Did you notice that apps on Windows 10 have gotten better? Still, once in a while, you stumble upon a really useful android app that hasn’t made its way to PC just yet.
But hey… if it runs on android, then I have good news for you. Now, with the help of third-party software, you can run these apps on your Windows 10 computer. However, getting apps from your phone to your computer is not as easy as installing a windows program.
Well, there are several ways to run android apps on your Windows 10, which ranges from emulators to dual-booting. Good news! We have compiled an extensive list of what software and utilities you will need to install Android apps on Windows 10.
How to Install Android Apps on Windows 10?
Bluestacks App Player
My number on the list is the Bluestacks App player. This is one of the most robust Android emulators around. It allows you to apps on Android 7.1.2 on your Windows 10. Its’ simple custom-designed makes it easy to toggle emulation settings and also launch apps that use hardware accelerators to enhance the performance of Android games in Windows.
Follow the steps below to use Bluestacks to emulate your Android apps.
First, download the installer from the official Bluestacks website
Next, you launch the installed application and choose the storage location for your app and data files. Bluestacks will install on your boot drive by default.
Thirdly, the moment Bluestacks installs completely. You have to launch it.
Then, you enter your Google credentials. You will be redirected to the Google Play Store, there you will find all of your installed and purchased apps.
Let’s move on to the next one
Dual-booting is an alternative to Android emulators that gives you the latest version of Android. Although, the setup is a bit more involved. It successfully transforms your Windows computer into an Android device.
Although, it is not as simple as installing native android. Why is this? This is because computer hardware like Intel processors and physical hard drives have been added by a third-party developer to Android.
This is an open-source project that seeks to port the newest version Android to Windows hardware. The latest version of Android-X86 comes with features like a new Taskbar launcher and apps can also launch in resizable windows.
One interesting thing about Android-X86 is that it also lets you customize Android to your liking. With Android-X86, you can always install third-party themes, home screens, and even more. You can do all of these without having to worry whether or not they will play nicely together.
Let’s move on to guiding you on how to install Android-X86
- In the first step, be sure that your computer’s hard drive has at least 2GB of free space. That being sorted out, you can download the latest Android-X86 ISO. You can download the generic file if your device isn’t listed.
- Next, you download UNetbootin. Open the downloaded UNetbootin and select the Android –X86 ISO file you just downloaded.
- You can now select the USB drive from the list of options, and click ok. Then, patiently wait for UNetbootin to copy and install; your downloaded Android-X86 to your flash drive.
- Now, you can reboot your computer. And select the “Boot Device Selection” screen. Then select your flash drive. However, from the UNetbootin menu, you can select Install Android-X86 to hard disk.
- The next step is selecting the location to which you want your Android-X86 installed. An option will pop up to format the disk. You shouldn’t if you are unsure.
- When you are asked if you want to install GRUB. Tap Yes… and Yes again. Follow the instruction when it says to “make system r/w”. This enables Android-X86 to read and write data to your hard drive. So, select Yes.
- Finally, reboot your system for the second time. Then, you can now use the Google Play Store to install Android apps as you wish.
Microsoft’s Emulator and Surface Duo
Surface Duo is designed to run Android as its native OS. Now, this gives buyers a Microsoft-managed Android device with extra Windows compatibility. Which is exactly what a lot of people are just looking for.
Here is another consideration, now to prepare for the upcoming Surface Duo, Microsoft made the Duo Preview available for download for both developers and interested fans. Now, this installs an android emulator on your computer that is designed to dual-screen and integrate with Android Studio.
This is a full Android 7.1 or 5.1 operating system that runs on your Windows 10 computer. It gives the functionality of a desktop OS. Along with the compatibility with Android applications.
Now, here is how to get yourself set up to use it.
First, visit the Pheonix OS download page and download the latest installer for your Windows 10 Computer.
Then, select the .exe or.ISO file for the version of Android that you prefer. You can go with either Android 7.1 or Android 5.1.
Next, you create a new location for Pheonix OS to install.
Then, you run the Pheonix OS installer and install it on the new location. Or you can create a bootable USB drive with it and install it on boot.
Next, you select a volume letter and the size of the volume you want to create.
Finally, you wait for the installation process to be completed. You can now reboot and choose Pheonix OS from your boot menu.
I hope you have learned from this article. Read through again and begin the download of your favorite android apps on your Windows 10.