Development issue/problem:

I just downloaded Android Studio .dmg for OSX. I followed the installation instructions and dragged it into the application folder and launched the application.

But the SDK manager and the DSA manager are greyed out and cannot be used.

Did I miss an installation idea?

How can I solve this problem?

Solution 1:

For people who have the same problem with Windows : You won’t find the Android SDK anywhere if this is your first time using Android. Also, Android Studio does not come with an SDK manager, so you will need to download one.

So here’s what you can do:

Download SDK Manager and Android SDK

  1. Download the SDK Manager from Use the Get SDK link for the existing IDE.
  2. Run the downloaded installation program.
  3. Run this program with administrator rights: SDK.exe Manager
  4. Download the proposed SDK (if you get error messages indicating that the SDK manager cannot create certain folders, remember that it must be run as an administrator).

ConfigureAndroid Studio to work with the newSDK.

  1. Open Android Studio and click Configure in the Quick Launch window, the SDK manager is grayed out.
  2. Go to Project Defaults, then Project Structure and there you will be asked for the path where you installed the SDK.
  3. If you click OK and go back, you will see that the SDK manager is no longer grayed out and you can now start creating projects.

Solution 2:

The project must be downloaded at least once to make the link available.

Found in :
Structure of the file/project…
Next, in the Android SDK, specify the path to the SDK folder in the Android Studio application package.
Then create a new project.
After the first draft, the elements were finally activated.

Solution 3:

Android Studio Beta v0.8.14 with the Android SDK for Mac does not appear to be the : You need to install the SDK manually (e.g. and then configure Android Studio to find and use it.

(I ended up using the ADT package, because I couldn’t find the SDK to download it myself).

You need to use the buttons in the welcome dialog, not in the menu bar or application settings (as I originally thought). One step at a time:

Android Studio SDK Managed Disabled –

(Note that the SDK manager is grayed out until you are done with this job, in which case you cannot undo it to take screenshots).

Android Studio SDK Managed Disabled –

Android Studio SDK Managed Disabled –

Navigate backwards and the SDK Manager button in the control panel should be enabled. If you click on it, you should see something similar:

Android Studio SDK Managed Disabled –

Solution 4:

I had a similar problem and the reason is that I used a path with spaces in it. A warning appeared in the window that could cause problems with the NDK, but it actually caused problems with Android Studio’s internal SDK as well. Once you change jobs, everything works fine.

Solution no. 5:

Go to Configuration -> Project Defaults -> Project Structure

Specify the path to the SDK and click OK.

It should be working now.

Solution no. 6:

For Mac users (Android Studio Beta v0.8.14)

The SDK or SDK Manager is not included in this version of Android Studio, and it is difficult to document this change at this time.

  1. Download a separate SDK here. You can select the latest version of the same Get SDK for an existing IDE link.
  2. Unzip the downloaded zip file and rename the folder to sdk.
  3. Copy the sdk folder to the Android folder.
  4. Restart Android Studio and you will get this dialog box when you start Android Studio.

Android Studio SDK Managed Disabled –

Solution no. 7:

To remove the gray area,

you must perform the following steps:

  1. Get to the point.
  2. Click on the project structure
  3. Go to the SDK website
  4. Click the Browse button to find the path to the SDK.
  5. Choose the right way to get the SDK on your system
  6. Now click on the SDK manager icon in the Android Studio toolbar.

Hopefully this will solve the problem of the grey area.

Thank you!

Solution no. 8:

After version 1.0, this will no longer be a problem. In the meantime, you can download the latest version of Canary (1.0 RC2), which will download the SDK during installation.

Solution no. 9:

For me, the problem had to do with Windows, and it was enough to run the installer in administrator mode. That’s it!

Good luck!

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