best Android emulators for PC
There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on their PC. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it. In any case, Android emulation on PC is possible and we’re going to take a look at the best Android emulators for PC. Please note, the process is rarely easy and some of these require some technical knowledge. Also note that many of these emulators are made more or less the same way. It’s a matter of finding the one that works for you! Let’s get started.


AMIDuOS

Price: Free Trial / $10-$15
Download from AMIDuOS!
AMIDuOS is first on our list and this is a relatively newer Android emulator for PC. This one comes in two flavors: Lollipop and Jelly Bean. Aside from the version type, the only other difference between the two is Jelly Bean costs $10 while Lollipop costs $15. The good news is that those are one-time charges. AMIDuOS runs very well for multiple purposes. Most of its features are productivity based. That makes it a good option for those who want to use it for things like office use, homework, etc. There aren't any specific gaming features, but it does run games rather well. Developers could use it for basic testing, but it won't be great for advanced stuff. It's good overall and worth a chance.
Download from AMIDuOS!

Android Studio's emulator

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Android Studio is the Google-approved development IDE for Android. It comes with a bunch of tools to help developers make apps and games specifically for Android. As it turns out, there is also a built-in emulator that you can use to test out your app or game. Clearly, this is not a good option for those looking to use it at a consumer level. However, those developing apps do already have a powerful (and free) tool at their disposal to help test their apps. It's a pain in the neck to set up, but it's easier to use once you do.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

Andy

Price: Free
Download from Andyroid.net!
Next on our list is an entirely free emulator called Andy. We reviewed this when it first came out and while it did have some issues back then, it still managed to prove itself as a capable replacement for apps like Bluestacks. It runs pretty much the entire gamut of the Android experience including productivity apps, launchers, games, and you can even install root access if needed. That makes it great as a productivity focused emulator although it can play games as well. In any case, it is free and it does work very well. Some have experienced some installation issues. We recommend you beware of those.
Download from Andyroid.net!

Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month
Download from Bluestacks!
Bluestacks has long been the de facto solution for putting Android on your PC. For a while, they fell behind but have spent much of the last year bringing much needed updates to their platform. The result, dubbed Bluestacks 2, is a faster, more stable, and one of the better overall Android emulators for PC. It supports multitasking apps and has built-in functionality for things like shaking the screen and setting a location, features it did not previously have. It’s still mainly for gaming. Frankly, it's not great for productivity. The price remains the same as it did previously, which is free with an optional $2/month premium subscription. The emulator is still rather bloated. Otherwise, it's not too bad.
Download from Bluestacks!

Droid4X

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Droid4X has had its ups and down.s However, it's one of the classic Android emulators for PC. It features a simple design that should be easy for most people to use. It markets itself towards gamers and boasts support for simpler, casual games. However, like most Android emulators, you can do productivity stuff if you want to. We're not entirely sure if Droid4X is still active, but their download page is. Thus, we recommend you tread with caution as this could be a buggy and unstable product.
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Droid4X


Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options
Download from Genymotion
This Android emulator is geared toward developers who want to test their apps or games on a variety of devices without actually being required to own those devices. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0. You can easily switch between “devices” at will. It’s not great for consumer uses, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use.
Download from Genymotion

KoPlayer

Price: Free
Download from KoPlayer!
KoPlayer is a newer Android emulator for PC. It has also managed to fly under most radars until recently. Its main focus is for gaming. You'll be able to use keymapping to emulate a controller with your keyboard. Players will also be able to record game play and upload it wherever they want. The install process is easy enough and it seems to work alright. Like most emulators, it does have issues that you'll run into randomly. It bills itself as a middle-of-the-road emulator. You'll be able to use it for a variety of things. The only bad side is that it is still buggy. Nevertheless, it's a good, free option.
Download from KoPlayer!

Manymo

Price: Free Trial / $9 to $199 per month
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Manymo is an interesting option. Mostly because the actual emulator is online. That not only makes it cross-platform with virtually every desktop OS, but it should also work on every computer regardless of its chipset. It has a variety of sizes that you can choose from. Additionally, there are some development tools. It's for developers more than anyone else. That makes it a poor choice for consumer use. Their pricing structure is based around how many emulators you feel like using on a website.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

MEmu

Price: Free
Download from MEmu!
MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well. One of its biggest features is support for both AMD and Intel chipsets. That's rarer than you'd think. Additionally, it supports Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop. You can even run multiple instances at once. That makes it one of the few emulators that goes as high as Lollipop. Like many, you can use this for pretty much whatever you want. It'll support most games and most apps. However, we recommend it mostly for productivity. It's free to download and use if you want to.
Download from MEmu!
MEmu

Nox

Price: Free
Download from Nox!
Like Bluestacks, Nox is one of those Android emulators for PC that is set up to cater to gamers. This includes utilities and additions that are specifically catered to helping gamers. You'll be able to do things like game with an actual controller. This includes things like the capacity to assign “swipe right” to, say, an arrow key and simulate actual gesture movements directly on your keyboard or joystick if you have one. It’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free. Don't pay attention to the lag in the video below. The emulator doesn't lag like that.
Download from Nox!


Remix OS Player

Price: Free
Download from Jide!
Remix OS Player by Jide is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. It's also the only one that runs Android Marshmallow instead of Android Lollipop or Kit Kat. The installation process is pretty simple and using it also fairly easy. It's built for gaming so you'll have a variety of options via the sidebar to customize the experience to your liking. It's new, so they're still working out some bugs. Even so, it still works better than most and it's free in perpetuity. The only main caveat is that it doesn't support AMD CPUs.
Download from Jide!

