How To Run Android Apps on PC [Windows & Mac]

Its never too late to experience new things in our life. Especially, if you are fond of the current era of technology, you would want to try new products & tips/tricks. Just take an example of Running Android Apps on PC, not all of us know how it’s done. So I’ve decided to remove this confusion, that whether you can complete such a task or not.

To remove any further confusion, let me remind you that you are allowed to run any Android app on your computer. There’s nothing wrong with willing to use a smartphone application on a bigger display. Also, it’s legal and totally safe for you to use Android apps on Windows & Mac operating systems.

How Can I Run Android Apps on PC?

First of all, allow me to remind you of two possibilities according to our topic here.

  1. Some Android apps have official PC versions.
  2. Several apps are only developed for Android smartphones.

So if you are trying to use an Android app that has no official PC version, then you are required to emulate it on your device. Because when you are willing to use an application that’s not introduced to work on a bigger display, you would require getting help from third-party programs.

That’s why the software known as Android emulators are introduced in the market. Several programs of such genre are developed to work according to a user’s requirement. And a good thing is that if your computer meets there requirements of such programs, they don’t affect your device’s performance level.

Here, I’ll talk about the 2 basic methods that help us run Android apps on PC. First, I’m going to tell you to use Android emulators, because they are safe and easy to configure. Rather if you don’t like the idea of installing a third-party program, then there’s another way of getting the job done.

Best Free Emulators to Run Android Apps on PC

Here’s the list of programs that’ll help you use any Android application on your computer. So you can decide to use any program you like from the provided list:

1. BlueStacks

This program is known to be the trendsetter in the field of Android emulators. In fact, for now, it is the most famous & favorable emulator that helps you run Android apps on PC. The reason behind the success of this emulator is that it supports all sorts of Android apps. Either you are using surveillance, Streaming, VPN(s), or other genre apps.

Android Apps on PC

However, it is also famous among players who want to enjoy their favorite games on the PC. Because of the onscreen controls and the full-screen support, players love to enjoy their favorite games on a bigger display. They can also record their gameplay whenever they want to, without any trouble.


  • RAM: At least 4GB
  • ROM: 5GB after installation
  • Processor: Intel or AMD
  • Virtualization: Enabled
  • Operating System: Windows 10/8/7 & Mac OS

Download BlueStacks

2. Nox App Player

Nox App Player works well for users who want to access Android apps on Mac OS. Well it does works well on both Windows & Mac operating systems, but its a little better on Mac. It seems like the developers of this software have focused on gathering all the Mac users towards their product.

Android apps on Mac

Though, this software has its own turn-arounds. For example, it’s not best for users who wish to try Surveillance apps on PC. Because I’ve experienced that most of such category applications are not supported by this emulator. Else, if you are trying to run any other Android app or game, then you’ll not face any trouble.


  • RAM: 2GB or above
  • ROM: 4GB after installation
  • Processor: Intel or AMD (Dual Core or above)
  • Virtualization: Always Enabled
  • Operating System: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista & Mac OS

Download Nox App Player

3. Memu Play

After using Memu Play on PC, I’ve discovered no emulator is that much lightweight. It can be a good alternative to BlueStacks, but only if you are willing to use Android apps on Windows OS. Unfortunately, this emulator is not available for Mac users, so that’s a little bit frustrating requirement.

Android apps on Windows

By the way, Mac users don’t have to worry much about speed, so they can use any software they want to. Nevertheless, its disadvantage is same as Nox App Player. It’s not recommended for the users who wish to use remote monitoring apps on PC. Rather it works perfectly for users who wish to use any Android application on his computer.


  • RAM: 2GB+
  • ROM: 2GB after installation
  • Processor: Intel or AMD (Multicores)
  • Virtualization: Always Enabled from BIOS
  • Operating System: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista

Download Memu Play

How To Use An Android Emulator?

The working process of an emulator is simple. After you launch it on your device, you’ll be required to open the Google Play Store for PC from the program’s main interface. Then if you want to access Google Play Services on PC, you’ll be required to enter a Google account. Once you do that, you can play & enjoy any game or app you like to.

But it’s not like you’ll not be allowed to get apps from third-party sources. As for that, you can either visit an online app store that’s developed specifically for emulator’s users. Or you can get the job done through an emulator by uploading the APK files of your desired apps or games.

Run Android Apps on PC Without Emulator

There’s only one way to run Android App on PC Without Emulator. For a better experience, you’ll be required to use the Chrome web browser on your PC. Because for such a cause, you’ll be required to use the Arc Welder Chrome extension. Yes, it is available on Chrome Store and it’s free to use.

Android Apps on PC Without Emulator

So after you have installed the extension, you can only upload the APK file in it. There’s no possible way of using Google Play Store for PC through this extension. You can start using this extension by uploading the APK file of your choice and then make appropriate selections. And when you are done making the right selections, click on the Run button.

Download Arc Welder for Chrome

That’s all, thank you for reading the whole instructions to use Android apps on PC.

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