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Best Android Emulators for Windows 10 PC

Posted by Matthew on January 16, 2018

Android has come a long way since it first launch on the market nearly a decade ago. Early versions of the operating system were critiqued for their visual design and lack of quality apps, with iOS often being considered the older, better-looking sibling. But Android has grown into its own with two distinct flavors of visual design. The first, Holo, was released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (which itself was a refinement of the Tron-esque, tablet-exclusive Android 3.0 Honeycomb). Holo was refined over the Android 4.x years, with each major iteration bringing a new, fresh update to the style (most notably, Android 4.4 KitKat ditched the blue highlights in exchange for white, a sign of things to come for Android’s color scheme). In 2014, alongside the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google unveiled their new design language, Material Design. Material has been used for everything in Google’s entire suite of software since it was unveiled, and with the guidelines set by Google on how to design modern software, Android has seen a wave of new, innovative apps with fresh designs and improved aesthetics.

So, if you’re an Android user, there’s no reason not to bring some of those incredible apps to your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC. Maybe you’re looking for a weather application to keep around on your laptop for planning your outfit in the morning. Maybe you’d rather play some Android-exclusive games on a larger display, or you want to test out a brand new app without installing it onto your phone and taking up valuable storage space. Whatever the reason, there’s a dead-easy way to install Android apps on Windows: emulation. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to play a game on your PC originally purchased on Android, or if you’d rather spend your time using Snapchat on your computer instead of your phone, emulation is the way that you can force all of your favorite Android apps to automatically start functioning on your Windows 10 PC.

There are a dozen solid Android emulators on the market today, and each has their own feature set and dedicated fanbase that swears by each app. It can be difficult to decide which app is and isn’t worth using, but we’ve selected the four most popular Android emulators for PC today to highlight just what makes them worth installing. Each of these will work to fulfill your software dreams for running Android apps on your computer, but you only need one to correctly do the job. Here’s our four favorite Android emulators for Windows on the market today.

9 thoughts on “Best Android Emulators for Windows 10 PC”

sean says:
keep up the good work, thank you for the article.
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Daniel Smith says:
if you have a low spec pc like mine….don’t try bluestacks it made my other pc slow
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Trevor says:
Droid4x installs some suspicious services I would be cautious before installing it.
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Darren The Wolf says:
I think the one that I mentioned is Droid4x. Because Droid4x is stable, less laggy, and very compatible with my Windows 10. Actually, it uses for everyday games, apps, for communication, chat and playing games.
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Marc says:
Android 7.0 Nougat – I’m looking for a compatible window 10 emulator for the Android 7.0. Which one is recommended?
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David Wester says:
Thanks to share this awesome article about android emulators..!!!
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David says:
MEmu is the best emulator fast stable and easy to use doe not hog resources
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DK says:
When I tried to download Andy the download page asked me to install a “search manager”, I hit skip both times it asked and it forwarded me to a page and attempted to install the search manager anyway. You should take this off the list. I’ve reported the site to Google for malware.
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Matthew says:
Well, of the three mentioned here try Droid4x is probably the best bet. That’s compatible with Windows XP,, so probably doesn’t have extensive system requirements.
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Barry Wolff says:
Thank you Matthew, I will give it a try. By the way the brand new version of BlueStacks – 2.5.83.6332, is very much improved. Its faster and less buggy, and installed on my partners machine at last. I am monitoring it for a while but so far so good, although it still eats RAM.
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Barry Wolff says:
I have Bluestacks on my Asus noteback and the new version runs well because I have a dedciated graphics card and 12Gb of RAM.

However my partner has a cheaper version of my notebook with no dedicated card and only 2GB of built in RAM and Bluestacks is slow. Can you recommend the emulator which uses the least resources.

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