Windroy

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Windroy is a classic. It's one of the older Android emulators for PC. As such, it's difficult to recommend it to everybody. Think of this one as a last ditch effort if none of the newer, more updated ones work out right. We've heard that it works best on older versions of Windows. It's primarily for productivity. You'll be able to run office apps easily enough. Game support is less reliable. At the very least, the emulator is free to download and installs easily enough. It's worth trying. Especially for older machines.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Windroy

Xamarin

Price: Free / Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Xamarin is an IDE. It's similar to Android Studio. The difference is that it can plug into things like Microsoft Visual Studio. Also like the Android Studio, this comes with a built-in emulator for developers. It's for developers only unless you feel like setting up an entire development environment to use it. Xamarin's emulator is not as powerful as something like Genymotion, but it'll get the job done if you intend on using this. It's free for personal use. Companies and larger teams may have to negotiate a payment plan.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

YouWave

Price: Free / $29.99
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
YouWave is one of the older Android emulators for PC. It's been around for a long time. However, it was last updated in mid-2016 so it's fairly current. The free version uses Ice Cream Sandwich. Forking out the $29.99 will get you the Lollipop version. It seems to work pretty well. The installation process was easy enough. It doesn't have any game specific features but it will still play games. That makes it good for light gaming and productivity. This one has had quite a bit more development than most and we recommend it to those trying this whole process out for the first time.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

Make Your Own

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
As it turns out, you can build your own emulator. Here's how it works. You need to download VirtualBox (linked above). You then have to download an image from Android-x86.org. From there, it's just a matter of finding of many guides online and following the steps. This is the most complicated way to get yourself an Android emulator. We don't recommend you try without a tutorial and a little prior knowledge. It won't work well, it'll be buggy, and unless you're a coder, it'll be difficult to fix. Still, it'll be yours.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

If we missed any of the best Android emulators for PC, tell us about them in the comments! If you’re wondering what happened to previous entrants, we’ll tell you. Leapdroid is now owned by Google.

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
  • kreees

    MEmu and windroye?

    • JosephHindy

      I was a bit weary recommending Windroy because the download page and all the documentation is in Chinese. It’s not because it’s Chinese but because translating that and deciphering it may be a bit much for an average user. I would recommend it to tech heads, but not to the less tech savvy yknow?

      As for MEmu, it is relatively new. I’ve been testing these for a while and when I found MEmu, it was on version 1.9 which didn’t support some AMD machines (I use an AMD machine). I shall test and perhaps add it in a future update :) if any of my readers catch this comment, go ahead and give it a try, just remember it’s kind of new so it may be a bit buggy.

      • Dis

        Don’t worry, Windroy is junk.

        • abnoynoy

          No. Windroye does not suck.

      • abnoynoy

        Windroye (with an e) actually has an english page.

  • Now correct me if I am wrong but, all these are pretty much WIndows only right? I would like one for Linux.

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    • Filly Jnr

      Bluestacks works on mac, i Know, i run it

    • Greg

      Then use Genymotion

  • Dis

    I have tried them all and Droid4X is the only acceptable one to use.

    • greg a

      its been abandoned lol

  • My computer has never recovered from the awfulness that is Andy

    • Ken Nguyen

      same here

    • VirtualMark

      What happened? I just uninstalled it as it didn’t work very well for what I wanted. Did it cause you problems?

    • KaZ

      Worst uninstaller ever.

    • Dennis Day

      Dang. I didn’t want to hear that. I just uninstalled it.

    • JP

      Revo unistaller will clean it up really well.

      • WhiteNoiseTrash

        Shouldn’t be necessary with a 3rd party uninstaller!

        • MySpl33n

          PC poweruser/gamer checking in. 3rd party uninstallers shouldn’t be necessary, true. BUT! Many of the other powerusers and gamers I know do prefer 3rd party uninstallers on Windows since built in uninstallers leave traces on your system (all installed apps do this, only alternative is to run portable apps all the time)

          • Actually, you are right.
            Now that I think about it and your comment here, then it is absolutely true that traces are left behind.

            I usually don’t care about traces, I mean; a SysReg stating that “this” was once installed is not really the end of the world, but I have actually experienced with other softwares (over games) that they may be broken or in need of re-installing or patching somehow, which didn’t work because of certain SysReg entries that prevented it from thinking it was a new install or similar.

            Also, I don’t know what Andy actually leaves behind, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was actually something malware’ish.

      • or GeekUninstaller too is good!

    • ~Flame
    • Shahbaz Khan

      Same

    • Recruiter ML

      blue stacks and Andi sucks and they lag , crashes, n faisl conect internet on games, you should try Droid4x is smooth n no loss conection the only problem that u cant upgrade android version its 4.2.2

      • Distract2

        avoid Blue Stacks at all cost. It can bring your PC down.

        • João Pedro

          lol never had any problem with it.

          • Distract2

            I never wrote “it will”, I wrote “it can”. I just cleaned up another PC who had this malware today. Windows crashed as soon as you logged in. I removed Blue Stacks and everything is back to normal now. Its a pretty common problem with this emulator btw.

