How to Run Android Apps on a PC Using Bluestacks

BlueStacksBlueStacks App Player is a versatile program that bridges the gap between mobile and desktop by allowing users to run their favorite Android apps on their Windows or Mac OS X devices. An innovative “Cloud Connect” feature allows you to push apps from your Android device to Bluestacks, and vice versa. First released to the public in 2011, the program has continued to grow, and is currently free for download in its current beta form. Want to get a taste of Android on your desktop? Here’s how to set up BlueStacks, as well as a rundown of some of its controls and interesting features. Be sure to check out the BlueStacks review from our friends at LAPTOP, too.

1. Installing BlueStacks

Download BlueStacks App Player for Windows

Download BlueStacks App Player for Mac OSX

Download BlueStacks Cloud Connect for Android

BlueStacks App Player is available for Windows and OSX computers, and is a quick, compact install to your boot drive (there’s no option in the installer to go to a different drive or directory). The only choice you make during the install is whether to allow the program to make notifications, as well as the option to opt in to BlueStacks Spotlight, which holds daily app giveaways.

2. The Home Screen

Once installed, BlueStacks will boot up to its Home Screen, where you can access your installed apps, look up apps in the “Top Charts,” search for apps, and access settings. You can use the mouse for basic touch controls here, with clicking and holding to simulate basic tap and swipe controls. From here, we’ll need to do a bit more setup before you can get around to installing apps. You’ll need to set up access to the Google Play store and associate a Google Account with BlueStacks.

3. Setting up the App Store

With BlueStacks installed, the first thing you’ll want to do is associate a Google Account so that you can get onto the Google Play store and download apps. Go to “My Apps” and click on “1-Click Sync Setup,” which will bring up a wizard interface that will guide you through the process. Basically, you’ll need to either create a Google account, or sign in with your existing one.

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Comments

  1. I love using bluestacks! I can play any of my android games on my flatscreen tv now! never had a problem using most of the programs either.

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