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    15 best free programs to emulate Android on Windows and MAC, to use to install smartphone and tablet applications and games on PC. Best Android emulators for Windows PC, have you ever wanted to download Android applications to your PC? There are hundreds of thousands of amazing applications available in the google play store each of them will serve you for different purposes. So, if you don't have an Android device, you can download an Android emulator on your Windows or MAC computer and use it, you will be able to run the best Android apps or games on your PC.




    What is an Android emulator?

    An Android emulator is software that creates an Android environment on your computer so that the applications you use on your phone can run smoothly on your PC as well. Using one of these Android emulators that you find in the post, you will be able to download almost any Android application on your Windows or MAC computer. Below, we discover the best 15 Android emulators for Windows and MAC which are all free to download and easy to install on any computer, allowing you to install and use smartphone applications alongside regular PC programs.

    1. KoPlayer

    KoPlayer is a newer Android emulator for PC (relatively speaking). Its main focus is play. You will be able to use key mapping to emulate a controller with your keyboard. Players will also be able to register the game and upload it wherever they want. The installation process is fairly straightforward and seems to work fine.

    Like MEmu, KOPlayer has a more traditional interface since you recognize the three (virtual) buttons typical of Android. You may also notice that these buttons are a bit old and are reminiscent of old Android. As for the features, overall KOPlayer offers the same features as other emulators on the market: installing APKs via the Play Store or APK, optimizing performance via settings, keyboard shortcuts, geolocation etc.




    The emulator can access your webcam, which can be useful in certain situations. An option is also available if you want to record your screen, it can be useful if you are doing tutorials or playing games. It works with a virtual machine like most other Android emulators for PC and MAC. It's an option somewhere between play and productivity. Not bad as a free option.

    2.Nox

    Nox is an Android emulator for PC dedicated to gamers. This includes the usual things like keyboard key mapping, actual controller support, and even the ability to map gesture controls. For example, you can assign the function to swipe right on an arrow key and use it in a game without actual hardware controller support.

    It's a lot of fun and seems to work pretty well most of the time. It is also completely free and in active development.


    3. my

    MEmu is another of the emerging Android emulators that seems to do quite well with gamers. One of its biggest features is support for AMD and Intel chipsets. Most run on AMD processors, but it's nice to see developers pay special attention to the AMD platform.

    You can even run multiple instances at the same time for multiple games or test functions. It can also be used as a productivity tool. Its most recent update came in late December 2018 according to its blog and that means its development is still in full swing. We appreciate it very much.


    MEMU is a high performance Android emulator for Windows based on Android Lollipop. Unfortunately, it comes pre-installed with Android Jellybean 4.2, and updating to Lollipop requires downloading additional packages. It does not involve any problem for your PC. It is compatible with Intel, Nvidia Windows PCs and unlike Remix OS Player it is also compatible with AMD chipsets.



    The first time you open it, you will be greeted with a 4 year old Android version, with the main menu hidden in the right sidebar. It comes pre-loaded with the Google Play Store, so you can browse and download Android apps and games with ease.

    4. Droid4X

    Droid4X is currently available, but it's hard to recommend. It is one of the classic Android PC emulators and features a simple design that should work easily for many people. It pushes towards gamers and boasts support for simpler, more casual games.

    The last update was on March 28, 2016. Therefore, we advise you to proceed with caution as it may be a defective and unstable product. Droid4x is also compatible with Mac. Here we have the Windows version, Mac users will have to search. For example, it allows you to play Clash of Clans on PC.

    5.Bluestacks 4

    Bluestacks is the most popular of all Android emulators for Windows and MAC. There are many reasons for this. It was also one of the first that ran smoothly and still gets regular updates. The emulator is aimed at mobile gamers.


    It has the ability to launch multiple instances so that you can play multiple games at the same time (or the same game multiple times). Includes settings for many installed games. This should help make things a lot easier. It's one of the heavier emulators on the list. However, it also has the most features for better or for worse. Upgrading to Bluestacks 4 also improved speed, even on older computers. It should work fine on newer computers and laptops.

    6.Genymotion

    This android emulator is mainly for developers. It allows you to 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 suit your needs. For example, 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. It's not perfect for regular users, but Genparmi offers its services for free for personal use. Its most useful feature is its availability on both desktop and cloud. Those without powerful computers can have Genparmi's servers do all the work for them.

    7. Android Studio emulator

    Android Studio is the default development console for Android. It comes with a number of tools to help developers build Android-specific apps and games. As it turns out, there's also a built-in emulator that you can use to test your app or game. The installation is quite complicated and can take a long time.

    Therefore, we do not recommend it for consumer level use. However, developers can simply use this tool as an emulator to test their apps. It also supports Kotlin in case the developers want to try it out. It's hard for normal people to use, but it's excellent for developers.

