This post was most recently updated on April 24th, 2019
This is a guide to getting yourself started with the Bluestack app. In one of my previous articles, I listed some methods by which you can run an android app on your windows computer or even Mac. Join me today as I walk you through how you can play your favourite games or run your favourite Android Apps on your PC. One of the most popular Android emulators on PC is BlueStacks(Android) App Player. is possible
Some Basic BlueStacks Alternatives
Absolutely every intermediate Android user thinks about which will be more convenient, installing an app on your tablet or smartphone or testing it first on your computer?
Of course, you can install the Android SDK, JDK, in order to create a virtual device. However, can you run any hardware that is demanding on it?.
Another similar solution is Android x86, however, this variant is not suitable for ” mere basic ” users. This is due to the fact it is a separate OS.
Introduction to BlueStacks(Android) App Player
BlueStacks App Player program is almost a full-fledged emulator of the Android operating system. It provides a correct environment for running ARM-applications for the Android OS on a computer with a Windows or Mac operating system.
So, how does “BlueStacks” works?
The first thing to note is the ability to install various launchers. This is indeed a welcome feature because initially, the program has only a search string and a set of applications. Also, after installing the launcher, the entire interface of Android becomes available. And, you can work with the interface in full-screen mode.
BlueStacks(Android) App Player works with ADW Launcher
Secondly, the number of installed applications is unlimited here, and the cloud from developers allows you to synchronize all data, programs and games between your mobile device and PC.
The main advantage of BlueStacks App Player is the reproduction of the most ” heavy ” 3D games (THD).
In addition, management of apps is also well thought out: the accelerometer here will be replaced by arrows on the keyboard, and all other tasks lie on the mouse.
How to Install BlueStacks(Android) App Player easily
To install the program or game, you do not need to place the Apk-file in the virtual SD-card, and then install it with a special utility. You just need to open the Android application file Bluestacks App Installer.
It should also be noted that you can easily access all the full Android settings via BlueStacks
There are additional options here, such as the Qwerty keyboard settings, as well as the program settings, language, regional settings and application display options.
Another interesting feature of BlueStacks(Android) App Player is that it works well with Google Play.
This program allows you to use the application store from Google as if you are using it from your Android device, not the PC. Yes, it’s not surprising, because BlueStacks App Player is defined by the market as a normal device (only in our case, virtual).
You can install the BlueStacks App Player on the Windows machine as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:
- You must be an Administrator on your PC.
- Your PC must have 2GB of RAM/main memory. (Note that having 2GB or more disk space is not a substitute for RAM)
- Your PC must have 4GB of disk space available for storing Android apps/games and their data.
- You must have Dirext X 9.0 or higher installed on your system
- The drivers for your PC’s graphics drivers should be updated for compatibility with BlueStacks
BlueStacks(Android) App Player For Windows Vista:
- Your PC must have Service Pack 2 (SP2), or higher, installed. (You can install it through Windows Update)
BlueStacks(Android) App Player For Windows XP:
- Your PC must have Service Pack 3 (SP3), or higher, installed. (You can install it through Windows Update)
- Your PC must have Windows installer 4.5 installed. (You can download it from here)
- Your PC must have .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, (You can download it from this link)
The App Player is nominally installed in the same drive where Windows is installed, usually C:\. However, during installation, you may choose to have all of the apps/data located on another drive.
We do not recommend installing the BlueStacks App Player if you have a virtual machine, e.g., Microsoft Virtual PC, VMWare Workstation, or Oracle Virtualbox, installed on the same PC.
In general, the developers have done an excellent job, giving users such a high-quality product as BlueStacks App Player. For now, the program is free