Alternatives to BlueStacks for all platforms with any license

  • Android-x86 icon


    This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86...

    Open Source Windows Linux VirtualBox VMware Player

    • bluestacks is only a software, where this software works like another OS to PC.
      Guest 7/12/2016
    • Excellent: it's much faster than Bluestacks but it hasn't as much compatibility
      Guest 10/2/2015
  • Genymotion icon


    A faster Android emulator Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android Studio Eclipse

  • Nox App Player icon

    Nox App Player

    Nox APP Player aims to provide the best experience for users to play Android games and apps on PC.

    Free Windows

  • Andy icon


    Andy breaks down the barrier between desktop and mobile computing, while keeping a user up to date with the latest Android OS feature...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Windroy icon

    Windroy Discontinued

    Windroy is Android running with Windows kernel! It does not run by a simulator (such as VirtualBox), it's on real machine, so...

    Free Windows

  • MEmu icon


    MEmu is a brand new Android emulator that brings fun of the Android experience to all Microsoft Windows devices.

    Free Windows

  • Droid4X icon


    Droid4x is Android simulator, which is good in aspects of performance, user experience, compatibility and gaming controllability....

    Free Windows

    • Once one gets past the Chinese characters it easily does what is says. It uses less space than Blue Stacks. When you turn it off it goes off. Blue stacks leaves many processes running on the home computer...
      Guest 8/19/2015
  • AMIDuOS icon


    AMIDuOS™(DuOS®) is a software developed by American Megatrends for x86-based computers using the Microsoft Windows operating...

    Commercial Windows

  • YouWave icon


    Runs Android apps and app stores on your PC, no phone required Download thousands of apps online via app stores within youwave ...

    Commercial Windows

  • Phoenix OS icon

    Phoenix OS

    Phoenix OS is a personal computer operating system which is further researched and developed based on the Android platform, mainly...

    Open Source Linux Android Android Tablet

  • Xamarin Android Player icon

    Xamarin Android Player

    Simulate, debug, demo or run Android apps in a fast and hassle-free environment.

    Free Personal Mac Windows

  • LeapDroid icon


    LeapDroid is an Android emulator. It runs the whole Android system inside Windows using state-of-the-art virtual machine technologies....

    Free Windows

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    Stream iOS & Android Simulators in the Browser For embedding apps in websites, development, collaboration, testing and more

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad

  • Remix OS Player icon

    Remix OS Player

    Remix OS Player is the most up-to-date emulator on the market. Enjoy the latest games and apps that Android has to offer.

    Free Windows


    KOPLAYER is the best free Android emulator in the world at present. KOPLAYER commits itself to bring best playing experience for...

    Free Personal Windows Phone

  • Manymo icon


    Manymo: A Better Android Emulator. Quick starting, lightweight in-browser Android emulators for embedding apps in websites...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android

  • AVD Launcher icon

    AVD Launcher

    Front-end to Android Virtual Devices (AVDs) emulator from Google' Android SDK.

    Open Source Linux

  • Shashlik icon


    The goal of Shashlik is to provide a way to run Android applications on a standard Linux desktop as easily and simply as possible. ...

    Open Source Linux

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BlueStacks Comments

Find a better emulator

Negative Comment by IrishPotato
about BlueStacks Jul 2016

Bluestacks was the first android emulator I have tried and while it works for the most part, the UI, the computer lag, and bloatware are all too much to handle. I have since been using Leapdroid and it works much better than the other emulators I have tried. Here's a review of the emulator:


Worst App ever seen

Negative Comment by soumyadipmandal
about BlueStacks Jul 2016

This is the worst emulator I have ever seen. It puts excess CPU usage without any reason. It is very laggy. I hangs even when we are using light apps(e.g. WhatsApp). I recommend to use Genymotion or Youwave or Droid4x or NOX and MEMu also.


I wouldn't recommend this for my enemies

Negative Comment by AdmiralJaden
about BlueStacks Apr 2016

Bluestacks is probably the worst (working) android emulator I've ever seen. It takes chunks of resources to run, when it actually works, and it will bluescreen your pc for no reason, at random points. The blue screen doesn't happen often, but it happens enough to cause serious issues. As far as I'm concerned, if a program bluescreens your pc even once, it should be removed and given the worst possible rating, because that's not only unacceptable, but it's also dangerous to your pc, which may end up losing data, or worse, as a result.
It's this user's opinion that bluestacks be removed from the list, for the sole purpose that it is quite possibly the least stable program in the lists that I've seen it in. If the developer wants to reprogram it, improve it, and fix the performance issues (which are really bad), then they should do so, otherwise, it should be forgotten and disposed of, for everyone's sake.


shahlik should be there

Comment by nikoshiabellic
about BlueStacks Feb 2016

shahlik is a open source program to run apk apps on linux desktop
please add it to list


Terrible - use Andy in stead

Negative Comment by mogenslunde
about BlueStacks and Andy Apr 2015

Completely stuffed with games / crapware. My experience was that the program often froze for no obvious reason. Especially after the PC was brought back from sleep mode, you need as a minimum to restart the application, but most often to restart the computer to get back in business. Andy works as a charm in comparison with not crapware, very stable and robust, easy installation and best of all: just continues after a rewake from sleep mode!


This is NOT compatible with Linux 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by mrh
about BlueStacks Mar 2015

No where on their site does it make any claim to be compatible with anything other than Windows or your smart phone. Please correct this entry.



Negative Comment by lowrider2025
about BlueStacks Aug 2014

Requires you to install unwanted apps/games from appstore to continue using it...avoid.


You need Windows Gadget installed...

Comment by mostwanted
about BlueStacks Oct 2011

If you removed the "Windows Gadget Platform" feature you will not see the Bluestacks UI. Once the "Windows Gadget Platform" is install right click on your desktop click "Gadgets" and you'll find the "Bluestacks Gadget"