This guide will help you run Android apps on PC through the use of an Android emulator. There are many emulators available — and three of the best ones are here. Follow the instructions below to begin.
There are a couple million apps in the Google Play Store. And while some such as Facebook and Google Maps have PC counterparts, the same cannot be said for most of them.
The mobile gaming industry is surging in popularity with games such as Pokemon GO and Clash of Clans — but PC users can’t join in on the fun. However, there is a workaround to this dilemma. An Android emulator will allow you to not only access the Google Play Store but also open apps on your PC.
Here, we’ve gathered the most reliable Android emulators for you to try.
System Requirements to Download an Android Emulator for PC
Operating System: Windows 7
Processor: Processor: x86/x86_64 Intel or AMD Processor
Graphics Driver: Supports OpenGL 2.0
HDD: 4GB Free Disk Space
Internet Speed: Broadband
Graphics Driver: Intel/Nvidia/ATI
The BlueStacks 4 Emulator will work whether your graphics controller is of the integrated or discrete type. However, it should have a PassMark score of at least 750 if you want the emulator to run well. You can check the score of your video card here.
User Account: Administrator
Best Android Emulators for PC (Windows 7,8,10)
Option 1: Nox Player 6
Step 1: Download Nox Player 6 here.
The file is around 324MB in size. If the download speed seems slow, try getting the 30-day trial version of Internet Download Manager (IDM) here. IDM should significantly improve the speed.
Step 2: Run the installer file.
If it doesn’t work if you just double-click the file, try right-clicking it and selecting ‘Run as administrator.’
Step 3: Open Nox Player 6 once the installation is complete.
Step 4: Click on the Google Play Store located on the home screen of Nox Player 6.
Log in to your Google Account to successfully access the Play Store.
Step 5: You can now install and use Android apps on your PC.
Option 2: BlueStacks 4
Step 1: Download the Internet Download Manager here to improve your download speed.
Step 2: Download the 410MB BlueStacks 4 installer here.
You can have the .exe file stored in your default Downloads folder or you can choose another location.
Step 3: Click the .exe file once the download is complete.
Wait for the BlueStacks 4 setup to finish file extraction. Don’t forget to check the ‘Accept Software License’ part located on the right portion of the setup page. Take note of the ‘Customize installation’ option as well if you want to change specific parts of the installation process.
Step 4: Let BlueStacks 4 boot.
BlueStacks 4 will boot for the first time once the setup is finished. This can take several minutes. If the program won’t boot, you should follow the instructions here.
Step 5: Sign in to your Google account or create one here first.
Step 6: You can now go to the Blue Stacks 4 home screen to install and run Android apps.
Option 3: KOPLAYER
Step 1: Download Internet Download Manager here to speed up your download speed.
Step 2: Download the 600MB KOPLAYER installer here.
Step 3: Open the installer file and accept the End User License Agreement to continue.
Step 4: Select or create a new folder to serve as the location of the KOPLAYER Emulator.
Step 5: Wait for the installation to complete and then check ‘Run KOPLAYER’ before clicking Finish.
Step 6: Wait for the page to load on KOPLAYER and follow the Beginner’s Guide.
Step 7: Log in to your Google Account and download your favorite apps on the Play Store.
Even if you don’t have an Android smartphone or tablet, you can still access your favorite apps with the help of an Android emulator. From BlueStacks 4 to MEmu Play 6 and Nox Player 6, there are many emulators constantly updated to accommodate the biggest and latest Android apps.