3 Best Android Emulators for Mac OS / Macbook |Run and install Android apps on your Mac OS X , Macbook Air/Pro

Macintosh OS or popularly known as Mac OS used by Apple on its Mac PC’s and Macbook’s is an awesome OS, with its awesome user-interface, and great features, wouldn’t it be more awesome if we are able to run Android on Mac os.? like whatsapp on mac os, yes its possible by these unique Android Emulators , so let’s have a look on these 3 best Android Emulator for Mac OS’s

1. Bluestacks AppPlayer Android Emulator for Mac OS

  • Bluestacks AppPlayer is probably the Best Android Emulator available because it uses the unique “LayerCake” technology which allows android OS apps to be emulated and run without requiring an external Virtual Desktop App whatsoever.
  • Also Bluestacks contains inbuilt search manager which allows you to install any apk within itself.
  • The .apk files can be installed into Bluestacks from guest OS [Mac OS] itself, simply by double-clicking, as well as the apps can be launched directly from the MAC dashboard!
  • moreover Push Notifications of app installed in Bluestacks are pushed directly to the host OS, hence you can use chat applications like whatsapp and the MAC Os simultaneously and smoothly!
  • Bluestacks automatically takes up the internet connected to the Guest OS [mac] hence no need of configuring anything!
  • Bluestacks for MAC can be downloaded from either bluestacks.com or by
    Clicking here to download the Bluestacks  .dmg file .

 

2. Droid4X

Droid4X

Droid4X is the sort of emulator designed for Power, and its the best android emulator for gaming be it for Mac OS or Windows.

  • It provides options to configure Keyboard as Controller for gaming.
  • Comes pre-rooted and with Google Play Store installed.
  • Simply, drag and drop the apk file to start the installation.

Click here to download Droid4X for MAC Os X

 

3. Andy OS

ANDY Emulator Gameplay
  • Andy OS by Andyroid.net is another great Android Emulator for Mac OS , but it requires Virtual Box to be preinstalled on the MAC.
  • Features of ANDY emulator include Google Play Store support inbuilt, none of the emulator has this feature inbuilt even for Windows builds!
  • Multi-Touch support – the word explains it all !
  • you can also use your phone as a controller for controlling / playing the games, the picture alongside explains it 🙂
  • Access the installed apps directly from the Desktop environment!
  • OpenGL hardware acceleration, Camera and Microphone all features supported!
  • You can download the MAC version of Andy from here –> The link will automatically redirect you depending on your OS —
  • Click here to download & get Andy Emulator for Mac OS X .dmg file .

 

Update : You might love it to check out the New Firefox OS on PC – Click here to Configure Firefox OS Emulator on your Mac

 

4. Genymotion

Genymotion Live on MAC
  • One of the most striking features of Genymotion is unlike other Android Emulators it allows us to change the type of android device as well as android version we are using!!
  • This is a great feature and allows us to select a particular device as well as particular Android version which we want to emulate.
  • It also supports configuring the amount of resources e.g RAM ,harddisk to be allocated to the Android device is possible! Great feature if your are limited on hardware resources.
  • Directly supports networking through ethernet /Wi-Fi , emulates your connected connection directly so you can use internet directly in your emulated android.
  • ADB Support and it also supports OpenGL hardware acceleration so you can use your Android device fullscreen and play Games on your MAC!
  • Also supports drag and drop file transfer to the emulated SD Card 🙂 , supports Gyroscope,Light and accelerometer sensors too.
  • You need an account on Genymotion Cloudto Download and deploy Genymotion android device .

 

5. Xamarin Android Player for MAC

  • Xamarin is yet another android emulator with variety of devices supported, it supports OpenGL, and virtualizes a device instead of emulating it. 
  • This Virtualization increases speed of the emulator to a great extent!
  • Click here to download Xamarin Android Player for Mac.
  • The Configuration/installation instructions for Xamarin on Mac OS can be found here .

 

NOTE – You might want to check out this new emulator which runs directly inside Google Chrome BrowserARChon! Android Emulator., thus it will work on Mac too!

So these were the Best 5 Android Emulators for Mac OS , besides these there are other options available too such as the Android SDK (Official) Emulator ,AndroVM , AndroLite but configuring official Android SDK is a tedious task and other two didn’t interest me much , you can check them out too..

