Best Android Emulators for Windows 10 PC

Android is the leader when it comes to mobile operating systems. One in 3 smartphones runs Android – different versions. Naturally, most of the programmers and developers tend to create apps – messaging, communications, office automation, and games, etc. – for the Android phones.

Before releasing an app, it has to be tested properly. For users, the phones may become slow and destroy their app experience. In such cases, both developers and users can use the Android emulators. While developers can test their apps on a bigger screen, regular end users can enjoy Android apps on computers that have a high-end configuration. This post lists three of the best Android emulators for Windows 10/8/7 PC that can be used by both developers and regular users of the Android operating system.

Android Emulators for Windows 10

Android Emulators for Windows 10

1] Bluestacks Emulator

We had covered Bluestacks Android Emulator earlier when it was just a concept. Four years later, it is the most preferred Android emulator for Windows computers. It takes a while to install, so you have to be patient. It installs a special service that you can see in Windows Services and the Task Manager. That is to say that once installed; it will be running continuously in the background. But I did not notice any slowdown in speed for my other (Windows-based) applications like Word etc.

The emulator creates a new library called Apps. You can access this from your list of libraries. The apps you download, appear here. You can run the apps directly by clicking on them or by launching the emulator and then selecting the apps. While playing games, you can go full screen and back using a double-headed arrow icon.

The only drawback is that it is a bit slow to start. It took almost 10 minutes for the first run. But once started, the games go smoothly. There are other problems such as promotions of Android apps and push notifications from the makers of this emulator. Also, it won’t show you all features of an Android phone as other emulators do – such as settings, etc. It just serves as an Android app launcher.

2] Andy Android Emulator

There is a good competition between Andy and Bluestacks. The features of the Android phone are absent in the latter due to which, some people prefer Andy as it gives you a complete look of the Android phone. Read our review of Andy Emulator on The Windows Club. This serves a better purpose for developers who wish to test their applications on a wider screen. And it also makes it fun for the regular Android apps users by making their apps run faster and smoother.

3] Genymotion Android Emulator

This seems as if built upon the faults of Bluestacks – to eliminate them. Though there is a regular Android SDK that most developers use, I won’t mention it here as it requires much technical knowledge to configure and use it. Coming to Genymotion, it is focused on the developers but is much easier to use compared to standard Android SDK. It is faster compared to Bluestacks and does not have the problem of installing random applications.

Genymotion also provides you all the features of an Android phone and hence may be preferred to regular Android SDK for Windows. Genymotion also keeps on running in the background but is not heavy on resources. While most features are present in the paid versions, the free download still allows you to test Android apps and use them on Windows PC. It is, however, not free.

Nox Player is another awesome free Android Emulator for Windows PC! AMIDuOS, Droid4x, Windroy and Xamarin Android Player are some of the other Android Emulators for Windows 10 that are available.

The above are the best Android emulators for Windows according to me. If you have different views or wish to add to the list, please comment.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN

9 Comments

  1. Scooter Rodriguez

    I believe DuOS is the best Android emulator. It’s just flawless emulation.

  2. How about Android x86? 🙂

  3. Dan

    I agree that DuOS is great, but for those whose hardware or otherwise present issues, Andyroid is completely self-installing (but requires knowledge of setting up/using virtual machines); for those with devices which cannot install VMs, Bluestacks installs easily with no VM, and even has the Android browser. But while these are all good for requesting mobile versions of sites, not even by changing screen resolution et al can you convince sites offering mobile-only “deals” that you’re actually using a mobile device…at least most apps will run in the emulators, though. Cheers!

  4. Mark

    This article is either very out of date, or the author has never tried AMI DuOS. In performance terms it’s leagues ahead of Bluestacks, which can struggle to perform well even on a desktop system. DuOS on the other hand can run well on Atom-based tablets and netbooks.

  5. Arun Kumar

    AMI DuOS needs special expertise to install and operate. I had a tough time installing it on Windows 10. After that I had to install Play that should come preinstalled as with the other emulators.
    But thanks. Everyone has their own favorites. As I said in the article, if you have other preferences, you are welcome to share with others.

  6. Mark

    If they include the Google apps preinstalled that’s quite possibly a copyright violation. Android is open source but they aren’t, that’s why with DuOS, CyanogenMod, etc. you have to install them afterwards.

  7. Arun Kumar

    Oh. That could be a possibility. Maybe I will review AMI DuOS separately sometime. Thanks

  8. Haris Hassan

    Not working!

  9. Palibre

    The SDK and Genymotion have struggles with AMD cpus. Which emulators work best on an AMD machine?

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