How to Run Android Apps and Games on Windows PC

Android is an open-source operating system that has become popular since its adoption by Google. It powers 71.7% of the total mobile smartphones in circulation, and it is used in most point of sales terminals and custom smart systems. It offers several features that make it appealing to its users, and if you are an android user, you might want to enjoy that experience on your personal computer.

Although your windows PC is based on a different architecture, it is possible to run your favorite android apps on your Windows 11 or any of the recent versions of the Windows operating system by using an android emulator; “Bluestack”.

Bluestack allows you to run your favorite android apps and games on your personal computer. It uses virtualization to emulate the Android operating system, thereby giving you a complete android experience. It is highly customizable, and you can customize your keyboard and mouse to emulate most game controls. You can also allocate RAM size or CPU for the best performance, and graphics for the best resolution.

This post walks you through the steps to use the Bluestack android for windows emulator on your PC. You may also be interested in how to password-protect your android apps.

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First, you need to download the Bluestack software from the official website. Once you are on the download page, you can download your version of android by selecting the “See All Version” option.

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You can download the Android 7 Nougat 64 bit or 32 bit version. The Android 9 pie version is still at the beta phase at the time of publishing this article.

Bluestack 5 is the latest Bluestack version, and it is useful for having the full android experience locally on your personal computer. The Bluestack X (10) version is useful if you want to play any android game from the cloud, eliminating the need to download it to your PC.

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Next is to run the application file as an administrator once downloaded to your computer. Then click on the install button that appears on the next dialogue page to begin the installation process.

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You may need up to 10 gigabyte of data to complete the installation because it will restart severally during this process, simply hold on till the installation is completed.

Downloading and Using Android Apps on Bluestack

Once you’re done installing Bluestack on your PC, the next step is to begin downloading and installing your favorite Android apps and games.

First you need to sign-in to your Google play account. The option to sign-in should automatically be displayed if you have downloaded Bluestack 5. But if you have downloaded Bluestack X, you will need to click on the play store app and install it before you can start using it.

Having signed in to Google play, you can search for any android app or game that you wish to install. Clicking on the app will reveal it details. Select the install button to install it.

To launch the app, select it from the desktop menu, and a new tab will be opened.

To switch between apps that are currently running, you can select the opened tabs. To control navigations, volumes and other in-app functions, you can use the keys on the side bar.

Now that you have an android system on your PC, you should check out our guide on the best productivity apps for Android.

I hope you find this guide useful, kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.

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