You surely know that there are a lot of games and other useful applications specifically developed for Android. Millions of developers daily flood Google Play Market with thousands of applications – of which few are available to the PC users who do not own an Android device. It is a shame that the PC owners do not get the opportunity to play hundreds of thousands really great games. What can you do – run to the store and get an Android smartphone? Not necessarily! Today I will tell you about one of the best Android Emulators - BlueStacks App Player – that can be downloaded and installed on your computer with Windows or Mac OS.
BlueStacks App Player is a special program that enables users to run ARM applications for Android OS on Windows PC. After you have installed BlueStacks to your Windows PC, you can download any Android app to your computer directly from BlueStacks! The Player integrates nicely into Windows interface, it allows to run Android applications either in full-screen or window mode. BlueStacks is available in 12 languages and can be installed on computers, tablets and laptops based on x86 processors. Also you can download your applications from the Android phone to your Windows PC using the cloud, play the default 16 applications already installed into BlueStacks, install Launcher home screen instead of the standard one, play 3D games with cache, and even synchronize your Android phone with your Windows computer with the help of BlueStacks Cloud Connect.
BlueStacks Android Emulator is developed for and used on Windows 7/8, XP, Vista and Mac OS computers. The program also supports both sensor displays and touchpads, as well as desktop computers. Controlling in apps is performed with the help of a mouse and a keyboard. BlueStacks App Player opens Android system in a separate window on the desktop, so it is easy for the user to switch between Windows and Android.
BlueStacks can be downloaded from the developers’ official website, and stable connection with the Internet is required while you are installing the program,because some of the files important for faultless work of the application will be downloaded from the Internet during the installation process. Normally high-speed Internet is not a problem nowadays, yet if you do not have it for some reason, I will also give you the link to the installer that does not require Internet connection.
How to download and install BlueStacks?
It is easy to download and install BlueStacks from the official website of the program and while installing follow step-by-step instructions of the installation wizard. Unlike other Android Emulators that normally request installing some additional programs, such as Java, JDK, or SDK, the only thing that installation of BlueStacks App Player requires is having an account with Google.
BlueStacks installation wizard will enable you to select the space on the disk where it will be installed, as well as the preferred language.
Download BlueStacks App Player from the official BlueStacks website. You may also download the archive with BlueStacks following this link – and after that run the .exe or .msi file. This offline installation setup of BlueStacks will run on Windows XP / VISTA / 7 / 8 OS. If your PC does not have .NET framework 3.5 installed, you will be offered to install it before you can proceed with BlueStacks installation.
Follow the instructions of the installation wizard – and you will get BlueStacks App Player within only several minutes.
After the installation process is complete, there will be three shortcuts on the desktop: ‘Start BlueStacks’ (that actually starts the Android Emulator), ‘Apps’ (that allows to download Android apps and games), and ‘BlueStacks’ (used for program updates). Double-click the ‘Start BlueStacks’ shortcut in order to run the program. A window will open with the installed games and applications, and with a toolbar on top.
How to use BlueStack App Players?
In order to start using BlueStacks, double-click the ‘Start BlueStacks’ shortcut on your desktop, and a new window will open with the buttons ‘My Apps’, ‘Top Charts’, ’1-Click Sync’, and an icon with a magnifying glass. By pressing the latter, you can search for the games and apps that interest you, and install them into the emulator, after which they will be available in your ‘My Apps’ list. In order to change settings of the program press the gear-wheel icon in the right bottom part of the window. So that to use the .apk files already stored on your PC, find them using the search window in BlueStacks and open them. BlueStacks App Player supports the applications developed for the latest Android versions, so it is important to update the emulator using the desktop shortcut ‘BlueStacks’ or the update button when the program is running.
How to sync your Android phone with PC using BlueStacks?
While installing BlueStacks, say YES to the question if you own an Android phone, enter your email and phone number, and you will receive detailed instructions on synchronizing your phone with the application.
How to start applications?
After you have filled in the data of your Android device you may start using BlueStacks App Player that has several default applications: Barnes & Noble’s Nook App, Evernote, Documents To Go, Pulse, Fruit Ninja Free, and StumbleUpon. For running the application, all you need to do is click on the corresponding item, and in order to return to the program menu click on the BlueStacks icon in the centre of navigation panel.
How to download new apps?
With the help of BlueStacks you can download various applications from online Android stores. Type in the name of the application into the search window, press ‘Find’ – and download any application you need. You can download applications from Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android, 1Mobile Market, GetJar and others – the list of all available online stores is located at the top of the screen. Please note that BlueStacks App Player allows, among others, to install and use the applications that require cache – such as, for instance, Plague Inc. game, Instagram, etc. – because the application is able to emulate flash memory.
Setting and synchronizing your Android device with the PC
If you want to install to your computer the same applications that you use in your phone or receive texts to your PC, please download and install BlueStacks Cloud Connect Free Companion from Google Play. You will be emailed with the pin number that you will have to enter into the application. In order to use Cloud Connect, simply select the device that you want to synchronize with BlueStacks App Player, and press the ‘Sync’ button at the top of the screen. This will upload to your Android device the same applications that you have in your BlueStacks App Player.
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I personally consider BlueStacks App Player a perfect application for those who do now own an Android smartphone, and also those who prefer playing on their PC so that not to discharge the battery of their phone by playing games. I always play Android games using BlueStacks Android Emulator, and I never have to worry that my smartphone’s battery might go empty. Besides, tablets and phones often have a lack of operating memory, and there are so many games and applications that we want to try! Besides, sometimes it is useful to install apps to your computer prior to downloading them to your phone for testing them, so that to avoid your phone being crowded with multiple files that sometimes remain in memory even after the apps are de-installed.
If you encounter any problems while installing BlueStacks App Player, do not hesitate to ask questions in the comments to this post. I will try to help you sort out your problem, and you will be able to enjoy Android games on your PC!