Well, there might be many reasons as to why you might not be able to enjoy a specific application or a game on your Android/iOS device. It might be that the game isn’t compatible with your device, you run a lower version of the respective OS, or that you’re running low on storage and wouldn’t like to compromise on important data just to play a game. Or, you might be a hardcore mobile gamer, and would appreciate the same on a bigger screen, like the one you find on your PCs. Whatever the reason might be, all you wish to have is the application or game installed on your computer, right? Well, we’ve got you covered!
All of this is possible due to the help of emulators, or applications that allow you to emulate other software, and which don’t necessarily require you to run a specific type of OS. With emulators, you can enjoy any number of applications and games that are available on both Android and iOS. You no longer need to worry about running low on storage, or of low system requirements. All you need is a perfectly functioning PC, some knowledge, and patience. With so many emulators to choose from, we’ve picked out top 4 best Android emulators, and have detailed down a guide for your convenience. So, grab a coffee, go through this guide, and choose the emulator that suits you the best!
This is an emulator that needs no introduction to. It’s been around for a good span of time, and has most definitely ruled all of the other existing emulators, and that includes its very own big brother – BlueStacks 2. Without a doubt, BlueStacks should be your first option in installing Apps For PC on a computer running Windows XP,7,8,8.1,10 PC or a Mac OS X powered Macbook / iMac.
How To Install and Runs Apps for PC via BlueStacks
- Head over to the links, and grab the latest version of BlueStacks App Player. Once installed, run it, and grant it administrator rights if asked. Windows | Mac OS X
- You will be prompted to accept the agreement, and will be required to download some additional data. Let it do its thing, and once done, wait for a while for it to install.
- If the installation process goes as planned, then in a while, you will have a glimpse on the sleek BlueStacks interface. You can notice the installed applications, and other cool options to choose from.
- You can notice the Settings application as well, and this comes in handy if you want to tweak your virtual Android device the way you want it. This is also required to setup the Google Play Store, which we are going to do right now.
- In BlueStacks Settings, navigate to Settings > Manage Accounts > Google. You will notice that this has the same exact interface as an Android device. Just use the steps to connect your Google account, or create a new one.
- Once you have it setup, head over to the home, and select any one application from the suggestions menu, so that it launches the Google Play Store for you.
- You will notice a popup which will prompt you to enable App Sync, and this is important for the Google Play Store to work on your BlueStacks machine.
- All you need to do now is head over to the Play Store, and install applications or games like you normally would on an Android device.
That’s it, now you have yourself BlueStacks installed on your PC.
BlueStacks 2 for Windows PC
BlueStacks 2 was released not too long ago, due to the overwhelming support the predecessor has obtained. Many users (including me) were finally glad to see an improved, much better version of the original, which itself was so hard to compete with. BlueStacks 2 has brought about a ton of new options, including a better, seamless interface, and a choice of better functioning applications and games.
How To Install BlueStacks 2 and Run Apps for PC
- First of all, grab the latest version of BlueStacks 2 for Windows, and make sure you have the installed downloaded.
- Just like previously, run the installer, proceed with the numerous steps, and finally allow it to download some required app data to run the emulator smoothly. Once done, allocate it some time to install.
- Once done, BlueStacks 2 can now be launched using your PC. The moment you launch it, you will notice a sleek looking new interface.
- Now we need to enable the Google Play Store, just the way we’ve done for the original BlueStacks. Head over to Settings > Manage Accounts > Google. Again, add your account, or create a new one.
- This time though, you need to configure a BlueStacks account as well, and it is as simple as following some on-screen steps.
- Lastly, setup your Google account once more after you enable App Sync, and once all of that is done, you’re pretty much good to go.
- Now, you can install any amount of applications or games on your BlueStacks 2 emulator. To do so, click on the ‘Android’ tab on the top, and search for the desired application/game. The search results will popup, and click on the appropriate one, which will redirect you to the Google Play Store link, and then installing it is a piece of cake, right?
How To Install APK Files Using BlueStacks/BlueStacks 2
If you have an APK version of a game/application that you would like to install, then the procedure for both the versions of BlueStacks is the same.
- Head over to a trusty website and grab the APK file that you desire.
- Make sure that BlueStacks is running perfectly fine for you. Now, place the APK file on a convenient location.
- Launch BlueStacks, and click on the little APK button, and then choose the downloaded APK file. You can also try running the APK file directly from your computer, and then opening it via BlueStacks.
