How to play Android games on your Windows PC
A great majority of the newest Android mobile phone and tablet games are addictive. From tile matching to strategy and sports games, they prove to be of good use when you're on a break from your work. But what can you do when you run out of battery, and you can't find your charger or you want to continue playing on your PC? This guide will provide you with several solutions for playing your favorite Android games directly from your Windows computer.
You can use various types of Windows utilities to play your favorite Android games, from emulators to virtual machines and browser plugins. In this article, I will show you how to install and use the Nox App Player and BlueStacks programs.
You will need to download and install the following programs to keep up with this guide.
Nox App Player
Nox App Player is a feature-rich utility that effectively reproduces the Android gaming experience on your Windows PC. It can be downloaded from its homepage and doesn't require any payments or product registrations. Afterwards, simply follow the installation steps, configured the app's settings according to your needs and you can immediately start playing Android games on your computer. Here's what you need to do after installing the application on your Windows PC:
Launch the program on your PC. Enter your Google account credentials. It's imperative to enter these details so that you can download, install, and use Android apps on your Windows PC.
Click the "Play Store" icon.
Use the search tool to find the Android game you wish to install on your Windows PC. Install the game like you'd normally do on your Android smartphone or tablet. Play the game.
BlueStacks is one of the most popular Android emulators on the market. Its built-in “Layercake” technology helps you enjoy graphic-demanding games on your Windows PC, without slowing down the performance of your system in the process. The program can also be used to install and run other types of applications from the Play Store (text editors, office tools, etc.), stream your utilities to Twitch (leading video platform and community for gamers), and so much more. Installing BlueStacks on your computer is very simple as a setup assistant will guide you every step of the way. Check out the steps you need to complete after downloading and installing BlueStacks on your Windows PC:
Launch BlueStacks on your Windows PC.
Log in to your Google account.
Click the "Play Store" icon.
Use the integrated search tool to find the Android game you wish to install on your Windows PC. Install the game like you normally do on your Android smartphone or tablet. Play the game.
Nox App Player and BlueStacks aren't the only Android emulators on the market, but they're the most popular and simple to handle and configure. I tested both programs and they worked exactly as they were advertised. Plus, as you can see, you don't need much computer experience in order to complete the aforementioned steps. You just need to complete several steps, log in to your Google account, and you can start installing and playing your favorite Android games directly from your Windows PC. Personally, I prefer using the Nox App Player as it uses less CPU resources and provides you with many useful features. It's up to you to decide which program is the best for you.