7 Best Emulators To Run Android On PC

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Best Emulators To Run Android On PC

Android is app rich platform with millions of apps and games. Sometimes you may want to use those apps in large screen or play android games using keyboard and mouse.  Maybe you want to test your own developed apps before shipping them to play store or if you had recently purchased a new laptop but could not afford Android smartphone. There may be a countless reason to run Android system on PC. Well, then some Best Emulators may help you lot.

Android emulators are software which installs an Android platform in your personal computer (Windows 7/8/10) and allows you to run Android apps on your laptop or desktop.  Android emulator runs virtually like a guest platform and uses your PC’s capabilities and hardware configurations. These Best Emulators may boost your experience if you are using touch screen-device.

Downloading and installing an android emulator is very easy. But you should take care of performance, compatibility and user experience while choosing android emulator. Randomly selecting any android emulator may give you worst experience by slowing down your PC. Therefore we are reviewing here some most popular and nice performance android emulation software.

So these are some useful and Best Emulators which may help you to enjoy your favorite android apps in a big screen. If we had missed something or you know any other tools better then above, please inform us so that others may know about it. You can also read intresting post on how to bypass applock apps in android.

#1 Droid4X

Droid4x is free and one of most interesting android device emulators since 2013 by Haiyu Dongxiang Co. available for Windows and Mac OS.

It is fastly growing android emulator since its release and regularly updated by its authorities. Droid4X provides nice speed and stability that’s why Droid4X it is one of the most powerful Android virtual machines for smooth and best gaming experience. You can integrate keyboard and use it as a game controller. It also provides an app for android to control games in PC.  It comes with pre-installed Google Play store and pre-rooted which enhances its features.

Due to its remarkable achievement in the android kernel and graphics rendering, Droid4X is one of recommended software as an android emulator. Extra add-ons, Shake device, ability to take Screenshot, GPS simulation and multi-touch support are some other features which make it more interesting.

It may be helpful for you if you want to play your favorite Android games in Desktop.

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#2 BlueStacks

Bluestacks is most popular android emulator with 130 million users since 2011 and available on windows and Mac. It is available free or you can buy premium subscription at $2/month.

Bluestacks was made with the intention to play android apps on large screen PCs and push boundaries of the mobile ecosystem. It is easy to install and use without much technical experience. Bluestacks supports almost all android app without using a lot of RAM. It uses its patented Layercake technology for better performance. You can install .apk apps easily from play store or directly from your hard-drive. Bluestacks supports camera and microphone integration, multitouch support, keyboard and mouse integration.

Recently Bluestacks upgraded to Bluestacks 2 which is faster and more stable with additional features like screen re-sizing, multitasking, shake device, zoom-in and zoom-out support etc. Blusestacks becomes better with each consequent update. It can be smoothly used for gaming and other productive purpose also.

You can try this famous software to play android games and access millions of apps.

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#3 Andy

Andyroid or with love you can call it as Andy. Andy is comparatively new and modern android emulator with some unique features not available on other emulators. It is completely free and available on windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

At the beginning, there were some glitches but now almost all are fixed in subsequent updates. At present Andy is one of best alternative of a popular tool like Bluestacks. Like Bluestacks Andy also supports lots of apps.

You have to first install a virtual-box to work with Andy. Andy acts as all rounder tool by providing a nice environment for high-end gaming, features to support development, works in both X86 and arm devices with useful documentation.

You can use Andy to sync your desktop with your Smartphone, which allows you to access local files or cloud storage and to remotely use your Smartphone as a game controller. Additionally, Andy allows you to directly download apps and files using your desktop’s browser.

So you can use Andy as Bluestack’s alternative for WhatsApp, Instagram, Tango, dow, candy crush and almost all android apps.

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#4 Genymotion

Genymotion is free android emulator powered by Genymobile and available on Microsoft windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It was mainly created for app developers packed with some necessary plugins for app testing including plugins for Eclipse, Android SDK tool, and Android studio. But now it is mainly used for playing android games and android apps on PC.

It has a lot of features for app creators like the virtual configuration of over 3000 devices, access to all versions of android and special private beta testing of apps without disclosing source code. At the same time, it provides a lot of features like unlimited app installation, webcam integration, GPS support, battery charge levels, multi touch and data simulation.

Like Andy, Genymotion also needs a virtual box to run in PC. It also provides nice customer support. Overall it is another alternative of Bluestacks you can try.

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#5 AMIDuOS

AMIDuOS is also perfect android emulator managed by American Megatrends available for Microsoft windows. Unlike above emulators this is not totally free, you have to subscribe paid service after a trial period of 30 days. But the good news is that AMIDuOS is available in two different flavors.  You have to pay $10 for jelly bean and $15 for lollipop version.

It is feature rich emulator to handle multitasking, multitouch, pinch to zoom, gaming without performance lagging or gaps. It provides super smooth experience as in native Android and beats other free competitors.

So it is paid android emulator which you can try if you want high-performance utility at cost of some dollars.

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#6 Youwave

Youwave is another tool to run android in your windows PC. It offers free and paid version, paid version supports Android 5.1 Lollipop and free version supports 4.0 ICS.

It allows game saving, dynamic rotating, volume control and multi-player online games. Some ads are shown in free version but you can get rid of it by upgrading to paid one.

So it is just another android emulation tool you can try.

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#7 Xamarin Android Player

Xamarin android player is the last entrant in our list and available for windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac. Although Xamarin is comparatively less popular its free and nice performance utility. Its creator had designed it for easy to use and almost bugless. Like Andy and Genymotion,  Xamarin also needs virtual box to run in PC.  We can say that this simple android emulator may be useful for the individual purpose.

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