- Installing an APK file is just a series of clicks, just keep on tapping on ‘Next’, and then ‘Install’.
- Good going! You’re now familiar with BlueStacks 2 as well!
- Update: Remix OS Player is available now. Here’s full Remix OS Player guide!
Andy OS for PC
If for some reason both the versions of BlueStacks don’t seem to work for you, then the next best alternative is AndyOS. It is actually better than BlueStacks in some ways, since it emulates the total Android experience, and not just a fraction of it, that’s what BlueStack does. With AndyOS, you have a completely overblown view of an actual Android device, and the reason why I love it is because there’s no getting used to new options, since everything is already so familiar.
How To Install Andy OS and Run Apps for PC
- First off, you need to download the latest version of Andy OS installer for Windows or Mac OS X.
Once downloaded, run the installer, and click on proceed till it prompts to download some additional data.
- Allow it some time for that, and some time for installation.
- After the installation process it done, launch AndyOS. The first boot will take a significant amount of time, so be patient.
- Once it boots up, you will notice that there’re no complicated options. You get the setup wizard, and all you need to do is add your Google account, and existing one, or you can create a new one.
- Once added, you can see the familiar interface of AndyOS.
- Head over to the App Drawer, and launch the Google Play Store. Search for your desired application, and install it like you normally would on an Android device.
- Nice! You’ve now mastered installation and running applications on AndyOS as well!
RemixOS for PC
RemixOS was unveiled at CES this year, and it has had a major overhaul with the 3.0 version ever since. RemixOS is totally different than all the other emulators out there. While they literally try to emulate the Android feel, RemixOS diminishes the divide between a computer’s OS, and Android. You have your very own new operating system, hence the name. However, installing RemixOS is a bit difficult as well. There are specific procedures made exclusively for Windows and Mac, and we’ve tried our best to shorten them for easier understanding.
Before starting, you need a USB 3.0 pen drive, with at least 8 Gigs or more storage, and it has to be formatted as FAT32. This will work on a Windows machine, or a Mac. You also need the appropriate download package as well. 32-bit (Legacy BIOS) | 64-bit (UEFI and Legacy BIOS)
Install RemixOS On Windows
- Download the required zip file from the above links, and extract it. Within, you will find an ISO file, and a USB tool. Launch the USB tool, and connect your USB Pen Drive.
- There will be nicely laid-out instructions, so select the RemixOS ISO file, and start installing it on your pen drive. Once done, restart your PC while keeping the pen drive still connected.
- While booting up, before the start-up screen, hop into the boot menu using the appropriate shortcut key (F12). Now, select “USB Storage Device” when asked for options. On the next screen, you will be required to select either a Guest mode, or a Resident mode. Choose the latter one since you want your progress all to be saved.
- Everything ahead of this process is pretty straightforward. You will be required to wait at least 20 minutes for the first boot, and then fill out the basic info like you would on an Android setup.
Install RemixOS On Mac
- Download UNetBootin for your Macbook Pro, or other Mac devices, and also extract the RemixOS zipped file. Rename the ISO file to just RemixOS.iso for convenience.
- Next up, launch terminal, and type in the following command in it : HDIUTIL CONVERT -FORMAT UDRW -O DESKTOP/REMIX_OS.IMG DESKTOP/REMIX_OS.ISO
- Once the command has been executed, MacOS will place a Remix_OS.img.dmg file on your desktop, and you need to rename it only as Remix_OS.img.
- On your Mac, you need to format the USB 3.0 Pen drive to MS-DOS (FAT) format using the Disk Utility software.
Launch UNetBootin. Now, select the Disk Image option, and convert Floppy to ISO. Now, select the .img file you’ve created in step 3.
- Once completed, reboot your Mac with leaving the USB plugged in. While booting up, press the Option key to get to the boot menu. Among the options, select ‘Windows’. If you don’t find such option, then redo the steps above properly and carefully. If everything goes right, then this will boot you up into RemixOS.
- Just like you did on Windows, you would like to select the Resident Mode, and then continue on with the procedure and set it up according to your own taste!
- That’s it for RemixOS! While this is the hardest emulator to go with, it is easily the best one out there!
That was it for this comprehensive guide covering the top 4 emulators that can help your install Android and Ios applications and games on your Windows and Mac PCs. If you need any kind of assistance, then hit us down in the comments section below!