- Android emulators are the only way you can enjoy Android games from the comfort of your PC.
- Some are better than others, and we will be looking over the best ones to get that don't cause lag.
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Android is one of the most popular mobile operating systems in the world and it is used on a wide range of phones, tablets, etc. One of the best parts about the Android OS is that it can be emulated on a Windows PC easily.
With the latest advancements in Android games quality and complexity, emulators for Android are also increasing in popularity. Emulators can be used to play Android games, run applications from Google Play Store, and can even be used by developers that need a way to test their applications in a sandbox environment.
There is a wide range of Android emulators on the market, and choosing the best one for you, might be a tricky job. It can get confusing when exploring the capabilities of all emulators.
That’s why in this article, we will explore some of the best Android emulators on the market that allow you to run games and applications with little to no lag.
Note : The amount of lag you get when using any of the Android emulators presented in this article depends a lot on how powerful your system is.
What are the best Android emulators that don’t cause any lag?
If lag is an important aspect for you, especially with all the online mobile games flooding the market, you can’t just use any no-name emulator.
That’s precisely why LDPlayer is at the top of our list because playing Android games on your PC will feel the same as playing a native PC game.
Your games will run as smoothly as possible, the only limit being how big and complex the game is, and how powerful your PC is, but the emulator will not be a hindrance in any way.
More so, the software is completely free, it won’t show you any ads, and it supports all but the latest games added on Google Play, but its library is constantly updated to include those as well.
LDPlayerLag-free gaming from an emulator is only possible if the emulator is top-tier, and that's exacltly what LDPlayer is!
NoxPlayer is an incredibly powerful Android emulator with a user-friendly and easy to understand interface that gives you the ability to play your favorite Android games on your PC with a bigger screen and has a wide range of customization options.
You can customize the settings of NoxPlayer, including the size of the screen (full-screen 720p and Full HD capabilities), DirectX and OpenGL features, and also set your desired CPU speed and RAM usage for your virtual Android device.
This software also has a great set of features that are organized into a toolbar on the right side of your screen. You can use the options found on this toolbar to modify the orientation of your screen (from portrait to landscape), transfer files between your virtual device and PC hard drive, take screenshots, and many other options.
NoxPlayer supports 3 different Android versions: Android 4.4.2, Android 5.1.1 and Android 7.1.2.
You can find a very useful list of information on how to use NoxPlayer on the official FAQ page.
NoxPlayerNoxPlayer is a great emulator if you want to show your online gaming opponents who's the boss with no lag!
MeMu Play is another powerful Android emulator for PC. Even if it’s not as well known as NoxPlayer or BlueStacks, it delivers a great emulation for both apps and games. It was specifically designed to have more options for gaming than it has for apps. But overall, the performance of this software is on a par with the capabilities of Nox and BlueStacks.
This software offers you a great range of options that allow you to configure the emulator to suit your exact needs. You can use the keyboard mapping feature in order to set custom controls that allow you to play games that require a touch screen, using your keyboard and mouse.
Smart Keymapping is a very useful feature to have especially for MOBA and FSP games. MeMu Play support this feature and we’re sure it will come in very handy especially for PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, Brawl Stars, Mobile Legends,etc. The keystroke appears and disappears at very right time and place when playing the game.
The setting of custom controls is easy, you just need to click on the area of the screen, and choose an action key. There are also pre-made and built-in mapping options for FPS and MOBA games.
One of the most useful features this emulator has is that it offers support for both Intel and AMD chipsets, allowing you to use it on almost any computer. It can be ran on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and even older versions operating systems.
You can also install APK files with one click, you can take screenshots of your gameplay, video recordings, etc. It also has a Operational Record feature that allows you to record macros and automate repetitive tasks when needed.
As in the cases of NoxPlayer and BlueStacks, MEMU Play also comes pre-rooted,and you can also set custom screen resolution (up to 4K quality), CPU cores, RAM, etc.
You also have access to advanced options that allow you to change the virtual device model, IMEI, SIM card, and even phone number. These features come in very handy for developers when they need to test applications.
MEMU supports Android 4.4, 5.1 and 7.1 as well.
BlueStacks is another extremely popular emulation software option that allows you to run a virtual device with an Android OS running, giving you access to many apps and games.
This software can be used for a wide range of tasks, but the most popular by far is the playing of Android games on a bigger screen. You can also install any app from the Play Store or Bluestacks Apps Store, and use them the same way you would if you had a physical device in your hands.
The latest version of this software, BlueStacks 4, has a very easy to understand user interface, and also contains a good range of performance improvements and added features.
The owners of this software say that the 4th version of this software is one of the fastest of all versions of BlueStacks ever released, with an estimated speed to up to 6 times faster than the Samsung Galaxy S9+ mobile device.
You can easily customize gaming controls, can run multiple instances of BlueStacks, and if your computer’s hardware is up to par, can even run multiple games at once.
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Ko Player is another great contender for the best software option that allows you to emulate Android OS on your Windows PC. After the emulation, you can access any android apps or games, and play/use them on bigger resolution screen.
This software is built on x86 Architecture, supports OpenGL and hardware acceleration, and offers great stability. You can use multiple accounts with this software, has video recording capabilities, and also allows the use of both gamepads and keyboard.
Because this is a light-weight software option and doesn’t have the same amount of features as NoxPlayer or BlueStacks, makes Ko Player one of the fastest emulation software on the market.
Here are some more notable features:
- Can log into multiple accounts at once
- Great quality image for bigger computer screens
- Keyboard mapping capabilities – allows you to customize the way you can control your virtual device
- App Center – contains even more compatible apps and games
- Small installation size
Droid4X is another lightweight and free android emulator that works perfectly on Windows operating systems. You can use this software to easily play your favorite games and apps on a bigger screen.
One of the most interesting features of Droid4X is the amount of resources it needs to run. Compared with NoxPlayer and BlueStacks, this software offers great emulation capabilities even for low-end computers.
You can easily record your emulated device’s screen, and can also configure gamepad and keyboards to suit your needs perfectly.
Key features of Droid4X include:
- Unlimited number of apps and games
- Perfectly compatible with touchscreen devices
- Can download apps directly
- Create custom controls
In this article, we explored some of the best Android emulating software on the market in 2019. If you have a powerful computer with lots of RAM and processing power, the best options for you would be NoxPlayer.
If your computer is average in its performance, we would recommend that you try out BlueStacks or MeMu Play. If your computer is not very powerful, you might want to check out Ko Player, or Droid4X.
The features found in the software presented above will surely cover all your needs regarding playing games or running any Android application on an emulated virtual device.
We would love to know what your opinion about this software is. Please feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2019and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.