Sometimes you just want to play Android games on a PC. That’s when a copy of Android on PC is the most welcomed. There are a number of workarounds that can help you to install your own Android on PC. There are 2 ways to achieve this. One is to use an Android app player which can be executed as a software on a Windows PC or Mac, and one is to install Android OS which works like Windows or Mac. Both ways have been optimized from the ground up for mobile devices like smart phones and tablets.
You’re going to need to make sure that you are using the right tools. Choose one from the list below:
Android App Player for PC
Nox App Player is the latest tool coming to this market. It offers a few more features that might make you want to try it for a change. The software is based on Android 4.4.2, one of the most used Android OS versions. Nox Player’s workflow is similar to a phone or a tablet’s so it won’t take long for user to adapt to new software.
- Built-in Play Store. I love the fact that Nox App Player comes with built-in Play Store. That means users only need to input Google account then start downloading games from the store with ease.
- Accessories Support. The emulator also supports accessories such as mouse, keyboard and game controller.
- Multiple Parallel Instances Support. Users can run multiple instances of the software simultaneously to run different games and apps. This is a must-have feature for heavy Android gamers.
- AMD/X86 Compatibility. Nox App Player can be run on any modern computers.
BlueStacks – App Player
Probably the most “user-friendly” of the different options available in this quick guide, BlueStacks was created in 2008 so that people could take advantage of the Android operating system on all of their Windows-based devices.
It has certainly had a bit of a rocky road as far as development is concerned, and there are even some people who feel that this particular Android installation tool isn’t nearly as polished as it could be.
In fact, from 2008 through 2012 the BlueStacks Android tool was still regarded to be in beta – which means that it’s only really had two years of its six-year development cycle outside of the beta stage.
All you’ll have to do is download the BlueStacks installation package directly from their website, double-click the installer, and then follow the on-screen prompts to have this “virtual machine” up and running on your Windows PC.
It is similar to BlueStacks. Andy is said to provide better game experience than BlueStacks does. There are lots of users who prefer playing Clash of Clans on Andy. The app player supports both Windows and Mac and it allows app downloaded from any desktop browsers to be copied directly to Andy OS.
- Provides seamless sync between desktop and mobile devices
- Connects Win/Mac with Android apps for launching, push notifications and storage
- Enables app download from any desktop browser direct to Andy OS
- Ensures most up to date Android OS at all times
- Brings your favorite communication and entertainment mobile apps to the desktop
Droid4X is one of the best Android app players for PC. Droid4X is optimized for Android kernel and graphics rendering with PC hardware configuration. The software leads in aspects of gaming performance, user experience and compatibility, which makes it the top choice for Android gaming on PC.
Phones and tablets can remote Droid4X by using an app which can be downloaded from its official website. It can connect to host machine to install app and game.
Other Android emulators on PC
There are some other Android emulators on PC which haven’t been well-known yet. I listed them here in case you are interested in them.
Windroye is also based on virtualization technology, offers excellent app and game compatibilty. The latest version of windroye runs on Android 4.4.2.
MEmu is a new app player developed by xda-developers user Microvirt. MEmu supports 2 most used Android system 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 5.1.1 Lollipop at the same time.
Android on Cloud
Similar to service like LogMeIn, Mobizen allows access to Android OS anywhere. Users can access mobile apps and access multimedia content on Mobizen by using either a web browser or a PC’s software.
Remix OS is the first Android operating system which brings desktop-like windowed environment to Android. Remix OS is built on the Android-x86 project (see below), which introduces a whole new range of versatility to how and where you can Remix while taking advantage of PC’s high performance resources. The current OS version is a custom engineered version of Android Lollipop. The OS can be copied to a USB stick and run from any PC or Mac.
Console OS is a distribution of Android OS designed to take everything that has made mobile awesome, and bring it back to PC. Console OS Pro will add over 20 premium features. Among them, InstaSwitch is the est feature which allows user switch back and forth between PC OS and Console OS.
If you are willing to do an installation that is a little more involved, you might want to consider going with Android x86.
An open sourced version of Android for Windows, this is an actual operating system that you’ll need to install on a piece of hardware or inside of a virtual machine to use. You’ll want to download the Android x86 installation files from their open source directory, determine whether you want to install it directly to a partition on your hard drive and boot into the operating system from time to time or set it up in a virtual machine, and then run through the pretty standard installation process.
These are just two of the ways that you can get Android on your Windows machine, but they are definitely two of the best!