3 Best Android Emulators For PC

Emulators are promising substitutes for the gaming enthusiasts, developers who want to enjoy the Android games and other applications on PC and Mac. AnAndroidemulator emulates the user’s real android device. In other words, it is a platform through which we can test and execute our android applications on PC or MAC. The android emulator supports all functionalities of a real android device.

Be it calls or messages, or be it downloading and installing games from Google Playstore or Apple Store and playing them, we can do them all with ease. These emulators also allow the users to use a keyboard and mouse for android games with elevated graphics and FPS.

Following are the latest and best 3 android emulators for PC and MAC:

Nox Player

Primarily aimed at gaming enthusiasts, the Nox Player is one of the best emulators available for free to both Android as well as iOS users.

It has several unique features like:

  • The use of WASD in action role play game
  • One-click hide or show root
  • Controls for motions and swipe
  • Multi-player mode allowing you to play different games in different windows at the same time
  • Keyboard mapping and native support not only for the keyboard but also to the microphone and camera as well
  • Easy root access
  • Allows you to decide how much of your hardware you want to dedicate to Nox

With all the above. Nox is right up there when it comes to the best android emulators for PC and MAC. It supports the Android 4.4.2 version and above. It is the only emulator that allows the user to play older games that are not updated. It has an inbuilt GPS that eases the users to play Pokemon, PUBG, Clash of Clans, and the like.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 with 4 GB RAM (2 GB free) and 2 GB disc space, iOS 11 and above
  • 1 GB graphic card, 2.2GHz processor and DirectX 9.0C


The list would never be complete without the mention of BlueStacks. This is by far one of the oldest and most popular android emulators for both Windows and MAC. Claiming to be 6 times faster than a Smartphone, it runs on the latest version of Android Nougat. BlueStacks, again, is aimed at gaming enthusiasts. However, it has its app-store from where one can download a range of apps as well.

Advantages of Bluestacks emulator:

  • Less space required, the total size of the file is just around 200mb
  • Supports multiple accounts
  • One of the best all-round emulators around
  • It is known to run almost all apps and games developed for Android
  • Works smoothly on any iOS device
  • The developers of this app have the support of industry giants like Samsung, AMD, and Intel among others

Once criticized for being full of bloats, BlueStacks with the latest update has fixed most of them, and now the users are not experiencing any lags. The main reasons for the so-called bloats were the fact that compared to other emulators, BlueStacks is a feature-rich android emulator.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 with at least 2 GB RAM and 5 GB HDD space, iOS 11 and above
  • 1 GB graphic card, 2.2GHz Intel or AMD processor

Android Studio

Unlike the above two, the Android Studio emulator is aimed at developers, not gamers. Android Studio is the only development IDE that is approved by Google. Coming with the tools that are fast to cultivate applications, Android Studio has all the features that every Android developer wishes for.

Advantages of Android Studio emulator:

  • Through this Android emulator, you can work relatively faster and code seamlessly in comparison to the other emulators in the marketplace.
  • The presence of an integrated environment ensures that the applications developed are available for all the Android handsets, specially designed AOS (Android Operating System), and for AAD (Android Apps Development).
  • It allows the user to see the changes made to an app in real-time
  • Features inbuilt tagging and code-packing tools to enable the user to implement codes in bulk
  • Inbuilt Google Cloud messaging
  • Drag and drop function for better movement of components in and around the user interface

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 with at least 2 GB RAM and 5 GB HDD space, iOS 11 and above
  • 1 GB graphic card and 2.2GHz Intel or AMD processor

Transfer of data can be done with improved speed when it is done through these android emulators rather than doing it through USB. However, there are some predetermined system requirements to which your PC or Mac should be upgraded to be able to enjoy the full functions of the above mentioned top android emulators.