          • Never had a problem with Bluestacks running it on a AMD FX-8120 and 8GB of ram. Also had it on my Intel Core i7-3630QM laptop with 8GB of ram. Now I did try it on a old laptop. I believe it was an AMD Athlon X2 with 2GB of ram, and of course Bluestacks wouldn’t even load, but there was never any malware on my systems after installing it. I mean if it can’t bring my FX-8120 running at 3.1Ghz to a crawl then your friends computer must be old as the hills.

          • Abresh Arquah

            Bullplop, Distract2. More likely the idiot who installed BlueStacks was a “NEXT NEXT NEXT GET IT INSTALLED NOW!” idiot who allowed the crapware installations that BlueStacks packages with their emulator and gives you a CHOICE of whether to install them or not.
            Does not help when some Moron Brigade person clicks ‘accept’ on a known sketchy third party install.

          • BluestacksInc

            We do not bundle anything with BlueStacks. There is no “Next, Next, Next” issue. The only things you’re selecting is the path, whether you accept the EULA, and whether you are ok with us sending you emails.

        • Shenanigans NZ

          I agree

        • Abresh Arquah

          Distract2: No. I have been running BlueStacks for about 3 days now and on my computer it has not tried to “Bring my PC down!”
          If you are having problems with your computer overheating? CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTERS FANS!
          I had that exact same issue on my gaming class laptop and when I pulled out the cooling fans? LOADED with dust. So bad that I went “No wonder it was overheating!” with a raised eyebrow!

          • Gary MacDougall

            I have been using Bluestacks since it was released. It is now garbage. Bloatware.

    • Santa

      SO mine … BSOD all over and more … takes me three days to repair without install win 7 ultimate new

      • Distract2

        which one dod that ? Blue Stacks ?

    • bluefoxyuk

      just use iobit uninstaller

    • Shenanigans NZ

      I agree, I had to reset mine

    • Light

      Mine has; I reinstalled Windows

    • Ciaran Head

      Andy is the worst doesn’t even let me play with it

      • Abresh Arquah

        I could not even get past installing it because it said “Hey, you have no internet connection!” This was after downloading the Andy packages from the internet.

    • Grim

      Their site is painfully slow too.

  • bejo bangetin

    So far, Memu is the best android emulator I have ever tried

    • Greg

      Then guess you only tried 1 or 2,,,

    • paulorendaextra.blogspot.com

      I’ve just installed MEmu 2.6 and then Whatsapp. Why does Memu say I have a custom rom installed(What’s that?) and: “it might interfere with messenger apps” ?
      I inserted my phone number in Whatsapp and it can’t connect to the internet.
      “Unable to connect. Please check that you are connected to the internet and try again. Please reboot your phone if your connection problem persists”

      I’d like to use Memu because it seems lightweight. Bluestacks takes too much time to load, there’s a big game screen everytime I open it and it’s a memory eater.

  • Guest

    Nox App Player is the best. No doubt. :)

    • Eric Ding

      nox sucks man……………..can’t download any games from the play store!

      • Greg

        Sure you cab

        • Syaiful Amri

          I’ve tried Nox. And for unknown reason some games not appeared on Play Store. Even if I search it. While in the same time these games show up in other emulator’s Play Store

    • Deodariel Arcadio Daongan

      yeah, its the best one out there… :D

    • Mj Kyut

      this player sucks memu is the best

      • Flicefer

        does memu player have keyboard mapping like nox player? i want to try memu

      • felipeanjos85

        Tried Memu after all the other freaks (had to reintall my W7 after one of them)…
        MEmu rules above all others… Just another level.. The only problem it has was the 4.2.2 oly android version, but 5.1 is already UP so… There’s no other option…

        • Hanks Jim

          wrg

  • Ojebuss

    Just tryed Droid4X and it needs major updating to play games.

    • Greg

      Nahhh….. Just have to map out macro controls since its one of the best for gaming

  • a

    Amiduos is the fastest

    • b

      but, it’s not free

  • pissed

    gahhhh what the heck is with the page jumping to the video ad at the bottom every 5 secs? makes it impossible to read.

  • Random Dude

    Most of them aren’t even working for me except Nox and it keeps freezing

  • Fredick Clock

    I used youwave couple of years ago. It was good.

  • Ken Nguyen

    Everyone please not install Andy otherwise it will ruin your Windows.

    • VirtualMark

      How so? I just uninstalled it, hope nothing is ruined.

      • JosephHindy

        It’s a virtual machine, it doesn’t mess anything up.

        • VirtualMark

          I don’t think that you have a clue as to what you’re saying. The program is junk, try it for yourself.

          • JosephHindy

            I did try it for myself. I wrote the article, I’ve used all of these personally.

          • VirtualMark

            Well it didn’t mess anything up, but the software was junk from what I remember. I wouldn’t go near it again, buggy as hell.

          • Michael Proulx

            I have it now, seems fine to me. Does what I need it to do.

          • VirtualMark

            That’s a really cool story. I guess that me and the other people who had problems must have imagined it then, thanks for setting the record straight.

          • Has Your

            Maybe do a little reading before jumping on the “It sucks” bandwagon
            How about a little detail of why it sucks.

          • VirtualMark

            Lol what? Do you realise how dumb you sound? Do a little reading? I tried it lol, didn’t like it. Try it for yourself, it’s rubbish.

            I was trying to play PvZ on the laptop, it failed to run the game and came up with errors from what I remember. Was useless, removed it. Can’t remember any more than that.

