio on your device as if it were installed locally.

Keep in mind that the performance of Android Studio may vary depending on the capabilities of your device and the network connection between the host and the device.

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To run Android Studio on any device using JetBrains Projector, follow these steps:

  1. Install JetBrains Projector: Visit the JetBrains Projector website ( and download the appropriate version for your operating system.

  2. Set up a Projector Server: Launch the JetBrains Projector server on your machine. Follow the provided instructions to configure the server settings, such as selecting the desired port and authentication options.

  3. Create a JetBrains Account: If you don't already have one, create a JetBrains Account on the Projector website. This account will be used to log in to Android Studio.

  4. Launch the Projector Client: On the device where you want to run Android Studio, install the JetBrains Projector client. You can find the client application on the Projector website or in your device's app store.

  5. Log in to Android Studio: Open the Projector client and log in using your JetBrains Account credentials. Once logged in, you should see the available JetBrains tools.

  6. Launch Android Studio: Locate and select Android Studio from the list of available tools. The application will start within the Projector client interface.

  7. Start Developing: You can now use Android Studio on your device through JetBrains Projector. Make sure to have a stable internet connection for optimal performance.

Remember that running Android Studio through JetBrains Projector requires a reliable internet connection, as the actual development environment is hosted on the server. Additionally, some advanced features or hardware-dependent functionalities may not be fully supported in this setup.

I hope this helps you run Android Studio on any device using JetBrains Projector. Happy coding!

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