10 Best Android Emulators for PC and Mac in 2020

Android emulation on PC is possible and we’re going to take a look at the 10 Best Android Emulators for PC and Mac in 2020. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it. You can find out about their fates at the bottom of the article. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Please note, the process can get quite technical and some of these require a bit of a learning curve.

There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on PC. The market slowed down a lot in recent years with many old favourites (Andy, AmiduOS, and Leapdroid) permanently leaving the space or becoming unusable.

Also, Check 10 Best Android Apps in 2020.

10. Android Studio’s Emulator

Android Studio’s emulator

Price: Free

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As it turns out, there is also a built-in emulator that you can use to test out your app or game. It’s too much of a pain for regular people, but it’s excellent for developers. The setup is rather complicated and it can take a long time.

Thus, it’s not one we would recommend for consumer-level use. It also supports Kotlin in case developers want to try that out. It comes with a bunch of tools to help developers make apps and games specifically for Android. Android Studio is the default development console for Android. However, developers can simply use this tool as their emulator for testing their apps.

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9. ARChon

ARChon Emulator

Price: Free

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ARChon isn’t a traditional emulator. You install it as a Google Chrome extension. It then gives Chrome the ability to run Android apps and games (albeit with limited support). It’s not an easy emulator to get running. You’ll have to install the thing to Chrome. From there, you have to obtain APKs and load them in. As an added rub, you may need to use a tool to change the APK in order to make it compatible.

There are a lot more steps to make this work than most other Android emulators for PC. On the plus side, though, it works with any operating system that can run an instance of Chrome (Mac OS, Linux, Windows, etc). We linked to the official GitHub where you can find detailed instructions for its use.

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8. Bliss OS

Bliss OS

Price: Free / Optional donations

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Bliss is something a little bit different. It works as an Android emulator for PC via a virtual machine. However, it can also just flat run on your computer through a USB stick. The boot-from-USB option is definitely a power user option and not recommended for less intense use cases. As a VM install, the process is easy, but tedious if you’ve never made your own virtual machine before. The USB installation method is even more complicated, but it lets your computer actually run Android natively from the boot.

That makes Bliss a super unique emulator if you can make it through the steps to the end. Of course, it only really runs well if your system is compatible so be prepared with a backup of your current operating system. The system runs Android Oreo and that’s among the newer versions of Android offered on an emulator. You can also find more info about this on its XDA-Developers.

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7. Bluestacks

Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month

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Bluestacks is the most mainstream of all Android emulators. There are several reasons for that. For starters, it’s compatible with Windows and Mac. It was also one of the first that worked really well that still gets regular updates. The emulator targets mobile gamers. There is a stigma with Bluestacks because it can feel a little bloated at times. Bluestacks 4 (launched in 2018) aimed to fix that with mixed results. It also includes key-mapping and settings for many games installed.

That should help make things much easier. It’s one of the heaviest emulators on the list. However, it also has the most features for better or for worse. Recent updates put Bluestacks at Android 7.1.2 (Nougat), one of the most recent of any emulator. The update to Bluestacks 4 also improved speed, even on older computers.

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6. GameLoop

GameLoop

Price: Free

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GameLoop, formerly known as Tencent Gaming Buddy, is an Android emulator for gamers. In fact, it’s good enough that Tencent calls it the official emulator for its games, including Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile. Of course, it features other games aside from Tencent’s, although its collection isn’t as big as it could be. The emulator downloaded and installed fine and the games we tested ran just fine. This one is not good for productivity or developmental testing.

However, if you have an itch for mobile FPS gaming along with some titles, this is actually a fairly decent gaming emulator and it boasts a good collection of newer titles. Plus, the keyboard controls and performance is good.

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5. Genymotion

Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options

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This Android emulator is mostly for developers. It lets you test your apps on a variety of devices without owning them. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0. You can easily switch between virtual devices at will.

It’s not great for consumer uses, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use. It’s most useful feature is its availability on both your desktop computer and the cloud. Those without powerful computers can make Genymotion’s servers do all the work for them.

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4. LDPlayer

LDPlayer

Price: Free

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LDPlayer is another Android emulator for gamers. It features the usual array of gamer-oriented features, including good keyboard mapping controls and support for the latest games. This is one of the few emulators on the list that gets active updates on very nearly a monthly basis.

The last update fixed a bug that caused Call of Duty: Mobile to crash. It also supports a range of other games, including Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars, Black Desert Mobile, PUBG Mobile, and many others. It runs on an older version of Android so we’d like to see it get an update in that department eventually. However, it’s otherwise decently solid experience.

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3. MEmu

MEmu

Price: Free

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MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well with gamers. One of its biggest features is support for both AMD and Intel chipsets. Most work on AMD processors, but it’s nice to see developers specifically pay attention to AMD’s platform. Additionally, it supports Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop.

You can even run multiple instances at once for multiple games or testing features. It aims itself at gamers much like Bluestacks and similar emulators. However, it’s also quite usable as a productivity tool as well. Its most recent update was in mid-November 2019 and that updated added smart keymapping along with the usual performance improvements.

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2. Nox

Nox

Price: Free

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Nox is another Android emulator for PC for gamers. That includes the usual stuff like key-mapping with your keyboard, actual controller support, and even the ability to key-map gesture controls. For instance, you can assign the function to swipe right to an arrow key and use that in a game without actual hardware controller support.

t’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free and in active development. The demo video below is rather old and it definitely ran better than that on my laptop.

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1. Phoenix OS

Phoenix OS

Price: Free

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Phoenix OS is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. Like most these days, it boasts a gamer experience. However, it also boasts a desktop-like experience so it actually works pretty well for productivity as well. It has Google Play Services, although updating those services can be a bit of a pain sometimes. That means you get every app and game in the Google Play Store.

Phoenix OS also runs Android 7.1 which is relatively modern for an Android emulator. You can download the emulator from its official website and its forums are housed on XDA-Developers.

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