Windows applications have improved. But from time to time, you will come across a really useful mobile application that has not yet reached the PC. However, if it runs on Android, there is good news. With the help of third-party software, you can probably run it on your Windows computer. On the other hand, if you are running a Chromebook, you can consult our dedicated guide for installing Android applications on Chrome OS.
Unfortunately, getting applications from your phone or tablet on your PC is not as easy as installing a Windows program, although Microsoft might be working on an option to incorporate duplication of Android applications into Windows 10 However, there are several ways to do it, from emulators to dual boot. To help simplify things, we have compiled a complete guide on what software and utilities you need to install Android applications on almost any Windows computer.
The Bluestacks App Player is one of the most robust Android emulators that exist, allowing you to run games and applications on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat ) on your Windows desktop. It has a custom design interface that makes it easy to alternate emulation settings and run applications and "Layercake" technology that uses hardware accelerators to improve the performance of Android games on Windows. If you have a Facebook or Twitch account and a PC with more than 8 GB of RAM, you can even stream applications and games directly from the Bluestacks window.
It is important to note that while Bluestacks is free, an optional subscription ($ 4 per month or $ 40 per year) allows premium support and exclusive offers from application developers. Here's how to install Bluestacks on your computer's hard drive:
Step 1: Download the installer from the official Bluestacks website.
Step 2: Start the installation application and choose the storage location for the application and the data files. Unfortunately, you cannot change the Bluestacks directory: it will be installed on your boot drive by default.
Step 3: Once Bluestacks finishes installing, start it. Enter the credentials of your Google account: you will be logged into the Google Play Store, where you will find all your installed and purchased applications.
There is an alternative to Android emulators that offers you newer versions of Android, but the configuration is a bit more complicated. It's called "dual boot" and effectively transforms your Windows computer into an Android device. You will get the option to start on Android when you turn on your computer, and Android will work the same as on your smartphone or tablet.
However, it is not as simple as installing native Android. As an external developer must add computer hardware such as Intel processors, graphics cards and physical hard drives to Android, you must find a custom distribution that supports your machine.
Like The Remix OS now missing, Phoenix OS is a complete Android 7.1 or 5.1 operating system that runs on your Windows machine. That gives you the functionality of a desktop operating system, along with all the compatibility with Android applications. Here we show you how to configure it to use it.
Step 1: Go to the Phoenix OS download page and download the latest installer for your PC. Choose the .exe or .ISO file for the version of Android you prefer. Currently, you choose the installer for Android 7.1 or Android 5.1.
Step 2: Create a new partition on which to install Phoenix OS. For more information on how to do this, see our Windows guide.
Step 3: Run the Phoenix OS installer and install it on the new partition. Alternatively, create a bootable USB drive and install it at boot.
Step 4: Choose a volume letter and the size of the volume you want to create.
Step 5: Wait for the installation process to complete. Then restart and choose Phoenix OS from its start menu. The latest versions of Phoenix OS are preloaded with Google Play Store, so download your applications from there and that's it!
Android-x86 is an open source project that seeks to port the newest hardware version of Android to Windows, which is currently in Android 8.1 RC2 Oreo. The latest version of Android-x86 adds a very welcome support for Google notification features, smarter background application management, smart text selection and hardware acceleration OpenGL ES 3.x for Intel, AMD and Nvidia graphics .
Although customizations for the Android operating system is minimal, the Android-x86 team added some significant settings so that your Android installation has an interface similar to that of a desktop. This version comes with features such as a new taskbar launcher and applications can also be launched in resizable windows instead of just full screen.
Android-x86 also allows you to customize Android to your liking. You can install third-party themes, home screens and more without worrying about whether they will work well together, unlike Remix OS. Check this list to see compatible devices. Here's how to install Android-x86 on your PC's hard drive;
Step 1: First, make sure that your computer's hard drive has at least 2 GB of free space. Download the latest ISO from Android-x86. If your device is not listed, download the generic file.
Step 2: Download UNetbootin. Open UNetbootin and select the Android-x86 ISO file you previously downloaded. Select the USB drive from the list of options and click OK. Wait for UNetbootin to copy and install Android-x86 on your flash drive.
Step 3: Restart your computer and select Boot on the Boot Device Selectio screen n. Then select your flash drive. In the UNetbootin menu, select Install Android-x86 on the hard disk .
Step 4: Select the partition or location where you want to install Android-x86. The program will ask if you want to format the disk; If you're not sure, don't do it.
Step 5: You will be asked if you want to install GRUB. Select Yes and Yes again. You will then be asked if you want to "make the r / w system", which allows Android-x86 to read and write data to your hard drive. Select Yes .
Step 6: Restart your computer a second time. Once installed, as with Phoenix OS, use the Google Play store to install the Android applications you want.