Android Studio Productivity Guide. #2: Gradle SetUp (a) (Computer SetUp)

As you read this,the assumption is that you have AS (Android Studio) installed.

If not head over to Part 1 of this series that had steps 1–5.


I have a custom gradle install location. C:\Gradle that contains various gradle versions. here is how to do it.

  1. Create a folder on C (For Windows machine users) and call it Gradle.
  2. Go to gradle release downloads and download the various versions. At the time of this writing I stick to having 3 gradle versions.
  3. Download the binary-only versions.
  4. Open the zipped folder and drag the folder to the gradle folder you created in this case C:\Gradle

For this instance, i drag gradle-4.10.3 to C:\Gradle

5. The final folder should look something like:

How C:\Gradle looks like at the end.

We are not done, we need to set up environment variables.

6. Open file explorer. Go to:

This PC or My Computer,

right click and select properties

>> then click on Advanced System Settings

then click on Environment Variables

You should see this:

Go to System variables section then scroll down to Path then click Edit.

Navigate to the Gradle folder on C then to bin.

Click on the top area where you have This PC then OS ….to get the path. Then copy it.

You should get something like:


Copy this. Then head over to

Edit Environment variable window

and click NEW then paste it.

Then click OK.

Do this for all the 3 gradle versions and you should have this:

We have to test whether it works by opening CMD, by click start and type CMD then type the command: gradle -v

then press enter.

If all went well, you should see this:

Congratulations you just set up gradle on windows!


Depending on the version that you put as the top in your environment variables, that is what will be picked up by the Command line as default.

Tried it a couple of times.😋

So Gradle is set up and running in the environment!

We need to now point this to Android Studio.

Next post: Gradle Offline OnLine in AS.

Previous post to catch you up: Steps 1–5

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