This article provides a basic overview of how to use GitHub with Android Studio. If you’re looking for more in-depth training, check out my ebook How to Use GitHub with Android Studio: A complete step-by-step guide to mastering the technology.

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Firstly, let’s login to and create a new repository. From the top right corner of the screen, click the + sign and select New repository.

GitHub "New repository" option

Now complete the form to create a new repository called testproject. Leave the Initialize this repository with a README unticked.

GitHub create new repository form

Next, open Android Studio and create a new project. Call your new application TestProject. Click Next to continue.

Android Studio new project window

Leave the next page as default and click Next.

Android Studio "Select the form factors your app will run on" screen

On the Add an activity to Mobile screen select Blank Activity and click Next.

Android Studio "Add an activity to Mobile" screen

In the next screen, leave the default activity name of MyActivity and click Finish.

Android Studio "New file options" screen

Your new project will open in Android Studio. On the top menu, select VCS > Import into Version Control > Create Git Repository.

Android Studio "Create Git Repository" option.

On the next screen, leave it all as default and click OK.

Android Studio "Select directory for git init" screen

Now use Windows Explorer and navigate to the root of your projects folder. Right click and select Git Bash (If you do not see this option, then first install Git for Windows).

When the Git bash screen appears, type:

git remote add origin[username]/[project_name].git

An example of a Git repository URL is:

Entering command into Git Bash

Then press enter. The GitHub remote will be added to your Git repository.

Next, jump back into Android Studio, right click your projects root directory and select Git > Add. This will add all your project files to your Git repository.

Android Studio "Git > Add" option

It will seem like nothing has happened, but trust me, the project files are added.

Now right click the project name again and this time select Git > Commit Directory.

Android Studio "Commit Directory" option

In the next screen, type a Commit Message and select Commit.

Android Studio "Commit Changes" option

If a Code Analysis warning appears, click Commit. (Unless it’s a real project, in which case review and fix the issue before committing!)

Android Studio "Code Analysis" warning

Now, right click the project name, select Git > Repository > Push.

Android Studio "Git Push" option

Check the box Push current branch to alternative branch and leave the branch name as master. Then select push.

Android Studio "Git Push" prompt

Now enter your GitHub Login (email address) and Password. Then click OK.

Android Studio GitHub Remote Login

If it’s all good, you will see this message.

Android Studio Successful Git Push

Now your code is pushed to your GitHub repository. Don’t believe me? Logon and check for yourself.

GitHub repository pushed from Android Studio

And that’s it! I hope you found this post helpful? Let me know in the comments below.


Still having trouble? Check out Troubleshooting Common Problems in GitHub + Android Studio