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BlueStacks: Run Android apps and games on your computer

Android apps and games

For tablets and smartphones that run the Android operating system, a large number of applications are currently being developed. They are available for download in special online stores. These include the App Store, Windows Store, Google Play.

Therefore, it is logical that most users wonder how to run an Android application on an ordinary computer that runs on the Windows or Mac OS X operating system. To do this, you will need an emulator program, which will be discussed in this article.



Free Android application player in the Windows or Mac OS X environment allows you to easily and comfortably run various programs and games that are created for mobile devices, on a computer, in full-screen mode. If there is a device running the Android operating system, this program will definitely be useful. For example, before you download an app to a mobile device, you can try it out in an emulator.


Then, if you like it, you should copy it to your phone or tablet through synchronization. BlueStacks will benefit developers of applications designed to test their products. After all, unlike the native emulator, placed in the Android SDK, the first one is able to work faster. To install the programs, you need to go to the official website and click on the required icon. In this case, this is the Windows operating system.

Startup and installation

First of all, you need to download and run the installation file. As a result, the program starts automatically after installation. The BlueStacks homepage displays a "Top Apps" section. There are recommended the most interesting and well-known (as a rule, these are games). You'll need to select "My Apps" from the top menu and go to a list of what was installed earlier. If this is the first time the program is launched, the user will be asked to specify a working Google account, which is needed to activate the Appstore and Google Play. If you have a mobile device, you can specify one as well.

Configure the application

First, you need to connect your Google account. Then you need to click on the "Next" button. If you have a gmail (account) available, you should click "Login". The user is taken to the next dialog box, where they will need to enter the information that is used to log on to the mailbox. As a result, a quick synchronization process occurs, after which the "Finish Setup" button is clicked.

A window will appear on the screen informing you that the AppStore has been activated. The last step of configuring the program remains. It consists of synchronizing with a phone or tablet. If there is no mobile device that runs on the Android operating system, you still need to click the "Proceed" button. After that, the configuration is complete. The user is automatically redirected to the main window of the program, where you can see a list of popular games and applications.

Using the app

If you know the name of the application and want to find it, you should click the search button, which is located at the top of the window. Next, enter the desired query in the pop-up dialog box. As a result, three columns of different stores will be displayed. Google Play generates more interest in the quantity and quality of applications, so you need to select data from the last column. Clicking in the app's icon redirects the user to its Google Play store page.

To perform the installation process, you need to click the "Install" button. Once installed, you can "Open" it from this page or from the main page. To do this, just select it in the "My Applications" section, where it is now located until it is deleted. To remove an extra game or application from the "My Applications" list, you need to go to the settings menu and click on the specified icon. Next, select "Application Management". A window will pop up on the screen where you should click on the "Delete" button next to the necessary.


In addition, it is possible to install applications from the hard disk. All downloaded files in apk format are automatically associated with BlueStacks. When you run this file, the program opens it and installs it in the desired location, then the application becomes available for launch in the "My Applications" menu. In addition to its convenience, ease of use and high speed, blueStacks' advantages include multitasking.

If the laptop does not have a touch screen, blueStacks simulates touches and gestures using the mouse. The emulator supports a custom keyboard, but also offers alternative options as a virtual manipulator.