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15 best Android emulators for PC and Mac of 2021

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There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on their PC. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it.

In any case, Android emulation on PC is possible and it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Some old favorites either left the space or become unusable (Andy, AmiduOS, and Leapdroid), but everything else here should work okay for most people.

Here are the best Android emulators for PC and Mac.

It’s also worth noting that Windows may allow for Android apps directly in Windows 10 starting in 2021. This could mean big things for the Android emulator market.

  1. NetEase MuMu Player
  2. Nox
  3. Phoenix OS
  4. PrimeOS
  5. Remix OS Player
  6. Xamarin
  7. Build your own

The three main uses for Android emulators

There are three main uses for emulators. The first is the most common and it’s for gaming. Gamers can use emulators on their computers to make some games easier to play.

They don’t have to rely on the battery life of their devices and the existence of macros and other tricks help the process. In most cases, these little tricks aren’t illegal (in most games) so nobody really has a problem with it.

The best Android emulators for gaming include LDPlayer, Bluestacks, MeMu, KoPlayer, and Nox.

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The second most common use case is development. Android app and game developers to test apps and games on as many devices a possible before launch. Usually the Android Studio emulator is fine for this kind of work. However, Xamarin and Genymotion are excellent for this type of use as well.
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The final main type is productivity. This isn’t nearly as common because Chromebooks are cheaper and better for using Android apps on something other than a phone and most productivity tools are cross-platform.

Any gaming emulator works as a productivity emulator to an extent. However, those with hyper specific use cases and a little knowledge can try ARChon and Bliss.

Even so, in this day and age, we recommend going the Chromebook route if you want to run Android apps in a laptop or computer environment. It’s better that way.

Finally, a bit of a disclaimer. At this time, no emulators run the latest versions of Android except for ones made for developers. Luckily, most apps and games still function on older versions of Android so this shouldn’t be a big deal. However, most emulators right now run anywhere between Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 9.0 Pie. 

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LDPlayer

Price: Free

LDPlayer is an Android emulator focusing on gaming performance. Running Android Nougat 7.1, it features the usual array of gamer-oriented features, including good keyboard mapping controls, multi-instance, macros, high FPS, and graphical support. This is one of the few emulators on the list that gets active updates to improve compatibility.

It supports a wide range of games, including Garena Free Fire, Among Us, Clash of Clans, and many others. In the latest versions, LDPlayer has optimized the performance of League of Legends: Wild Rift, providing preset keymapping for different Champions and other custom features.

Besides that, LDPlayer is also a well-rounded emulator for using TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

Android Studio’s emulator

Price: Free

Android Studio is the default development console for Android. It comes with a bunch of tools to help developers make apps and games specifically for Android. As it turns out, there is also a built-in emulator that you can use to test out your app or game. The setup is rather complicated and it can take a long time.

Thus, it’s not one we would recommend for consumer level use. However, developers can simply use this tool as their emulator for testing their apps. It also supports Kotlin in case developers want to try that out.

It’s too much of a pain for non-developer use because it takes so long to set up, but it works wonderfully for developers.

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ARChon

Price: Free

ARChon isn’t a traditional emulator. You install it as a Google Chrome extension. It then gives Chrome the ability to run Android apps and games (albeit with limited support). It’s not an easy emulator to get running. You’ll have to install the thing to Chrome. From there, you have to obtain APKs and load them in.

As an added rub, you may need to use a tool to change the APK in order to make it compatible. There are a lot more steps to make this work than most other Android emulators for PC. On the plus side, though, it works with any operating system that can run an instance of Chrome (Mac OS, Linux, Windows, etc).

We linked to the official GitHub where you can find detailed instructions for its use.

Bliss OS

Price: Free / Optional donations

Bliss is something a little bit different. It works as an Android emulator for PC via virtual machine. However, it can also just flat run on your computer through a USB stick. The boot-from-USB option is definitely a power user option and not recommended for less intense use cases.

As a VM install, the process is easy, but tedious if you’ve never made your own virtual machine before. The USB installation method is even more complicated, but it lets your computer actually run Android natively from boot.

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That makes Bliss a super unique emulator if you can make it through the steps to the end. Of course, it only really runs well if your system is compatible so be prepared with a backup of your current operating system.
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The system runs Android Oreo and that’s among the newer versions of Android offered on an emulator. You can also find more info about this on its XDA-Developers thread here.

Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month

Bluestacks is the most mainstream of all Android emulators. There are several reasons for that. For starters, it’s compatible with Windows and Mac. It was also one of the first that worked really well that still gets regular updates. The emulator targets mobile gamers.

There is a stigma with Bluestacks because it can feel a little bloated at times. Bluestacks 4 (launched in 2018) aimed to fix that with mixed results. It also includes key-mapping and settings for many games installed. That should help make things much easier.

It’s one of the heaviest emulators on the list. However, it also has the most features for better or for worse. Bluestacks also made the MSI App Player, another excellent emulator that some believe works better than vanilla Bluestacks.

You can try either one, they are both by Bluestacks.

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GameLoop

Price: Free

GameLoop, formerly known as Tencent Gaming Buddy, is an Android emulator for gamers. In fact, it’s good enough that Tencent calls it the official emulator for its games, including Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile. Of course, it features other games aside from Tencent’s, although its collection isn’t as big as it could be.

The emulator downloaded and installed fine and the games we tested ran just fine. This one is not good for productivity or developmental testing. However, if you have an itch for mobile FPS gaming along with some titles, this is actually a fairly decent gaming emulator and it boasts a good collection of newer titles.

Plus, the keyboard controls and performance is good. 

Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options

This Android emulator is mostly for developers. It lets you test your apps on a variety of devices without owning them. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0.

You can easily switch between virtual devices at will. It’s not great for consumer uses, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use. It’s most useful feature is its availability on both your desktop computer and the cloud.

Those without powerful computers can make Genymotion’s servers do all the work for them.

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MEmu

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.98 per year

MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well with gamers. One of its biggest features is support for both AMD and Intel chipsets.

Most work on AMD processors, but it’s nice to see developers specifically pay attention to AMD’s platform. Additionally, it supports Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop. You can even run multiple instances at once for multiple games or testing features.

It aims itself at gamers much Bluestacks and similar emulators but it’s usable as a productivity tool too. The premium version runs for $2.99 per month and it disables ads, adds more customization options, and enables premium support options.

The emulator gets updates on a fairly frequent basis. You can check out the latest releases here if you want to see the latest from this one.

NetEase MuMu Player

Price: Free

NetEase made an actually decent emulator with MuMu. It’s another gaming emulator with most of the same features as its competitors. The emulator runs Android 6.0, a bit older than some competitors. That said, it has a decent boot time and enough features to warrant consideration.

We didn’t have any outstanding issues using it, but it ran well and we were able to download all the games we wanted to test. MeMU, Bluestacks, and GameLoop kind of surpassed it in terms of features and all three of those get regular updates.

However, if none of those work, this one probably will.

Nox

Price: Free

Nox is another Android emulator for PC for gamers. That includes the usual stuff key-mapping with your keyboard, actual controller support, and even the ability to key-map gesture controls.

For instance, you can assign the function to swipe right to an arrow key and use that in a game without actual hardware controller support. It’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free and in active development.

The demo video below is rather old and it definitely ran better than that on my laptop.

Phoenix OS

Price: Free

Phoenix OS is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. most these days, it boasts a gamer experience. However, it also boasts a desktop- experience so it actually works pretty well for productivity as well.

It has Google Play Services, although updating those services can be a bit of a pain sometimes. That means you get every app and game in the Google Play Store. Phoenix OS also runs Android 7.1 which is relatively modern for an Android emulator.

You can download the emulator from its official website and its forums are housed on XDA-Developers.

PrimeOS

Price: Free

PrimeOS is kind of a standout in the Android emulator space. It’s not actually an emulator. You install this as a partition on your computer and it boots up running native Android. It’s a gamer-focused Android experience, although you can totally use this for productivity if you really want to.

PrimeOS includes a gaming center, support for mouse and keyboard, and access to most Android apps and games. To be frank, it almost runs ChromeOS minus all the Chrome parts. You can multitask, watch video content, or play games as you choose. We haven’t tested this one in-depth yet as it is new in 2019 from an Indian start-up.

We’ll update the article if we noticed anything peculiar about it.

Remix OS Player

Price: Free

Remix OS Player by Jide is one of the newer Android emulators for PC (comparatively speaking). It runs Android Marshmallow and that’s still relatively new compared to many of the others on the list. The installation process is pretty simple and using it also fairly easy. It caters mostly to gamers. There are a few gamer specific features along with a customizable toolbar.

It boasts features running multiple games at once. That said, it’s a fairly clean emulator so it’s still perfectly usable as a productivity tool. The site seems to be down and we’re relatively certain Remix OS Player isn’t in active development anymore. It should be okay for another year or two before it starts to feel really old.

We’ll replace it when we find a good 15th option.

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Xamarin

Price: Free / Enterprise options

Xamarin is an IDE similar to Android Studio. The difference is that it can plug into things Microsoft Visual Studio for an even larger development environment (for better or for worse). Also, the Android Studio, this comes with a built-in emulator for app or game testing.

In case it wasn’t readily apparent, we only recommend this one to developers. The setup is simply too tedious for regular consume use. Xamarin’s emulator is not as powerful as something Genymotion, but it’ll get the job done if you intend on using this and it’s also configurable for your needs. It’s free for personal use.

Companies and larger teams may have to negotiate a payment plan.

Build your own

Price: Free (usually)

As it turns out, you can build your own emulator. Here’s how it works in a nutshell. You need to download VirtualBox (linked above). You then have to download an image from Android-x86.org. From there, it’s just a matter of finding one of the many guides online and following the steps.

This is easily one of the more difficult methods, but still not quite as tedious or difficult as setting up a whole IDE Android Studio or Xamarin. We don’t recommend you try without a tutorial and a little prior knowledge. It won’t work well, it’ll be buggy, and unless you’re a coder, it’ll be difficult to fix.

Still, it’ll be yours to customize as you please and who knows, maybe you’ll make and release an emulator that’ll adorn this list someday.

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3 Ways to Run Android Apps on Windows

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Do you want to run Android apps on Windows? Nowadays, it's easier than ever with various emulators, app players, and mirroring tools that allow you to run Android apps on your computer.

Whether you want to play Android games in a PC environment, test out and develop your own app, or remotely control and run apps using your computer, here are three tools you can use to run Android apps on Windows.

1. BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an Android app player that primarily focuses on letting you play Android games on your PC. As such, it doesn't emulate a complete Android environment that developers would need.

However, if your aim is to simply try out available Android apps or play a mobile game on PC, BlueStacks is perfect. The software is free, but comes with a premium subscription version too.

Because of its focused functionality, it is also extremely easy to install, with minimal setup. You can choose the type of simulated environment you would a variety of device presets (such as a OnePlus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S8+).

To use Bluestacks, you will need to sign in with a Google account to use the Play Store. Other than this and some other minor setup, you can begin trying out apps on your PC in no time.

Using BlueStacks

The app allows you to adjust a variety of settings to optimize performance and input. Meanwhile, if you want to broadcast your gameplay, BlueStacks has recording and screenshot options available.

A major perk for mobile gamers is BlueStacks' compatibility with gamepads. The software also includes control tutorials when opening up a game for the first time.

However, not every game will work on the platform, depending on developer policies. For example, Niantic has blacklisted BlueStacks and most other app players for Pokémon Go.

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If you're interested in other app players and emulators, have a look at our guide on the best Android emulators for Windows 10.
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Download: BlueStacks (Free, subscription available)

2. Android Studio's Official Android Emulator

If you're looking for a full-featured Android emulator, look no further than Google's official emulator inside Android Studio. As the official development environment for Android apps, Android Studio allows you to emulate the latest version of Android and create a virtual device.

This tool is obviously aimed at developers and not general consumers. As such, it is much more complex than the typical emulator. The software features code editing, APK analysis, and advanced emulation.

It's available for free from the Android Developers website. You will need Java installed in order to run the program, but thankfully Android Studio now includes the JDK.

Download: Android Studio (Free)

Getting Set Up With Android Studio

When setting up Android Studio, Google advises that you follow the setup wizard and install any SDK packages that it recommends. One of these recommended SDK packages is Android Emulator, which Android Studio requires to simulate an Android environment on your computer.

Once set up, you can switch to the emulator (rather than creating a new project) by opening the Configure menu and choosing AVD Manager (which stands for Android Virtual Device).

In the AVD Manager, you are able to create a virtual device by either selecting an existing device profile or importing your own hardware profile. This opens up a window with an emulated Android device.

In this emulated environment, you can build your own app or load app files from existing apps. According to Android Studio support, you can drag APKs onto the emulator to install them and then run them.

However, we only recommend Android Studio for those who want to build and test apps on their Windows PC. If you want to run apps on your PC for convenience or gaming, the other tools on this list suit that purpose better.

Android Emulator Alternatives to Android Studio

There are other full Android emulators you can use to run Android apps on a PC instead of Android Studio. VirtualBox also lets you create a virtual Android device with its virtual machine tools. However, because VirtualBox is a general-purpose virtualizer, you will need to install a bootable version of Android (such as Android-x86) onto the virtual machine.

It isn't the easiest emulator to set up, so we only recommend it for relatively tech-savvy users. There are also other Android-focused virtualizers and emulators that use VirtualBox software. These include Genymotion and YouWave.

But these emulators don't always offer the latest version of Android. They also sometimes have compatibility issues if you already have VirtualBox installed, so we recommend avoiding them.

3. AirDroid

If you already own a capable Android phone and just want to view apps on a larger screen or use a keyboard and mouse as input, then you can use a mirroring and remote control tool. One option for this is AirDroid. The software lets you mirror and control your Android device with your computer. This means you can also run apps and control them directly through your PC.

As an added bonus, you can run AirDroid inside Chrome. However, AirDroid also offers standalone software for your PC. To use either version, you'll also need the companion AirDroid mobile app installed on your smartphone, plus an AirDroid account.

To pair AirDroid to your phone, simply access AirDroid on your computer and scan the QR code provided. Using the remote control function of AirDroid either requires root access, or access through USB debugging if your phone isn't rooted.

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The downside to AirDroid is that mirroring your device results in a slight delay. Despite this, AirDroid is useful if you want to run Android apps on your PC without an emulated environment.
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AirDroid comes with a bunch of other features too, such as mobile notifications and messaging via your PC. This means that screen mirroring isn't its only use.

Download: AirDroid for Windows | Android (Free, subscription available)

Other Ways to Run Android on Windows

While these are the best tools and ways to run Android apps on your Windows PC, there are other methods available as well. This includes dual-booting an Android OS on your computer, choosing from a variety of app players, and more.

However, most people want a simple program that lets them run their Android apps on a PC. If your main aim is to play mobile games on a computer, check out our guide on tools that let you play Android games on your computer.

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Запуск приложений Android на компьютере с Windows

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Приложения Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи в системе Windows существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки

Технологическая платформа приложений Android оказалась универсальной и дружественной для разработчиков. Вы можете разработать приложение Android и опубликовать его в магазине Google Play с минимальными ограничениями.

Данная концепция привела к бурному развитию популярных Android приложений, часть из которых недоступны на iOS и других платформах. Для запуска приложения Android обычно нужно использовать смартфон или планшет с данной ОС – это очевидно.

