What are the best Android OS for PC?

Android is one of the biggest names in the mobile operating system market today along with Apple's iOS. Did you know that you can actually run the Android OS on your PC? Have a look at some of the best Android-based OS you could try for your PC today.

asked by Anonymous
107 contributors
14 solutions
  1. 19

    #1BlueStacks

    BlueStacks

    BlueStacks is a widely used Android OS emulator that lets users run different apps and games easily through a Windows PC and Mac free of charge. This also functions as a gaming platform for mobile games to work well with your PC.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Joe Weber
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Best android os for me, it can also access mobile games even if you dont have your smartphone with you which is really cool."
  2. 15

    #2Genymotion

    Genymotion

    Genymotion uses a simple set-up enabling it to work as a feature-rich AndroidVM emulator, while also helping users test any products that they have. You can access this service via free trial before subscribing to the paid version.

    Online Tools

    $136- Varies by plan

    Steven Reid
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Genymotion is the best android operating system for pc to use while debugging and testing android applications. It consumes less computer resourses and avails many real android devices to a developer."
  3. 12

    #3Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Virtualbox is easily usable for Mac and Windows by Oracle. It uses VM application that suits both business and home uses. It boasts of an open-source infrastructure while being performing cross-platform so it can work on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Agustín de la Rosa
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "This one is very easy to use and it is free, which is nice. However because it is free, it has stability issues and there are some compatibility issues too."

DID YOU KNOW?

While primarily intended for mobile devices, the Android OS is now also used for smartwatches, TVs, and cars. Google, who acquired the company in 2005, has developed Wear OS for smartwatches, Android TV for smart TVs, and Android Auto for cars. Unofficially, Android can also be installed on a personal computer through third-party software, which is great for people looking for an alternative OS for PC. App developers are often the ones to use Android on a PC in making sure that the app runs smoothly through every step of development.

There are different ways to install Android on a PC, and one of them is to run a device emulator. As the name suggests, a device emulator lets users simulate an Android device as a virtual device. Essentially, the user is running Android for PC, which is emulating an Android device. Another way to use the Android OS on a PC is to use software that is based on the Android Open Source Project. Programs like Android-x86 and Remix OS were created to run the mobile operating software on other platforms, such as computers with x86 architecture. With these programs installed, users can utilize the Android OS as an alternative desktop operating system and run Android applications on their computers.

  1. 6

    #4PrimeOS

    PrimeOS

    PrimeOS operating system gives users a fusion of Android and PC. This gives a desktop experience similar to Windows or MacOS while being able to access tons of Android apps.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Juan Griffin
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Probably the best android os for pc that I've tried. I was using Remix OS for a while now and I just want to try this one for fun. But its compatibility to any android apps and games is what makes this more interesting."
  2. 6

    #5Chrome OS

    Chrome OS

    Chrome OS gives a good Android experience to PC users. It supports running Android apps, and that boosts the support for its operating system, functioning as an Android emulator.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    John Cao
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "I really like using this one, it has fast bootup and has an easy user switching which is really nice. However, it does not have a desktop icon which is kinda inconvenient, I also experienced some system shutdowns."
  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

    Sara Jones
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "I like it, it runs fast and can have multiple accounts simultaneously online but it does not support some games which is a downer."
  4. 5

    #7Anbox

    Anbox

    Anbox puts the Android OS into a container and then abstracts hardware access and integrates services into a GNU/Linux system for users to experience complete Android experience.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Dennis Hudson
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "I installed it on Ubuntu and it worked ¯\(ツ)/¯ I only tried a simple App and it was a bit crashy, but really liked the concept. Haven't tried it in half a year though."
  5. 4

    #8Openthos

    Openthos

    Openthos is a reliable, open source OS project based on Android-x86. With a long list of features, it works just like any similar operating systems based on Android which comes for free.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Philip Webb
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Even Linux apps work well with this Android OS. Openthos made it possible for Windows user like me. "
  6. 4

    #9Phoenix OS

    Phoenix OS

    Phoenix OS(x86) is an Android-based operating system with PC productivity. It works well with computers that run with an Intel x86 series and with more than 2G internal storage.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Helen Jia
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "This one is really nice, it is regularly updated and you can play any android games on pc with 30+fps. But i must say that the massive amount of ads throws me off."
  7. 4

    #10Lineage OS

    Lineage OS

    LineageOS is a free and reliable open-source operating system for various devices which is based on the Android mobile platform, giving users the Android OS experience on their computers.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Amit Tata
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "everything is fine with this rom, working good, have installed on mi max 2, only thing not working is volume control during the call, and acutally all volume is lower then miui, rest everything is awesome, thanks all the team for such custom rom."
  8. 4

    #11Bliss OS

    Bliss OS

    Bliss OS is a free quality OS for the Open Source Community that you can run across multiple platforms (phones, tablets, PCs and laptops). Bliss OS features lots of options and customization tools for you to run it as a daily driver.

    Software

    web

    Free- varies by plan

    Sean Liang
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Nice! Google play store is already installed and it comes with ARM virtualization support and comes with a taskbar launcher but it has limited hardware support."
  9. 3

    #12Resurrection Remix OS

    Resurrection Remix OS

    Resurrection Remix OS is a software which has the latest Android source code and security updates. Featuring a read-only memory, this project was founded by Altan in 2012.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Leonardo Romo
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Pretty nice to use, works well with my mac and i haven't experienced any lagging or stability issues too."
  10. 3

    #13Android-x86

    Android-x86

    This is an open source and powerful port of Android to run natively on x86 platform. The project began as a series of patches to the Android source code to enable Android to run on various netbooks, tablets, and ultra-mobile PC.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "good for old laptop pcs before 2004 with low ram runs much smother than old pc with xp or win 7 im running android x86 as os not from virtualbox on a Presario v2000 cant work sound out yet usbs work touchpad works Ethernet works."
  11. 3

    #14Shashlik

    Shashlik

    Shashlik is a Linux-based software that lets Android apps run correctly. Shashlik provides an incredibly stripped down Android base which boots directly into the loaded app together with a running activity manager so that intents still work correctly.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Daniel Monroy
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "This one really has potential into something big but it is no longer developed. I've been using PrimeOS since then."

Summary

Best What are the best Android OS for PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BlueStacksSoftware 19 Free
2GenymotionOnline Tools 15 Paid
3Oracle VM VirtualBoxSoftware 12 Free
4PrimeOSSoftware 6 Free
5Chrome OSSoftware 6 Free
6KoPlayerSoftware 5 Free
7AnboxSoftware 5 Free
8OpenthosSoftware 4 Free
9Phoenix OSSoftware 4 Free
10Lineage OSSoftware 4 Free
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