Top 7 Free Android Emulators for PC – Windows 7/8/8.1/10 | Run Android apps on Computer PC/Windows 7/8.1/10

Android emulators/simulators are largely required to run Android apps & games on PC (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) . However, choosing the correct Android emulator might become a daunting task, as if not selected properly they can really slow down your Computer (e.g Duos M) . So, here we bring you the best 7 Android emulators for your PC – Windows 7/8/8.1/10 which you can use to run android on computer

 

Emulator # 1 – Nox App Player – Android Emulator

Gaming on Nox App Player with Keyboard mapping for touch input!
Gaming on Nox App Player with Keyboard mapping for touch input!

Nox App Player is our preferred Android emulator to play Android games on PC / Computer (Windows 10 & 7),  or to try out new android apps due to its speed.

Nox App Player is fast, plus provides lots of features such as –

  • One-click root hide / unhide (disable or enable root)
  • Ability to specify the CPU Processor & Ram size! which is great for gamers & app-testers to check resource usage.
  • Besides, these Nox even provides Keyboard mapping for touch input. Thus, you can specify the areas where touch is to be simulated, on pressing a keyboard key! (Awesome thing for gamers)
  • Plus, it even has an inbuilt GPS controller setting, by which you can even play GPS required games such as Pokemon Go directly inside Nox App Player. –> Check out our Nox Player HD tutorial for the same

Click here to Download Nox App Player HD for Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 (Home, Pro, Professional 32-bit & 64-bit).

 

Emulator # 2 – BlueStacks

Bluestacks 2 is very smooth & easy to use
Bluestacks 2 is very smooth & easy to use

BlueStacks is the most widely used Android emulator or Android App Player for Windows . It used to be free but now is only in Specific regions

  • Easy One-click installation on the Windows System (Split-online installer as well as offline installer is available).
  • Easily install 3rd party apk’s or android apps by simply double clicking on the apk files.
  • No other-3rd party virtualization required (VirtualBox  isn’t required).

Click here to download BlueStacks Offline Installer for Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10.

 

 

Emulator # 3 – KO Player

KO Player Android Emulator
KO Player Android Emulator

KO Player is the latest entrant in this list & is a great android emulator especially when it comes to playing Android games on your Computer / PC. KO Player provides a host of great features in its android emulator such as –

  • Keyboard to Touch Mapping
  • Crisp Display on Bigger screens due to HD Resolution
  • Ability directly record your Android emulation screen & save it as a video. Thus, enabling you to share your Gameplay easily.
  • Besides, you can run multiple accounts of various simultaneously
  • Since, it is made for gaming KO Player does require a good amount of RAM & graphics memory

Click here to Download KO Player for Windows 10 / 7 /8.1 (32-bit & 64-bit)

 

Emulator # 4 – Andyroid – Andy OS

Andy OS lets you chat through whatsapp directly on Desktop

AndyRoid is one of its own kind Android Emulator for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 . It supports some unique features which aren’t supported by any other android emulators out there such as –

  • Using your phone as remote control while playing games!.
  • ARM support, You can directly install apps in your andy emulator through your host’s desktop browser!.
  • As Andy is based upon VirtualBox , It doesn’t require any dedicated Graphics card to function smoothly and works well even on Intel HD Graphics.

Andyroid is very similar and may be classified as an advanced alternative to Genymotion as both of them require VirtualBox to be installed on the system.

Click here to download Andyroid -Andy OS emulator for windows 7/8/8.1/10

 

Emulator # 5 – Droid4X

Droid4X Android Simulator

Droid4X is perhaps its the most interesting emulators mentioned in this article. Droid4X is designed for real Power! in the hands of user, and its features too point to the same . Droid4X has some salient features such as –

Click here to download Droid4X Android simulator for Windows 7/8/8.1/10

 

Emulator # 6 – Windroy – The Android emulator with a Windows Kernel!

Windroy on Windows 7

Windroy is perhaps the most unique Emulators present in this article because of the fact – It completely runs using the Windows Kernel!

