Thursday, September 21, 2017

Emulators for react native mobile apps

We can use react native to create mobile apps and target multiple platforms like android and IOS. During development phase we need  emulators before  publishing the app.

These are some options. 

Android studio

Install android studio and then we can configure the device which we need to target. Link for the download

However I found this option time consuming as we need to select the specific device which we are targeting. We have to install android studio to run the virtual devices


        Note: Only basic version is free for personal use.


  • Based on my experience this is the best option as it is easy to set up and and open source
  • Enable developers to build and share true native apps that work across both IOS and Android
  • We can a have desktop version, android or IOS app.

NoteAfter building the app we need to scan the QR code using our device. We can share this QR code to anyone via mail or text message. While sharing both party needs to have installed Expo app in their device

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