Fix Errors With Starting Genymotion Virtual Device

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This post describes in details how to fix errors starting Genymotion virtual device (Oracle Virtual Box). Genymotion is among the best mobile device emulators out there – so getting it to work without glitches is essential. So far the steps described here have been able to solve all issues faced with this setup. This is comprehensive list of steps, it may be that any invidual step might fix the issue you are experiencing – but the purpose of this post is to describe fix to most of the errors faced.

Before we start fixing things – let’s make sure couple things:

  1. Please make sure there are no other virtual devices running in your system – like Hyper-V for example. These virtual beasts cannot be running at the same time in your system. If you happen to have Hyper-V installed to same Windows machine – please create a secondary boot option for starting your computer without Hyper-V enabled  (see other post in my blog for details on how to do this)
  2. Please run these tools always with admin rights – just to make sure the rootcause won’t be the permissions (tools like Android Studio, Genymotion and Virtual Box)

 

And now – let’s start making the steps for fixing any configuration issues you might have with starting the Genymotion Virtual Device. My setup is Windows 10 with most recent december 2015 updates from Microsoft (which by the way actually broke MY Genymotion virtual machine setup completely – and I needed to take these steps myself).

Step1:

Please install the absolute latest version of Genymotion and Oracle Virtual Box software. At the time of writing this post they are following:

  • Genymotion 2.6.0
  • Oracle Virtual Box 5.0.10

Step2:

Remove any existing Virtual devices you might have installed  into Oracle Virtual box:

Step01_remove_existing_virtual_devices_from_VBOXStep3:

Remove any Host only networks you might have installed into Oracle Virtual box:

STEP1_remove_existing

Step4:

Remove any virtual Devices you might have installed in Genymotion:

STEP2_remove_virtual_devices_geny

Step5:

Empty Genymotion Cache – this might cause issues later on when installing devices back.

STEP3_remove_Genymotion_cache

Step6:

Here might be a good point to reboot your computer, as now we start installing all the needed devices back.

 

Step7:

Install Host Only Networks back to Oracle Virtual Box.

STEP4_INSTALL_network_again

Step8:

Configure the Network settings for the Host Only Network created in previous step. Use exactly these settings!

STEP5__network_settings STEP6__network_settings

Step9:

Add selected virtual devices back to Genymotion.

Add.Geny_devices_back

Step10:

Configure Network settings for the Virtual Devices in Oracle Virtual Box  (they are there now as you created those in previous step again).

STEP7__network_settings STEP8__network_settings

Step11:

Now we have re-installed and configured everything – and now it is time to test that everything as working as expected.

Let’s try to start the Genymotion Virtual device.

STEP9_start_virtual_device

Looking good – starting virtual device……

STEP10_start_virtual_device2

Looking even better – we get the Android splash screen.

STEP11_start_virtual_device3

And finally we have the virtual device fully running.

STEP12_virtual_device_started.pg

Now that you have fixed any underlying issues in your setup, you can use Genymotion emulator with Android studio (install the plug-in) or other development environments.

Please do let me know by leaving message below – if this guide fixed your issues with Genymotion virtual device – or if it didn’t fix them. Very much interested in hearing both sides of the stories. And in case your issue was not solved with above described steps – I still suggest once reading through the Genymotion support pages, as in that case your issue may not be related to your installation or configuration directly.

Thanks – and take care!

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13 Responses to Fix Errors With Starting Genymotion Virtual Device

  1. El-Mehdi Safi-Eddine says:

    Thanks sir for this detailed article, it really helped me!

  2. Juha KetolaJuha Ketola says:

    HI!

    Thank you for the feedback – appreciated!!!! And great to hear it helped you.

    I honestly think, that if ppl would more often publish solutions to problems, or guides for installation to our beloved World Wide Web – everyone would be more effective, and we would not spend that much time re-inventing the wheel all the time.

    Who knows, perhaps that would even speed up innovations, as time is available creating and making new stuff…. 🙂

    Take care!

    /Juha

  3. Hayk says:

    Hey, thanks, it worked for me 🙂

  4. John says:

    you saved me. Thanks!

  5. thuy says:

    virtual device of genymotion statred but displaying white screen…?

    • Juha KetolaJuha Ketola says:

      Hi,

      Did you follow the guide exactly as given? Clearing cache and everything?

      Have you tried to start different virtual devices in your genymotion? And same thing happens with all?

      • Youbi says:

        I have Windows 7….& I installed Genymotion,wehn the virtual device starts, it shows as a white screen !!!! any help please ??

      • Juha KetolaJuha Ketola says:

        Hi,

        White screen means that virtual machine is not working correctly…
        Please follow the steps outlined in the guide in details, and your issue should be fixed.

        At least it has helped many users so far….

  6. Ako says:

    Hey, thanks, it worked for me

  7. Chetan says:

    Thank you so much, it is working perfectly fine now.

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