    8. Archon

    ARChon is not a traditional emulator. It installs as a Google Chrome extension. So it gives Chrome the ability to run Android apps and games (albeit with limited support). It is not an easy emulator to obtain. You will need to install it on Chrome. From there, you need to get the APKs and upload them. You may need to use a tool to modify the APK to make it compatible.

    There are a lot more steps to get it working than most other Android PC emulators. By the way, it works with any operating system capable of running an instance of Chrome (Mac OS, Linux, Windows, etc.). We connected to the official GitHub where you can find detailed instructions on its use.

    9. Bliss

    Bliss is something different. It works as an Android emulator for PC via virtual machine. However, it can also simply work on your computer via a USB stick. The USB installation method is very complicated, but it allows your computer to run Android natively from boot. This makes Bliss a truly unique emulator if you can get through the steps to the end.

    Of course, it only works really well if your system is compatible, so be prepared with a backup of your current operating system. The system runs Android Oreo and this is among the most recent versions of Android offered by an emulator. Again, we only recommend this emulator to an expert.

    10.Prime OS

    PrimeOS is something of a standout in the Android emulator space. It is not actually an emulator. It installs as a partition on your computer and boots with native Android. This is a gamer-focused Android experience, although you can fully leverage it for productivity if you wish.

    PrimeOS includes a game center, mouse and keyboard support, and access to most Android apps and games. To be honest, it works almost like ChromeOS minus all parts of Chrome. Multitasking, watching video content or gaming the choice is yours. We haven't tested it yet.

    11. Remix OS Player

    Jide's Remix OS Player is one of the newest Android emulators for PC (comparatively speaking). Remix OS Player is an operating system based on the Android x86 project. While it is possible to install Remix OS on your Windows or Mac, there is an even easier way to experience Remix OS without going through the hassle of installing it.

    Remix OS Player is a free Android emulator for Windows based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Before installing OS Remix Player, please note that it does not support some AMD chipsets and also requires "virtualization technology" enabled in the BIOS.

    The first time you run Remix OS Player, you should be greeted by a new-looking interface, complete with the taskbar at the bottom and a shortcut button to access all installed applications.

    The Remix Central app offers recommendations for games that you can download. It supports the Google Play Store, so you can download apps and games without any additional installation.

    There are some specific features like a customizable toolbar. It boasts features like running multiple games at the same time. That said, it's a pretty neat emulator, so it's still perfectly usable as a productivity tool.

    12. YouWave

    YouWave is a popular alternative to the Bluestacks emulator. Although it is not free, but you can still use the free version with some limitations to install Android applications on your PC.

    YouWave's interface is also quite simple as the screen is split into two parts - the one on the left showing installed apps and one on the right resembles a smartphone screen. YouWave's interface is simple and clean and better than many other Android emulators available.

    13. Jar of Beans

    Jar of Beans has a nice name, a tough guy name, you can download Jar of Beans from the official site as it is free to download. Then you can download Android applications from the emulator and install them on your PC. The process is quite simple and you will find it easier than ever.

    14. LeapDroid

    LeapDroid is a powerful Android emulator that was acquired by Google last year and has been shut down / closed. But make no mistake, despite the suspension, LeapDroid still manages to be one of the most robust Android emulators for Windows computers.

    It is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with all AOSP applications such as navigator, music, camera, etc. The main screen offers links to download the most popular game titles such as Clash of Clans and Pokémon GO. But that is not all. It also comes with full support for the Google Play Store, you can download Android apps and games in no time.

    15. AndyRoid

    The AndyRoid emulator is becoming more and more popular and more and more people love the way it allows you to use Android applications and games on your computer. With AndyRoid you can not only play, but also provides you with a lot of functions such as using your smartphone as a remote control for control your TV with ease.

    It also allows you to download applications from the desktop browser. Once you've started using this particular Android emulator, I'm sure you won't be able to live without it. Also for this emulator you need a worthy hardware.

    Conclusions

    Today we talked about the best Android emulators for Windows PC. Pay attention even if I have tried these emulators on my PC, this does not mean that they work well on yours too. If your PC is more powerful than mine then you will have no installation problems, but if not then try them one at a time until you find the Android emulator that works fine on your computer.

    Andy is one of those emulators that can create problems if your PC is not very powerful, the latest 4/5 software are able to run even on less powerful devices. We recommend the NOX App Player emulator, it works well on any PC and once installed it can also work in dual boot with Windows.

    I hope this post on the best Android emulators was useful to you. I suggest you download and use Bluestacks on PC as it is the best currently available for both Windows and Mac platform. It needs good hardware though. However, if you have already used it for a long time and want to change it to another emulator, then choose another one from the list.

    Through these emulators you can play your Android phone games on your Windows PC or MAC. If you liked the post, please share the post with your friends and let them know the best emulators for Android to run Android applications on PC.

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