Что делать если Вы хотите попробовать использовать Android, не покупая устройство?

К счастью, у Вас есть такая возможность, Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки.

Приложение ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome

Возможно, самым простым способом запуска приложений Andoid на компьютере с ОС Windows является использование приложения ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome.

Приложение было разработано компанией Google и его можно использовать не только на компьютерах с Windows – данный метод работает также на хромбуках и Mac. Процесс запуск практически не зависит от используемой платформы.

Просто перейдите в Интернет-магазин Chrome и установите приложение ARC Welder из каталога.

Приложение ARC Welder находится на бета-стадии и предназначено преимущественно для разработчиков. Тем не менее, процесс загрузки приложения достаточно прост. Вам нужно загрузить файл APK в ARC Welder.

APK файл можно получить с помощью резервного копирования приложения на физическом устройстве Android или, загрузив с различных сторонних сайтов в Интернете. Мы не рекомендуем загружать платные приложения и игры с сомнительных сайтов.

Существуют ресурсы, которые архивируют бесплатные приложения, например APK Mirror.

Когда требуемый APK файл скачан и готов к загрузке, Вы можете открыть ARC Welder из списка расширений в Google Chrome и указать этот файл. Затем Вам нужно выбрать способ отображения приложений – режим пейзаж/портрет, смартфон/планшет и метод доступа к буферу обмена.

Не каждое Android приложение запустится таким образом, а некоторые приложения могут частично утратить свою функциональность.

ARC Welder, к сожалению, на данный момент не имеет встроенной поддержки сервисов Google Play (ели Вы не разработчик приложения и не имеете доступа к исходному коду), поэтому приложения Google и некоторые сторонние приложения откажутся работать.

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Приложения или игры, которые запускаются в ARC, в основном работают стабильно. Вы можете получить полную функциональность от Evernote, Instagram и даже Flappy Bird. Единовременно у вас может быть установлено только одно приложение в ARC Welder, для запуска другого приложения нужно вернуться к диалогу установки.
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Процесс развертывания приложений и ограничение на единовременный запуск лишь одного приложения создают барьеры для повседневного использования инструмента. Тем не менее, расширение подойдет для нужд разработчиков и тестеров или просто для ознакомления с возможностями мобильной платформы.

Эмулятор Android

Следующим наиболее простым способом для запуска Android-приложений на ПК является использования эмулятора Android, разработанного Google как часть комплекта разработчика ПО (SDK).

Эмулятор может использоваться для создания виртуальных устройств с любой версией Android на борту с различными разрешениями экрана и конфигурациями аппаратных средств.

Первым недостатком данного способа можно назвать достаточно сложный процесс установки и настройки.

Сначала вам нужно скачать пакет разработчика SDK с официального сайта Google и использовать включенный SDK Manager для загрузки требуемых платформ – по состоянию на середину мая 2015 года самая последняя доступная версия в инструменте – Android 5.1.

AVD Manager служит для создания и управления виртуальными устройствами. Google уже провел предварительную настройку инструмента, оптимизированную для устройств Nexus, но Вы можете настраивать параметры вручную.

После загрузки виртуального устройства, вам нужно установить приложения, но эмулятор представляет из себя базовую версию Android без установленных приложений Google.

Так как эмулятор первоначально не содержит клиента магазина Google Play, нужно самостоятельно выполнить файловые операции.

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Скачайте APK файл, которые требуется установить (это может быть пакет приложений Google или сторонние приложения) и перенесите файл в папку инструмента в директории SDK.
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Затем используйте командную строку при работающем ADB для ввода следующего выражения adb install filename.apk. Приложение должно быть добавлено к списку приложений созданного виртуального устройства

Положительная сторона данного метода заключается в использовании немодифицированной версии Android прямо от источника. Способ отображения приложений в эмуляторе будет идентичен отображению на физических устройствах, и практически все приложения должны быть работоспособны.

Инструмент можно использовать для предварительного проверки приложений перед фазой непосредственного тестирования на устройстве. Недостатком эмулятора является его медлительность, отбивающая привычку запускать приложения в нем. О запуске тяжелых игр не может быть и речи.

Портирование Android на ПК

Если вас не пугают дополнительные трудности, вы можете установить модифицированную версию мобильной ОС на компьютер.

Существуют несколько сред адаптации ОС Android, которые запускаются на ПК, но их поддержка ограничена из-за обширных вариантов аппаратной конфигурации компьютера.

Двумя лидирующими платформами для полноценной установки Android на ПК является Android на архитектуре Intel (для устройств с UEFI) и проект Android-x86.

Ни один из продуктов не идеален – вам нужны поддерживаемые инструментами устройства, например Dell XPS 12 в случае с версией для Intel или  Lenovo ThinkPad x61 для Android-x86. Вы можете установить данные среды поверх Windows, но это не самая лучшая идея. Самым разумным способом является создание отдельного раздела жесткого диска и установка Android на него.

Если конфигурация вашего ПК не поддерживается данными продуктами, Вы можете попробовать установить их в средs виртуализации VirtualBox или VMware, которые работают быстрее, чем эмулятор Android.

Возможно, данные продукты все еще не подойдут для тестирования игр, но большинство приложений будут устанавливаться и работать корректно. Установку приложений нужно будет выполнять самостоятельно, т.к. интеграция Google Play в данных продуктах отсутствует.

В качестве помощи вы можете воспользоваться инструкцией на нашем сайте – Установка Android в VMware Workstation.

BlueStacks App Player

Если Вы ищете средство для запуска сразу нескольких приложений и игр Android, причем простое в установке и настройке, тогда ваш выбор – BlueStacks. BlueStacks App Player представляет один из самых простых способов для запуска приложений.

Тем не менее, продукт применяет сильно модифицированную версию Android для запуска приложений. BlueStacks содержит встроенный магазин Google Play, и Вы имеете доступ ко всем приобретенным платным приложениям.

Программа добавляется в список устройств Google Play под названием Galaxy Note II.

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Отдельное окно BlueStacks содержит список приложений, разбитый по категориям: игры, социальные сети и т.д. При поиске приложения или при клике по иконке конкретного приложения происходит неожиданное – отображается клиент Google Play в планшетном режиме.
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Пользователь может перемещаться по интерфейсу, как на обычном устройстве Android, что делает BlueStacks не простым “плеером приложений”. На самом деле, пользователь может устанавливать сторонние лаунчеры, такие как Nova или Apex из магазина приложений и выбирать их в качестве лаунчеров по умолчанию.

Главный экран в BlueStacks с категориями приложений является вариантом домашнего экрана. Таким образом, заменив его, Вы можете ощущать себя владельцем реального устройства Android.

Полный доступ к магазину Google Play исключает проблемы с развертыванием приложений, а сам BlueStacks работает стабильно и шустро. Вы можете поиграть в большинство игр, но вероятны проблемы с использованием мыши.

Если ваш компьютер имеет сенсорный экран, Вы сможете использовать приложения, поддерживающие мультитач. BlueStacks  может превратить планшет на Windows 8 в планшет на Android. Технология, применяемая в BlueStacks называется “LayerCake” (перев.

слоеный пирог), потому что приложения Android запускаются в отдельном слое поверх Windows.

Единственный недостаток BlueStacks – использование модифицированной сборки Android. Все изменения, сделанные разработчиком продукта, чтобы запустить приложения Android на ПК могут вызывать сбои и отказы в работе приложений.

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Эта модифицированная среда представляет небольшую ценность для разработчиков – нет никакой гарантии, что приложения, правильно отображающиеся и работающие в BlueStacks будут вести себя также на физическом устройстве.
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Сервис использует модель монетизации freemium – можно либо заплатить 2 доллара за подписку, либо установить несколько спонсорских приложений.

Какой способ лучше?

Если требуется протестировать приложение перед установкой его на физические устройства, эмулятор Android предлагает лучший способ для предварительной проверки приложения на компьютере.

Продукт довольно медлителен, но стандартизирован, поэтому разработчик может посмотреть, как будет вести себя приложение на реальном смартфоне или планшете.

С помощью портирования Android на ПК можно добиться приличной производительности, но возможны проблемы и сбои и требуется совместимое оборудование.

Если Вам нужно получить сразу несколько приложений Android на компьютере, лучшим решением будет BlueStacks App Player. Продукт предоставляет полный доступ к Google Play, работает быстро и поддерживает устройства Windows с мультитачем. Не стоит забывать о ARC Welder, как о способе запустить одно приложение единовременно. Расширение является бесплатным и простым в установке.

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13 BEST Android Emulator in 2021 (Windows, Mac)

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An Android emulator is a software application that allows your mobile to imitate Android OS features into your PC. It allows you to install Android Apps on your computer or laptop and use them natively. It is mainly used for debugging purposes.

Following is a handpicked list of Top Android Emulator, with their popular features and website links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software.

Top 13 Best Android Emulator for Windows PC, Mac

NameSupported PlatformLink
BluestacksWindows, Machttps://www.bluestacks.com/
LDPlayer EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.ldplayer.

net/

GameLoopWindows, Machttps://gameloop.fun/
NoxPlayerWindows, Machttps://www.bignox.com/
MemuWindows PChttps://www.memuplay.

com/

AndyWindows, Machttps://www.andyroid.net/
GenymotionWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.genymotion.com/
PrimeOSWindows, Machttps://primeos.

in/

Android-x86 EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.android-x86.org/
ARChonWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://archon-runtime.github.io/
Ko PlayerWindows, Machttps://koplayerpc.

com/

Droid4xWindows 10https://droid4x.cc/
ARC WelderWindows PChttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/

1) Bluestacks

Bluestacks is a very popular Android emulator. It also offers custom key mapping for keyboard configurations. It helps you to improve your target and reaction time while playing a game with the keyboard and mouse.

  • You can play multiple games simultaneously.
  • Record and replay any action in real-time.
  • It allows you to do video recording and screen recordings.
  • Supported platforms: Microsoft Windows, and Apple macOS.

Link:https://www.bluestacks.com/

2) LDPlayer

LDPlayer offers an ideal Android emulation system. It provides plenty of comprehensive features to fulfill every which is performed by any Android device.

Features:

  • You can download Android Games and apps from pre-installed LD Store or Google Play.
  • It helps you to manage your gaming automatically.
  • Offers custom control with keyboard and mouse
  • It allows you to open several games simultaneously.

3) GameLoop

GameLoop is an Android emulator that is used as a gaming platform. It is an ideal emulator if you want to play games on your desktop. GamLoop emulator includes many popular games Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile.

Features:

  • It supports android PUBG mobile games and allows them to play on PC.
  • Offers configured controls for playing PUBG games on PC.

  • Users can customize PUBG mobile's control overlay.
  • This Emulator doesn't ask for any type of account creation, so no need to register on it.

  • This simulator works in a low configuration computer tool.

Link: https://gameloop.fun/

4) NoxPlayer

Nox Player is another Android Emulator which is recognized by gaming lovers around the world. You can run this Emulator on various devices that allows running multiple functions.

Features:

  • It offers open keyboard mapping running with a single click, all gaming controls on the mouse, and keyboard.
  • Nox player comes with a default macro recorder to record the complex operations.
  • It offers the best user experience and superior performance.

Link: https://www.bignox.com/

5)Memu

Memu is easy to install an Android emulator app. It offers support for Intel and AMD chips, as well as integrated and dedicated graphics.

Features:

  • Range of keyboard mapping options to enhance your gaming experience.
  • Provide an option for virtualization.
  • It offers various dedicated keyboard settings for the fast gaming experience.
  • Support platforms: Android and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.ldplayer.net/

6) AndY

AndY is another popular Android emulator. It breaks down the main barrier between mobile and desktop computing by keeping the customer updated with the latest Android upgrades.

Features:

  • It offers storage capacity to users and the freedom to play any games available on the Android platform with ease.

  • It provides the feature of the phone as a joystick so that the user never has to leave multi-touch or amazing gaming elements.
  • AndY offers smooth interaction between mobile and desktop devices.

  • It allows users to download any app from any desktop browser to AndY OS.
  • Supported Platforms: Android, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.andyroid.net/

7)Genymotion

Genymotion is a multi-support Android emulator. The software helps you to speeds up testing, share live demos. You can also monitor performance across all devices.

Features:

  • It offers high definition pixel compatibility, which provides better clarity on your PC.
  • This tool allows you to test the products in a secure virtual environment.

  • It allows you to use a desktop webcam as the video source to record screencasts.
  • This tool is capable of emulating more than 3000 Android device configurations the Android version and screen size.
  • It has strong sensors, GPS and multi-touch.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux

Link: https://www.genymotion.com/

8)PrimeOS

PrimeOS emulator provides a complete desktop experience the same as Mac OS or Windows with access to many Android applications. This Android Emulator is designed to bring you both worlds – a complete fusion of Android and PC.

Features:

  • Support for dual boot with a single click with a PrimeOS installer.
  • It combines the Android ecosystem with the system interface to provide a great gaming experience.

    It offers high performance when compared to the Windows budget system.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://primeos.in/

9) Android-x86

Android X86 is an open-source platform. This is an open-source Android emulator which is licensed under Apache Public License 2.0.

Features:

  • Provide WiFi support with GUI.
  • Power Suspend/resume (S3 mode)
  • Offer Battery Status.
  • V4l2 Camera support.
  • It offers support for netbook native resolution.
  • Allows mirror mode on external monitors.
  • External storage automount support.
  • Support external keyboard

Link: https://www.android-x86.org/

10) ARChon

ArChone is Google's official App Runtime for Chrome package. This streamlined Emulator has the ability to run any Android app as a ChromeOS app.

Features:

  • Very lightweight because it is integrated with Google Chrome.
  • You can use it with all operating systems.
  • Provide supports for the latest android system.
  • It can be used for all applications and android games.

Link: https://archon-runtime.github.io/

11) Ko Player

Ko player is an Android emulator tool that helps users gain the quality Android playing experience on their Windows PC or Mac. The main focus of this Emulator is to provide a lag-free gaming experience to its users.

Features:

  • It allows you to take advantage of all the features and functions of Android without owning any device.
  • Ko player has simple, easy to use, and interactive user interface.

  • The built-in video recording allows you to record your favorite videos and enjoy them at your convenient time.
  • It also allows you to record videos.
  • Enhance gaming performance.
  • You can record and share your gameplay with your friends or anyone you want.

  • It comes with an inbuilt Google Play Store, thus giving you access to any app you want.

Link: https://koplayerpc.com/

12) Droid4x

Droid4X is an Android emulator developed for Windows PC that allows you to user-run mobile applications and games using on a desktop. This Emulator supports most of the games available in the play store.

Features:

  • It helps you to complete user experience on PC and supports the touch screen computer to work across devices.

  • This Emulator allows you to customize controls as per their needs and can directly download the app to the Emulator.
  • It provides supports for keyboard and gamepad for the quick configuration of games.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Browser, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://droid4x.cc/

13)ARC Welder

ARC Welder is another Android emulator tool that allows Android applications to run on Google Chrome for Windows, OS X, Linux systems.

Features:

  • This app allows you to test and run Android applications within Chrome OS to overcomes any runtime errors or bugs.
  • You can test applications in the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS.

Link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arc-welder/emfinbmielocnlhgmfkkmkngdoccbadn

15 best Android emulators for PC and Mac of 2021

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Android apps for windows

There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on their PC. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it.