          • Has Your

            You you realize how dumb you are?
            It didn’t work for you for one game and you deleted it.
            It ran fine for a lot of others for games and applications.
            But because it didn’t work for your one game you came to the conclusion that it sucks.

            Could you not have explained why it sucked FOR YOU?
            For that matter any intelligent output would have been better than an eight year old childs response to eating liver.

          • VirtualMark

            Lol stfu you whining little bitch. Nobody cares about what you have to say, go away. It didn’t work for the program I wanted, clearly it’s flawed, you utter moron.

            Lol it’s nice of you to take a break from licking windows to come on here and share your inane thoughts, but I think that you should stick to what you know best in future. Thanks, bye.

          • Has Your

            Hahaha hahaha
            Sucks to talk to someone intelligent isn’t it.

            Flawed excuse it won’t play your little video game.

          • VirtualMark

            OMG… someone intelligent? Lololol no. Isn’t it? Don’t you mean “doesn’t it”? Lol, you utter dumbass.

            Flawed excuse? It doesn’t run a simple program, and you think that’s ok? Lololol.

            Like I said, get lost simpleton. I have no interest in discussing anything at all with you.

          • Has Your

            Go back to the basement and play your video games little boy. Mom will be down soon with more cookies.

          • VirtualMark

            Interesting that you’d assume it’s for me, and not for my nephew who I was trying to help out. But then we know that an idiot like you will always jump to conclusions based on incomplete information. That’s what makes you such a prize idiot!

            Never change, you’re just so much fun to laugh at! X

          • Has Your

            Now you are changing your tune of “It’s not mine”
            What a tool you are.
            Little boys need to grow up someday though.

            Good luck little boy

          • VirtualMark

            Lololol! And now we get the rage quit, another classic troll manoeuvre. I give you 3/10, not bad trolling for a beginner. X

          • Has Your

            You did this way before me and you are still posting.
            We can keep going if you like. I just figure it was your nap time or something… Rage quit, really. You are a child.
            Its ok to play games at your age. You might grow out of it. Some do anyway.

          • VirtualMark

            More irrelevant drivel, followed by a couple of lame insults. You really are pathetic, but keep trying. You’re only embarrassing yourself here.

            As you haven’t made any relevant points, your tacit concession on the matter is noted and accepted.

          • Rip

            Lol stfu you whining little bitch. Nobody cares about what you have to say, go away.

          • JosephHindy

            You do realize that updates happen right? The phrase “well I used it way back when and it sucked” sounds a lot like “I have an outdated point of vuew”

          • VirtualMark

            Hi simple Jack, thanks for telling me about “updates”. You’re such a genius, if only I could be as smart as you.

            So which update has been applied since I tried this app a few weeks back?

          • JosephHindy

            Go to their website and check out their changelog. Changelogs are those thing where developers tell you what they updated in their newer releases. They are really important.

          • VirtualMark

            Wow, I’m learning so much from you. You’re really really good at internets. Changelog, I’ll remember that one! So when I use broken software, you recommend that I waste time reading about it and praying that a bug has been fixed, instead of just dumping it for something that actually works. Ok thanks for the advice, you’re so smart.

  • haider ali anjum

    andy and droid made my pc like zombie

    • markyrocks

      Too funny

      • haider ali anjum

        hahahahah…yup right…

        • Hanks Jim

          wrg,idts

    • Christopher Wortman

      So Android is smart enough to bring your PC to life, gave it emotions, and made it slightly attracted to zombies?

  • Christopher Wortman

    I need a rooted android experience, none of these offer that

    • Jimmybob

      my bluestacks is rooted

    • Nala

      Nox also has root capabilities.

  • Ome Twi

    AMIDuOS has some specific requirements for the graphic drivers on Windows.
    And nothing is said what version of Android it runs on.
    And it is not free.
    Andy runs on Android 4.2.
    BlueStacks – 4.4.2

    • JosephHindy

      Never said AMIDuOS was free…?

    • Greg

      Amiduous is the best and most compatible running Lollipop 5,0

  • Shrek

    if anyone is able to fix the server failed error with andy. I would be appreciative. I have yet to run this program. As of right now I am calling it a bs app. Windows 10 everything current and updated.

  • Tony Morgan

    Has anyone got Mobdro working on any of theses? tried ” Andy. blue stacks..still wont stream? but showbox works great.

  • Christian

    Bluestacks was the best, I used it all the time. Now it sucks, there is a new “BlueStacks 2” and it sucks… I think that is a virus

    • greg a

      Agree… Im down to my last 2,,, Either Amidous -which I think is the best overall…and Andy or Memu for more gaming purposes… what do u think?

  • Meghan

    Nox could not run or download the games I wanted. The sad thing is, the main game I wanted to play works on my out of date smart phone.

    • Risger Fidrawofes

      You can just put APK file in, most of them works this way.

  • Heiro78

    Not to be nitpicky but you have first up twice. you said with the genymotion “first on our list” when you had already said it for the actual first AMIDuOS

  • John

    I tried Bluestacks which worked well but encountered a strange thing. While I could get out to the internet, the program could not see my local network. In addition to that, the IP address is was assigned wasn’t even on my network. ES file explorer couldn’t see my local network but it did see two other devices that were also on this strange network (it was a 10.x.x.x) I tried, in vain, to get Bluestacks support to tell my why. They kept telling me it should pick up my local network. It didn’t. I uninstalled it.

