How To Run Android Apps and Games on Windows Computer

Android and Windows are two very different operating systems; programs designed for one won’t normally work on the other. To get around this, you need to set up an Android virtual machine (VM) on your PC. And as a general rule, setting up a VM can be a challenge.

BlueStacks

BlueStacks is currently the best way to run Android apps on Windows. It doesn’t replace your entire operating system. Instead, it runs Android apps within a window on your Windows desktop. This allows you to use Android apps just like any other program. BlueStacks also includes support for easy installation of apps from Google Play, so the process is as seamless as possible. Even better, BlueStacks runs Android apps and games with surprisingly good performance.

This solution can’t replace Windows with Android, but that’s not a bad thing — competing solutions that allow you to dual boot Android with Windows are currently unstable. This is only a solution for running Android apps on Windows.  Unlike many of the other options here, this is a fairly stable and polished experience.

Run Android Apps and Games on Windows Computer

ARC Welder for Chrome

Probably the easiest way to get Android apps running on your Windows PC is to use Google’s ARC Welder Chrome extension (ARC stands for App Runtime for Chrome). Since this is a Chrome extension, it’s not only restricted to Windows PCs — you could also use this method on a Chromebook or Mac. The process is much the same no matter which platform you’re using Chrome on. Simply head to the Chrome Web Store and grab the ARC Welder extension to get everything you need installed.
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ARC Welder is a beta tool, and it’s mainly directed at developers. Still, the process of loading an app is quite simple. You’ll need an APK to load into ARC Welder (known as sideloading), which you can get from backing up an app on your physical Android device, or you can download an APK from any number of places on the internet. We don’t recommend you download paid apps and games from shady websites, though. There are a few sites that archive legitimate free APKs, like APK Mirror.

Android-x86 on VirtualBox

This one requires a two-step process: First install VirtualBox, which lets you run a variety of operating systems inside Windows, and then run Android-x86 as a virtual machine inside it. That way, you can run the entire Android OS inside a virtual machine on Windows, or on a Mac or Linux, for that matter. Keep in mind that if you haven't used VirtualBox before, it requires a fair amount of fiddling and diddling before you get it right. But it's worth it. If you're feeling extremely brave, you can instead install Android-x86 directly on your Windows machine, but it's not something I'd want to try.

1 comment:

  1. Hey bro nice article and thanks for sharing.
    I am using bluestacks for last few years but here came to know about virtual box also.
    I think you should add Emulators like Youwave and Genymotion to make this post perfect.
    Thanks...

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