5 Best Android Emulators for PC and Mac 2017

In 2017, what are the best Android emulators for PC and Mac that you can use to run your favorite Android apps and games?

As an answer to your question, a list of the latest and best Android emulators has been given in this post.

To begin,

What is an Android Emulator?

An Android emulator is an Android Virtual Device (AVD) that simulates the capabilities of an Android device.

If you're a user of an emulator already, you would by now know the benefits.

But if you aren't, Here are some reasons why you should install Android emulator on PC.

For the most obvious reasons,

  • You can run applications meant for Android on your system.

  • You get a wider display screen to run games and apps,

And also:


  • If your current Android phone is faulty, you can still make use of your PC without missing the entertainment offered on Android since apps like WhatsApp, Real Football, Car racing and others will still run conveniently on PC.


So, how do these Android emulators work?

They provide an app store where you can download Android apps from, and they also enable these apps to run on your computer.

Think of it as a third party application that does not only require downloads of apps from its own play store but one that can also load APK files copied from Android to PC.

Armed with these in mind, take a look at the list of free Android emulators for windows (7, 8, 8.1,10) and Mac devices are given below.


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Best Android emulators for PC and Mac


Although these apps work well, if your PC's hardware specification is low, you might encounter lags and hangs while running the apps.

Here's the deal:

To get the best functionality from these Android emulators,

  • Use a PC that has at least 4GB of RAM
  • 64-bit Windows OS
  • A speedy processor and,
  • Enough free memory space

1. Remix OS Player


Remix OS Player is an Android emulator that is based on Android Marshmallow operating system.




With this emulator, you can play Android games on your PC.

It gets better:

It offers multitasking capabilities where you can manage multiple games at the same time from the same screen.

Also,

Running applications are displayed at the adjacent side of the screen while you're gaming which brings about ease in managing all your open apps.

You can right-click on different elements to open context menus and create keyboard shortcuts to access apps directly using physical keys.

The Remix OS player supports Google play store, and its recommended apps list displays trending apps and games for download.

Here are the recommended system requirements for the Remix OS player:

  • Operating system: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Core i3 (Recommend Core i5 or Core i7) / No support for AMD Chipsets
  • Ram size: 4GB RAM
  • Internal memory storage: 8GB Storage (Recommend 16GB)
  • BIOS: Enabled Virtualization Technology in BIOS

The Remix OS player is free for download and use, you can click here to download.


2. Bluestacks


This emulator is one of the most popular and oldest Android emulators for PC. It allows you to run a fullscreen view of mobile apps and games on Windows and Mac.



Unlike Remix OS player, Bluestacks is based on Android KitKat OS and comes with a free and paid version.

It also provides multitasking capabilities and the ability to stream and watch live videos.

Bluestacks supports Google Play store and grants access to over 2 Million apps for download.

    Here are the recommended system requirements for Bluestacks:

    • Operating system: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: A quad-core CPU (such as an Intel i5 or i7 processor from 2011 or newer) 
    • Ram size: 2GB RAM
    • Internal memory storage: 4GB Storage 

     Click here to download Bluestacks


    3. Nox App Player


    Another great app that emulates the Android operating system is the Nox Player. It is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.



    It can run games, social network apps, other Android apps and at the same time run several apps simultaneously.

    You can modify the player's settings by either mapping control keys, creating custom skins or assigning CPU resources.

    Also, you can even log in to multiple accounts at the same time.

    Although most user reviews on the net claim that 'Nox app player is not working on the new Windows 10 update', this emulator is still very compatible with lower versions of the Windows OS.

    Here are the recommended system requirements for Nox App Player:

    • Operating system: Mac, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Ram size: 2GB RAM
    • Video Memory: 1GB or 2GB
    • Disk space: 2.5GB Storage 

    The latest version of the Nox App Player Android Emulator 5.1.0.0 was released on 5th September 2017, you can Download Nox app player online installer file here and Download Nox App Player Offline Installer file here.

    4. MEmu


    MEmu supports Android versions such as Jellybean, KitKat, and Lollipop, and is expected to support Marshmallow & Nougat soon.

    It is also compatible with most games and hardware configuration such as Intel, Nvidia GPU powered Windows and AMD systems.

    It is pre-installed with Google Play Store to allow you download a large number of apps and games. Other than downloading, you can also copy APK files to windows either using Android file share apps or USB cable, and MEmu will run them.

    Here are the recommended system requirements for MEmu:

    • Operating system: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Intel or AMD x86 CPU (with Virtualization Technology support preferred)
    • Ram size: 2GB RAM
    • Disk space: At least 2 GB free under installation path
    • Memory: At least 1 GB free system memory

    You can download Memu here


    5. Windroy


    Windroy is derived from the term Windows Android, it combines the function of Bluestacks and YouWave Android emulators.

    Unlike the aforelisted emulators, Windroy does not come with Google Play store preinstalled, so you have to directly download APK files of apps and games you want to run.

    All downloaded APK files must be stored in the file location SocketeQ\windowsandroid_root\system\ folder.

    Here are the recommended system requirements for Windroy:

    • Operating system: Windows Vista 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 800MHz or faster
    • Ram size: 512MB RAM
    • Video Memory: 1GB or 2GB
    • Disk space: 273MB free 

    Click here to download Windroy here

    Other emulators, you can try include:

    KMPlayer, LeapDroid, Genymotion, and YouWave


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