In any case, Android emulation on PC is possible and it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Some old favorites either left the space or become unusable (Andy, AmiduOS, and Leapdroid), but everything else here should work okay for most people.

Here are the best Android emulators for PC and Mac.

It’s also worth noting that Windows may allow for Android apps directly in Windows 10 starting in 2021. This could mean big things for the Android emulator market.

  1. NetEase MuMu Player
  2. Nox
  3. Phoenix OS
  4. PrimeOS
  5. Remix OS Player
  6. Xamarin
  7. Build your own

The three main uses for Android emulators

There are three main uses for emulators. The first is the most common and it’s for gaming. Gamers can use emulators on their computers to make some games easier to play.

They don’t have to rely on the battery life of their devices and the existence of macros and other tricks help the process. In most cases, these little tricks aren’t illegal (in most games) so nobody really has a problem with it.

The best Android emulators for gaming include LDPlayer, Bluestacks, MeMu, KoPlayer, and Nox.

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The second most common use case is development. Android app and game developers to test apps and games on as many devices a possible before launch. Usually the Android Studio emulator is fine for this kind of work. However, Xamarin and Genymotion are excellent for this type of use as well.
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The final main type is productivity. This isn’t nearly as common because Chromebooks are cheaper and better for using Android apps on something other than a phone and most productivity tools are cross-platform.

Any gaming emulator works as a productivity emulator to an extent. However, those with hyper specific use cases and a little knowledge can try ARChon and Bliss.

Even so, in this day and age, we recommend going the Chromebook route if you want to run Android apps in a laptop or computer environment. It’s better that way.

Finally, a bit of a disclaimer. At this time, no emulators run the latest versions of Android except for ones made for developers. Luckily, most apps and games still function on older versions of Android so this shouldn’t be a big deal. However, most emulators right now run anywhere between Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 9.0 Pie. 

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LDPlayer

Price: Free

LDPlayer is an Android emulator focusing on gaming performance. Running Android Nougat 7.1, it features the usual array of gamer-oriented features, including good keyboard mapping controls, multi-instance, macros, high FPS, and graphical support. This is one of the few emulators on the list that gets active updates to improve compatibility.

It supports a wide range of games, including Garena Free Fire, Among Us, Clash of Clans, and many others. In the latest versions, LDPlayer has optimized the performance of League of Legends: Wild Rift, providing preset keymapping for different Champions and other custom features.

Besides that, LDPlayer is also a well-rounded emulator for using TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

Android Studio’s emulator

Price: Free

Android Studio is the default development console for Android. It comes with a bunch of tools to help developers make apps and games specifically for Android. As it turns out, there is also a built-in emulator that you can use to test out your app or game. The setup is rather complicated and it can take a long time.

Thus, it’s not one we would recommend for consumer level use. However, developers can simply use this tool as their emulator for testing their apps. It also supports Kotlin in case developers want to try that out.

It’s too much of a pain for non-developer use because it takes so long to set up, but it works wonderfully for developers.

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ARChon

Price: Free

ARChon isn’t a traditional emulator. You install it as a Google Chrome extension. It then gives Chrome the ability to run Android apps and games (albeit with limited support). It’s not an easy emulator to get running. You’ll have to install the thing to Chrome. From there, you have to obtain APKs and load them in.

As an added rub, you may need to use a tool to change the APK in order to make it compatible. There are a lot more steps to make this work than most other Android emulators for PC. On the plus side, though, it works with any operating system that can run an instance of Chrome (Mac OS, Linux, Windows, etc).

We linked to the official GitHub where you can find detailed instructions for its use.

Bliss OS

Price: Free / Optional donations

Bliss is something a little bit different. It works as an Android emulator for PC via virtual machine. However, it can also just flat run on your computer through a USB stick. The boot-from-USB option is definitely a power user option and not recommended for less intense use cases.

As a VM install, the process is easy, but tedious if you’ve never made your own virtual machine before. The USB installation method is even more complicated, but it lets your computer actually run Android natively from boot.

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That makes Bliss a super unique emulator if you can make it through the steps to the end. Of course, it only really runs well if your system is compatible so be prepared with a backup of your current operating system.
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The system runs Android Oreo and that’s among the newer versions of Android offered on an emulator. You can also find more info about this on its XDA-Developers thread here.

Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month

Bluestacks is the most mainstream of all Android emulators. There are several reasons for that. For starters, it’s compatible with Windows and Mac. It was also one of the first that worked really well that still gets regular updates. The emulator targets mobile gamers.

There is a stigma with Bluestacks because it can feel a little bloated at times. Bluestacks 4 (launched in 2018) aimed to fix that with mixed results. It also includes key-mapping and settings for many games installed. That should help make things much easier.

It’s one of the heaviest emulators on the list. However, it also has the most features for better or for worse. Bluestacks also made the MSI App Player, another excellent emulator that some believe works better than vanilla Bluestacks.

You can try either one, they are both by Bluestacks.

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GameLoop

Price: Free

GameLoop, formerly known as Tencent Gaming Buddy, is an Android emulator for gamers. In fact, it’s good enough that Tencent calls it the official emulator for its games, including Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile. Of course, it features other games aside from Tencent’s, although its collection isn’t as big as it could be.

The emulator downloaded and installed fine and the games we tested ran just fine. This one is not good for productivity or developmental testing. However, if you have an itch for mobile FPS gaming along with some titles, this is actually a fairly decent gaming emulator and it boasts a good collection of newer titles.

Plus, the keyboard controls and performance is good. 

Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options

This Android emulator is mostly for developers. It lets you test your apps on a variety of devices without owning them. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0.

You can easily switch between virtual devices at will. It’s not great for consumer uses, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use. It’s most useful feature is its availability on both your desktop computer and the cloud.

Those without powerful computers can make Genymotion’s servers do all the work for them.

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MEmu

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.98 per year

MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well with gamers. One of its biggest features is support for both AMD and Intel chipsets.

Most work on AMD processors, but it’s nice to see developers specifically pay attention to AMD’s platform. Additionally, it supports Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop. You can even run multiple instances at once for multiple games or testing features.

It aims itself at gamers much Bluestacks and similar emulators but it’s usable as a productivity tool too. The premium version runs for $2.99 per month and it disables ads, adds more customization options, and enables premium support options.

The emulator gets updates on a fairly frequent basis. You can check out the latest releases here if you want to see the latest from this one.

NetEase MuMu Player

Price: Free

NetEase made an actually decent emulator with MuMu. It’s another gaming emulator with most of the same features as its competitors. The emulator runs Android 6.0, a bit older than some competitors. That said, it has a decent boot time and enough features to warrant consideration.

We didn’t have any outstanding issues using it, but it ran well and we were able to download all the games we wanted to test. MeMU, Bluestacks, and GameLoop kind of surpassed it in terms of features and all three of those get regular updates.

However, if none of those work, this one probably will.

Nox

Price: Free

Nox is another Android emulator for PC for gamers. That includes the usual stuff key-mapping with your keyboard, actual controller support, and even the ability to key-map gesture controls.

For instance, you can assign the function to swipe right to an arrow key and use that in a game without actual hardware controller support. It’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free and in active development.

The demo video below is rather old and it definitely ran better than that on my laptop.

Phoenix OS

Price: Free

Phoenix OS is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. most these days, it boasts a gamer experience. However, it also boasts a desktop- experience so it actually works pretty well for productivity as well.

It has Google Play Services, although updating those services can be a bit of a pain sometimes. That means you get every app and game in the Google Play Store. Phoenix OS also runs Android 7.1 which is relatively modern for an Android emulator.

You can download the emulator from its official website and its forums are housed on XDA-Developers.

PrimeOS

Price: Free

PrimeOS is kind of a standout in the Android emulator space. It’s not actually an emulator. You install this as a partition on your computer and it boots up running native Android. It’s a gamer-focused Android experience, although you can totally use this for productivity if you really want to.

PrimeOS includes a gaming center, support for mouse and keyboard, and access to most Android apps and games. To be frank, it almost runs ChromeOS minus all the Chrome parts. You can multitask, watch video content, or play games as you choose. We haven’t tested this one in-depth yet as it is new in 2019 from an Indian start-up.

We’ll update the article if we noticed anything peculiar about it.

Remix OS Player

Price: Free

Remix OS Player by Jide is one of the newer Android emulators for PC (comparatively speaking). It runs Android Marshmallow and that’s still relatively new compared to many of the others on the list. The installation process is pretty simple and using it also fairly easy. It caters mostly to gamers. There are a few gamer specific features along with a customizable toolbar.

It boasts features running multiple games at once. That said, it’s a fairly clean emulator so it’s still perfectly usable as a productivity tool. The site seems to be down and we’re relatively certain Remix OS Player isn’t in active development anymore. It should be okay for another year or two before it starts to feel really old.

We’ll replace it when we find a good 15th option.

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Xamarin

Price: Free / Enterprise options

Xamarin is an IDE similar to Android Studio. The difference is that it can plug into things Microsoft Visual Studio for an even larger development environment (for better or for worse). Also, the Android Studio, this comes with a built-in emulator for app or game testing.

In case it wasn’t readily apparent, we only recommend this one to developers. The setup is simply too tedious for regular consume use. Xamarin’s emulator is not as powerful as something Genymotion, but it’ll get the job done if you intend on using this and it’s also configurable for your needs. It’s free for personal use.

Companies and larger teams may have to negotiate a payment plan.

Build your own

Price: Free (usually)

As it turns out, you can build your own emulator. Here’s how it works in a nutshell. You need to download VirtualBox (linked above). You then have to download an image from Android-x86.org. From there, it’s just a matter of finding one of the many guides online and following the steps.

This is easily one of the more difficult methods, but still not quite as tedious or difficult as setting up a whole IDE Android Studio or Xamarin. We don’t recommend you try without a tutorial and a little prior knowledge. It won’t work well, it’ll be buggy, and unless you’re a coder, it’ll be difficult to fix.

Still, it’ll be yours to customize as you please and who knows, maybe you’ll make and release an emulator that’ll adorn this list someday.

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3 Ways to Run Android Apps on Windows

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Do you want to run Android apps on Windows? Nowadays, it's easier than ever with various emulators, app players, and mirroring tools that allow you to run Android apps on your computer.

Whether you want to play Android games in a PC environment, test out and develop your own app, or remotely control and run apps using your computer, here are three tools you can use to run Android apps on Windows.

1. BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an Android app player that primarily focuses on letting you play Android games on your PC. As such, it doesn't emulate a complete Android environment that developers would need.

However, if your aim is to simply try out available Android apps or play a mobile game on PC, BlueStacks is perfect. The software is free, but comes with a premium subscription version too.

Because of its focused functionality, it is also extremely easy to install, with minimal setup. You can choose the type of simulated environment you would a variety of device presets (such as a OnePlus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S8+).

To use Bluestacks, you will need to sign in with a Google account to use the Play Store. Other than this and some other minor setup, you can begin trying out apps on your PC in no time.

Using BlueStacks

The app allows you to adjust a variety of settings to optimize performance and input. Meanwhile, if you want to broadcast your gameplay, BlueStacks has recording and screenshot options available.

A major perk for mobile gamers is BlueStacks' compatibility with gamepads. The software also includes control tutorials when opening up a game for the first time.

However, not every game will work on the platform, depending on developer policies. For example, Niantic has blacklisted BlueStacks and most other app players for Pokémon Go.

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If you're interested in other app players and emulators, have a look at our guide on the best Android emulators for Windows 10.
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Download: BlueStacks (Free, subscription available)

2. Android Studio's Official Android Emulator

If you're looking for a full-featured Android emulator, look no further than Google's official emulator inside Android Studio. As the official development environment for Android apps, Android Studio allows you to emulate the latest version of Android and create a virtual device.

This tool is obviously aimed at developers and not general consumers. As such, it is much more complex than the typical emulator. The software features code editing, APK analysis, and advanced emulation.

It's available for free from the Android Developers website. You will need Java installed in order to run the program, but thankfully Android Studio now includes the JDK.

Download: Android Studio (Free)

Getting Set Up With Android Studio

When setting up Android Studio, Google advises that you follow the setup wizard and install any SDK packages that it recommends. One of these recommended SDK packages is Android Emulator, which Android Studio requires to simulate an Android environment on your computer.

Once set up, you can switch to the emulator (rather than creating a new project) by opening the Configure menu and choosing AVD Manager (which stands for Android Virtual Device).

In the AVD Manager, you are able to create a virtual device by either selecting an existing device profile or importing your own hardware profile. This opens up a window with an emulated Android device.

In this emulated environment, you can build your own app or load app files from existing apps. According to Android Studio support, you can drag APKs onto the emulator to install them and then run them.

However, we only recommend Android Studio for those who want to build and test apps on their Windows PC. If you want to run apps on your PC for convenience or gaming, the other tools on this list suit that purpose better.

Android Emulator Alternatives to Android Studio

There are other full Android emulators you can use to run Android apps on a PC instead of Android Studio. VirtualBox also lets you create a virtual Android device with its virtual machine tools. However, because VirtualBox is a general-purpose virtualizer, you will need to install a bootable version of Android (such as Android-x86) onto the virtual machine.

It isn't the easiest emulator to set up, so we only recommend it for relatively tech-savvy users. There are also other Android-focused virtualizers and emulators that use VirtualBox software. These include Genymotion and YouWave.

But these emulators don't always offer the latest version of Android. They also sometimes have compatibility issues if you already have VirtualBox installed, so we recommend avoiding them.

3. AirDroid

If you already own a capable Android phone and just want to view apps on a larger screen or use a keyboard and mouse as input, then you can use a mirroring and remote control tool. One option for this is AirDroid. The software lets you mirror and control your Android device with your computer. This means you can also run apps and control them directly through your PC.

As an added bonus, you can run AirDroid inside Chrome. However, AirDroid also offers standalone software for your PC. To use either version, you'll also need the companion AirDroid mobile app installed on your smartphone, plus an AirDroid account.

To pair AirDroid to your phone, simply access AirDroid on your computer and scan the QR code provided. Using the remote control function of AirDroid either requires root access, or access through USB debugging if your phone isn't rooted.

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The downside to AirDroid is that mirroring your device results in a slight delay. Despite this, AirDroid is useful if you want to run Android apps on your PC without an emulated environment.
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AirDroid comes with a bunch of other features too, such as mobile notifications and messaging via your PC. This means that screen mirroring isn't its only use.

Download: AirDroid for Windows | Android (Free, subscription available)

Other Ways to Run Android on Windows

While these are the best tools and ways to run Android apps on your Windows PC, there are other methods available as well. This includes dual-booting an Android OS on your computer, choosing from a variety of app players, and more.

However, most people want a simple program that lets them run their Android apps on a PC. If your main aim is to play mobile games on a computer, check out our guide on tools that let you play Android games on your computer.

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Запуск приложений Android на компьютере с Windows

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Приложения Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи в системе Windows существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки

Технологическая платформа приложений Android оказалась универсальной и дружественной для разработчиков. Вы можете разработать приложение Android и опубликовать его в магазине Google Play с минимальными ограничениями.

Данная концепция привела к бурному развитию популярных Android приложений, часть из которых недоступны на iOS и других платформах. Для запуска приложения Android обычно нужно использовать смартфон или планшет с данной ОС – это очевидно.