Windroy doesnt require any external Virtualbox support. Like bluestacks, also its quite light-weight and handy to use!. You just have to take care that the directory path wherein you install Windroy must not contain Spaces.

Click here to download Windroy with Gapps.(PlayStore Supported)

 

Emulator # 7 – GenyMotion

GenyMotion in action on Windows 8

GenyMotion is another advanced Android Emulator for PC , and may be classified as a worthy alternative to/of Bluestacks. GenyMotion has advanced features like OpenGL, and hardware aceleration support. Its built on the x86 Architecture and hence is faster as compared to BlueStacks.

Click here to download GenyMotion for Windows 7/8/8.1/10.

You need to install GenyMotion on your PC/Laptop and configure Android device on it –
Click here for complete tutorial on GenyMotion configuration (Check out the Steps after running Genymotion – They’re common for Linux as well as Windows)

 

So, these were the top 7 free android emulators for PC/windows , If you know of some other one do comment 🙂 , also feel free to ask any questions regarding them

Comments

  1. ashish says

    if any no. already registered in whatsapp through android phone. so is this application work in the same condition???

  2. says

    Ashish u have to type ur number and u will get a msg in ur phone the code msg u have to type the code and u will get ur ac opened with all ur old msges in pc

  3. Steve says

    No thanks! All these subscription based emu/simulators happen because someone discovered how to use a compiler and slap a pretty interface around it. Crashes constantly on machines that meet 8x the requirements and depend mostly on other free things, like VirtualBox. You know, for the trouble and cost, I’ll just plug my android device into a monitor and sync up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Problem solved!

      • Steve says

        Well, let’s see. First was BlueStacks, then Genymotion. Bluestacks was tried on a Windows8 PC, Genymotion was tried on a Mac running OS 10.10. Both machines have 4 Intel cores, 16 gigs of RAM and high-end graphics with nothing else to do.

        BlueStacks was the most lenient. At worst, it would just go black-screen, while Genymotion all but crashed the whole system. I kept getting the impression that it was losing track of the VM session and stuff of that nature. By the way, I hate all of these external dependencies.

        What they could run, they ran very well, but the apps which demanded special graphics modes, like Minecraft PE would always cause trouble. Problem is that those were the ones I was most interested in running.

        I will definitely give droid4x a try. Thanks for the recommendation!

        • Orionway says

          LEAPDROID works great, no dependencies, low system requirements.. dual core, 4gb ram.. works with Intel graphics even..!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sudeep says

    Droid4x resets automatically in every 24 hrs… i m tired of installing apps again and again.. plz help me out….

  5. qwe says

    Bluestacks: “VirtualBox isn’t required”
    “Windroy doesnt require any external Virtualbox support like bluestacks”

  6. Marco says

    holly maholly, AndyRoid looked like small when i downloaded but in fact i noticed it was only a small application (downloader) which purpose is to download a +-500MB file from their server…. now i know why they put 20GB free HD space in the system requirement section !

    • spike says

      AndyRoid is a harmful program, which installs a set of unwanted programs. Now, I am working on deleting all these programs. Thanks…

  7. pradeep says

    wow this is really nice collection of android apps ..
    thanks for sharing these worderful application with us.

  8. Manjit says

    i’m trying to download bluestacks for mp laptop with Windows 8.1 64bit,but as soon as i click download option a notification occurs as “this type of file can harm your computer “…please help,wat to do…

    • Pratyush Ghatak says

      Bluestacks and Nox does run. Bluestacks has a 1 GB verson..which is pretty basic…so Nox is better I guess.

  9. Satpal says

    Can u please tell me which is the one that don’t give game download popup like Bluestacks (game popup home) and don’t require Premium purchase…??

    one more question which file manager is best so that i can easily move/copy my folders from file manager to “windows”. and vice versa.

    well i updated bluestacks and it stopped working..!!
    and i don’t want to loss my data

    • says

      Hello Satpal, considering your problems faced while using bluestacks and requirements of no pop-ups we’ll recommend you to use droid4x. It’s fast and stable too!! Regarding file manager you can use any good one like x plore or es.