    • Mike

      I had installed Bluestacks earlier this week and it took me 3 days to lock down my Google account and get my e-mail application reconnected.

      Immediately after installing Bluestacks I began getting messages from Google that various computers were attempting to access my account and the name/locations made no sense so I immediately changed my password, uninstalled Bluestacks, and reestablished connections to Google from all my devices.

  • Keno

    AMIDuOS is FIRST on our list and this is a relatively newer Android emulator for PC.
    FIRST on our list is Genymotion.

    So which is first?!

    • Arman

      seems like the article has multiple writers. and the website randomizes the list order.

  • mathesar

    Droid4x used to be good when it was being updated but the VM / Hypervisor hasn’t been updated since 2014 and the only changes since then have been cosmetic, I finally uninstalled it and currently run Bluestacks and MEmu, I use MEmu whenever possible (Bluestacks has better game compatibility at the moment) And as other have said Revo Uninstaller Pro is fantastic.. you’d be amazed what some software leaves behind after uninstalling the traditional way.

    • Greg

      Bluestacks? Better game compatibility..?? Nope… that would def be Droid4x….shoud have kept it since its STILL being updated

  • nobody knows KOPLAYER?

    • حسان

      The best in my opinion

  • Mj Kyut

    Memu rekt all the emulator mentioned above. MEmu is has a beastly performance compare to others.

    • Norman Kerr

      A third of my clash royale losses were because memu crashed.

      • Muhammad Gazali

        memu work based on pc spec, fortunately i never crash when my pc on high performance, just share :)

  • Paul Ahkolik

    I wonder how much Droid4X paid to be included in this list.

    • Arman

      the writer says: “First on our list is Genymotion.” and “AMIDuOS is first on our list”. for me Leapdroid is first!

      • Paul Ahkolik

        …as is NOX for me.

  • T. Studer

    Andy SUCKS

  • mike gordon

    I have Andy now, besides being laggy and th ocasional crash, its ok, however it will not run Amazon prime video, will any other emulator run it??

  • Asitha

    what is the best app

  • goblinking08

    The best one that worked for me so far was Andy :)

  • Kevin

    Hi, buddy… I likes your article, professional and delightful. As for Android emulator, I would recommend you to review MEmu, which is a very competitive one, IMO, above most of the others. ;)

  • I use bluestacks and it works perfectly.

  • VirtualMark

    Lol, again your tacit concession remains noted. I’ll let you have the last word though, as we know all trolls love to have the last word!

    • Has Your

      Thanks, May you get out of your mothers basement soon. Those who have no argument and all…

  • Brett Sayles

    Andy… What can I say. Ad interruptions every 30 seconds. You’d think they’d mention how intrusive the ads are…

  • Penny Zenny

    Andy and BlueStacks would not allow me to specify installation directory. However, Droid4X is da bomb!! I will see how I get on…

  • Hinshal Sharma

    How about MEmu?

  • Roslyn Lu

    What about Leapdroid?

    • That One Other Guy

      just tried leapdroid and its way better than bluestacks and droid4x. there was a feature i liked with droid4x but it takes a bit of time to load up

      • HominumOO

        Exactly. Don’t have any major issues with it except that loading up takes forever

  • Overlord

    Unfortunately none of these emulators are great. I don’t even play that many games, yet all of these emulators have a problem with at least one. Final Fantasy Record Keeper is unplayable on Bluestacks because the display makes it so tiny. Andy is slow, tends to crash, and when trying a newer version wouldn’t even run. Just stayed on a black screen. Nox crashes pretty often for no apparent reason. I’ve found that Koplayer is the best one, but it certainly has issues as well. I’ve tried to get support for each emulator, but it has gone nowhere each time.

    • felipeanjos85

      Try MEmu…

      • Overlord

        Yeah, I’ve actually tried Memu as well. I can see why people like it. It definitely runs at full speed, and has never crashed on me. However, it has this really bad input lag for the game I play most. The game starts off fine, but after playing it for about five minutes or so, any mouse click I make will take about five seconds to register. So it’s basically impossible to play when you click attack and your character attacks five seconds later, or you click a button to enter an area, and you go in five seconds later. Once again I tried to get support for this issue in various places, like xda and Facebook, yet I’ve received absolutely no support. It’s a real shame, because it seems like Memu would be it for me, but I have no clue how to fix the problem, and no one else seems to either. And it’s no use if I can’t play my favorite game.

        • felipeanjos85

          Try enabling virtualization on your machine BIOS and its done…
          I play a lot of heavy games and never felt even a small delay problem…

          • Overlord

            Yeah, I’ve had that enabled since before I even tried any of these emulators. They pretty much all require it anyway. As I’ve said before, that input lag only happens on Memu. Doesn’t happen on KOPLAYER. Doesn’t happen on Bluestacks. Doesn’t happen on Nox. So it’s clearly an issue with Memu. Not much I can do about that, especially when they provide no support.

        • Sebastian Champignon

          It’s probably your computer, I’ve used MEmu and never had a problem.

          • Overlord

            Technically that could be right, as it could be some kind of bug that only happens on my hardware, but I only have that issue on Memu. That has never happened on any other emulator. So the problem really is with Memu. And since there’s no support for it, there isn’t much hope it’ll be fixed.