Что делать если Вы хотите попробовать использовать Android, не покупая устройство?

К счастью, у Вас есть такая возможность, Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки.

Приложение ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome

Возможно, самым простым способом запуска приложений Andoid на компьютере с ОС Windows является использование приложения ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome.

Приложение было разработано компанией Google и его можно использовать не только на компьютерах с Windows – данный метод работает также на хромбуках и Mac. Процесс запуск практически не зависит от используемой платформы.

Просто перейдите в Интернет-магазин Chrome и установите приложение ARC Welder из каталога.

Приложение ARC Welder находится на бета-стадии и предназначено преимущественно для разработчиков. Тем не менее, процесс загрузки приложения достаточно прост. Вам нужно загрузить файл APK в ARC Welder.

APK файл можно получить с помощью резервного копирования приложения на физическом устройстве Android или, загрузив с различных сторонних сайтов в Интернете. Мы не рекомендуем загружать платные приложения и игры с сомнительных сайтов.

Существуют ресурсы, которые архивируют бесплатные приложения, например APK Mirror.

Когда требуемый APK файл скачан и готов к загрузке, Вы можете открыть ARC Welder из списка расширений в Google Chrome и указать этот файл. Затем Вам нужно выбрать способ отображения приложений – режим пейзаж/портрет, смартфон/планшет и метод доступа к буферу обмена.

Не каждое Android приложение запустится таким образом, а некоторые приложения могут частично утратить свою функциональность.

ARC Welder, к сожалению, на данный момент не имеет встроенной поддержки сервисов Google Play (ели Вы не разработчик приложения и не имеете доступа к исходному коду), поэтому приложения Google и некоторые сторонние приложения откажутся работать.

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Приложения или игры, которые запускаются в ARC, в основном работают стабильно. Вы можете получить полную функциональность от Evernote, Instagram и даже Flappy Bird. Единовременно у вас может быть установлено только одно приложение в ARC Welder, для запуска другого приложения нужно вернуться к диалогу установки.
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Процесс развертывания приложений и ограничение на единовременный запуск лишь одного приложения создают барьеры для повседневного использования инструмента. Тем не менее, расширение подойдет для нужд разработчиков и тестеров или просто для ознакомления с возможностями мобильной платформы.

Эмулятор Android

Следующим наиболее простым способом для запуска Android-приложений на ПК является использования эмулятора Android, разработанного Google как часть комплекта разработчика ПО (SDK).

Эмулятор может использоваться для создания виртуальных устройств с любой версией Android на борту с различными разрешениями экрана и конфигурациями аппаратных средств.

Первым недостатком данного способа можно назвать достаточно сложный процесс установки и настройки.

Сначала вам нужно скачать пакет разработчика SDK с официального сайта Google и использовать включенный SDK Manager для загрузки требуемых платформ – по состоянию на середину мая 2015 года самая последняя доступная версия в инструменте – Android 5.1.

AVD Manager служит для создания и управления виртуальными устройствами. Google уже провел предварительную настройку инструмента, оптимизированную для устройств Nexus, но Вы можете настраивать параметры вручную.

После загрузки виртуального устройства, вам нужно установить приложения, но эмулятор представляет из себя базовую версию Android без установленных приложений Google.

Так как эмулятор первоначально не содержит клиента магазина Google Play, нужно самостоятельно выполнить файловые операции.

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Скачайте APK файл, которые требуется установить (это может быть пакет приложений Google или сторонние приложения) и перенесите файл в папку инструмента в директории SDK.
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Затем используйте командную строку при работающем ADB для ввода следующего выражения adb install filename.apk. Приложение должно быть добавлено к списку приложений созданного виртуального устройства

Положительная сторона данного метода заключается в использовании немодифицированной версии Android прямо от источника. Способ отображения приложений в эмуляторе будет идентичен отображению на физических устройствах, и практически все приложения должны быть работоспособны.

Инструмент можно использовать для предварительного проверки приложений перед фазой непосредственного тестирования на устройстве. Недостатком эмулятора является его медлительность, отбивающая привычку запускать приложения в нем. О запуске тяжелых игр не может быть и речи.

Портирование Android на ПК

Если вас не пугают дополнительные трудности, вы можете установить модифицированную версию мобильной ОС на компьютер.

Существуют несколько сред адаптации ОС Android, которые запускаются на ПК, но их поддержка ограничена из-за обширных вариантов аппаратной конфигурации компьютера.

Двумя лидирующими платформами для полноценной установки Android на ПК является Android на архитектуре Intel (для устройств с UEFI) и проект Android-x86.

Ни один из продуктов не идеален – вам нужны поддерживаемые инструментами устройства, например Dell XPS 12 в случае с версией для Intel или  Lenovo ThinkPad x61 для Android-x86. Вы можете установить данные среды поверх Windows, но это не самая лучшая идея. Самым разумным способом является создание отдельного раздела жесткого диска и установка Android на него.

Если конфигурация вашего ПК не поддерживается данными продуктами, Вы можете попробовать установить их в средs виртуализации VirtualBox или VMware, которые работают быстрее, чем эмулятор Android.

Возможно, данные продукты все еще не подойдут для тестирования игр, но большинство приложений будут устанавливаться и работать корректно. Установку приложений нужно будет выполнять самостоятельно, т.к. интеграция Google Play в данных продуктах отсутствует.

В качестве помощи вы можете воспользоваться инструкцией на нашем сайте – Установка Android в VMware Workstation.

BlueStacks App Player

Если Вы ищете средство для запуска сразу нескольких приложений и игр Android, причем простое в установке и настройке, тогда ваш выбор – BlueStacks. BlueStacks App Player представляет один из самых простых способов для запуска приложений.

Тем не менее, продукт применяет сильно модифицированную версию Android для запуска приложений. BlueStacks содержит встроенный магазин Google Play, и Вы имеете доступ ко всем приобретенным платным приложениям.

Программа добавляется в список устройств Google Play под названием Galaxy Note II.

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Отдельное окно BlueStacks содержит список приложений, разбитый по категориям: игры, социальные сети и т.д. При поиске приложения или при клике по иконке конкретного приложения происходит неожиданное – отображается клиент Google Play в планшетном режиме.
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Пользователь может перемещаться по интерфейсу, как на обычном устройстве Android, что делает BlueStacks не простым “плеером приложений”. На самом деле, пользователь может устанавливать сторонние лаунчеры, такие как Nova или Apex из магазина приложений и выбирать их в качестве лаунчеров по умолчанию.

Главный экран в BlueStacks с категориями приложений является вариантом домашнего экрана. Таким образом, заменив его, Вы можете ощущать себя владельцем реального устройства Android.

Полный доступ к магазину Google Play исключает проблемы с развертыванием приложений, а сам BlueStacks работает стабильно и шустро. Вы можете поиграть в большинство игр, но вероятны проблемы с использованием мыши.

Если ваш компьютер имеет сенсорный экран, Вы сможете использовать приложения, поддерживающие мультитач. BlueStacks  может превратить планшет на Windows 8 в планшет на Android. Технология, применяемая в BlueStacks называется “LayerCake” (перев.

слоеный пирог), потому что приложения Android запускаются в отдельном слое поверх Windows.

Единственный недостаток BlueStacks – использование модифицированной сборки Android. Все изменения, сделанные разработчиком продукта, чтобы запустить приложения Android на ПК могут вызывать сбои и отказы в работе приложений.

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Эта модифицированная среда представляет небольшую ценность для разработчиков – нет никакой гарантии, что приложения, правильно отображающиеся и работающие в BlueStacks будут вести себя также на физическом устройстве.
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Сервис использует модель монетизации freemium – можно либо заплатить 2 доллара за подписку, либо установить несколько спонсорских приложений.

Какой способ лучше?

Если требуется протестировать приложение перед установкой его на физические устройства, эмулятор Android предлагает лучший способ для предварительной проверки приложения на компьютере.

Продукт довольно медлителен, но стандартизирован, поэтому разработчик может посмотреть, как будет вести себя приложение на реальном смартфоне или планшете.

С помощью портирования Android на ПК можно добиться приличной производительности, но возможны проблемы и сбои и требуется совместимое оборудование.

Если Вам нужно получить сразу несколько приложений Android на компьютере, лучшим решением будет BlueStacks App Player. Продукт предоставляет полный доступ к Google Play, работает быстро и поддерживает устройства Windows с мультитачем. Не стоит забывать о ARC Welder, как о способе запустить одно приложение единовременно. Расширение является бесплатным и простым в установке.

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13 BEST Android Emulator in 2021 (Windows, Mac)

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An Android emulator is a software application that allows your mobile to imitate Android OS features into your PC. It allows you to install Android Apps on your computer or laptop and use them natively. It is mainly used for debugging purposes.

Following is a handpicked list of Top Android Emulator, with their popular features and website links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software.

Top 13 Best Android Emulator for Windows PC, Mac

NameSupported PlatformLink
BluestacksWindows, Machttps://www.bluestacks.com/
LDPlayer EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.ldplayer.

net/

GameLoopWindows, Machttps://gameloop.fun/
NoxPlayerWindows, Machttps://www.bignox.com/
MemuWindows PChttps://www.memuplay.

com/

AndyWindows, Machttps://www.andyroid.net/
GenymotionWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.genymotion.com/
PrimeOSWindows, Machttps://primeos.

in/

Android-x86 EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.android-x86.org/
ARChonWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://archon-runtime.github.io/
Ko PlayerWindows, Machttps://koplayerpc.

com/

Droid4xWindows 10https://droid4x.cc/
ARC WelderWindows PChttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/

1) Bluestacks

Bluestacks is a very popular Android emulator. It also offers custom key mapping for keyboard configurations. It helps you to improve your target and reaction time while playing a game with the keyboard and mouse.

  • You can play multiple games simultaneously.
  • Record and replay any action in real-time.
  • It allows you to do video recording and screen recordings.
  • Supported platforms: Microsoft Windows, and Apple macOS.

Link:https://www.bluestacks.com/

2) LDPlayer

LDPlayer offers an ideal Android emulation system. It provides plenty of comprehensive features to fulfill every which is performed by any Android device.

Features:

  • You can download Android Games and apps from pre-installed LD Store or Google Play.
  • It helps you to manage your gaming automatically.
  • Offers custom control with keyboard and mouse
  • It allows you to open several games simultaneously.

3) GameLoop

GameLoop is an Android emulator that is used as a gaming platform. It is an ideal emulator if you want to play games on your desktop. GamLoop emulator includes many popular games Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile.

Features:

  • It supports android PUBG mobile games and allows them to play on PC.
  • Offers configured controls for playing PUBG games on PC.

  • Users can customize PUBG mobile's control overlay.
  • This Emulator doesn't ask for any type of account creation, so no need to register on it.

  • This simulator works in a low configuration computer tool.

Link: https://gameloop.fun/

4) NoxPlayer

Nox Player is another Android Emulator which is recognized by gaming lovers around the world. You can run this Emulator on various devices that allows running multiple functions.

Features:

  • It offers open keyboard mapping running with a single click, all gaming controls on the mouse, and keyboard.
  • Nox player comes with a default macro recorder to record the complex operations.
  • It offers the best user experience and superior performance.

Link: https://www.bignox.com/

5)Memu

Memu is easy to install an Android emulator app. It offers support for Intel and AMD chips, as well as integrated and dedicated graphics.

Features:

  • Range of keyboard mapping options to enhance your gaming experience.
  • Provide an option for virtualization.
  • It offers various dedicated keyboard settings for the fast gaming experience.
  • Support platforms: Android and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.ldplayer.net/

6) AndY

AndY is another popular Android emulator. It breaks down the main barrier between mobile and desktop computing by keeping the customer updated with the latest Android upgrades.

Features:

  • It offers storage capacity to users and the freedom to play any games available on the Android platform with ease.

  • It provides the feature of the phone as a joystick so that the user never has to leave multi-touch or amazing gaming elements.
  • AndY offers smooth interaction between mobile and desktop devices.

  • It allows users to download any app from any desktop browser to AndY OS.
  • Supported Platforms: Android, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.andyroid.net/

7)Genymotion

Genymotion is a multi-support Android emulator. The software helps you to speeds up testing, share live demos. You can also monitor performance across all devices.

Features:

  • It offers high definition pixel compatibility, which provides better clarity on your PC.
  • This tool allows you to test the products in a secure virtual environment.

  • It allows you to use a desktop webcam as the video source to record screencasts.
  • This tool is capable of emulating more than 3000 Android device configurations the Android version and screen size.
  • It has strong sensors, GPS and multi-touch.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux

Link: https://www.genymotion.com/

8)PrimeOS

PrimeOS emulator provides a complete desktop experience the same as Mac OS or Windows with access to many Android applications. This Android Emulator is designed to bring you both worlds – a complete fusion of Android and PC.

Features:

  • Support for dual boot with a single click with a PrimeOS installer.
  • It combines the Android ecosystem with the system interface to provide a great gaming experience.

    It offers high performance when compared to the Windows budget system.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://primeos.in/

9) Android-x86

Android X86 is an open-source platform. This is an open-source Android emulator which is licensed under Apache Public License 2.0.

Features:

  • Provide WiFi support with GUI.
  • Power Suspend/resume (S3 mode)
  • Offer Battery Status.
  • V4l2 Camera support.
  • It offers support for netbook native resolution.
  • Allows mirror mode on external monitors.
  • External storage automount support.
  • Support external keyboard

Link: https://www.android-x86.org/

10) ARChon

ArChone is Google's official App Runtime for Chrome package. This streamlined Emulator has the ability to run any Android app as a ChromeOS app.

Features:

  • Very lightweight because it is integrated with Google Chrome.
  • You can use it with all operating systems.
  • Provide supports for the latest android system.
  • It can be used for all applications and android games.

Link: https://archon-runtime.github.io/

11) Ko Player

Ko player is an Android emulator tool that helps users gain the quality Android playing experience on their Windows PC or Mac. The main focus of this Emulator is to provide a lag-free gaming experience to its users.

Features:

  • It allows you to take advantage of all the features and functions of Android without owning any device.
  • Ko player has simple, easy to use, and interactive user interface.

  • The built-in video recording allows you to record your favorite videos and enjoy them at your convenient time.
  • It also allows you to record videos.
  • Enhance gaming performance.
  • You can record and share your gameplay with your friends or anyone you want.

  • It comes with an inbuilt Google Play Store, thus giving you access to any app you want.

Link: https://koplayerpc.com/

12) Droid4x

Droid4X is an Android emulator developed for Windows PC that allows you to user-run mobile applications and games using on a desktop. This Emulator supports most of the games available in the play store.

Features:

  • It helps you to complete user experience on PC and supports the touch screen computer to work across devices.

  • This Emulator allows you to customize controls as per their needs and can directly download the app to the Emulator.
  • It provides supports for keyboard and gamepad for the quick configuration of games.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Browser, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://droid4x.cc/

13)ARC Welder

ARC Welder is another Android emulator tool that allows Android applications to run on Google Chrome for Windows, OS X, Linux systems.

Features:

  • This app allows you to test and run Android applications within Chrome OS to overcomes any runtime errors or bugs.
  • You can test applications in the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS.

Link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arc-welder/emfinbmielocnlhgmfkkmkngdoccbadn

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There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on their PC. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it.

In any case, Android emulation on PC is possible and it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Some old favorites either left the space or become unusable (Andy, AmiduOS, and Leapdroid), but everything else here should work okay for most people.

