Alternatives to BlueStacks for all platforms with any license

  • Nox App Player

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

    Free Mac Windows

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    • Bundleware The emulator automatically installs sponsored Android apps together with yours
    • 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 Guest • Apr 2017 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's easy to use and very fast. I tried many emulators and nox is the best for now. clacSep 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's lighter than BlueStacks and provides the same quality graphics for games. Guest • Dec 2016 • 6 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. brunofinMar 2017 • 3 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's more stable and faster than Bluestacks. Like the macro recording and skin-changing feature. XiaomeiSep 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Installed Nox to play a GPU demanding game, Endless Frontier, and it rocks! Guest • Oct 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Nox works on Mac OS X, while BlueStacks' mac edition is outdated, bugged and forsaken. Guest • Nov 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Android-x86

    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...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux VirtualBox VMware Player

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    • Android-x86 isn't an Android emulator. It is an port of Android for x86 unlike BlueStacks. Guest • Nov 2017 • 14 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Android-x86 is not emulated. It requires setting up a virtual OS or wiping a device and installing it as the base OS. AlmightyHereticFeb 2018 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Android-x86 is not emulated. It requires setting up virtual OS [or wiping device] and installing Android-x86 it as the base OS. Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • bluestacks is only a software, where this software works like another OS to PC. Guest • Jul 2016 • 11 agrees and 13 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent: it's much faster than Bluestacks but it hasn't as much compatibility Guest • Oct 2015 • 6 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • You can have newer version of android but with less built-in capabilities to communicate with windows along side in comparison to bluestack. mojiDec 2016 • 3 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • MEmu

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

    Free Windows

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    • 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. frenchiverutiFeb 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • very easy to use, and fast running apps and games like clash royale handeJan 2018 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Genymotion

    A faster Android emulator Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and powerful. It offers 20...

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac OS X Windows Linux Android Studio Eclipse

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    • It has a complicated yet similar design like bluestacks but has lesser abilities in managing apps compared to bluestacks Guest • May 2017 • 0 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Droid4X

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

    Free Mac Windows

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    • 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 • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Andy

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

    Free Mac Windows

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    • Warning Andy OS reportedly installs a GPU Miner together with the Android emulator
    • Bundleware The installer may contain adwares. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • Anbox

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • YouWave

    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...

    Freemium Windows

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  • KOPLAYER

    KOPLAYER is a free android emulator for Windows and Mac which can help you run Android games & apps on your Windows PC. KOPLAYER commits itself to bringing you the...

    Free Personal Mac Windows

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    • Discontinued The website seems no longer updated since May 2017. Last version, 1.4.1055, released in January 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • LeapDroid

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

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued LeapDroid was discontinued on November 4th, 2016 because the developers joined Google. The official site - including downloads of the installer - has been archived by Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20161016120642/http://www.leapdroid.com/
  • Appetize.io

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

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • Shashlik

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

    Free Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued A long time this application not receive updates...
  • AVD Launcher

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

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • ApkOnline

    ApkOnline is a free android online emulator that allows to run android apps using a virtual machine where an android device is simulated to execute any application.

    Free Web

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You need Windows Gadget installed...

Comment by mostwanted
about BlueStacks · Oct 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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"

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