How to fix AVD emulator grainy, poor resolution display in Android Studio

The AVD emulator on Android Studio display shows all characters at 1:1 resolution grainy. It is difficult to read the text of the app under testing. To overcome this problem:

  • Create the AVD emulator device and set to no borders or skin.
  • Instead of a docked view, select the Window view, so the device opens in it’s own window.

I had selected a Pixel 3 when creating the AVD and the above approach fixed the resolution.

Another alternative is to use a Physical Device for testing or debugging apps.

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