Here are the best Android emulators for PC and Mac.

It’s also worth noting that Windows may allow for Android apps directly in Windows 10 starting in 2021. This could mean big things for the Android emulator market.

  1. NetEase MuMu Player
  2. Nox
  3. Phoenix OS
  4. PrimeOS
  5. Remix OS Player
  6. Xamarin
  7. Build your own

The three main uses for Android emulators

There are three main uses for emulators. The first is the most common and it’s for gaming. Gamers can use emulators on their computers to make some games easier to play.

They don’t have to rely on the battery life of their devices and the existence of macros and other tricks help the process. In most cases, these little tricks aren’t illegal (in most games) so nobody really has a problem with it.

The best Android emulators for gaming include LDPlayer, Bluestacks, MeMu, KoPlayer, and Nox.

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The second most common use case is development. Android app and game developers to test apps and games on as many devices a possible before launch. Usually the Android Studio emulator is fine for this kind of work. However, Xamarin and Genymotion are excellent for this type of use as well.
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The final main type is productivity. This isn’t nearly as common because Chromebooks are cheaper and better for using Android apps on something other than a phone and most productivity tools are cross-platform.

Any gaming emulator works as a productivity emulator to an extent. However, those with hyper specific use cases and a little knowledge can try ARChon and Bliss.

Even so, in this day and age, we recommend going the Chromebook route if you want to run Android apps in a laptop or computer environment. It’s better that way.

Finally, a bit of a disclaimer. At this time, no emulators run the latest versions of Android except for ones made for developers. Luckily, most apps and games still function on older versions of Android so this shouldn’t be a big deal. However, most emulators right now run anywhere between Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 9.0 Pie. 

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LDPlayer

Price: Free

LDPlayer is an Android emulator focusing on gaming performance. Running Android Nougat 7.1, it features the usual array of gamer-oriented features, including good keyboard mapping controls, multi-instance, macros, high FPS, and graphical support. This is one of the few emulators on the list that gets active updates to improve compatibility.

It supports a wide range of games, including Garena Free Fire, Among Us, Clash of Clans, and many others. In the latest versions, LDPlayer has optimized the performance of League of Legends: Wild Rift, providing preset keymapping for different Champions and other custom features.

Besides that, LDPlayer is also a well-rounded emulator for using TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

Android Studio’s emulator

Price: Free

Android Studio is the default development console for Android. It comes with a bunch of tools to help developers make apps and games specifically for Android. As it turns out, there is also a built-in emulator that you can use to test out your app or game. The setup is rather complicated and it can take a long time.

Thus, it’s not one we would recommend for consumer level use. However, developers can simply use this tool as their emulator for testing their apps. It also supports Kotlin in case developers want to try that out.

It’s too much of a pain for non-developer use because it takes so long to set up, but it works wonderfully for developers.

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ARChon

Price: Free

ARChon isn’t a traditional emulator. You install it as a Google Chrome extension. It then gives Chrome the ability to run Android apps and games (albeit with limited support). It’s not an easy emulator to get running. You’ll have to install the thing to Chrome. From there, you have to obtain APKs and load them in.

As an added rub, you may need to use a tool to change the APK in order to make it compatible. There are a lot more steps to make this work than most other Android emulators for PC. On the plus side, though, it works with any operating system that can run an instance of Chrome (Mac OS, Linux, Windows, etc).

We linked to the official GitHub where you can find detailed instructions for its use.

Bliss OS

Price: Free / Optional donations

Bliss is something a little bit different. It works as an Android emulator for PC via virtual machine. However, it can also just flat run on your computer through a USB stick. The boot-from-USB option is definitely a power user option and not recommended for less intense use cases.

As a VM install, the process is easy, but tedious if you’ve never made your own virtual machine before. The USB installation method is even more complicated, but it lets your computer actually run Android natively from boot.

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That makes Bliss a super unique emulator if you can make it through the steps to the end. Of course, it only really runs well if your system is compatible so be prepared with a backup of your current operating system.
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The system runs Android Oreo and that’s among the newer versions of Android offered on an emulator. You can also find more info about this on its XDA-Developers thread here.

Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month

Bluestacks is the most mainstream of all Android emulators. There are several reasons for that. For starters, it’s compatible with Windows and Mac. It was also one of the first that worked really well that still gets regular updates. The emulator targets mobile gamers.

There is a stigma with Bluestacks because it can feel a little bloated at times. Bluestacks 4 (launched in 2018) aimed to fix that with mixed results. It also includes key-mapping and settings for many games installed. That should help make things much easier.

It’s one of the heaviest emulators on the list. However, it also has the most features for better or for worse. Bluestacks also made the MSI App Player, another excellent emulator that some believe works better than vanilla Bluestacks.

You can try either one, they are both by Bluestacks.

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GameLoop

Price: Free

GameLoop, formerly known as Tencent Gaming Buddy, is an Android emulator for gamers. In fact, it’s good enough that Tencent calls it the official emulator for its games, including Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile. Of course, it features other games aside from Tencent’s, although its collection isn’t as big as it could be.

The emulator downloaded and installed fine and the games we tested ran just fine. This one is not good for productivity or developmental testing. However, if you have an itch for mobile FPS gaming along with some titles, this is actually a fairly decent gaming emulator and it boasts a good collection of newer titles.

Plus, the keyboard controls and performance is good. 

Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options

This Android emulator is mostly for developers. It lets you test your apps on a variety of devices without owning them. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0.

You can easily switch between virtual devices at will. It’s not great for consumer uses, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use. It’s most useful feature is its availability on both your desktop computer and the cloud.

Those without powerful computers can make Genymotion’s servers do all the work for them.

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MEmu

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.98 per year

MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well with gamers. One of its biggest features is support for both AMD and Intel chipsets.

Most work on AMD processors, but it’s nice to see developers specifically pay attention to AMD’s platform. Additionally, it supports Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop. You can even run multiple instances at once for multiple games or testing features.

It aims itself at gamers much Bluestacks and similar emulators but it’s usable as a productivity tool too. The premium version runs for $2.99 per month and it disables ads, adds more customization options, and enables premium support options.

The emulator gets updates on a fairly frequent basis. You can check out the latest releases here if you want to see the latest from this one.

NetEase MuMu Player

Price: Free

NetEase made an actually decent emulator with MuMu. It’s another gaming emulator with most of the same features as its competitors. The emulator runs Android 6.0, a bit older than some competitors. That said, it has a decent boot time and enough features to warrant consideration.

We didn’t have any outstanding issues using it, but it ran well and we were able to download all the games we wanted to test. MeMU, Bluestacks, and GameLoop kind of surpassed it in terms of features and all three of those get regular updates.

However, if none of those work, this one probably will.

Nox

Price: Free

Nox is another Android emulator for PC for gamers. That includes the usual stuff key-mapping with your keyboard, actual controller support, and even the ability to key-map gesture controls.

For instance, you can assign the function to swipe right to an arrow key and use that in a game without actual hardware controller support. It’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free and in active development.

The demo video below is rather old and it definitely ran better than that on my laptop.

Phoenix OS

Price: Free

Phoenix OS is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. most these days, it boasts a gamer experience. However, it also boasts a desktop- experience so it actually works pretty well for productivity as well.

It has Google Play Services, although updating those services can be a bit of a pain sometimes. That means you get every app and game in the Google Play Store. Phoenix OS also runs Android 7.1 which is relatively modern for an Android emulator.

You can download the emulator from its official website and its forums are housed on XDA-Developers.

PrimeOS

Price: Free

PrimeOS is kind of a standout in the Android emulator space. It’s not actually an emulator. You install this as a partition on your computer and it boots up running native Android. It’s a gamer-focused Android experience, although you can totally use this for productivity if you really want to.

PrimeOS includes a gaming center, support for mouse and keyboard, and access to most Android apps and games. To be frank, it almost runs ChromeOS minus all the Chrome parts. You can multitask, watch video content, or play games as you choose. We haven’t tested this one in-depth yet as it is new in 2019 from an Indian start-up.

We’ll update the article if we noticed anything peculiar about it.

Remix OS Player

Price: Free

Remix OS Player by Jide is one of the newer Android emulators for PC (comparatively speaking). It runs Android Marshmallow and that’s still relatively new compared to many of the others on the list. The installation process is pretty simple and using it also fairly easy. It caters mostly to gamers. There are a few gamer specific features along with a customizable toolbar.

It boasts features running multiple games at once. That said, it’s a fairly clean emulator so it’s still perfectly usable as a productivity tool. The site seems to be down and we’re relatively certain Remix OS Player isn’t in active development anymore. It should be okay for another year or two before it starts to feel really old.

We’ll replace it when we find a good 15th option.

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Xamarin

Price: Free / Enterprise options

Xamarin is an IDE similar to Android Studio. The difference is that it can plug into things Microsoft Visual Studio for an even larger development environment (for better or for worse). Also, the Android Studio, this comes with a built-in emulator for app or game testing.

In case it wasn’t readily apparent, we only recommend this one to developers. The setup is simply too tedious for regular consume use. Xamarin’s emulator is not as powerful as something Genymotion, but it’ll get the job done if you intend on using this and it’s also configurable for your needs. It’s free for personal use.

Companies and larger teams may have to negotiate a payment plan.

Build your own

Price: Free (usually)

As it turns out, you can build your own emulator. Here’s how it works in a nutshell. You need to download VirtualBox (linked above). You then have to download an image from Android-x86.org. From there, it’s just a matter of finding one of the many guides online and following the steps.

This is easily one of the more difficult methods, but still not quite as tedious or difficult as setting up a whole IDE Android Studio or Xamarin. We don’t recommend you try without a tutorial and a little prior knowledge. It won’t work well, it’ll be buggy, and unless you’re a coder, it’ll be difficult to fix.

Still, it’ll be yours to customize as you please and who knows, maybe you’ll make and release an emulator that’ll adorn this list someday.

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3 Ways to Run Android Apps on Windows

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Do you want to run Android apps on Windows? Nowadays, it's easier than ever with various emulators, app players, and mirroring tools that allow you to run Android apps on your computer.

Whether you want to play Android games in a PC environment, test out and develop your own app, or remotely control and run apps using your computer, here are three tools you can use to run Android apps on Windows.

1. BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an Android app player that primarily focuses on letting you play Android games on your PC. As such, it doesn't emulate a complete Android environment that developers would need.

However, if your aim is to simply try out available Android apps or play a mobile game on PC, BlueStacks is perfect. The software is free, but comes with a premium subscription version too.

Because of its focused functionality, it is also extremely easy to install, with minimal setup. You can choose the type of simulated environment you would a variety of device presets (such as a OnePlus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S8+).

To use Bluestacks, you will need to sign in with a Google account to use the Play Store. Other than this and some other minor setup, you can begin trying out apps on your PC in no time.

Using BlueStacks

The app allows you to adjust a variety of settings to optimize performance and input. Meanwhile, if you want to broadcast your gameplay, BlueStacks has recording and screenshot options available.

A major perk for mobile gamers is BlueStacks' compatibility with gamepads. The software also includes control tutorials when opening up a game for the first time.

However, not every game will work on the platform, depending on developer policies. For example, Niantic has blacklisted BlueStacks and most other app players for Pokémon Go.

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If you're interested in other app players and emulators, have a look at our guide on the best Android emulators for Windows 10.
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Download: BlueStacks (Free, subscription available)

2. Android Studio's Official Android Emulator

If you're looking for a full-featured Android emulator, look no further than Google's official emulator inside Android Studio. As the official development environment for Android apps, Android Studio allows you to emulate the latest version of Android and create a virtual device.

This tool is obviously aimed at developers and not general consumers. As such, it is much more complex than the typical emulator. The software features code editing, APK analysis, and advanced emulation.

It's available for free from the Android Developers website. You will need Java installed in order to run the program, but thankfully Android Studio now includes the JDK.

Download: Android Studio (Free)

Getting Set Up With Android Studio

When setting up Android Studio, Google advises that you follow the setup wizard and install any SDK packages that it recommends. One of these recommended SDK packages is Android Emulator, which Android Studio requires to simulate an Android environment on your computer.

Once set up, you can switch to the emulator (rather than creating a new project) by opening the Configure menu and choosing AVD Manager (which stands for Android Virtual Device).

In the AVD Manager, you are able to create a virtual device by either selecting an existing device profile or importing your own hardware profile. This opens up a window with an emulated Android device.

In this emulated environment, you can build your own app or load app files from existing apps. According to Android Studio support, you can drag APKs onto the emulator to install them and then run them.

However, we only recommend Android Studio for those who want to build and test apps on their Windows PC. If you want to run apps on your PC for convenience or gaming, the other tools on this list suit that purpose better.

Android Emulator Alternatives to Android Studio

There are other full Android emulators you can use to run Android apps on a PC instead of Android Studio. VirtualBox also lets you create a virtual Android device with its virtual machine tools. However, because VirtualBox is a general-purpose virtualizer, you will need to install a bootable version of Android (such as Android-x86) onto the virtual machine.

It isn't the easiest emulator to set up, so we only recommend it for relatively tech-savvy users. There are also other Android-focused virtualizers and emulators that use VirtualBox software. These include Genymotion and YouWave.

But these emulators don't always offer the latest version of Android. They also sometimes have compatibility issues if you already have VirtualBox installed, so we recommend avoiding them.

3. AirDroid

If you already own a capable Android phone and just want to view apps on a larger screen or use a keyboard and mouse as input, then you can use a mirroring and remote control tool. One option for this is AirDroid. The software lets you mirror and control your Android device with your computer. This means you can also run apps and control them directly through your PC.

As an added bonus, you can run AirDroid inside Chrome. However, AirDroid also offers standalone software for your PC. To use either version, you'll also need the companion AirDroid mobile app installed on your smartphone, plus an AirDroid account.

To pair AirDroid to your phone, simply access AirDroid on your computer and scan the QR code provided. Using the remote control function of AirDroid either requires root access, or access through USB debugging if your phone isn't rooted.

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The downside to AirDroid is that mirroring your device results in a slight delay. Despite this, AirDroid is useful if you want to run Android apps on your PC without an emulated environment.
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AirDroid comes with a bunch of other features too, such as mobile notifications and messaging via your PC. This means that screen mirroring isn't its only use.

Download: AirDroid for Windows | Android (Free, subscription available)

Other Ways to Run Android on Windows

While these are the best tools and ways to run Android apps on your Windows PC, there are other methods available as well. This includes dual-booting an Android OS on your computer, choosing from a variety of app players, and more.

However, most people want a simple program that lets them run their Android apps on a PC. If your main aim is to play mobile games on a computer, check out our guide on tools that let you play Android games on your computer.

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Запуск приложений Android на компьютере с Windows

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Приложения Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи в системе Windows существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки

Технологическая платформа приложений Android оказалась универсальной и дружественной для разработчиков. Вы можете разработать приложение Android и опубликовать его в магазине Google Play с минимальными ограничениями.

Данная концепция привела к бурному развитию популярных Android приложений, часть из которых недоступны на iOS и других платформах. Для запуска приложения Android обычно нужно использовать смартфон или планшет с данной ОС – это очевидно.

Что делать если Вы хотите попробовать использовать Android, не покупая устройство?

К счастью, у Вас есть такая возможность, Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки.