  10. Josefina says

    Bluestack y Andyroid has as a first archive to be scanned a Trojan horse. All of you know that? I downloaded both and that was the result when I scan it. They could be the best, but not for me.

    • says

      Hello Josefina, may be they being an online installer package might be detected as Trojan, but we have used them. Personally I too don’t like bluestacks it’s quite resource heavy but loved droid4x. Thank you for alerting 🙂

  11. dipta says

    but, i am not being able to download anythng from play store.. it continuously showing “installing”.. but downloading isnt strtd

    • says

      Hello dipta, it seems some problem with your Internet connection, or can you try using a different Google account after restarting the pc. As we tried from our end and we’re able to download apps through playstore 🙂

  12. BB says

    Think I’ll be skipping Droid4X, and you should too, unless you like installing software from the same country – Communist China – that routinely hacks and just completely stole the personal data of every current and former U.S. government employee, including personal medical records of military vets and their families so the regime can blackmail, threaten, and otherwise coerce Americans. Shame on Techapple for even including Droid4X on its list and for recklessly suggesting users run out and download it without telling them of the obvious dangers and liabilities.

  13. says

    yes bluestack is still charging $2 USD a month (in aus at least) so you can run free apps like instagram. I also got a whole bunch of maleware bundled with bluestack when I downloaded it (from a third party site that pretended to review bluestack and provide a handy link.

  14. says

    note – my anti virus program has been working overtime trying to remove bluestack and all its malware. Note you will also probably get something called ‘bluetacks notification centre’ downloaded that when you try and delete it, all you get is a message asking if you want to update the bluestack application (which I have already deleted). If this has nothing to do with their application, I imagine that with the millions they are racking in from charging $24 US a year to run free android apps – that they may wont to look into the damage that is being done under their name.

  15. MGB says

    It seems most are here because they want to play games made for android. Can someone please tell me which really and truly free-gratis-no dollars emulator would be best so I can use the communication programs what’sapp, Viber and Line? I’ve been holding out against owning a mobile phone for so long, but I’m near breaking point. Thanks for your help

    • says

      Hello MGB you can have all the above mentioned without an emulator 🙂 use whatsapple client for whatsapp and viber and line have their official desktop clients 🙂

  16. MGB says

    Hi CHAITANYA,

    Thanks for your reply but I think you did not read my question closely: I do not have a mobile phone and do not want to get one, but would like to be able to use (on my windos7 pc) the communication apps that are based on mobile phone OS such as Android witout having to install all those complicated and seemingly trouble-ridden emulator programs. But I have a feeling it isn’t going to be possible because the info I read about the WebClient you recommended requires you to have a mobile phone!

  17. gspal says

    “Sorry, Droid4X can’t support the AMD A4-3400 APU with Radeon ™ HD Graphics CPU temporarily”. This is the message I got when attempting installation on my Windows 7 desktop. Bluestacks works, but it demands $2 per month else I download useless apps which may have demands of their own.

  18. Karyal says

    BlueStacks should not be considered #1. BluesSacks gave me lots of trouble, always freezing up and always taking 10-15 minutes to load and more. I defiantly know that it was not my computer because it was a brand new macbook BlueStacks stinks I advise no one to download it.

      • Kaustav says

        For example, ICICI Pockets app is checking for the mobile number present in the SIM card. I can’t get past it. I tried “SIM Editor” app with Xposed Installer in Bluestacks & Andy. But, there seems to be problem loading the modules as it requires rebooting the device to load & it’s not possible with both Bluestacks & Andy.

          • Kaustav says

            Yes, there seems to be an option in Genymotion Business edition. I think that should work. But, I can’t afford that at this moment. And Donkey Guard is not working since Xposed Installer is not working.

