Note that the official download page for Android presents various options for download.
The default ADT bundle for Windows, as well as for other platforms, includes Eclipse and the Android plugin. If you plan to use IntelliJ IDEA as your Android IDE, then you might want to opt for a smaller download and just pick up the Android SDK and platform tools.
By simply scrolling down the web page in the figure above, you can find specific instructions for getting the Android SDK to use with an existing IDE or for a variety of software platforms, as in the next figure below.
Once you have successfully downloaded the Android SDK for the platform of choice, you unzip it in a folder or just run the installer, if any. For the Windows platform, you find a convenient installer. As first thing the installer checks if the Java SDK is installed. Image Added
Next, you indicate the destination folder of the Android SDK files and proceeds with installation. Take a note of the installation path as IntelliJ IDEA needs to know about it to successfully compile your applications.
3. Configure Android platforms
Right after the successful completion of the setup wizard, the Android SDK is still not complete. It does contain all basic SDK tools, but it doesn’t contain any platform specific tooling. In brief, it is not fully configured to let you build applications within IntelliJ IDEA or any other IDE.
Using the SDK Manager
As there are quite a few different Android platforms out there (e.g., Android 2.2, Android 3.0, Android 4.0 and so forth). You need to install binaries and tools for each of the platforms you intend to build applications for.
The final step of the Android setup wizard, however, just offers to launch the tool that walks you through the selection of the Android platforms of choice. Image Added
Through the SDK Manager you select the Android platforms of choice and the tool downloads all necessary files and samples. The figure below shows the SDK Manager tool in action. You select the platforms you are interested in and click Install packages to install related packages.