Приложение ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome

Возможно, самым простым способом запуска приложений Andoid на компьютере с ОС Windows является использование приложения ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome.

Приложение было разработано компанией Google и его можно использовать не только на компьютерах с Windows – данный метод работает также на хромбуках и Mac. Процесс запуск практически не зависит от используемой платформы.

Просто перейдите в Интернет-магазин Chrome и установите приложение ARC Welder из каталога.

Приложение ARC Welder находится на бета-стадии и предназначено преимущественно для разработчиков. Тем не менее, процесс загрузки приложения достаточно прост. Вам нужно загрузить файл APK в ARC Welder.

APK файл можно получить с помощью резервного копирования приложения на физическом устройстве Android или, загрузив с различных сторонних сайтов в Интернете. Мы не рекомендуем загружать платные приложения и игры с сомнительных сайтов.

Существуют ресурсы, которые архивируют бесплатные приложения, например APK Mirror.

Когда требуемый APK файл скачан и готов к загрузке, Вы можете открыть ARC Welder из списка расширений в Google Chrome и указать этот файл. Затем Вам нужно выбрать способ отображения приложений – режим пейзаж/портрет, смартфон/планшет и метод доступа к буферу обмена.

Не каждое Android приложение запустится таким образом, а некоторые приложения могут частично утратить свою функциональность.

ARC Welder, к сожалению, на данный момент не имеет встроенной поддержки сервисов Google Play (ели Вы не разработчик приложения и не имеете доступа к исходному коду), поэтому приложения Google и некоторые сторонние приложения откажутся работать.

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Приложения или игры, которые запускаются в ARC, в основном работают стабильно. Вы можете получить полную функциональность от Evernote, Instagram и даже Flappy Bird. Единовременно у вас может быть установлено только одно приложение в ARC Welder, для запуска другого приложения нужно вернуться к диалогу установки.
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Процесс развертывания приложений и ограничение на единовременный запуск лишь одного приложения создают барьеры для повседневного использования инструмента. Тем не менее, расширение подойдет для нужд разработчиков и тестеров или просто для ознакомления с возможностями мобильной платформы.

Эмулятор Android

Следующим наиболее простым способом для запуска Android-приложений на ПК является использования эмулятора Android, разработанного Google как часть комплекта разработчика ПО (SDK).

Эмулятор может использоваться для создания виртуальных устройств с любой версией Android на борту с различными разрешениями экрана и конфигурациями аппаратных средств.

Первым недостатком данного способа можно назвать достаточно сложный процесс установки и настройки.

Сначала вам нужно скачать пакет разработчика SDK с официального сайта Google и использовать включенный SDK Manager для загрузки требуемых платформ – по состоянию на середину мая 2015 года самая последняя доступная версия в инструменте – Android 5.1.

AVD Manager служит для создания и управления виртуальными устройствами. Google уже провел предварительную настройку инструмента, оптимизированную для устройств Nexus, но Вы можете настраивать параметры вручную.

После загрузки виртуального устройства, вам нужно установить приложения, но эмулятор представляет из себя базовую версию Android без установленных приложений Google.

Так как эмулятор первоначально не содержит клиента магазина Google Play, нужно самостоятельно выполнить файловые операции.

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Скачайте APK файл, которые требуется установить (это может быть пакет приложений Google или сторонние приложения) и перенесите файл в папку инструмента в директории SDK.
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Затем используйте командную строку при работающем ADB для ввода следующего выражения adb install filename.apk. Приложение должно быть добавлено к списку приложений созданного виртуального устройства

Положительная сторона данного метода заключается в использовании немодифицированной версии Android прямо от источника. Способ отображения приложений в эмуляторе будет идентичен отображению на физических устройствах, и практически все приложения должны быть работоспособны.

Инструмент можно использовать для предварительного проверки приложений перед фазой непосредственного тестирования на устройстве. Недостатком эмулятора является его медлительность, отбивающая привычку запускать приложения в нем. О запуске тяжелых игр не может быть и речи.

Портирование Android на ПК

Если вас не пугают дополнительные трудности, вы можете установить модифицированную версию мобильной ОС на компьютер.

Существуют несколько сред адаптации ОС Android, которые запускаются на ПК, но их поддержка ограничена из-за обширных вариантов аппаратной конфигурации компьютера.

Двумя лидирующими платформами для полноценной установки Android на ПК является Android на архитектуре Intel (для устройств с UEFI) и проект Android-x86.

Ни один из продуктов не идеален – вам нужны поддерживаемые инструментами устройства, например Dell XPS 12 в случае с версией для Intel или  Lenovo ThinkPad x61 для Android-x86. Вы можете установить данные среды поверх Windows, но это не самая лучшая идея. Самым разумным способом является создание отдельного раздела жесткого диска и установка Android на него.

Если конфигурация вашего ПК не поддерживается данными продуктами, Вы можете попробовать установить их в средs виртуализации VirtualBox или VMware, которые работают быстрее, чем эмулятор Android.

Возможно, данные продукты все еще не подойдут для тестирования игр, но большинство приложений будут устанавливаться и работать корректно. Установку приложений нужно будет выполнять самостоятельно, т.к. интеграция Google Play в данных продуктах отсутствует.

В качестве помощи вы можете воспользоваться инструкцией на нашем сайте – Установка Android в VMware Workstation.

BlueStacks App Player

Если Вы ищете средство для запуска сразу нескольких приложений и игр Android, причем простое в установке и настройке, тогда ваш выбор – BlueStacks. BlueStacks App Player представляет один из самых простых способов для запуска приложений.

Тем не менее, продукт применяет сильно модифицированную версию Android для запуска приложений. BlueStacks содержит встроенный магазин Google Play, и Вы имеете доступ ко всем приобретенным платным приложениям.

Программа добавляется в список устройств Google Play под названием Galaxy Note II.

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Отдельное окно BlueStacks содержит список приложений, разбитый по категориям: игры, социальные сети и т.д. При поиске приложения или при клике по иконке конкретного приложения происходит неожиданное – отображается клиент Google Play в планшетном режиме.
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Пользователь может перемещаться по интерфейсу, как на обычном устройстве Android, что делает BlueStacks не простым “плеером приложений”. На самом деле, пользователь может устанавливать сторонние лаунчеры, такие как Nova или Apex из магазина приложений и выбирать их в качестве лаунчеров по умолчанию.

Главный экран в BlueStacks с категориями приложений является вариантом домашнего экрана. Таким образом, заменив его, Вы можете ощущать себя владельцем реального устройства Android.

Полный доступ к магазину Google Play исключает проблемы с развертыванием приложений, а сам BlueStacks работает стабильно и шустро. Вы можете поиграть в большинство игр, но вероятны проблемы с использованием мыши.

Если ваш компьютер имеет сенсорный экран, Вы сможете использовать приложения, поддерживающие мультитач. BlueStacks  может превратить планшет на Windows 8 в планшет на Android. Технология, применяемая в BlueStacks называется “LayerCake” (перев.

слоеный пирог), потому что приложения Android запускаются в отдельном слое поверх Windows.

Единственный недостаток BlueStacks – использование модифицированной сборки Android. Все изменения, сделанные разработчиком продукта, чтобы запустить приложения Android на ПК могут вызывать сбои и отказы в работе приложений.

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Эта модифицированная среда представляет небольшую ценность для разработчиков – нет никакой гарантии, что приложения, правильно отображающиеся и работающие в BlueStacks будут вести себя также на физическом устройстве.
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Сервис использует модель монетизации freemium – можно либо заплатить 2 доллара за подписку, либо установить несколько спонсорских приложений.

Какой способ лучше?

Если требуется протестировать приложение перед установкой его на физические устройства, эмулятор Android предлагает лучший способ для предварительной проверки приложения на компьютере.

Продукт довольно медлителен, но стандартизирован, поэтому разработчик может посмотреть, как будет вести себя приложение на реальном смартфоне или планшете.

С помощью портирования Android на ПК можно добиться приличной производительности, но возможны проблемы и сбои и требуется совместимое оборудование.

Если Вам нужно получить сразу несколько приложений Android на компьютере, лучшим решением будет BlueStacks App Player. Продукт предоставляет полный доступ к Google Play, работает быстро и поддерживает устройства Windows с мультитачем. Не стоит забывать о ARC Welder, как о способе запустить одно приложение единовременно. Расширение является бесплатным и простым в установке.

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13 BEST Android Emulator in 2021 (Windows, Mac)

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An Android emulator is a software application that allows your mobile to imitate Android OS features into your PC. It allows you to install Android Apps on your computer or laptop and use them natively. It is mainly used for debugging purposes.

Following is a handpicked list of Top Android Emulator, with their popular features and website links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software.

Top 13 Best Android Emulator for Windows PC, Mac

NameSupported PlatformLink
BluestacksWindows, Machttps://www.bluestacks.com/
LDPlayer EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.ldplayer.

net/

GameLoopWindows, Machttps://gameloop.fun/
NoxPlayerWindows, Machttps://www.bignox.com/
MemuWindows PChttps://www.memuplay.

com/

AndyWindows, Machttps://www.andyroid.net/
GenymotionWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.genymotion.com/
PrimeOSWindows, Machttps://primeos.

in/

Android-x86 EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.android-x86.org/
ARChonWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://archon-runtime.github.io/
Ko PlayerWindows, Machttps://koplayerpc.

com/

Droid4xWindows 10https://droid4x.cc/
ARC WelderWindows PChttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/

1) Bluestacks

Bluestacks is a very popular Android emulator. It also offers custom key mapping for keyboard configurations. It helps you to improve your target and reaction time while playing a game with the keyboard and mouse.

  • You can play multiple games simultaneously.
  • Record and replay any action in real-time.
  • It allows you to do video recording and screen recordings.
  • Supported platforms: Microsoft Windows, and Apple macOS.

Link:https://www.bluestacks.com/

2) LDPlayer

LDPlayer offers an ideal Android emulation system. It provides plenty of comprehensive features to fulfill every which is performed by any Android device.

Features:

  • You can download Android Games and apps from pre-installed LD Store or Google Play.
  • It helps you to manage your gaming automatically.
  • Offers custom control with keyboard and mouse
  • It allows you to open several games simultaneously.

3) GameLoop

GameLoop is an Android emulator that is used as a gaming platform. It is an ideal emulator if you want to play games on your desktop. GamLoop emulator includes many popular games Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile.

Features:

  • It supports android PUBG mobile games and allows them to play on PC.
  • Offers configured controls for playing PUBG games on PC.

  • Users can customize PUBG mobile's control overlay.
  • This Emulator doesn't ask for any type of account creation, so no need to register on it.

  • This simulator works in a low configuration computer tool.

Link: https://gameloop.fun/

4) NoxPlayer

Nox Player is another Android Emulator which is recognized by gaming lovers around the world. You can run this Emulator on various devices that allows running multiple functions.

Features:

  • It offers open keyboard mapping running with a single click, all gaming controls on the mouse, and keyboard.
  • Nox player comes with a default macro recorder to record the complex operations.
  • It offers the best user experience and superior performance.

Link: https://www.bignox.com/

5)Memu

Memu is easy to install an Android emulator app. It offers support for Intel and AMD chips, as well as integrated and dedicated graphics.

Features:

  • Range of keyboard mapping options to enhance your gaming experience.
  • Provide an option for virtualization.
  • It offers various dedicated keyboard settings for the fast gaming experience.
  • Support platforms: Android and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.ldplayer.net/

6) AndY

AndY is another popular Android emulator. It breaks down the main barrier between mobile and desktop computing by keeping the customer updated with the latest Android upgrades.

Features:

  • It offers storage capacity to users and the freedom to play any games available on the Android platform with ease.

  • It provides the feature of the phone as a joystick so that the user never has to leave multi-touch or amazing gaming elements.
  • AndY offers smooth interaction between mobile and desktop devices.

  • It allows users to download any app from any desktop browser to AndY OS.
  • Supported Platforms: Android, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.andyroid.net/

7)Genymotion

Genymotion is a multi-support Android emulator. The software helps you to speeds up testing, share live demos. You can also monitor performance across all devices.

Features:

  • It offers high definition pixel compatibility, which provides better clarity on your PC.
  • This tool allows you to test the products in a secure virtual environment.

  • It allows you to use a desktop webcam as the video source to record screencasts.
  • This tool is capable of emulating more than 3000 Android device configurations the Android version and screen size.
  • It has strong sensors, GPS and multi-touch.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux

Link: https://www.genymotion.com/

8)PrimeOS

PrimeOS emulator provides a complete desktop experience the same as Mac OS or Windows with access to many Android applications. This Android Emulator is designed to bring you both worlds – a complete fusion of Android and PC.

Features:

  • Support for dual boot with a single click with a PrimeOS installer.
  • It combines the Android ecosystem with the system interface to provide a great gaming experience.

    It offers high performance when compared to the Windows budget system.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://primeos.in/

9) Android-x86

Android X86 is an open-source platform. This is an open-source Android emulator which is licensed under Apache Public License 2.0.

Features:

  • Provide WiFi support with GUI.
  • Power Suspend/resume (S3 mode)
  • Offer Battery Status.
  • V4l2 Camera support.
  • It offers support for netbook native resolution.
  • Allows mirror mode on external monitors.
  • External storage automount support.
  • Support external keyboard

Link: https://www.android-x86.org/

10) ARChon

ArChone is Google's official App Runtime for Chrome package. This streamlined Emulator has the ability to run any Android app as a ChromeOS app.

Features:

  • Very lightweight because it is integrated with Google Chrome.
  • You can use it with all operating systems.
  • Provide supports for the latest android system.
  • It can be used for all applications and android games.

Link: https://archon-runtime.github.io/

11) Ko Player

Ko player is an Android emulator tool that helps users gain the quality Android playing experience on their Windows PC or Mac. The main focus of this Emulator is to provide a lag-free gaming experience to its users.

Features:

  • It allows you to take advantage of all the features and functions of Android without owning any device.
  • Ko player has simple, easy to use, and interactive user interface.

  • The built-in video recording allows you to record your favorite videos and enjoy them at your convenient time.
  • It also allows you to record videos.
  • Enhance gaming performance.
  • You can record and share your gameplay with your friends or anyone you want.

  • It comes with an inbuilt Google Play Store, thus giving you access to any app you want.

Link: https://koplayerpc.com/

12) Droid4x

Droid4X is an Android emulator developed for Windows PC that allows you to user-run mobile applications and games using on a desktop. This Emulator supports most of the games available in the play store.

Features:

  • It helps you to complete user experience on PC and supports the touch screen computer to work across devices.

  • This Emulator allows you to customize controls as per their needs and can directly download the app to the Emulator.
  • It provides supports for keyboard and gamepad for the quick configuration of games.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Browser, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://droid4x.cc/

13)ARC Welder

ARC Welder is another Android emulator tool that allows Android applications to run on Google Chrome for Windows, OS X, Linux systems.

Features:

  • This app allows you to test and run Android applications within Chrome OS to overcomes any runtime errors or bugs.
  • You can test applications in the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS.

Link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arc-welder/emfinbmielocnlhgmfkkmkngdoccbadn

FAQ

15 best Android emulators for PC and Mac of 2021

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There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on their PC. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it.

In any case, Android emulation on PC is possible and it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Some old favorites either left the space or become unusable (Andy, AmiduOS, and Leapdroid), but everything else here should work okay for most people.

