What are the best Android Emulators for PC?

Android grew from just being an alternative to Apple's iOS to a dominating force in the mobile OS space. It's a mature, feature-packed enough to be useful on PC environments. Here are some Android emulators for PC to try out.

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  1. 10

    #1Genymotion

    Genymotion

    Genymotion is simple to use, simple to set up and feature-rich AndroidVM emulator that is available for PCs. It is developed to help app developers test their products. It has a free trial available and two paid versions.

    Online Tools

    $136- Varies by plan

    Rajesh Patel
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "If you are looking for a easy to use, easy to set up emulator that will meet all of your needs, this is the best there is. Very easy to figure out and easy to use. Takes about 30 seconds to set up and your have full control. Great app."
  2. 9

    #2Official Android SDK Emulator w/HAXM

    Official Android SDK Emulator w/HAXM

    Android Studio is the official Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Android app development, based on IntelliJ IDEA that offers powerful code editor and developer tools to create, test, and run Android apps on your PC.

    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Tejas Dasgupta
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I have always preferred to develop apps on my PC. I must say that your Android Emulator is the very best that I have used to date. I'm extremely satisfied with the results."
  3. 9

    #3AMIDuOS

    AMIDuOS

    AMIDuOS brings the functionality, depth, and fun of the Android experience to Windows devices. It runs on nearly any Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC or tablet device for easy switching between Windows and Android environments.

    Software

    Windows

    $10- $15

    Jeffrey Miller
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "The convenience of switching between my windows 10 PC and my android phone environment is why I started using this. It is super simple to use and I end up using it every day to bounce back and fourth between my phone UI and windows PC."

DID YOU KNOW?

Android versions followed a dessert-based naming scheme? When Android Inc. was founded back in 2003, they had intended it to be an OS for digital cameras? The focus then changed to smartphones when Google acquired the company in 2005. Apple introduced the first-ever iPhone in 2007 and it started the smartphone movement. Google answered with the release of the G1 running Android 1.0. It wasn't until the release of Android 1.5 that we got our first dessert name with it, Cupcake. With 9 major iterations so far, we're down to Android 9 Pie.

There's is no denying how much of an impact Android has had on the entire mobile computing space. From its open-source nature to the multitude of apps that it could run, it's such a robust platform to work with. It's no wonder then, that so many people would want to run on hardware apart from smartphones. People have been looking for ways to run Android on PCs. The closest thing we got was in the form of Android emulators for PCs. While the experience has gotten better over time, it's not quite there yet. Google has been making efforts to address this need. Android Auto is finally taking off but we are still left wanting for a legitimate OS alternative. For now, our best option is Chrome OS to compliment some of our computing needs.

  1. 7

    #4BlueStacks

    BlueStacks

    BlueStacks is an Android Emulator for PC and Mac devices that lets you run your favorite mobile apps and games for free. It also serves as a gaming platform for mobile games that you would like to run on desktop.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Mónica Huerta
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Bluestacks has all of the hottest games that are on Android. All you have to do is download it to your PC and then play as if you are on your phone! It has the same graphics and the same feel as if it is in the palm of your hands. "
  2. 6

    #5Nox Player

    Nox Player

    The Nox Player is a new Android Emulator for PC and Mac devices that you can download to run apps and Android games on your computer for free. It was developed by Nox Digital Entertainment Co. Limited.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Michelle Foster
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Nox app Player lets you easily play your mobile games on your PC. The larger screen will make your games stand out and make game play easier. "
  3. 5

    #6KoPlayer

    KoPlayer

    KoPlayer is an Android emulator that it allows you to run Android games or apps on your desktop PC. In addition to simply running Android software, it has a number of other features that make it stand out, particularly for Android gamers.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Jacob Stephens
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "KoPlayer is an interesting Android emulator that permits you to use your favorite apps from your mobile devices on your PC. In addition it offers the ability for developers to create and modify their software on a device larger than portable for ease. Recommended."
  4. 5

    #7Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Virtualbox is a features-rich VM application for Mac and Windows by Oracle. Apt for business and home use, Virtualbox boasts an open-source infrastructure. It is cross-platform so it can work on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris machines.
    Software

    Web

    Free

    Crystal Armstrong
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Oracle VM VirtualBox is the best Android Emulator I've tried. Works with both Mac and Windows. It's Open Source, so it's always actively being developed and improved. Very high performance, feature rich product, and the only one I know of that's developed through Open Source. Highly recommend. "
  5. 4

    #8NoxPlayer

    NoxPlayer

    NoxPlayer is a software application which serves as an emulator for various Android games. This software supports gamepad, script recording, keyboard, and multiple windows. Requires Windows OS.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Styles Sheshank
    Written on November 3, 2018
    "nox should be the best emulator"
  6. 4

    #9Andy

    Andy

    Andy is an emulation tool that allows you to run your apps and Android games in a Windows-based environment whatever it is PC or laptop. It allows you to integrate your Android device with your PC using your mobile as a controller for your games.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Ann Dixon
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I personally think this would be a great tool if you have apps that only run on android or you have that favorite game. The larger screen on the PC or even tablet would be wonderful. There would also be no need to look for a windows based versionl"
  7. 4

    #10ARChon Runtime

    ARChon Runtime

    Archon is a developer tool that allows you to run your APK android apps and games in a PC environment. It is designed to be used as an extension to Chrome browsers, as well as the Chrome OS.

    Software

    Chrome

    Julia Jensen
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This emulator looks to be one of the better ones for PC. It has many different options depending on your operating system. I like how it has a quick setup so you can get started using it quickly. This is definitely an emulator I would install and use on my PC for apps and games that are only available for android."
  8. 3

    #11ARC Welder

    ARC Welder

    ARC Welder is a Google Chrome extension that converts APK files to ARC-powered Chrome apps. It is a tool to help you test and publish your Android Apps to Chrome OS using the App Runtime for Chrome (beta), ARC.

    Software

    Chrome Browser Extension

    Free

    Laura Medina
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I use this emulator for my app that doesn't run on a Windows interface. It's really useful for me to be able to do this, but this particular one can be buggy sometimes. I wish it ran more smoothly, but I'll take what I can get for now."
  9. 0

    #12Mobiletest

    Mobiletest
    MobileTest.me allows you to test your web apps and websites, on all popular smartphones and tablets (iPhone 5, HTC One, Nokio Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Y, Google Nexus 7, Apple iPad Mini).
    Websites

    Free

    Carl Herrera
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Why install a virtual machine or download an emulator to test your site on Android? Simply head to Mobiletest and you can see what your site looks like on almost every popular phone around. iPhones, iPads, HTC Ones and many more are available for simulations."
  10. 0

    #13MEmu App Player

    MEmu App Player

    MEmu App Player is a free Android Emulator created by Microvirt which aims to provide its users the best experience to play Android games and apps on Windows PC. The emulator is compatible with most Windows versions.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Eric Santos
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Perhaps you're looking for another way to run mobile apps from Android on your PC. Look no further than MEmu App Player, a well featured player which will help you to experience your favorite Android apps on your PC."

Summary

Best What are the best Android Emulators for PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1GenymotionOnline Tools 10 Paid
2Official Android SDK Emulator w/HAXMSoftware 9 Free
3AMIDuOSSoftware 9 Paid
4BlueStacksSoftware 7 Free
5Nox PlayerSoftware 6 Free
6KoPlayerSoftware 5 Free
7Oracle VM VirtualBoxSoftware 5 Free
8NoxPlayerSoftware 4 Free
9AndySoftware 4 Free
10ARChon RuntimeSoftware 4 Paid
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