            However, I found a way to authenticate my number for ICICI Pockets using a simple hack. When ICICI Pockets fails to read the number from Android system, it tries to authenticate by sending an encrypted SMS. So, it actually generates a message & triggers the messaging app with write message option with the encrypted message written (stupid authentication system by ICICI really). Then I actually typed that message in my feature phone & send it to the shown number & bingo! It works! Well done ICICI bank!

            And lastly, thank you very much for bringing my notice to Genymotion. Really appreciate it! Thanks!

          • says

            Hi Kaustav, you’re welcome. very happy that you solved the problem out bingo! That was very lame from icici, but nonetheless it helped the app to get working on the emulator. Well done and congratulations! 🙂

          • Kaustav says

            Thanks! I was actually fooling eBay. eBay has suspended my account. So, to sell again I needed a new bank account for paying seller fees along with new IPs as my previous cards & A/Cs are blacklisted by eBay. So, this is a good way to start selling again without opening an account. Hope this will help somebody facing the same issues.

          • says

            Yes that’s some real logical thinking from you Kaustav, a great workaround!! Thank you it will help me too for selling on eBay 🙂 thanks again!

          • Kaustav says

            It seems like Genymotion does not yet support cell no. changing. This is what I got in reply from them:

            Hi,

            Thanks for your interest in Genymotion!

            For now, it is not possible to change the default phone No. stored in system. But we plan to provide this feature in the future!
            You’ll be notified as soon as Genymotion has this ability.

            Best regards,

            Damien
            Genymotion Support Team

          • says

            Oh It doesn’t has it by default..:( i was wondering using xposed installer on the same..as it emulated a complete phone hence I thought manually rebooting the phone by using the inbuilt power key..

  19. says

    Windroy is useless, I Installed the program and then was unable to install any apps. Just constantly received the message ‘this browser is no longer supported’. Uninstalled 5 minutes later.

  20. sanket says

    i am confused in all the app players but i will never take bluestacks because it is the worst android emulater i have ever used

  21. says

    all of these are crap! i cant add my google account and cant access the play store! what the hell is the point of an android emulator if you cant use the fucking apps! waste of money spent on the internet to download these pieces of shit

  22. MELSON says

    i got bluestacks. working fine. i also got the droid4x. worked magnificently.. until i tried and installed Andy. it ‘broke’ my Droid4x. now i’m trying to fix my Droid. if all else fails, i’ll just re install Droid4x from this site. i’m just sharing that installing droid4x and Andy isn’t the best decision and i recommend you guys avoid it if you are happy with droid4x. will try Windroy later.. thanks 🙂

    PS. thanks for this wonderful article(?) because i’ve been searching for android emulators for few weeks now and none were good. then i found this. tried droid and poof. its wonderful 🙂 easy to install, easy to use. very nice.

  23. Martin Rubenstein says

    I’m looking for an emulator that will pass live data from a usb connected device (engine management unit) into the app running in the emulator. DuOS cannot do this, and so far Bluestacks doesn’t seem capable of passing through usb data. Perhaps this just isn’t practicable?

  24. chung2music says

    Andy OS is horrible. I installed it and my PC was crashing and lagging left and right not to mention when I got the emu open it would not run and just get stuck at the loading screen.

      • says

        Hello Chung2music, we are very sorry for the issues faced by you :(, did droid4x worked for you?.. Well now bluestacks as you rightly said isn’t of much use anymore.. But on some non graphic card pcs Andy does work good.