Here are the best Android emulators for PC and Mac.

It’s also worth noting that Windows may allow for Android apps directly in Windows 10 starting in 2021. This could mean big things for the Android emulator market.

  1. NetEase MuMu Player
  2. Nox
  3. Phoenix OS
  4. PrimeOS
  5. Remix OS Player
  6. Xamarin
  7. Build your own

The three main uses for Android emulators

There are three main uses for emulators. The first is the most common and it’s for gaming. Gamers can use emulators on their computers to make some games easier to play.

They don’t have to rely on the battery life of their devices and the existence of macros and other tricks help the process. In most cases, these little tricks aren’t illegal (in most games) so nobody really has a problem with it.

The best Android emulators for gaming include LDPlayer, Bluestacks, MeMu, KoPlayer, and Nox.

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The second most common use case is development. Android app and game developers to test apps and games on as many devices a possible before launch. Usually the Android Studio emulator is fine for this kind of work. However, Xamarin and Genymotion are excellent for this type of use as well.
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The final main type is productivity. This isn’t nearly as common because Chromebooks are cheaper and better for using Android apps on something other than a phone and most productivity tools are cross-platform.

Any gaming emulator works as a productivity emulator to an extent. However, those with hyper specific use cases and a little knowledge can try ARChon and Bliss.

Even so, in this day and age, we recommend going the Chromebook route if you want to run Android apps in a laptop or computer environment. It’s better that way.

Finally, a bit of a disclaimer. At this time, no emulators run the latest versions of Android except for ones made for developers. Luckily, most apps and games still function on older versions of Android so this shouldn’t be a big deal. However, most emulators right now run anywhere between Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 9.0 Pie. 

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LDPlayer

Price: Free

LDPlayer is an Android emulator focusing on gaming performance. Running Android Nougat 7.1, it features the usual array of gamer-oriented features, including good keyboard mapping controls, multi-instance, macros, high FPS, and graphical support. This is one of the few emulators on the list that gets active updates to improve compatibility.

It supports a wide range of games, including Garena Free Fire, Among Us, Clash of Clans, and many others. In the latest versions, LDPlayer has optimized the performance of League of Legends: Wild Rift, providing preset keymapping for different Champions and other custom features.

Besides that, LDPlayer is also a well-rounded emulator for using TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

Android Studio’s emulator

Price: Free

Android Studio is the default development console for Android. It comes with a bunch of tools to help developers make apps and games specifically for Android. As it turns out, there is also a built-in emulator that you can use to test out your app or game. The setup is rather complicated and it can take a long time.

Thus, it’s not one we would recommend for consumer level use. However, developers can simply use this tool as their emulator for testing their apps. It also supports Kotlin in case developers want to try that out.

It’s too much of a pain for non-developer use because it takes so long to set up, but it works wonderfully for developers.

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ARChon

Price: Free

ARChon isn’t a traditional emulator. You install it as a Google Chrome extension. It then gives Chrome the ability to run Android apps and games (albeit with limited support). It’s not an easy emulator to get running. You’ll have to install the thing to Chrome. From there, you have to obtain APKs and load them in.

As an added rub, you may need to use a tool to change the APK in order to make it compatible. There are a lot more steps to make this work than most other Android emulators for PC. On the plus side, though, it works with any operating system that can run an instance of Chrome (Mac OS, Linux, Windows, etc).

We linked to the official GitHub where you can find detailed instructions for its use.

Bliss OS

Price: Free / Optional donations

Bliss is something a little bit different. It works as an Android emulator for PC via virtual machine. However, it can also just flat run on your computer through a USB stick. The boot-from-USB option is definitely a power user option and not recommended for less intense use cases.

As a VM install, the process is easy, but tedious if you’ve never made your own virtual machine before. The USB installation method is even more complicated, but it lets your computer actually run Android natively from boot.

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That makes Bliss a super unique emulator if you can make it through the steps to the end. Of course, it only really runs well if your system is compatible so be prepared with a backup of your current operating system.
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The system runs Android Oreo and that’s among the newer versions of Android offered on an emulator. You can also find more info about this on its XDA-Developers thread here.

Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month

Bluestacks is the most mainstream of all Android emulators. There are several reasons for that. For starters, it’s compatible with Windows and Mac. It was also one of the first that worked really well that still gets regular updates. The emulator targets mobile gamers.

There is a stigma with Bluestacks because it can feel a little bloated at times. Bluestacks 4 (launched in 2018) aimed to fix that with mixed results. It also includes key-mapping and settings for many games installed. That should help make things much easier.

It’s one of the heaviest emulators on the list. However, it also has the most features for better or for worse. Bluestacks also made the MSI App Player, another excellent emulator that some believe works better than vanilla Bluestacks.

You can try either one, they are both by Bluestacks.

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GameLoop

Price: Free

GameLoop, formerly known as Tencent Gaming Buddy, is an Android emulator for gamers. In fact, it’s good enough that Tencent calls it the official emulator for its games, including Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile. Of course, it features other games aside from Tencent’s, although its collection isn’t as big as it could be.

The emulator downloaded and installed fine and the games we tested ran just fine. This one is not good for productivity or developmental testing. However, if you have an itch for mobile FPS gaming along with some titles, this is actually a fairly decent gaming emulator and it boasts a good collection of newer titles.

Plus, the keyboard controls and performance is good. 

Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options

This Android emulator is mostly for developers. It lets you test your apps on a variety of devices without owning them. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0.

You can easily switch between virtual devices at will. It’s not great for consumer uses, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use. It’s most useful feature is its availability on both your desktop computer and the cloud.

Those without powerful computers can make Genymotion’s servers do all the work for them.

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MEmu

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.98 per year

MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well with gamers. One of its biggest features is support for both AMD and Intel chipsets.

Most work on AMD processors, but it’s nice to see developers specifically pay attention to AMD’s platform. Additionally, it supports Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop. You can even run multiple instances at once for multiple games or testing features.

It aims itself at gamers much Bluestacks and similar emulators but it’s usable as a productivity tool too. The premium version runs for $2.99 per month and it disables ads, adds more customization options, and enables premium support options.

The emulator gets updates on a fairly frequent basis. You can check out the latest releases here if you want to see the latest from this one.

NetEase MuMu Player

Price: Free

NetEase made an actually decent emulator with MuMu. It’s another gaming emulator with most of the same features as its competitors. The emulator runs Android 6.0, a bit older than some competitors. That said, it has a decent boot time and enough features to warrant consideration.

We didn’t have any outstanding issues using it, but it ran well and we were able to download all the games we wanted to test. MeMU, Bluestacks, and GameLoop kind of surpassed it in terms of features and all three of those get regular updates.

However, if none of those work, this one probably will.

Nox

Price: Free

Nox is another Android emulator for PC for gamers. That includes the usual stuff key-mapping with your keyboard, actual controller support, and even the ability to key-map gesture controls.

For instance, you can assign the function to swipe right to an arrow key and use that in a game without actual hardware controller support. It’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free and in active development.

The demo video below is rather old and it definitely ran better than that on my laptop.

Phoenix OS

Price: Free

Phoenix OS is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. most these days, it boasts a gamer experience. However, it also boasts a desktop- experience so it actually works pretty well for productivity as well.

It has Google Play Services, although updating those services can be a bit of a pain sometimes. That means you get every app and game in the Google Play Store. Phoenix OS also runs Android 7.1 which is relatively modern for an Android emulator.

You can download the emulator from its official website and its forums are housed on XDA-Developers.

PrimeOS

Price: Free

PrimeOS is kind of a standout in the Android emulator space. It’s not actually an emulator. You install this as a partition on your computer and it boots up running native Android. It’s a gamer-focused Android experience, although you can totally use this for productivity if you really want to.

PrimeOS includes a gaming center, support for mouse and keyboard, and access to most Android apps and games. To be frank, it almost runs ChromeOS minus all the Chrome parts. You can multitask, watch video content, or play games as you choose. We haven’t tested this one in-depth yet as it is new in 2019 from an Indian start-up.

We’ll update the article if we noticed anything peculiar about it.

Remix OS Player

Price: Free

Remix OS Player by Jide is one of the newer Android emulators for PC (comparatively speaking). It runs Android Marshmallow and that’s still relatively new compared to many of the others on the list. The installation process is pretty simple and using it also fairly easy. It caters mostly to gamers. There are a few gamer specific features along with a customizable toolbar.

It boasts features running multiple games at once. That said, it’s a fairly clean emulator so it’s still perfectly usable as a productivity tool. The site seems to be down and we’re relatively certain Remix OS Player isn’t in active development anymore. It should be okay for another year or two before it starts to feel really old.

We’ll replace it when we find a good 15th option.

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Xamarin

Price: Free / Enterprise options

Xamarin is an IDE similar to Android Studio. The difference is that it can plug into things Microsoft Visual Studio for an even larger development environment (for better or for worse). Also, the Android Studio, this comes with a built-in emulator for app or game testing.

In case it wasn’t readily apparent, we only recommend this one to developers. The setup is simply too tedious for regular consume use. Xamarin’s emulator is not as powerful as something Genymotion, but it’ll get the job done if you intend on using this and it’s also configurable for your needs. It’s free for personal use.

Companies and larger teams may have to negotiate a payment plan.

Build your own

Price: Free (usually)

As it turns out, you can build your own emulator. Here’s how it works in a nutshell. You need to download VirtualBox (linked above). You then have to download an image from Android-x86.org. From there, it’s just a matter of finding one of the many guides online and following the steps.

This is easily one of the more difficult methods, but still not quite as tedious or difficult as setting up a whole IDE Android Studio or Xamarin. We don’t recommend you try without a tutorial and a little prior knowledge. It won’t work well, it’ll be buggy, and unless you’re a coder, it’ll be difficult to fix.

Still, it’ll be yours to customize as you please and who knows, maybe you’ll make and release an emulator that’ll adorn this list someday.

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3 Ways to Run Android Apps on Windows

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Do you want to run Android apps on Windows? Nowadays, it's easier than ever with various emulators, app players, and mirroring tools that allow you to run Android apps on your computer.

Whether you want to play Android games in a PC environment, test out and develop your own app, or remotely control and run apps using your computer, here are three tools you can use to run Android apps on Windows.

1. BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an Android app player that primarily focuses on letting you play Android games on your PC. As such, it doesn't emulate a complete Android environment that developers would need.

However, if your aim is to simply try out available Android apps or play a mobile game on PC, BlueStacks is perfect. The software is free, but comes with a premium subscription version too.

Because of its focused functionality, it is also extremely easy to install, with minimal setup. You can choose the type of simulated environment you would a variety of device presets (such as a OnePlus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S8+).

To use Bluestacks, you will need to sign in with a Google account to use the Play Store. Other than this and some other minor setup, you can begin trying out apps on your PC in no time.

Using BlueStacks

The app allows you to adjust a variety of settings to optimize performance and input. Meanwhile, if you want to broadcast your gameplay, BlueStacks has recording and screenshot options available.

A major perk for mobile gamers is BlueStacks' compatibility with gamepads. The software also includes control tutorials when opening up a game for the first time.

However, not every game will work on the platform, depending on developer policies. For example, Niantic has blacklisted BlueStacks and most other app players for Pokémon Go.

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If you're interested in other app players and emulators, have a look at our guide on the best Android emulators for Windows 10.
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Download: BlueStacks (Free, subscription available)

2. Android Studio's Official Android Emulator

If you're looking for a full-featured Android emulator, look no further than Google's official emulator inside Android Studio. As the official development environment for Android apps, Android Studio allows you to emulate the latest version of Android and create a virtual device.

This tool is obviously aimed at developers and not general consumers. As such, it is much more complex than the typical emulator. The software features code editing, APK analysis, and advanced emulation.

It's available for free from the Android Developers website. You will need Java installed in order to run the program, but thankfully Android Studio now includes the JDK.

Download: Android Studio (Free)

Getting Set Up With Android Studio

When setting up Android Studio, Google advises that you follow the setup wizard and install any SDK packages that it recommends. One of these recommended SDK packages is Android Emulator, which Android Studio requires to simulate an Android environment on your computer.

Once set up, you can switch to the emulator (rather than creating a new project) by opening the Configure menu and choosing AVD Manager (which stands for Android Virtual Device).

In the AVD Manager, you are able to create a virtual device by either selecting an existing device profile or importing your own hardware profile. This opens up a window with an emulated Android device.

In this emulated environment, you can build your own app or load app files from existing apps. According to Android Studio support, you can drag APKs onto the emulator to install them and then run them.

However, we only recommend Android Studio for those who want to build and test apps on their Windows PC. If you want to run apps on your PC for convenience or gaming, the other tools on this list suit that purpose better.

Android Emulator Alternatives to Android Studio

There are other full Android emulators you can use to run Android apps on a PC instead of Android Studio. VirtualBox also lets you create a virtual Android device with its virtual machine tools. However, because VirtualBox is a general-purpose virtualizer, you will need to install a bootable version of Android (such as Android-x86) onto the virtual machine.

It isn't the easiest emulator to set up, so we only recommend it for relatively tech-savvy users. There are also other Android-focused virtualizers and emulators that use VirtualBox software. These include Genymotion and YouWave.

But these emulators don't always offer the latest version of Android. They also sometimes have compatibility issues if you already have VirtualBox installed, so we recommend avoiding them.

3. AirDroid

If you already own a capable Android phone and just want to view apps on a larger screen or use a keyboard and mouse as input, then you can use a mirroring and remote control tool. One option for this is AirDroid. The software lets you mirror and control your Android device with your computer. This means you can also run apps and control them directly through your PC.

As an added bonus, you can run AirDroid inside Chrome. However, AirDroid also offers standalone software for your PC. To use either version, you'll also need the companion AirDroid mobile app installed on your smartphone, plus an AirDroid account.

To pair AirDroid to your phone, simply access AirDroid on your computer and scan the QR code provided. Using the remote control function of AirDroid either requires root access, or access through USB debugging if your phone isn't rooted.

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The downside to AirDroid is that mirroring your device results in a slight delay. Despite this, AirDroid is useful if you want to run Android apps on your PC without an emulated environment.
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AirDroid comes with a bunch of other features too, such as mobile notifications and messaging via your PC. This means that screen mirroring isn't its only use.

Download: AirDroid for Windows | Android (Free, subscription available)

Other Ways to Run Android on Windows

While these are the best tools and ways to run Android apps on your Windows PC, there are other methods available as well. This includes dual-booting an Android OS on your computer, choosing from a variety of app players, and more.

However, most people want a simple program that lets them run their Android apps on a PC. If your main aim is to play mobile games on a computer, check out our guide on tools that let you play Android games on your computer.

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Запуск приложений Android на компьютере с Windows

Android apps for windows

Приложения Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи в системе Windows существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки

Технологическая платформа приложений Android оказалась универсальной и дружественной для разработчиков. Вы можете разработать приложение Android и опубликовать его в магазине Google Play с минимальными ограничениями.

Данная концепция привела к бурному развитию популярных Android приложений, часть из которых недоступны на iOS и других платформах. Для запуска приложения Android обычно нужно использовать смартфон или планшет с данной ОС – это очевидно.

Что делать если Вы хотите попробовать использовать Android, не покупая устройство?

К счастью, у Вас есть такая возможность, Android можно запустить даже на старом стационарном компьютере. Для реализации этой задачи существует несколько способов, каждый из которых имеет свои достоинства и недостатки.

