If you own a current Android smartphone or tablet, you may wonder if there’s any way to use Windows exe programs on Android. The bad news is that you cannot directly download and install an exe file on the Android OS. The good news is that you can get an exe file opener for Android, along with an exe run app, that can help you out.
You may be asking yourself, “Why would I want to run an exe file on my Android phone?” The biggest reason is for playing older Windows games that have not yet been ported over to the Android OS. Using an emulator from the Google Play Store may solve that issue.
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There are many apps available that will open exe files on Android. Keep in mind that not all exe files will run on Android, even with these special apps. If you were thinking about running Doom Eternal on your new OnePlus 8 Pro, that’s not going to happen. However, if you want to run the 1993 Windows version of Doom, these exe file openers for Android could be the perfect solution.
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With that out of the way, here’s how to run exe files on Android!
Open with Inno Setup Extractor
Inno Setup Extractor is perhaps the easiest exe file opener for Android. After you download your desired exe on your Android phone, just download and install Inno Setup Extractor from the Google Play Store, then use a file browser to locate the exe file, and then open that file with the app. Inno Setup Extractor will then extract the exe on your Android phone and you can check out those files afterwards.
Run exe files on Android with a DOS BOX app
If you have any experience in running older programs on more recent operating systems, you are likely aware of DOS BOX applications. They allow programs made for the old MS DOS system to work on, say, Windows 10 via emulation. The good news is that there are also DOS BOX apps you can download in the Google Play Store.
One of the easiest to use is AFreeBox. If you have installed this app on your Android phone, you might be able to open some exe files. In order to do that, place the exe file you want to use in a new folder on your device and name it (any name is fine, just make it easy to remember). Then run AFreeBox, and then type in “cd\folder name” into the command line. Once you are inside that folder, just type in the name of the exe file in the command line. If the program is compatible with the AFreeBox app, the exe file should run on your Android product.
While there are ways for exe files to run on your Android phone, we will once again point out that not all exe programs can be run on your new device, even if it has the highest-end hardware specs. Still, it’s a possible solution worth exploring depending on your needs.
That’s how you can can run exe files on Android!