How to Enable ARCore API: A Step-by-Step Guide

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ARCore is an augmented reality development platform that allows developers to create immersive experiences for Android devices. Enabling the ARCore API is an essential first step in creating your own AR applications, but it can be a confusing process. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to enable ARCore on your Android device and get started with development.


Before you start, make sure that your Android device meets the following requirements:

  • Device must run Android 9 Pie or later
  • Must have at least 2 GB of RAM
  • Must have at least 800 MB of available storage space
  • Must have a compatible camera and sensor configuration

Enabling ARCore on Your Device

To enable ARCore on your device, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap "Settings."
  4. Scroll down and tap "About phone."
  5. Scroll down and tap "Build number."
  6. Tap "Build number" seven times.
  7. A message will appear saying that you are now a developer!
  8. Go back to the main menu and tap "Settings."
  9. Scroll down and tap "Developer options."
  10. Scroll down and toggle "ARCore" on.

Once ARCore is enabled, your device should reboot automatically. After the reboot, you’ll be able to see the ARCore logo in the system settings.

Getting Started with ARCore Development

Now that ARCore is enabled on your device, it’s time to start developing! To get started, you’ll need to download the ARCore SDK from the Google Developers website. Once you have the SDK installed, you can start building your own AR applications using Unity or Unreal Engine.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Start with simple AR experiences, such as a 3D model that overlays on real-world objects.
  • Use the ARCore console to debug your application and troubleshoot issues.
  • Experiment with different camera and sensor configurations to create unique AR experiences.
  • Join the ARCore community to connect with other developers and get inspiration for your own projects.


Enabling ARCore on your Android device is the first step in creating your own augmented reality applications. With the ARCore API, you can bring immersive experiences to life on any Android device. Follow the steps outlined in this guide to get started with development and create your own AR applications today!

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