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Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit for Android Things

Follow the instructions below to set up your Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit.

What's in the box

Open the box and make sure you have all of the components in the kit.

Bubble_number_01Raspberry Pi 3 development board Bubble_number_02Micro SD card with adapter
Bubble_number_03Rainbow HAT Bubble_number_04Plastic bolts (x4) and nuts (at least x4)
Bubble_number_05Plastic wrench Bubble_number_06Plastic case layers (x5)
Bubble_number_07Power adapter Bubble_number_08Power outlet adapters (x3)

Connect the parts

Connect the parts in the following order.

Protective case

The case encloses the Raspberry Pi and protects it.


Locate the two clear plastic layers for the case. Each layer has a white protective film on one side. Use your fingernail to peel off this film.

All of the plastic layers are numbered in the top left corner except for one (the top layer). Place the unnumbered layer aside for now. Find the layer with a "0" on it and place it so that the number is in the top left corner facing up.

Find the layer with a "1" on it and place it on top of layer 0. Find the layer with a "2" on it and place it on top of layer 1. Make sure that the numbers are lined up in the top left corner.

Place the Raspberry Pi so that it rests inside layer 2.

Find the layer with a "3" on it and place it on top of the Raspberry Pi. Place the unnumbered layer on top of layer 3. Make sure that the numbers are lined up in the top left corner.

Insert the four plastic bolts into the four corner holes in the case. Attach a nut to each of the bolts underneath the case. You can press down on the head of each bolt and use the included plastic wrench to tighten the nut.

Rainbow HAT

Connect the Rainbow HAT to the Raspberry Pi.


Locate the Rainbow HAT. The HAT has a 40-pin female connector. The Raspberry Pi has a 40-pin male connector. You will connect these together in the next step.

Gently press the connector on the back of the Rainbow HAT onto the connector on the Raspberry Pi. Be sure to press straight down.

Power adapter

The power adapter may not have the right outlet adapter for your location. Do the following to change the outlet adapter (if needed).


Press down on the plastic tab below the outlet posts.

Gently slide the outlet adapter off of the power adapter.

Locate the correct outlet adapter for your location. Slide it onto the power adapter.

Gently press the outlet adapter until it locks into place. You should hear a click.

Final result

Your kit is now assembled. You will insert the micro SD card and connect the power cable in the installation instructions below.


Install Android Things

Follow the hardware setup instructions to flash the latest version of Android Things on your Raspberry Pi development board.

Next steps

Congratulations! You've set up your new Android Things starter kit and you're ready to start writing code. Here are a few things you can do to get up and running:


You can report bugs and suggest new features with the Android Things issue tracker.

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