Profiling an application on an Android device requires the following:

  • A supported device.
  • The device must run Android 11 or later. Previous versions are not supported.
  • The device must have adb debugging enabled, and be accessible via adb.
  • AGI must be able to install its own APK via adb: on some devices you may have to turn on a “install via USB” option.
  • The target application must be debuggable; the debuggable attribute in the Android manifest of the application must be set to true. This attribute enables proper instrumentations from the graphics driver. For Vulkan applications, this attribute enables AGI to add its own Vulkan layer when the application starts.
    <application [...] android:debuggable="true">

For Vulkan applications:

  • The target application must not report any warning/error when it runs with the Vulkan validation layers enabled. Fix any Vulkan validation error before profiling. The frame profiler assumes that the application uses the Vulkan API correctly. Invalid use of the Vulkan API is considered undefined behavior.


The following are the minimum system requirements for profiling an Android application using a desktop or laptop:


  • Windows 7 or later.


  • El Capitan (10.11) or later.


  • Ubuntu ‘Trusty Tahr’ (14.04) or later recommended.
  • Java 64-bit JDK or JRE 8 (or newer).