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Android Quick Start

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Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) uses a special version of the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), called CodeWorks for Android 1R6u1. This version of CodeWorks for Android is the easiest way to set up the SDK and Native Development Kit (NDK) needed to develop Android projects with UE4. Although we're currently using version 1R6u1, we intend to use subsequent releases of CodeWorks. If you have other versions of the Android SDK installed (or, older versions of CodeWorks for Android), we recommend that you uninstall them and install CodeWorks for Android, using the CodeWorks for Android installer that's being distributed with UE4.

We've bundled the CodeWorks for Android installer with UE4 to make sure that your Android SDK will be compatible with Unreal Engine. In UE4.18 the Gradle build system is enabled by default. But, this requires accepting the SDK License agreement in Project Settings > Android (button is disabled if the agreement has been previously accepted). Press the button, read the agreement, then Accept it. After that, the button should be grayed out. You can still use the Ant build system in 4.18 by clearing the Enable Gradle instead of Ant Check box.

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Goals

The focus of this Android Quick Start guide is to walk you through the basics of setting up your computer for Android Development with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). This guide also teaches you how to put a template game on your Android device with the Unreal Editor's launching and packaging features.

Objectives

  • Install and setup the Android SDK.

  • Setting up your Android device for development.

  • Creating a project that is targeted for Android mobile development.

  • How to deploy a level to your Android device

  • How to package your game for release.