    • huisinro

      You can try the new comer, Leapdroid, lighter and faster,

  • Darrin Tyler

    Andy and Nox basically crash my computer. their visual garbage overloads my computer….and they are obviously fake…

    • ma_t14

      Obviously xD

  • Oleg Galaburda

    I could not install Andy because it does not give and option to specify installation directory. Don’t have more than 4Gbs on C drive? It’s useless.

    • Nicole

      If you don’t have more than 4GBs on your C drive, you have more issues than not being able to install Andy.

  • covek

    bluestacks = bloatware, droid4x won’t run the games, leapdroid – very slow, MEmu is perfect, clean interface, fast, work flawlessly

    • huisinro

      Leapdroid is slow? We run all kinds of benchmarks, and Leapdroid bests all emulators in performance.

  • FredOginga

    So you can’t close this KOPLAYER even if you want your pc to rest?

  • Jonatan Gomez

    Koplayer is the best

    • yah, best Koplayer app player works in the similar way to “Nox App Player”, is the best guys try it never crashes like Bluestacks. Sorry are 3rd Third Party. Only Andy not 3rd party

  • Gideon De Marcas

    you can get AMIDuOS for free just go onto thepiratebay.ce and type AMIDuOS, press enter then under the first link to an torrent there is an magnate click on that and if you already have utorrent or other torrent clients installed you can just click ok and you have downloaded AMIDuOS for free

  • huisinro

    I think our Leapdroid is the best emulator in town now, check it out. It beats all other emulators badly in performance.

  • DisqussSir

    Where’s MEMU???

  • Devi Rob

    worst is droid4x it said i have too much space and a BIG VIRUS!

  • Out of this huge list, the only emulators that will work are Andy and BlueStacks. Rest of the emulators are just a piece of trash. Like Droid4x, it’s a huge mess to install it. Memu can result in crashing your PC and so on. The author should do some research work before putting up such a list.

    • huisinro

      From our extensive testing and benchmarking, Andy has the worst performance. Please refer to the following graph:

  • Shawn Mallay

    Bluestacks and Andy are both emulators that should not have made this list. Both are horribly slow and bloated.

    • Shenanigans NZ

      I agree

  • iftikhar ahmad

    Memu is the best emulator for pc. i use it. it’s very fast and work every games perfect.

  • If you’re looking for more LeapDroid information, including a performance analysis and overview, check out the twitter link in my disqus profile.

    Android Authority’s Galaxy S7 Edge giveaway, sponsored by LeapDroid, is also still going on so do not forget to participate!

  • huisinro

    We have much better architecture and technologies compared to others, and feel confident to come out as #1 Android emulator. We have a new OpenGL forwarding technology, called LeapGL, and a virtual fiber between android vm and the host machine, which results in ultra high performance. The benchmark scores we got from our vm is very close to native execution speed.

    why leapdroid is faster
    We have done many things to make Leapdroid to be the fastest emulator. I will explain more in this thread.

    Today, let’s look at the vm processes. Leapdroid uses the least number of processes. To launch n VMs, we will have to run n+1 processes (one process for each vm, then sharing one common LeapdroidSVC process), whereas all other emulators must run 2 * n + 1 processes. In other words, for each vm, our competitor uses one more process than us, which wastes cpu and memory, the worst is that it slows down performance. Our competitors launch at least 2 processes for each vm, one process is VBoxHeadless.exe (64-bit or 32-bit, depending on the cpu), plus a 32-bit viewer process. Their viewer process is always 32-bit, even on 64-bit systems. The VBoxHeadless.exe is the vm process, which handles huge amount of opengl data, and sends all these data to the 32-bit viewer process. You can immediately see the downside on this architecture, as there are huge amount of inter-process data transfer. This fact alone reduces performances significantly.

    Within Leapdroid, the viewer and the headless vm launcher are inside the same process, so there is no inter-process communications, and thus the fastest performance. We use 64-bit on 64-bit machines, and 32-bit on 32-bit machines. We never use 32-bit viewer on 64-bit machines.

    Hopefully you can get some ideas now on why Leapdroid is faster compared to others, this is just one of the many reasons. I will reveal more info later on. Stay tuned !

    • Raleigh Guevarra

      Hi @huisinro:disqus, thanks for sharing details about LeapDroid, I’m wondering if it also comes with Ads when in use? Thanks

      • huisinro

        No, there are no ads

        • Raleigh Guevarra

          Thanks, I already installed LeapDroid and it is truly fast and less fats compared to BlueStacks that has channels and TV, etc.

          What I found missing with LeapDroid or I may say fails is its incapable to run on other users logged in. it failed to run when it was executed by other users than the user who originally installed it. Unlike BlueStacks, it can be run by other users on the same workstation and it even shared user environment, no need to reinstall apps again when used by other users.

          • huisinro

            Thanks for reporting that. For now you will need to copy documentsleaidroid folder to another user’s documents folder, then the other user can run. We will see what we can do in this.

          • Kaleb Sanders

            Google Play services rapidly crashes, please fix

    • A.

      Nice info
      Thank you @huisinro:disqus

    • Ray Heyob

      Installation failed for me….

    • Taichi

      Huisinro, thanks to you and your team for the hard work put into Leapdroid. I recently tried it for the first time, and was hoping it would perform much better than Droid4x. It does load much faster and feels snappier, but the game Asphalt 8 doesn’t look good with it even as I adjusted the settings. I set my resolution to 1366×768, matching my native screen resolution, and the dpi to 300. Then tinkered around with different combinations of usage of DirectX, OpenGL, together with either Intel HD 4400 or Nvidia Geforce GT 840M, then set the game’s visual quality to high, but everything just appears blurred.

