How to Play Android Games on a PC
Playing gameson your Android phone can get a bit tiring after a while, no matter the size ofthe screen. Sure, there’s the convenience of indulging in your favorite pastimewhile waiting in line at the grocery store, but nothing beats your wide monitorscreen at home.
If only therewas a way to play that new Android game on your PC? There is and also severaloptions to choose from.
How to Play Android Games ona PC with BlueStacks
Without adoubt, the most popular way to play Android games on any laptop or computer isto use an emulator.
Essentially, an emulator is an app that emulates another platform so as to be able to run software created for that platform. So, in this case, you’d get an Android emulator for Windows. One widely used choice is BlueStacks.
That’s nocoincidence as BlueStacks is particularly stable and easy to install and use,and even though it might use a lot of resources it works most of the time. Let’ssee how you can download and run BlueStacks on your PC:
- Go to the official BlueStacks site where you’ll see a download green rectangle on the home screen.
- You’ll be prompted to select the install pack location. Select a folder and click “Save.”
- The download will take a few moments, depending on your internet speed, and once it’s done, run the BlueStacks installer.
- The installation will take a few minutes and after that, you’ll be able to see the BlueStacks app on your Windows Start Menu.
- By clicking on the BlueStacks icon you’ll be prompted to log into your Google Account.
- You’ll notice that there are a few apps installed by default and that Play Store is there too from which you can download games.
- Search the games that you want to download and proceed to install them on your computer. Every app that you open in BlueStacks will appear as a separate tab that you can switch back and forth.
Things to Keep in Mind
WhileBlueStacks works really well, the developers haven’t updated the software in awhile. However, it still works with most Android games available on the PlayStore.
Also, beforeyou even start the download, make sure that you have at least 2GB of RAM and atlast 5GB of free disc space. You also have to be an Administrator of your PC toinstall BlueStacks, which requires Windows 7 and above.
The BlueStacksSettings button is at the bottom right of the screen and you can use it tochange certain graphical and hardware settings.
How to Play Android Games onPC Without BlueStacks Emulator
Some gamersaren’t as comfortable to play in BlueStacks or another emulator. Theseemulators take up resources and might trigger your antivirus.
Whatever your reasonfor not wanting to use BlueStacks, other options are available.
If you alreadyhave an older version of Android Studio, you will need to download the latest toget access to Play Store. However, if it’s your first time getting acquaintedwith the platform, you should know that it’s designed for Android appdevelopers.
Assuming that you’renot an app developer, the feature in Android Studio to look for is AndroidVirtual Device Manager or AVD manager. It’s as close to being an emulatorwithout actually being one.
It offers alot of versatility, too, when integrating Android features and your PC, such asreceiving calls and text messages. Here’s how you can download and installAndroid Studio on your PC:
- Go to the Android Studio official page and click on the “Download Android Studio” button.
- When the app downloads, run the .exe file and start the installation.
- Once Android Studio finishes installing, you can find it in the Start Menu of your Windows and start using it.
Keep in mindthat even though Android Studio is a solid alternative to BlueStacks, it’s alsomore complex and has other uses.
There isanother way to play Android games on your PC without using BlueStacks. You canuse the open-source initiative project called Android x86. Its purpose is toport Android devices to computers that run on x86 processors by AMD or Intel.Here’s how you do it:
- Go to the Android x86 official page and click on the “Download” button on the home screen.
- Now, choose between two mirror options, “OSDN” and “FOSSHUB.”
- As the file downloads, go to the “Rufus” tool that will help you create a bootable USB flash drive.
- Then insert a flash drive in the USB port of your PC. Rufus will detect the flash drive and you can download it.
- Then run the Android x86 installation and restart your computer.
- You’ll be able to load the Android x86 system on your PC and proceed to set it up so you can download games from Play Store.
Another viableoption to play Android games on your computer is to use a Chromebook. If you’realready looking for a laptop that would work great with Android games,Chromebook will work flawlessly.
And that’sbecause you don’t have to install anything. It already runs on Google’s OS sothere’s no need for an emulator.
It’s a smalllaptop that relies on an internet connection rather than storage. Chromebookscan run Android games natively, and that’s a step up from playing games on yourphone.
How to Play Android Games ona PC Using a Keyboard and Mouse
All of theoptions above will work with a keyboard and mouse. However, one in particularworks as a shortcut that essentially allows you to play Android games on yourphone and PC at the same time.
All you needto do is mirror your phone to your windows by using a mirroring app. You’restill using your phone but everything you do is also displayed on your screen.
There are manyoptions to do this and some Samsung phones, for example, already have thisfeature installed. But many Android phones don’t, and that’s when you have toinstall a mirroring app to make it work. Here’s what you can try:
- Open the Play Store on your Android phone and download the Screen Stream Mirroring app.
- Once you install it, make sure to restart your device.
- Then launch the app on your phone and make sure that your phone and your PC are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Alternatively, you can connect your phone and your PC with a USB cable.
- Launch the game that you want to play and you’ll be able to see it on both your PC screen and phone screen.
Choose Your Favorite Way to aBig Screen
Android gameshave come a long way and there are so many addictive releases. But when a smallscreen just isn’t enough, there are several ways you can play your game on the PC.
BlueStackswill always be a go-to solution for most, but that’s not the only way to go.The Android Studio and Android x86 solutions are perhaps for those who arealready into game development or something similar.
Mirroring is ashortcut that works brilliantly if you have a fast Wi-Fi connection and a newerphone.
What’s goingto be your choice? Have you tried it? Let us know in the comment section below.