8 Best Android Emulators for Windows 10 to Run Android Games & Apps

We’re all about Windows 10 Mobile here, but the fact is that a lot more users use Android. However, a lot of Android users are also using Windows 10-powered computers, so we’re going to combine these two things, and present you the best Android emulators for Windows you can find.

Droid4x

droid4x windows android emulator

Droid4x is a relatively new Android emulator on the market, but that doesn’t decrease its value, as it’s one of the best choices for simulating Android on your computer. And there are even some nice improvements, since the first version. One of the most interesting things about this emulator, are add-ons, which make this emulator even more useful.

It comes with a pre-installed Google Play Store, and also beats competition in gaming, although some better options in terms of stability. Another great feature is an app which you can install on your Android phone, so you can control games on your computer.

You can download Droid4x for free, from this link.

BlueStacks

bluestacks windows android emulator

Bluestacks is definitely the most famous Android emulator on our list, and it was also the most widely used Android emulator, until some time ago. It’s generally free, but it can occasionally install some bloatware on your computer, which definitely decreased a popularity of this software. There’s also a premium version that comes without bloatware, but that one is going to cost you $2 per month.

In general, Bluestacks is the best for playing Android games on their computers, but it’s okay for other purposes, as well. Also, it’s very simple to use, so even if you’re not an ‘advanced’ user, you’ll do good with this emulator.

You can download Bluestacks from this link.

AMIDuOS

AMIDuOS windows android emulator

AMIDuOS is also a great Android emulator, it even comes in two versions, one running Android Lollipop, and the other one powered by Jelly Bean. But using AMIDuOS comes with a price, as the Lolipop version costs $15, while the Jelly Bean version costs $10.

AmiDuOS will work exceptionally well on your computer, and it is good for variety of tasks, from productivity to gaming. However, this emulator is not so good for developers, as it doesn’t give you device-specific configurations, but for regular users, it’s a very good choice, if you want to pay for an Android emulator, of course.

Download AMIDuOS from this link.

Andy

Andy windows android emulator

Andy is another relatively new Android emulator for Windows. It used to be a little buggy when it first came out, but most of the issues have been fixed since then. It is also good for a variety of tasks, but as well as Bluestacks, it will install some bloatware on your computer.

Andy supports some unique features that are not supported by all Android emulators out there, like remotely playing games on your computer from a mobile phone, ARM support, and the ability to directly install apps, using your desktop browser. Also, Andy will require you to install VirtualBox to use it.

Andy is completely free of charge, and you can download it from this link.

Windroy

Windroy windows android emulator

Windroy works like any other regular Android emulator on this list, but it has something unique, it completely runs using the Windows kernel. Windroy is perhaps the simples emulator to use on this list,because of its lightweight design.

As we pointed out, apps and games work well on Windory, so if you want a handy, simple to use Android emulator on your Windows PC, you definitely will take Windroy into consideration. It also fully supports Play Store.

You can download Windroy for free from this link.

Genymotion

Genymotion windows android emulator

And now something for developers! Genymotion is absolutely the best Android emulator you can get, if you’re into developing Android games on your computer. It emulates apps and games on a variety of Android devices, without requiring you to own that device.

Also, besides choosing the device Genymotion will ‘act’ as, you can also set up various versions of Android, so you can experience how apps and games work in different environment. You can, as well, easily switch between devices, by your desire. Genymotion is something like the oppsite of AMIDuOS, because it’s great for developers, but not so great for regular users.

You can get Genymotion from this link.

Nox

Nox windows android emulator

Nox is another fairly good Android emulator for playing Android games on your PC. To complete the gaming experience, Nox offers some additional utilities and additions, such as the support for computer’s keyboard and mouse, as well as the gamepad.

It could be laggy sometimes, but overall impression is satisfying. Another good thing is that it doesn’t come with any additional software.

You can download Nox for free from this link.

Xamarin Android Player

Xamarin Android Player windows android emulator

Xamarin Android Player is probably the least known Android emulator on our list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. It actually runs well on your PC, and as some tests show, it’s almost completely bugless. This emulator is completely compatible with Windows 7,8, 8.1 and 10, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Like Genymotion, Xamarin is also mainly focused to developers, offering a simple user experience. Xamarin is completely free to download, but like some other emulators on this list, it requires VirtualBox to be installed on your computer.

You can download a 32-bit version of Xamarin Android player for free, from here, and a 64-bit version from here.

Remix OS Player

remix-os-player-android-emulator

Remix OS Player is the newest Android emulator for Windows PC and the only one that allows users to play multiple games at the same time. Thanks to this tool, you can run Android apps and games in multiple windows on your PC, and chat with other gamers at the same time. Remix OS Player is based on Android Marshmallow which means you can enjoy the latest apps and games Android has to offer.

Remix OS Player is completely free, it’s free to download, free to play, and free to update. This emulator comes as an exe.file, which makes its installation very simple.

The recommended system requirements are the following:

  • Windows 7 (64-bit) or newer
  • Core i3 (Recommend Core i5 or Core i7)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 8GB Storage (Recommend 16GB)
  • Enabled Virtualization Technology in BIOS

You can download Remix OS Player for free from Jide Technology.

We finish our list here. As you can see, there are a lot of useful Android emulators for Windows out there, which is a great improvement over a few years’ period. You basically can choose the right emulator, based on your needs, skill level, and desires, which is great.

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What’s your favorite Android emulator to use on your Windows 10 computer? Or you maybe know some quality emulator that we didn’t list here? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Game Master Society

    I’ve tried using pretty much every single one of these, and if these are the “best”, I’d absolutely hate to see what the worst would be. Seriously, not one of these runs smoothly enough to consider a success.