Hope you liked this post, if you have any doubts/queries/suggestions feel free to comment!

Comments

  1. says

    Have you been able to download Andy for the Mac? When I use the link provided it gives the message: “Andy version for Mac & Linux is due end of May 2014, if you want to join the beta testers please email [email protected] or please visit us again soon.”

        • says

          Hello James 🙂 there’s a bad news though, My Portable hard drive has crashed 🙁 hence, i have lost the dmg file 🙁 , i have given it for recovery but it may take some time , i guess. 🙁

          In the meantime i can upload the Windows virtual box virtual machine, which is available with me, we can transfer it to Mac’s virtual box with a little modifications, i can upload that, will it do ?

          • Carl says

            What changes did you have to make to get it working in Virtualbox on Mac? I copied over the resources folder and the andy folder with the virtual disks, then redirected the resources and andy folders but it does not start a working version of andy just the processes for it.

          • says

            Hello Carl, In the beta version i just had to add the vmdisks in to the virtualbox on mac, and they automatically booted up! , Though android was pretty much laggy, it actually started up after taking 7 minutes. Also other functionalities such as connecting android phone as a remote didn’t work during the beta stage on windows

  2. Ken says

    Hi Chaitanya, I am also not able to download Andy for mac. Can you send me the link of your uploaded .dmg file? Thanks!

  3. El says

    If you uploaded the dmg file to somewhere twice already, can’t you just post the link to that file here in one of the comments, please? I would like the old dmg file as well, can’t find it anywhere now…

    by the way, Andyroid was not available for download for months now, in June there was a notice about it being available in May, since then they have changed it to “Andy version for Mac & Linux is due mid July 2014” 🙁 and since they already broke their own timelines for a beta release, I have a feeling it’s may not be out even in August or September… so maybe you should change your post reflecting it’s current unavailability

    • says

      I am very much sorry for the inconvenience El, but my hard drive crash had led me to lose the file and due to its bigger size 400Mb+ i wasn’t able to upload it 🙁 and now for testing i copied the Andyroid Virtual Machine from my Ubuntu installation to the Mac, and it worked fine. Ya you’re right changing my post confirming its unavailability 🙁

  4. rian says

    lets say i run a android mmorpg game on mac using andy.. while running the app.. can someone run a damage hack on mac to affect the android mmorpg?

    • says

      Currently its not possible 🙂 as running Andy on Mac itself is a uphill task because of installation of virtual box and copying the windows virtual machine to mac

  5. svg says

    Hi another good emulator, is Droid4x. Its still in beta mode, but works awesome. Been playing Modern Combat 5 and blitz brigade. Plus, it comes prerooted. Enjoy!

  6. 7mom says

    Hi..I download it more than one time from different website but it`s not working!
    could you please tell me what`s wrong?

  7. ricky says

    i cant play coc on the bluestack for mac app from that link. it say i need like jelly bean or something pls help me that

  8. Rakesh says

    Both Bluestack and Andy runs very slow in mac, in fact it got hanged and other applications are also slow due to the android emulator installation.

    Is there any freeviOS emulator for mac?

  9. says

    BlueStacks is regarded as the number one Android Emulator for Windows computers at present. It has extremely simple and easy process of Downloading and Installing it in your computers.

  10. Nobel Immanuel says

    i’ve tried bluestack, genymotion, andy os, and droid4x on MBP 13″ i5 2.6ghz, i tried play seven knights netmarble game, laggy, and eaten up RAM so much, so i must close all application to open those app player and it’s still laggy.. Dunno what to do. Maybe the solution is installing Bluestacks/Nox app player using bootcamp windows.

  11. bincy subash says

    i would i like to download hotstar app to watch movies and tv shows. which android emulator is the best for this?

  12. Tizzer747 says

    Is the direct download link for andy’s emulator a virus on mac? Im getting really anxious about it because people are saying that it is a virus. Help plz!

    • says

      It’s the official link given by the Andy OS team. It contains Virtual Box package or VMware depending on the Mac version. Rest assured, I have installed it on my Mac, it just has an installer thing asking to install yahoo tool bar which can be refused

  13. Kristopher says

    This site says 5 emulators compatible with OS tried all of them but only archon was able to get me a file that can open but even that file was incomplete which means its not an emulator. 0 success with this site if you read comments for reviews dont waste your time here.

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