- If you have trouble using Android apps on your Windows device, try one of these best free Android emulators.
- Emulators are tools that allow Android-compatible programs to run on Windows PC.
- Luckily, there are plenty of such tools on the market and you'll easily find an Android emulator online.
- LD Player or BlueStacks are just some of the most common names that you'll see here.
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.
We’re going to combine these two things, and present you the best Android emulators for your Windows PC you can find.
Although the title of the article says Windows 10, because that’s the most used OS by our readers, all these Android emulators will work for other Windows versions that you might be running, such as Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
As usually, the 1st position is the one we suggest as being the best and with the most features, but feel free to examine all your options.
What are the top 10 Android emulators for Windows PC?
Topping off our list is an android emulator that deserves the #1 one spot not only because it is indeed completely free, but also because it is the best there is.
While relatively newer to the market and maybe not with the same resounding name as our other entries, LDPlayer does a wonderful job of breaking the barrier between mobile and PC gaming.
Enjoy all of the top games on Android on your PC device, and instead oh wearing and tearing through your phone’s battery and touchscreen, simply use your mighty PC with a mouse, keyboard, or controller.
The games will run smoothly, no matter how complex or large they are, even full-scale mobile MMORPGs.
All in all, LDPlayer is our top choice when it comes to merging Android and Windows OS.
LDPlayerNeed to play a n Android game but your phone can't handle it? Play it on PC with this amazing free emulator!
BlueStacks is definitely the most famous Android emulator (founded 8 years ago) on our list, and it is also the most widely used one. And rightfully so.
It is totally free and after several tests, we concluded that this is the best Android emulator for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10.
BlueStacks runs 97% of what’s inside the Google Play Store on your Windows PC, as long as you run Windows XP or later.
It is the single Android App Player that we recommend virtualizing the full Android experience as a Windows software without any harm to your system.
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.
Unlike others, BlueStacks 3.0 allows you to run multiple Android Apps and Games simultaneously.
Furthermore, the most recent update – BlueStacks + N Beta, represents the first and only Android gaming platform to have Android 7 while the majority of other Android emulators run Android 4.4.
This means you will use an upgraded graphics engine, making your games faster and better looking. And this is exactly why BlueStacks is our single and most honest recommendation.
BluestacksTry out one of the most popular Android emulators in the world and find out what performance means, all completely free!
Make sure to download the associated game, as shown in the screenshot above to get bonus Pika points.
You will be able to use them for special features and products. Once the link opens, you will get a ‘Download the Bla Bla Bla game’. When you click on it, BlueStacks automatically downloads and you can proceed from there.
Nox Player is another great 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 the computer’s keyboard and mouse, as well as the gamepad.
It could be laggy sometimes, but the overall impression is satisfying. Another good thing is that it doesn’t come with any additional software.
MEmu is an excellent Android emulator created for one purpose only: gaming. Supporting both AMD and Intel chipsets, this tool will run on every computer.
It also supports KitKat, Lollipop and Android Jelly Bean. This makes it extremely powerful and puts it in a good position.
You can play and run almost every apps and game (problematic apps and games are problematic for every emulator, right?). From all its features, here are the most important that you should consider:
- Sharing files between Android and Windows PC
- GPS location simulation
- Watch live shows and TV channels
- Fast APK installation
- Great experience with a well-designed user desktop
Droid4X is one of the best choices for simulating Android on your computer. Addons are among the most interesting things in this emulator, which you can use to enhance the application’s functionality.
It comes with a pre-installed Google Play Store, and also beats the competition in gaming, although there are better options in terms of stability.
Another great feature is an app that you can install on your Android phone, so you can control games on your computer. Use this free Android emulator for your Windows PC with confidence.
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 environments.
You can, as well, easily switch between devices, by your desire. Genymotion is something like the opposite of AMIDuOS, because it’s great for developers, but not so great for regular users.
Andy is a lesser known Android emulator for Windows PC users, but it’s completely free. It used to be a little buggy when it first came out, but most of the issues have been fixed since then.
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.
This emulator is also interesting because it nsures most up to date Android OS at all times.
Koplayer is a well-rated app that is totally free and lets you open all the apps from Google store.
This emulator uses a brand new x86 Kernel technology that should make it faster,r better and more compatible than any other emulators. Koplayer is compatible with Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10.
The game supports gamepad, mouse, and keyboard so your gaming sessions could be more pleasant. It also offers you some interesting features for the camera, keyboard, and microphone.
That lets you record your gaming sessions, make screenshots and share it with your friends.
You can try it and let us know in the comments section how does it work.
We’ll end 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’ periods.
You basically can choose the right emulator, based on your needs, skill level, and desires, which is great.
To help you with that, here are a few more specific lists of emulators, depending on where you want to use them, and for what purpose:
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- 5 best emulators to run Android games on Surface 3 and 4
- 6 fastest Android emulators
- 5 emulators to play Knives Out
- 4 best ad-free Android emulators
- 5 emulators to play Epic Seven
- 3 best emulators to play Ragnarok M: Eternal Love
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.
FAQ: Learn more about Android emulators
- Is BlueStacks a virus?
BlueStacks is an Android emulator for Windows. It allows you to run Play Store and Android apps or games on your Windows 10 device.
- Can I run Android apps in Windows 10?
Yes and one of the easiest ways to do that is by using an emulator – a software designed to accommodate Android apps for PC use.
- Does an emulator slow down the computer?
Not necessarily; but there are ways to give them a boost, for a faster gaming experience.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.