Best BlueStacks Alternatives in 2021

    BlueStacks is described as 'runs Android OS and apps on Windows PCs with instant switch between Android and Windows - no reboot is required. End consumers can now enjoy their favorite Android apps on Windows PCs' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to BlueStacks for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Android-x86, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BlueStacks are Nox App Player (Free), Genymotion (Free Personal), MEmu (Free) and Droid4X (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 15, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • VirtualBox
      • Self-Hosted
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Player
      This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". The original plan is to host different patches for Android x86 support from open source community.
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      Android-x86 vs BlueStacks opinions
      Some users think Android-x86 is a great alternative to BlueStacks, some don't.
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      instal bluestacks for linux
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      -2
      laribA Not an Android emulator, but a port of Android for x86 or x86_64 systems as an OS.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      22
      It's a standalone operating system, not an emulator
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      0
      It works in a virtual machine, but its very slow because its not hardware accelerated.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      0
      It is not an android emulator.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      0
      Android X86 isnt an emulator, its an operating system.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      22
      Android-x86 is not emulated. It requires setting up virtual OS [or wiping device] and installing Android-x86 it as the base OS.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    1. Nox App Player: The best Android emulator leading in technology and performance. A free tool for users to enjoy the numerous Android games and apps from their desktop with ease.

      Bundleware

      The emulator automatically installs sponsored Android apps together with yours

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      Nox App Player vs BlueStacks opinions
      Most users think Nox App Player is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
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      It is actually faster than bluestacks on my mac. The phone controls e.g. change in volume etc. were very easy to use
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      4
      clac It's easy to use and very fast. I tried many emulators and nox is the best for now.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      4
      Nox works on Mac OS X, while BlueStacks' mac edition is outdated, bugged and forsaken.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      0
      Installed Nox to play a GPU demanding game, Endless Frontier, and it rocks!
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      -1
      Xiaomei It's more stable and faster than Bluestacks. Like the macro recording and skin-changing feature.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      1
      It's free, faster, has less lag, a bunch of advanced feature Bluestacks doesn't have (macro, device recorder, roots enabling,...) and you don't have to download troublesome apps like Bluestacks. Might be complicated at first but I totally recommend it
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      2
      brunofin It's light and free, not filled with bloatware, doesn't force you installation of apps to keep using it for free and doesn't feel like adware. Great software, I use it for Google Play Music on my PC.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android Studio
      • Eclipse
      Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and powerful. It offers 20 pre-configured devices and you can create your own custom ones. [Genymotion Personal Edition is available free for personal use only at...
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      Genymotion vs BlueStacks opinions
      Most users think Genymotion is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
      stef_granger both are android emulater
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      0
      It actually works on Linux
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      0
      It has a complicated yet similar design like bluestacks but has lesser abilities in managing apps compared to bluestacks
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      0
      Impossible to launch Play Store Games (ARM Design can do it, not x86)
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      0
      It gives a nice experience to the users
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      -6
    2. Comparing to other Android emulators, MEmu provides the highest performance and greatest compatibility. It runs on nearly all Windows devices (PC, notebook, 2-in-1 devices, tablets).

      Warning

      MEmu Installer is being flagged by many antivirus as a malware, risktool, adware...
      See in VirusTotal: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/7118658d9177d2462aaa5aa3b43aa4663629a494a3af50944fa98a321885851c/detection

      Bundleware

      Attempts to install Avast Antivirus, can be declined.

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      MEmu vs BlueStacks opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MEmu is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
      If you download the offline installer, there's no bundleware. It's fast,too!
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      -1
      frenchiveruti To keep my review short, it includes root functionality, no bloatware, free, fast to start, and also the lightest of all the ones that run on Windows. Even more, you can change the "device model" and processor virtualization literally increases the performance a lot.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      2
      Light, easy to use and multi functional
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      1
      hande very easy to use, and fast running apps and games like clash royale
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -2
      faster than bluestacks and less laggy
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      -2
    3. Droid4x is Android simulator, which is good in aspects of performance, user experience, compatibility and gaming controllability. Making millions of mobile games and apps as desktop experience.
      Droid4X vs BlueStacks opinions
      Most users think Droid4X is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
      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...
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

      -1
      it is the best alternative i like it
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

      -2


    4. Anbox puts Android into a container and every Android application will be integrated with your operating system. Any Android version is suitable for this approach and try to keep up with the latest version from the Android Open Source Project.
      Anbox vs BlueStacks opinions
      Most users think Anbox is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
      only one thet is an actuall free emulator (android-x86 isnt even an emulator).
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      Only available using Snap
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      0
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Andy breaks down the barrier between desktop and mobile computing, while keeping a user up to date with the latest Android OS feature upgrades.

      Warning

      Andy OS reportedly installs a GPU Miner together with the Android emulator

      Bundleware

      The installer may contain adwares. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      Some users think Andy is a great alternative to BlueStacks, some don't.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Stream iOS Simulators & Android Emulators in the Browser.
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      Most users think Appetize.io is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Runs Android apps and app stores on your PC, no phone required Download thousands of apps online via app stores within youwave High performance - The fastest way to run Android on pc Ease of Use - Easy to install.
      Most users think YouWave is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
    5. LDPlayer,The best android emulator for windows. Free download it to play android games & android apps on PC. Be stabilization, fluent, perfect compatibility. LDPlayer is a free Android emulator for PC users playing Android games easily on Windows. Based on Android 5.1.
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