      Also, the controls don’t seem to be working properly with Asphalt 8 when I assigned hotkeys for steering, braking, and nitro in WASD format (i.e. a single keypress on A or D results in a sort of hold, and my car keeps steering in that direction.

      Your advice would be highly appreciated.

    • Gary MacDougall

      Your product is dead. Delete this.

  • HominumOO

    looks good but takes forever to load…bluestacks loaded faster!

  • Oops.

    Leapdroid just… doesn’t seem safe…
    like
    at all…

    • Kevin Pang

      That is what I am wondering now too after I installed it. No asking where to install, no licence agreement checkbox. Not even a dialog box is asked if I should proceed with the installation or not. This is very fishy and not legal in my point of view. It installs directly without the user knowing what is happening and how.

      • MySpl33n

        I looked at the installed files after installing leapdroid. It’s virtualbox running Android x86 (I think). I’m probably going to copy the important bits into my Linux environment and delete leapdroid from my Windows HDD

        • huisinro

          It won’t work since we have added many extra stuff such as OpenGL forwarding. We will release a Linux version soon.

    • huisinro

      Our MSI installer has license agreement and allows you to specify installation folder. Next release of the exe installer will be sync-ed to do the same.

    • Shenanigans NZ

      Yes, that’s true, but once I played with it, got it installed, it’s by far the best for my computer, the unsigned driver is the biggest problem to get round.

    • vurso

      Droid4x is the same sketchy installation and dubious services

  • حسان

    No KOPLAYER seriosly ?

  • bidamin

    can i just say that leapdroid, just deleted all my files
    that was a virus, thx bro
    im not actually angry at you, im just upset that i didnt do more research

    • huisinro

      How could that happen? Leapdroid should never delete your own files. Can you provide more details? At what steps, your files got deleted?

  • バスケス ラルフニコ

    Ranking – My Best Choice
    #1 Koplayer – #1 can play latest version of apps such o2jam, Music and Beat, more. #2 In terms of Graphics and Speed
    #2 Droid4x – #2 can’t play latest version of apps such o2jam, Music and Beat, more. #1 In terms of Graphics and Speed

  • oizo

    Yeah, BlueStacks really sucks, and it’s soooo laggy

  • Shenanigans NZ

    I have tried most of the above emulators, the one which seems at this moment to be the best is Leapdroid, I’m running it on a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with a M3 possessor, with the other emulators it gets very hot, even to the point where it shuts down, with Leapdroid it is staying cool, the touch screen responds far better than any of the rest, navigating round the screen is better for me, it has a faster response, and it hasn’t crashed in 3 days, now for the bad, the graphics aren’t quite as sharp, it hasn’t got 2 finger zoom, the main problem is it has an unsigned driver (but it hasn’t caused any problems). So for me it’s the best so far, thank you Leapdroid

    • huisinro

      Thanks for using leaodroid. We are aware of the lack of multitouch support. We are fully working on more features, stay tuned!

  • Game Summoners War is what work to play?

    • huisinro

      Did you get a message box saying something like unsupported environment? seems this game detects emulators.

  • Chey Sokmean

    my CPU is 256Mb what i can use it?

  • Oye Friend

    One more to the list.
    YouWave

  • Saruri Brea

    Am I the only one that encounter problems with Leapdroid’s installer…? – Run “LeapdroidVMInstallerFull.exe”: it installed, and then uninstalled by itself… = =

    • Team LeapDroid

      Hi, could you please try out newest installer? We’ve fixed a few bugs around the auto-rollingback issue.

  • Suyog Shrestha

    Try NOX guys ..

  • Dehnise Kotsop

    Well i was about to install andy after my expiriance with blue stacks wich was overall good but made my pc very heavy, but after reading the comments below i will go with droix4 emsisoft found both installer and virtuall box as safe so i proceed to see what it happens…

    p.s. i will be back with feed back

  • Is there any emulator which can connect to a real network? I would like to use the harmony app.

  • vurso

    Avoid Droid4x for now folks it has some very suspicious activity when it installs the emulator on Windows.

    For example it installed a “Remote Virtual Machine” which as the website states (VirtualBox):

    “VirtualBox can display virtual machines remotely, meaning that a virtual machine can execute on one computer even though the machine will be displayed on a second computer, and the machine will be controlled from there as well, as if the virtual machine was running on that second computer.”

    I am no expert but WTF does that have to do with Droid4x? Nothing I think as I removed the offending item and it made no difference to the operation of Droid4x. Then there is the suspicious outbound network traffic that seemed to occur even when the emulator was shutdown and I traced this to the “Droid4xService” service which I promptly removed.

    It’s a shame as the emulator itself is very good and runs great with virtually all apps from games to browsing on a Windows 10 quad-core i7 host.

  • Reekes

    will try leapdroid today, i already have both andy and koplayer running well in my pc but andy is the least performer of the two. lets see what leapdroid can do.

  • petesimon2

    I have windows 10 x64 and 4 core cpu and 8 gig ram desktop computer. which you recommend?

  • Rebecca Laura Rowe

    I absolutely hate Bluestacks. I have downloaded and uninstalled it several times only to uninstall it again. It lags takes ages. I am now going to try out this Leapdroid

  • Darrin Tyler

    If anyone gets KHUX working on any of these let me know please.

