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Downloads & Preview Channels

Android Studio's built-in update mechanism can be set to receive updates through any one of these 4
  • Canary: Bleeding edge, released about weekly. These are early previews released in order to obtain real-world feedback during development. The canary channel will always have the latest build, including updates to beta or stable releases. We recommend running canary builds side-by-side with a beta or stable installation.
  • Dev: Canary builds after a full round of internal testing get promoted into the Dev Channel.
  • Beta: Release candidates based on stable canary builds, released and updated to obtain feedback prior to the stable release. The beta channel will be updated with new stable builds until a new canary build goes to beta. 
  • Stable: The official stable release, as available from the Android Developer site. 
You can download the full installations of the build offered in each of these channels: Canary, DevBetaStable.

Alternatively, you can build it yourself, following the instructions in Build Overview

Selecting an Update Channel 

To select the update channel for an Android Studio installation use the Preferences > System Settings > Updates menu option and choose the appropriate channel on which to check for updates:

When an update is available, you'll be prompted by the IDE:

Selecting update will display the update information dialog, which details information on the patch available, its size and its channel:

Using Multiple Android Studio Versions

It's possible to have multiple versions of Android Studio installed simultaneously. When we offer canary builds (or even beta builds) of the next version of the IDE, you may want to install the new version without replacing your existing stable install.

Android Studio stores its settings in version specific folders; the exact locations depend on the operating system (and the versions of the IDE), but for example, if you have both Android Studio 1.5.1 and Android Studio 2.0 Preview 1 installed, these will consult settings in

Therefore, once you've installed the two versions, you can use them, even side by side, and they should not interfere with each other. (Note however that newer versions of the may change some of the configuration data in your projects (such as code style settings in .idea).

Note that on OSX, you typically install by just dragging the "Android Studio" app from the DMG folder to your Applications folder. Doing so will cause it to replace the previous install with the new install. To avoid this, rename your existing app first, for example from "Android Studio" to "Android Studio 1.5".

Deleting Older Settings Folders

Once you are done with an older version, you can delete the settings folder for that version. This can free up a significant amount of disk space; particularly the index caches.