Among Apple App Store, Windows Store, and Google Play Store, the Google Play Store has the highest number of apps. Android users can choose between a whopping of over three million apps.
Many of the popular games and apps available for Android are not available for the Windows 10 operating system. Because of this reason, PC users often look for ways to run Android apps on Windows 10 PC.
UPDATE in March 2019: You can now run Android apps and games on Windows 10 without using any third-party software. Refer to our how to run Android apps on Windows 10 without emulators guide for more information.
Run Android apps on Windows 10 with BlueStacks
There are a few software out there to help you run Android apps and games on a Windows 10 PC. The popular BlueStacks program is certainly the best program to run Android apps on Windows 10 with ease.
BlueStacks is a free Android emulator for Windows and Mac. According to the developers of BlueStacks, over one and half million users are using BlueStacks to run Android games and apps on computers.
With BlueStacks for Windows 10, you can run over 1.5 million Android games and over 500000 HTML5/Flash games on your Windows 10 PC.
The beauty of BlueStacks is that most of the apps and games run smoothly on Windows. You hardly see any crashes or other issues while running Android apps and games on Windows 10 using BlueStacks.
The BlueStacks TV, which is installed along with BlueStacks App Player, allows you share your gameplay live on Twitch or Facebook Live.
Installing and using BlueStacks on Windows 10
If you are new to BlueStacks, follow the given below directions to download, install and use BlueStacks on Windows 10.
Step 1: Head over to this page of BlueStacks and download BlueStacks App Player. The download size of the setup file is about 330 MB.
Step 2: Run the BlueStacks setup file. Follow on-screen directions to complete the installation.
Do note that the BlueStacks might download and install .NET Framework 3.5 if it’s already not installed on your PC. If you see the following screen, click Download and install this feature option to automatically download and install .NET Framework 3.5.
Step 3: Once the installation is complete, you will see a sign-in page where you need to sign in using a Google account. If you don’t have one, please create one. And when you are asked to sign-in to the Play Store, please do so using the same Google account.
Step 4: To install an app from Play Store, click Play Store on the home screen, and click the Install button when you are an app page.
Click the app button or use Search apps to find all installed apps from Play Store.
As said before, most games run smoothly on BlueStacks. If you are not happy with the default resolution, click the Settings icon, click Preferences, click General and then select a different resolution.
Also, if a game is not running smoothly, you can allocate more RAM and CPU resource to BlueStacks by navigating to Settings > Preferences > System.
Enjoy Android apps on Windows 10!
If it helps, WindowsAndroid enables you to run Android OS on Windows.