  25. DHANRAJ / ABHISHEK says

    HELLO! I AM FROM INDIA. I INSTALLED BLUESTACK APP PLAYER IN AUGUST 2015. AFTER ONE MOUNTH I PAID $25 FOR STILL USING BLUESTACKS BUT AFTER EVERY 1 OR 2 WEEK IT SHOWS ME THE PAID NOTIFICATION. I BUY BLUESTACK FOR YEAR HOW THIS WAS HAPPENED. THEN I INFORM BLUESTACKS OPERATOR ABOUT THIS THEY DONT GIVE ANY REPLAY ON THAT. PLEASE WHAT TO DO NEXT?? NICE INFORMATION AND SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH

  26. VCuts says

    I have tried most of the android emulators shown, as I have a new Windows 10 Pro computer 32 GB Ram, 1.5TB disk, AMD 6-core processor and I still can’t get Jurassic World (Updated version) to run on it. I also have a win7 laptop with bluestacks and that works fine with the updated version of Jurassic World. My android tablet just baulked at the update and now refuses to load the game as it’s now too big. Bit concerned when win7 is no longer supported though. Has anyone got any ideas as I’m out of them.

    • says

      Hi Vcuts, well you can play thr game on win7 if it’s working fine.. And to run the game on Windows 10, I would l recommend you to first upgrade the graphics drivers and then install droid4x emulator. Then we could proceed to installing jurassic Park on the droid4x emulator.

  27. says

    Hi.. I am from India. I installed bluestacks in my laptop and have never used it much. Today I just opened it and got a notification to pay $2 or install 3 apps. Obviously I neither want to pay nor install some stupid apps.

    Upon searching for Android Emulators, I stumbled upon this page. Nice info all over. I think I only have Droid4X as an option. My only requirement for an emulator is for WhatsApp. Maybe I will try 3rd party twitter apps later.

    Kindly tell me if any other emulator other than Droid4X is better for my above mentioned requirement.

    Many thanks for the article and also to all those who’ve shared their emulator experiences.

  28. Phoebe says

    Nox App Player has surpassed all the above. It’s a free full-feature android emulator which could run multiple android instances on Windows PC. It’s also very light and fast. BTW, it emulates Android 4.4.2 kitkat. I think the editors should do a feature review of it. Their website here: http://en.bignox.com/

  29. A Vistor says

    Do not get Bluestacks 2. I was using Bluestack 2 (V 46.0) on Windows 8.1. I was disappointed that i could only play my favorites apps a couple of times before i either had to pay $2 (USA) or try the rest of the apps out there.

    Andy runs super slow on my Windows 8.1 Comp. I am looking into Droid4X [V 0.8.7 Beta]

    [Oh and do not replies, chances of me coming back are none]

  30. says

    Hi Really Sorry, for the problem faced while using Bluestacks but it still sort of has a freemium model so we didn’t remove it.. Will try to get a better alternative for you 🙂 , Sincere apologies 🙁

  31. sam2004 says

    droid 4x does not work after i download it and open it i comes “application deleted” in my pc. what should i do????

  32. Chala says

    My PC have brightness problem befor, then I try one of your product to adjest then I have got the best.
    Thank you a lot!

  33. Khuzi says

    I’ve a ram of 1gb, when I installed bluestack, it didn’t run because of low memory. Is there any software that runs on 1gb? I just want to play coc anyway !

  34. J /\ N /\ says

    Is there any alternative/options for Android Emulators.. like compared to emulators it could be much better and faster…

    Any input…?

  35. says

    I’ve used Bluestacks on two PCs for over a year with no problems. In the U.S. it’s free if you agree to some app downloads. This past January, I took advantage of a discount offer and paid for the subscription. It’s worth $10 a year at most. If I had to pay more, I would choose another emulator.

  36. Aditya Gupta says

    Bluestacks is not so good but Droid4X is the best of all emulators I’ve ever used !
    Droid4X supports keyboard gaming.
    I will prefer to Droid4X !

  37. says

    hii friends,i think ,i will downloaded any android emulator in this 7.at this time,if t use whatsapp in this 7 emulators.pplzzzzz suggest me frnds be fastlyyy.

  38. Tristan says

    Why not memu app player? I switch to use it from bluestacks, as it says, way better than bluestacks… lightweight and powerful, I highly suggest you to add it into your review list. Thanks!