  • Hrination

    Anyone knows about Koplayer?

    • Koplayer is best faster and Nox too! Other Andy and Bluestacks is crash a memory fail. I recommend play KoPlayer

  • Abresh Arquah

    Andy still has some issues. On my computer it kept on telling me “You do not have an internet connection!” while it DOWNLOADED SOME OF THE INSTALLER PACKAGES from the internet!
    I was going “BUH!” to that big time.
    I am on a E5-571-5552 computer from Acer running Windows 10 Home so I do not know what was going on.

    I have no extra internet protection software running other than Windows Defender and Windows Firewall so I finally went “To Sheol with it!” and downloaded AmiDuoS and BlueStacks. Bluestacks ROCKS!
    Even though it is ad supported, I can deal with a few ‘crapware’ app installs.

  • Megatron

    Gods, I hate Bluestacks. Constant errors and crashes giving me a painful headache, fucking hell.

  • blipton

    Isn’t RemixOS/ConsoleOS made by Androidx86? Why does it say Jide ?

    • Pranav

      jide made the remix os

  • Me_

    Humm. Android Authority should reviews theirs “reviews” before to republish their copy-past post.

    Some of the emulators describe in this article has been updated with new version not been mentioned in the article. Example: the video comparing Andy to BlueStacks is like 18 month old.

    Not the 1st time it happen in this blog

    • JosephHindy

      It’s just a video bud, the information contained in the article is still accurate. A video that shows an older version of Andy is still better than some blown out screenshot that doesn’t provide much information at all.

  • SylenThunder

    Droid4X should be removed. It’s dead.

  • Gary MacDougall

    Bluestacks is bloatware and that Andy crap is nothing more than malware. You should go fuck yourself with something sharp. Asshole. Shit website. 0/10 – will tell you to fuck off time and time again.

    • JosephHindy

      Sounds like user error to me. Bluestacks is bloated but it works and Andy worked alright for what it is.

  • Freddy D.

    Why isn’t there a single android emulator that runs games perfectly at 60 frames?! Even a freaking smartphone is able to do that. Why not a pc?! Oh yeah, cause its emulation probably…..Stupid excuse. Got an i5, 16gb ram, 960gtx oc and games still not run as smooth as I want. Bluestacks sucks, droid4x sucks, koplayer drops in frames over time and the rest I don’t even need to try according to the comments. If there is one then please someone let me know!

    • JosephHindy

      It’s because of the technology. You’re running an operating system inside of an operating system using a virtual machine. That’s how these work. You’ll never get perfect performance when you have a set up like that. Some come close though, and that’s usually good enough. You’re looking for an experience that doesnt’ actually exist.

      • Freddy D.

        I have tried to play around with my graphic settings. Turning vsync off and use KOplayer got me the best results.

        • JosephHindy

          I’m glad you found something that worked for you! It’s hard to communicate to people that they’re running an operating system on a digital hardware device inside of your actual hardware device already running its own OS lol. There are simply too many layers for stuff to be 100% perfect I guess :)

          • Freddy D.

            I also found out that anti virus can cause fps drops so I deactivate all of them

          • FRGuzman

            “All of them”? How many antivirus software do you have in your system?

          • Freddy D.

            Well, avast and windows defender.

  • Gabriel Perillo

    I’m still learning code this may be a good way to practice…

  • MrLeonard

    I recommend, NOX, MEMU, KOPlayer.

  • Bill Foody

    Andy is running Android 4.2.2, lol, and is ad supported. I’ll pass

  • Erki

    I’m still using Leapdroid (it’s discontinued, but the installer can be found with a Google search) and quite satisfied with it, although it requires a decent video card – it’s sometimes a bit slow on my Thinkpad x230 with Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated video, but nothing too bad. On my T500 that has a discrete graphics card (ATI 3650) it runs better.

    Can someone compare Leapdroid with other emulators? Are there any better ones?

  • Igor Aleixo

    Tried Nox and it’s utter shit. Crashes like hell and I can barely use it.

  • Adam Hoge

    BlueStacks just beat out Andyroid and AndroidStudio in my testing, which is corporate testing and validation of android apps. Great job and I will be $$ product soon!

  • T Russell Morris

    This was a nightmare, thankfully short lived, filled my comp with ad ware, gamegeek, pluto TV and seized up my internet connection. Freaked me out. Had to remove it and other stuff it installed.

  • Andy Emulators slow down my PC… suggest me if there’s any solution.

  • Larry

    I haven’t tried all of the Emulators on this list, but I have tried Bluestacks, Andy, Nox and Remix OS, Bluestacks and Andy are complete shit, Remix OS is really good, its not really a “emulator” so to speak, as it actually partitions HDD space and makes a bootable Android OS on your HDD, my only issue with it is its difficult to get good solid controller emulation on it, Nox (From my experience) is the boos of the emulators I’ve used, I have had 0 issues with it and its not a bloated POS like Bluestacks and doesn’t constantly try to suck money out of you, my recommendation is to give Remix OS a shot (If you can deal with the hassle of trying to get a controller to work) and Nox, stay away from Bluestacks and Andy (Not sure about the others on the list), best of all, Nox comes pre-rooted, Bluestacks tries to keep people from rooting it so you can’t get rid of their ridiculous ads and constant money phishing.