Приложение ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome

Возможно, самым простым способом запуска приложений Andoid на компьютере с ОС Windows является использование приложения ARC Welder для браузера Google Chrome.

Приложение было разработано компанией Google и его можно использовать не только на компьютерах с Windows – данный метод работает также на хромбуках и Mac. Процесс запуск практически не зависит от используемой платформы.

Просто перейдите в Интернет-магазин Chrome и установите приложение ARC Welder из каталога.

Приложение ARC Welder находится на бета-стадии и предназначено преимущественно для разработчиков. Тем не менее, процесс загрузки приложения достаточно прост. Вам нужно загрузить файл APK в ARC Welder.

APK файл можно получить с помощью резервного копирования приложения на физическом устройстве Android или, загрузив с различных сторонних сайтов в Интернете. Мы не рекомендуем загружать платные приложения и игры с сомнительных сайтов.

Существуют ресурсы, которые архивируют бесплатные приложения, например APK Mirror.

Когда требуемый APK файл скачан и готов к загрузке, Вы можете открыть ARC Welder из списка расширений в Google Chrome и указать этот файл. Затем Вам нужно выбрать способ отображения приложений – режим пейзаж/портрет, смартфон/планшет и метод доступа к буферу обмена.

Не каждое Android приложение запустится таким образом, а некоторые приложения могут частично утратить свою функциональность.

ARC Welder, к сожалению, на данный момент не имеет встроенной поддержки сервисов Google Play (ели Вы не разработчик приложения и не имеете доступа к исходному коду), поэтому приложения Google и некоторые сторонние приложения откажутся работать.

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Приложения или игры, которые запускаются в ARC, в основном работают стабильно. Вы можете получить полную функциональность от Evernote, Instagram и даже Flappy Bird. Единовременно у вас может быть установлено только одно приложение в ARC Welder, для запуска другого приложения нужно вернуться к диалогу установки.
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Процесс развертывания приложений и ограничение на единовременный запуск лишь одного приложения создают барьеры для повседневного использования инструмента. Тем не менее, расширение подойдет для нужд разработчиков и тестеров или просто для ознакомления с возможностями мобильной платформы.

Эмулятор Android

Следующим наиболее простым способом для запуска Android-приложений на ПК является использования эмулятора Android, разработанного Google как часть комплекта разработчика ПО (SDK).

Эмулятор может использоваться для создания виртуальных устройств с любой версией Android на борту с различными разрешениями экрана и конфигурациями аппаратных средств.

Первым недостатком данного способа можно назвать достаточно сложный процесс установки и настройки.

Сначала вам нужно скачать пакет разработчика SDK с официального сайта Google и использовать включенный SDK Manager для загрузки требуемых платформ – по состоянию на середину мая 2015 года самая последняя доступная версия в инструменте – Android 5.1.

AVD Manager служит для создания и управления виртуальными устройствами. Google уже провел предварительную настройку инструмента, оптимизированную для устройств Nexus, но Вы можете настраивать параметры вручную.

После загрузки виртуального устройства, вам нужно установить приложения, но эмулятор представляет из себя базовую версию Android без установленных приложений Google.

Так как эмулятор первоначально не содержит клиента магазина Google Play, нужно самостоятельно выполнить файловые операции.

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Скачайте APK файл, которые требуется установить (это может быть пакет приложений Google или сторонние приложения) и перенесите файл в папку инструмента в директории SDK.
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Затем используйте командную строку при работающем ADB для ввода следующего выражения adb install filename.apk. Приложение должно быть добавлено к списку приложений созданного виртуального устройства

Положительная сторона данного метода заключается в использовании немодифицированной версии Android прямо от источника. Способ отображения приложений в эмуляторе будет идентичен отображению на физических устройствах, и практически все приложения должны быть работоспособны.

Инструмент можно использовать для предварительного проверки приложений перед фазой непосредственного тестирования на устройстве. Недостатком эмулятора является его медлительность, отбивающая привычку запускать приложения в нем. О запуске тяжелых игр не может быть и речи.

Портирование Android на ПК

Если вас не пугают дополнительные трудности, вы можете установить модифицированную версию мобильной ОС на компьютер.

Существуют несколько сред адаптации ОС Android, которые запускаются на ПК, но их поддержка ограничена из-за обширных вариантов аппаратной конфигурации компьютера.

Двумя лидирующими платформами для полноценной установки Android на ПК является Android на архитектуре Intel (для устройств с UEFI) и проект Android-x86.

Ни один из продуктов не идеален – вам нужны поддерживаемые инструментами устройства, например Dell XPS 12 в случае с версией для Intel или  Lenovo ThinkPad x61 для Android-x86. Вы можете установить данные среды поверх Windows, но это не самая лучшая идея. Самым разумным способом является создание отдельного раздела жесткого диска и установка Android на него.

Если конфигурация вашего ПК не поддерживается данными продуктами, Вы можете попробовать установить их в средs виртуализации VirtualBox или VMware, которые работают быстрее, чем эмулятор Android.

Возможно, данные продукты все еще не подойдут для тестирования игр, но большинство приложений будут устанавливаться и работать корректно. Установку приложений нужно будет выполнять самостоятельно, т.к. интеграция Google Play в данных продуктах отсутствует.

В качестве помощи вы можете воспользоваться инструкцией на нашем сайте – Установка Android в VMware Workstation.

BlueStacks App Player

Если Вы ищете средство для запуска сразу нескольких приложений и игр Android, причем простое в установке и настройке, тогда ваш выбор – BlueStacks. BlueStacks App Player представляет один из самых простых способов для запуска приложений.

Тем не менее, продукт применяет сильно модифицированную версию Android для запуска приложений. BlueStacks содержит встроенный магазин Google Play, и Вы имеете доступ ко всем приобретенным платным приложениям.

Программа добавляется в список устройств Google Play под названием Galaxy Note II.

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Отдельное окно BlueStacks содержит список приложений, разбитый по категориям: игры, социальные сети и т.д. При поиске приложения или при клике по иконке конкретного приложения происходит неожиданное – отображается клиент Google Play в планшетном режиме.
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Пользователь может перемещаться по интерфейсу, как на обычном устройстве Android, что делает BlueStacks не простым “плеером приложений”. На самом деле, пользователь может устанавливать сторонние лаунчеры, такие как Nova или Apex из магазина приложений и выбирать их в качестве лаунчеров по умолчанию.

Главный экран в BlueStacks с категориями приложений является вариантом домашнего экрана. Таким образом, заменив его, Вы можете ощущать себя владельцем реального устройства Android.

Полный доступ к магазину Google Play исключает проблемы с развертыванием приложений, а сам BlueStacks работает стабильно и шустро. Вы можете поиграть в большинство игр, но вероятны проблемы с использованием мыши.

Если ваш компьютер имеет сенсорный экран, Вы сможете использовать приложения, поддерживающие мультитач. BlueStacks  может превратить планшет на Windows 8 в планшет на Android. Технология, применяемая в BlueStacks называется “LayerCake” (перев.

слоеный пирог), потому что приложения Android запускаются в отдельном слое поверх Windows.

Единственный недостаток BlueStacks – использование модифицированной сборки Android. Все изменения, сделанные разработчиком продукта, чтобы запустить приложения Android на ПК могут вызывать сбои и отказы в работе приложений.

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Эта модифицированная среда представляет небольшую ценность для разработчиков – нет никакой гарантии, что приложения, правильно отображающиеся и работающие в BlueStacks будут вести себя также на физическом устройстве.
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Сервис использует модель монетизации freemium – можно либо заплатить 2 доллара за подписку, либо установить несколько спонсорских приложений.

Какой способ лучше?

Если требуется протестировать приложение перед установкой его на физические устройства, эмулятор Android предлагает лучший способ для предварительной проверки приложения на компьютере.

Продукт довольно медлителен, но стандартизирован, поэтому разработчик может посмотреть, как будет вести себя приложение на реальном смартфоне или планшете.

С помощью портирования Android на ПК можно добиться приличной производительности, но возможны проблемы и сбои и требуется совместимое оборудование.

Если Вам нужно получить сразу несколько приложений Android на компьютере, лучшим решением будет BlueStacks App Player. Продукт предоставляет полный доступ к Google Play, работает быстро и поддерживает устройства Windows с мультитачем. Не стоит забывать о ARC Welder, как о способе запустить одно приложение единовременно. Расширение является бесплатным и простым в установке.

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13 BEST Android Emulator in 2021 (Windows, Mac)

Android apps for windows

An Android emulator is a software application that allows your mobile to imitate Android OS features into your PC. It allows you to install Android Apps on your computer or laptop and use them natively. It is mainly used for debugging purposes.

Following is a handpicked list of Top Android Emulator, with their popular features and website links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software.

Top 13 Best Android Emulator for Windows PC, Mac

NameSupported PlatformLink
BluestacksWindows, Machttps://www.bluestacks.com/
LDPlayer EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.ldplayer.

net/

GameLoopWindows, Machttps://gameloop.fun/
NoxPlayerWindows, Machttps://www.bignox.com/
MemuWindows PChttps://www.memuplay.

com/

AndyWindows, Machttps://www.andyroid.net/
GenymotionWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.genymotion.com/
PrimeOSWindows, Machttps://primeos.

in/

Android-x86 EmulatorWindows PChttps://www.android-x86.org/
ARChonWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://archon-runtime.github.io/
Ko PlayerWindows, Machttps://koplayerpc.

com/

Droid4xWindows 10https://droid4x.cc/
ARC WelderWindows PChttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/

1) Bluestacks

Bluestacks is a very popular Android emulator. It also offers custom key mapping for keyboard configurations. It helps you to improve your target and reaction time while playing a game with the keyboard and mouse.

  • You can play multiple games simultaneously.
  • Record and replay any action in real-time.
  • It allows you to do video recording and screen recordings.
  • Supported platforms: Microsoft Windows, and Apple macOS.

Link:https://www.bluestacks.com/

2) LDPlayer

LDPlayer offers an ideal Android emulation system. It provides plenty of comprehensive features to fulfill every which is performed by any Android device.

Features:

  • You can download Android Games and apps from pre-installed LD Store or Google Play.
  • It helps you to manage your gaming automatically.
  • Offers custom control with keyboard and mouse
  • It allows you to open several games simultaneously.

3) GameLoop

GameLoop is an Android emulator that is used as a gaming platform. It is an ideal emulator if you want to play games on your desktop. GamLoop emulator includes many popular games Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile.

Features:

  • It supports android PUBG mobile games and allows them to play on PC.
  • Offers configured controls for playing PUBG games on PC.

  • Users can customize PUBG mobile's control overlay.
  • This Emulator doesn't ask for any type of account creation, so no need to register on it.

  • This simulator works in a low configuration computer tool.

Link: https://gameloop.fun/

4) NoxPlayer

Nox Player is another Android Emulator which is recognized by gaming lovers around the world. You can run this Emulator on various devices that allows running multiple functions.

Features:

  • It offers open keyboard mapping running with a single click, all gaming controls on the mouse, and keyboard.
  • Nox player comes with a default macro recorder to record the complex operations.
  • It offers the best user experience and superior performance.

Link: https://www.bignox.com/

5)Memu

Memu is easy to install an Android emulator app. It offers support for Intel and AMD chips, as well as integrated and dedicated graphics.

Features:

  • Range of keyboard mapping options to enhance your gaming experience.
  • Provide an option for virtualization.
  • It offers various dedicated keyboard settings for the fast gaming experience.
  • Support platforms: Android and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.ldplayer.net/

6) AndY

AndY is another popular Android emulator. It breaks down the main barrier between mobile and desktop computing by keeping the customer updated with the latest Android upgrades.

Features:

  • It offers storage capacity to users and the freedom to play any games available on the Android platform with ease.

  • It provides the feature of the phone as a joystick so that the user never has to leave multi-touch or amazing gaming elements.
  • AndY offers smooth interaction between mobile and desktop devices.

  • It allows users to download any app from any desktop browser to AndY OS.
  • Supported Platforms: Android, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://www.andyroid.net/

7)Genymotion

Genymotion is a multi-support Android emulator. The software helps you to speeds up testing, share live demos. You can also monitor performance across all devices.

Features:

  • It offers high definition pixel compatibility, which provides better clarity on your PC.
  • This tool allows you to test the products in a secure virtual environment.

  • It allows you to use a desktop webcam as the video source to record screencasts.
  • This tool is capable of emulating more than 3000 Android device configurations the Android version and screen size.
  • It has strong sensors, GPS and multi-touch.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux

Link: https://www.genymotion.com/

8)PrimeOS

PrimeOS emulator provides a complete desktop experience the same as Mac OS or Windows with access to many Android applications. This Android Emulator is designed to bring you both worlds – a complete fusion of Android and PC.

Features:

  • Support for dual boot with a single click with a PrimeOS installer.
  • It combines the Android ecosystem with the system interface to provide a great gaming experience.

    It offers high performance when compared to the Windows budget system.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://primeos.in/

9) Android-x86

Android X86 is an open-source platform. This is an open-source Android emulator which is licensed under Apache Public License 2.0.

Features:

  • Provide WiFi support with GUI.
  • Power Suspend/resume (S3 mode)
  • Offer Battery Status.
  • V4l2 Camera support.
  • It offers support for netbook native resolution.
  • Allows mirror mode on external monitors.
  • External storage automount support.
  • Support external keyboard

Link: https://www.android-x86.org/

10) ARChon

ArChone is Google's official App Runtime for Chrome package. This streamlined Emulator has the ability to run any Android app as a ChromeOS app.

Features:

  • Very lightweight because it is integrated with Google Chrome.
  • You can use it with all operating systems.
  • Provide supports for the latest android system.
  • It can be used for all applications and android games.

Link: https://archon-runtime.github.io/

11) Ko Player

Ko player is an Android emulator tool that helps users gain the quality Android playing experience on their Windows PC or Mac. The main focus of this Emulator is to provide a lag-free gaming experience to its users.

Features:

  • It allows you to take advantage of all the features and functions of Android without owning any device.
  • Ko player has simple, easy to use, and interactive user interface.

  • The built-in video recording allows you to record your favorite videos and enjoy them at your convenient time.
  • It also allows you to record videos.
  • Enhance gaming performance.
  • You can record and share your gameplay with your friends or anyone you want.

  • It comes with an inbuilt Google Play Store, thus giving you access to any app you want.

Link: https://koplayerpc.com/

12) Droid4x

Droid4X is an Android emulator developed for Windows PC that allows you to user-run mobile applications and games using on a desktop. This Emulator supports most of the games available in the play store.

Features:

  • It helps you to complete user experience on PC and supports the touch screen computer to work across devices.

  • This Emulator allows you to customize controls as per their needs and can directly download the app to the Emulator.
  • It provides supports for keyboard and gamepad for the quick configuration of games.

  • Supported Platforms: Android, Browser, and Microsoft Windows.

Link: https://droid4x.cc/

13)ARC Welder

ARC Welder is another Android emulator tool that allows Android applications to run on Google Chrome for Windows, OS X, Linux systems.

Features:

  • This app allows you to test and run Android applications within Chrome OS to overcomes any runtime errors or bugs.
  • You can test applications in the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS.

Link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arc-welder/emfinbmielocnlhgmfkkmkngdoccbadn

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