  39. abcdefgh says

    Hey guyz is there any of the simulators which requires space less than a gb or so coz i have some serious space problem to deal with so if there are any please tell me

  40. mINip says

    guys can u tell me which emulator is best for windows 8.1..because i already installed bluestack and andy both are crashed…cant play any game on it so guys help me…or recommed any bother app 🙁

  41. says

    hi! im having hard time installing Android Pc Emulator (Memu,Nox,Driod4x etc) on my Pc.here is my system
    2Gb,64bit operating system,processor 2,HD 450,monitor resolution 1366×768,display adapter AMD Radeon HD6370m,any comments are welcome Thanks 😀

    • says

      Hi, Have you tried MEmu. I am using it and it is the best android emulator.
      I tried all of these emulators but in my opinion MEmu is the best.
      I palyed “Gangstar Vegas” on all of these emulators and no one is giving perfect graphics except “MEmu” It is lightweight and giving me perfect gaming experience.

  42. Guy says

    This bluestacks is a stupid app player just showing the welcome page. I have installed it my dad but it is not working a stupid app player please do not download it. I had wasted my data by download in this app player. It’s about 300 MB and it is of no use.

    • Peppermint says

      Agreed. Bluestacks not only took forever to download, it also constipated my laptop, things started freezing up before I got the chance to use Bluestacks. Eventually, after restarting the machine twice, I was finally able to uninstall it.

  43. says

    Tried all named above. Basicly none of them worked or had older android version.
    I would really recommend MeMu android emulator. Runs on android 5.1(lollipop)
    Doesn’t eat RAM, is fast and does not crash randomly.

    Have a try 😉

  44. says

  45. orient says

    I M using dell inspiron 15.2000 series laptop windows 8.1 version..bt after complete the downloading process it showing not supported .

  46. says

    Thanks for sharing …

    I had installed Bluestacks but it had increased loading time of pc.I had used this tutorial to install available on web.

    Is there any solution to decrease loading time ?

    Thanks

  47. Rob K. says

    “Windroy doesnt require any external Virtualbox support like bluestacks, also its quite light-weight and handy to use!.”
    Do you mean “Windroy doesnt require any external Virtualbox support. Like bluestacks, also its quite light-weight and handy to use!”
    Rob K.

    • says

      Yes, I meant “Windroy doesn’t require any external Virtualbox support. Like bluestacks, also its quite light-weight and handy to use!” thanks for pointing it out, I have edited it inside the article 🙂
      Chaitanya

  48. says

    I think Droid X4 was either taken or both edge and chrome don’t like the link. which is sad because I genuinely liked using it. damn my habit of deleting the installers

  49. brazilbumbum says

    Used a rooted version of BlueStacks and it was ok. A bit slow. Used Genny and it was ok. I could copy and paste with that. That was very cool. It did crash. MEmu is good so far.
    Hope this helps.

  50. jumpingmullett says

    leapdroid is no longer able to be downloaded.. all earlier versions have been taken offline by developers.

  51. EDNA says

    everyone is saying that droid 4x was the best i just want to play games from play store i had blue stackes and it had a lot of problems at the end it froze on log in anyway i want a better one i have a hp lap top windows 10 im trying to download droid4x its taking forever all day yesterday up to 48% when i went to bed when i got up this morning i thought ok i can try this its at 61% and hasnt moved what do i do or do i try 1 of the others above or something else i like to play hay day i was on level 80 lost it then i started over i was back on i dont no 20 when everything started i like zoo land to help me someone

  52. Avijit Raj says

    Hello Everybody, I have Dell Inspiron 3543 and my internet speed is very slow. But, I want to download a Android Emulator for my laptop to use android applications. Please guide me.

  53. sagar bist says

    plz everyone don’t download NOX it is fake because it takes a lot of time to download and after downloading it won’t work at all

  54. Ekansh Mudgal says

    hey can anyone tell me.
    Is the xeplayer supports on my pc and works correctly
    My pc name is lenove r61
    ram is 2gb 32bit os

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