The 6 Best Android Emulators: How to run Android on your PC

An emulator is what you need if you want to run Android apps on your PC. Here are the Best Android Emulators, free and paid.

An emulator allows you to run software designed for a system on another system. So, what Android emulator for PC does is allow you to run Android apps on your Windows laptop or desktop. This is of benefit to developers who want to test the apps they are working on, as well as consumers who want to enjoy certain Android apps on their computers. Here is our list of the best Android emulators on PC.

Andy OS (Android 4.2.2 emulator for PC)

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Andy OS is free for personal use, but there are paid versions for professional/business use. This emulator lets you simulate many actions you can carry out on your Android tablet or phone. This includes adding widgets to your home screen and receiving app notifications.

BlueStacks 3 (Android Nougat emulator for PC)

Bluestacks markets itself as a means of playing Android Games on PC. Like movies, gaming is better on a big screen. As such, BlueStacks android emulator provides an easy way to find and install Apps. In addition, It is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.

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Bliss (Oreo 8.0 emulator for PC)

Bliss is free and supports Android Oreo, which is a rare thing among emulators. But – and a huge one it is – it is better suited to the needs of professional users e.g. developers. If you are not comfortable with complicated installation procedures and all, stay away.

Nox App Player (Android 4.4.2 KitKat emulator for PC)

Gamers will like Nox. Apart from being free, it lets you install APK files, take screenshots and even simulate the touch feature same way it works on a smartphone, if your PC has a touch screen.

AMIDuOS Emulator

AMIDuOS is one of the Android emulators targeted at business/professional users more than at consumers and gamers. There is a free trial and then you have to pay a fee to continue to use it. AMIDuos supports Android Lollipop and Jelly Bean. PS: AMIDuOS has since been made available free to all users.

Droid4X (Android 4.4.2 KitKat emulator for PC)

Droid4X is available for free, and should attract gamers because of its compatibility with gaming controllers. However, it has one of the most basic interfaces.

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Google Android Studio Emulator

Google also provides an emulator you can use as part of its Android Studio package for developers. It is highly technical to install and setup though, so if you are not a developer, you might want to stay away from it. Interested developers can check it out HERE.

Other Android Emulators

These are not the only available Android emulators for PC, but we are almost certain that one of the above will meet your needs. Should that not be the case, jump on your favourite search engine and you will be able to come up with more alternatives to try out.

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