    • Loman

      The best is Memu, give it a try. this list is terrible,

      • Flicky Licky

        if MEmu is the best, dont bother, buy an android tablet

  • Lyn Murphy

    I first discovered Andy and used that for several months. I had no end of problems. Every time Windows did an update, Andy refused to work and I had to download and install it again and work through the whole set up for the game that I wanted to play. I spent hours Googling the issues to try to fix the problems. The game kept lagging and freezing and crashing my computer. Finally it stopped working altogether after another update. I tried Droid, only to find it wouldn’t even find the game I wanted to play. Then I tried Blue Stacks. Wow – what a difference. To start with, it installed and launched into the game with no problems at all. There is no lagging, freezing and crashing. It’s smooth as silk – just like playing the game on my Android device but of course with the nice big computer screen. So far I have nothing but praise for Blue Stacks.

    • Loman

      You must be the 0.01% that has no issues with bluestacks Andy is fairly complicated to get set up.

      I would recommend MEmu, its free and don’t bug you to install free aps or pay $2.

      • Lyn Murphy

        Thanks for the tip. I will give it a try

  • Vatsal Kumar

    I like memu

  • sarvesh

    madarchot bluestacks

  • sarvesh

    gets hangand crashes my system dont download it best of this is droid4x very good

  • sarvesh

    f***********k bluestacks

    • alur

      Agree, with the above recipe. Just add a “u” and a “c.”

  • ko player is the best guys try it never crashes like bluestacks

    • Loman

      MEmu is best. Well, technically Andy is best, but MEmu is more user friendly.

    • Dion Kerfont

      Play Store doesn’t work on it… so that makes it rather useless.

  • alur

    I have to replace Bluestacks after using it 1.5 years. It continues to hang on loading on all three of my computers. Today, I got the message that Google Play Store needs to be upgraded before I can buy anything. It is updated. The problem is with Bluestacks and has been documented on Bluestacks’ forums for at least 3 years.

    Bluestacks support sends me eloquently worded emails, but they just give excuses never and solve the problems. I’ve worked around the loading problems, but I’m fed up with the lastest issue.

    If you use Bluestacks, for gawds sake, don’t pay them a penny. Use their free version so you don’t pay for their mistakes. I’m going to try one of above, one at a time, until I can get rid of Bluestacks.

    • Loman

      I had the same problem. but its sorted now.

      Struggled for over 2 months to get it sorted, reinstalled windows and got same error, reinstalled countless versions of bluestacks including rooted to no avail.

      In the end I got MEmu. Now I don’t know why I struggled so long with bluestacks. Its useless compared to MEmu.

  • mcafee doesnt like droidx going back to servers in china. also droidx contains minithunderengine.exe which is known malware

    • Loman

      if you trust Mcafee, good luck.

  • Loman

    MEmu should be on this list.
    In fact, it should be at the very top.

    Also, this is the last time I’ll visit this crappy website full of adds.
    constantly spam ads as soon as they are blocked. Adblocker shows 870 ads blocked after I read the article, and even then there are ads that aren’t blocked.

    • Flicky Licky

      MEmu is hopeless, very jerky on surface pro 4 i5 8gb

      • Loman

        Works fine for me. in fact I run 4 instances of memu simultaneously.
        i5 2500K
        16GB memory
        512GB SSD

    • Charles

      Thank you I tried about 5 others before trying MEmu and it was the only one that would play my DTV app which allowed me to play my DVR recorded shows on my laptop. Again thanks

  • huisinro

    Please checkout LeapDroid, the newest Android with best performance.

  • Red Herring

    I just tried MEmu and not only did it blue screen my Windows 10, it also doesn’t come with a proper uninstall utility. I would definitely not recommend anyone to install that.

  • Herbert Wayne Wastier

    Remix does NOT work with an AMD processor. Shoddy programming if you ask me.

    • ChannelSixtyNine69

      That is poor, thanks for mentioning it.

  • Misya Taryanti

    Nice Info Admin …

  • Hailey Marie King

    bluestacks2 is LAGGY LAGGY LAGGY! did i mention how laggy it was? i even tweaked my pc as per troubleshooting on google and youtube (tweaking the ram and vt thing) So i am now experimenting with AmiDuos. You hafta dload an additional file to run Android apps as it defaultly runs Amazon apps due to licencing issues.

  • Johhny

    Bluestacks is horrible Keeps Blue Screening my computer.
    Runs for about 2 minutes and bam blue screen of death.
    I run windows 10.
    Trying the others out now

  • Young-Mwaki Buti

    Remix Os seams to be good but sucks, i have installed it on my pc it work for 2wks and stuck, i have lost everything in my hdd. so i had to install wn7

  • Johhny

    Leapdroid Works great with my Windows 10 Computer.
    Bluestacks still Blue Screens my Computer every time even with the new update.
    DroidX doesnt work with all the new updated programs in the playstore but does not crash my computer.
    Leapdroid is the way to go.

    • willfixit

      Just went to their site – it’s being discontinued…

      • Johhny

        This is not good to hear its been the best emulator for me.
        It will still work until they update android again then we have to move on.
        Ack

  • robbyh1

    Wanted to use Windroy but once downloaded and running it tells me I have no internet connection so is unusable.

    • Charles

      Same thing for me. So I uninstalled it.

      • robbyh1

        The only free emulator I can get to work is MeMu, however it’s massively CPU-hungry when using the Racing App, which is the only app I use it for.

  • Savious Kuchena

    Windroy cannot connect to the internet.