Initially, Android took a plodding start, but currently, its almost the biggest of all platforms, and it’s very user-friendly. One big plus is you can quickly develop an application and can launch it through android by following elementary steps. The case is not with other platforms like iOS.
So there is a number of applications that are available in the android store but not in iOS, and you can’t even run it in Windows.
So the article is about the solution that how we can run android apps on PC or Windows. There are many ways I am explaining in detail as below, each having it’s positive and negatives.
One of the most popular and currently most used ways is a platform launched by Google is an android emulator and its part of the official android studio. When you use the emulator in your PC, it will create a virtual android device running different versions of Android.
The first drawback of using an android emulator is its complicated setup process.
- First of all, you need to download the file from google site. By default, it will be of the latest android version.
- Google set some options or parameter for nexus/pixel devices, but mostly it can be configured manually.
- After setting up the emulator next step is installing apps but its open-source version of Android.
- Since its open-source, you will need to find Apk of your application and will need to drop in the SDK directory.
- Then by running command ADB install filename.apkit will be added to the in-app list of your virtual device.
The big plus of emulator is you can run almost every application and its completely unmodified. Another drawback is its user experience is not much better, and especially games are out of the question. If you want to run android apps on PC then it is a good emulator for you.
BlueStacks App Player
If you want to have most of the android applications with very minimum efforts, then BlueStacks is for you. It is having a built-in app store, so you will not need to look for Apk files.
But be noted, it’s a highly modified version of Android, but even then, you will feel that you are using an android device actually. However, there are drawbacks like while playing some games with the mouse, you will feel difficulty. But if your PC has a touch screen, then it will be a better experience.
According to me its best environment if you want to get feelings of Android device in PC. But the biggest drawback is as it’s highly modified, so some apps are not working smoothly. There are no guarantee things will render the same on blue stack the same as android as some of the apps may cause issues.
Android PC Ports
Some people don’t like to give more time to installation and such things, if you are not one of those, then I will recommend you to install the modified version of OS on PC. There are few ports of Android which can run on the PC, and they run very smoothly. Android-x86 Project and Remix OS are the two best choices out of them, and they are based on x86.
For Remix OS, minimum requirements are 2GB of RAM and a 2GHz dual-core processor, but if you can arrange more, it will be much better experienced for you. UI is not, and it’s based on project code, but it’s modified to give desktop experience. Keep in mind you can’t install it over the windows. So the better idea is if you can create a separate partition. The remix installer will do it for you.
Another idea is operating there operating systems in the virtual box it’s better than an android emulator. But is guess gaming is still good enough? Sideloading is fairly simpler in the remix.
If you are developing an app and want to test it on PC and intended to put them on android then emulator is the best choice, but it’s bit slow.
If you want a smooth and better experience, then I will like to recommend android ports, but they can be finicky.
However, if you’re interested in getting more than a handful of apps running on your PC so you can actually use and enjoy them, Blue Stacks App Player is the best solution. It’s fast, has Play Store access, and works on multitouch Windows devices.
The article is about the introduction of different solutions for running Android Apps on PC, but its only intro. If you want to use any of the above and face any issue while installing and using it. You can contact us by replying back in the comments section our team is always available to help you.