6 best Android emulators for PC

by: Joe HindyApril 19, 2016
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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 and


amiduos best Android emulators for PCAMIDuOS

[Price: $10-15]
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 and those are one-time charges which is kind of nice. AMIDuOS runs very well. It’s a smooth emulator that does things like productivity and gaming quite well. Most users should be able to use this for pretty much whatever they need it for and the install process isn’t bad at all. Obviously, it’s not overly great for developers since it doesn’t give you device-specific configurations but on a consumer level, this one works very well.

Get it now on Google Play!


andy best Android emulators for PCAndy

[Price: Free]
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. It has fixed pretty much all of its early day issues but it is still a little bit more involved of an installation than something like Bluestacks. In any case, it is free and it does work very well. We have our video about it linked below if you want to know more.

Get Andy!


bluestacks best Android emulators for PCBluestacks

[Price: Free / $2/month]
Bluestacks has long been the de facto solution for putting Android on your PC, at least for gaming. 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 an overall better Android emulator for PC than its predecessor. 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 marketed mainly to gamers, but it is now far better for those looking for productivity solutions as well. The price remains the same as it did previously, which is free with an optional $2/month premium subscription. If you are interested in gaming, you can also pick up Bluestacks TV which lets you watch streams live on Twitch and it also allows you to broadcast your own Twitch streams.

Get Bluestacks!


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droid4x best Android emulators for PCdroid4x

[Price: Free]
Our next emulator is called droid4x and it’s an interesting choice for an Android emulator on PC. It runs in a similar fashion as Andy or AMIDuOS and the performance and productivity is about the same as well. I may not have said that a year ago but like the other two, there have been improvements made. What makes this one interesting are the add-ons. This one includes an application you install on your smartphone so that you can control games on your computer. For instance, you’ll be able to use the accelerometer to turn your car in Asphalt 8. It’s definitely better than Andy or AMIDuOS for games although we believe that Andy and AMIDuOS may be a bit better in terms of stability and speed.

Get droid4x!


Genymotion best Android emulators for PCGenymotion

[Price: Free with paid options]
First on our list is 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. The choice is yours and you can easily switch between “devices” at will. It’s not great for consumer uses such as checking email or using apps, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use so that option is there if you really want to.

Get Genymotion!


Nox best Android emulators for PCNox

[Price: Free]
Last and certainly not least on our list is Nox. Like Bluestacks, Nox is an Android emulator that is set up to cater to gamers. This includes utilities and additions that are specifically catered to helping gamers control their games using their keyboard and mouse. 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. The video below was recorded with laggy software (not Nox, but the screen capture software), but there is a good explanation on how the key macros work.

Get Nox!


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  • 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.

    • Laura Arroyo

      When I saw the draft which was of 7159 dollars, I accept that my friend’s brother was like really generating cash in his spare time with his computer. . His aunts neighbor has done this for only 10 months and by now repaid the loan on their home and bought a new Car .This is what they are donig …

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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!

    • ~Flame
  • 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

    • 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

  • 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…

    • 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?!

  • 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?

  • Mj Kyut

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

  • Paul Ahkolik

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

  • 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?