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Best BlueStacks Alternatives

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. Android apps can appear either as icons on the Windows desktop, or within a' and is a very popular android emulator in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to BlueStacks for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Android-x86, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BlueStacks are Nox App Player, Genymotion, MEmu and Appetize.io.

BlueStacks alternatives are mainly Android Emulators but may also be Virtualization Tools or Operating Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of BlueStacks.
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  1. Android-x86 icon

    Android-x86

    • Linux
    • VirtualBox
    • Self-Hosted
    • VMware Workstation
    • VMware Player
    36 alternatives to 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 different patches for Android x86 support from open source community.

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    1.  LightweightAndroid-x86 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Guest

    Android-x86 isn't an Android emulator. It is an port of Android for x86 unlike BlueStacks.

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    Guest

    It's a standalone operating system, not an emulator

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    Guest

    It works in a virtual machine, but its very slow because its not hardware accelerated.

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    laribA

    Not an Android emulator, but a port of Android for x86 or x86_64 systems as an OS.

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    Guest

    It is not an android emulator.

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    Guest

    Android X86 isnt an emulator, its an operating system.

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    Guest

    Android-x86 is not emulated. It requires setting up virtual OS [or wiping device] and installing Android-x86 it as the base OS.

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  2. Nox App Player icon

    Nox App Player

    • Mac
    • Windows
    26 alternatives to Nox App Player 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightNox App Player consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Controller SupportNox App Player supports the use of a controller (XBOX, PlayStation, etc.).
    3.  Ad-freeNox App Player doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    The emulator automatically installs sponsored Android apps together with yours

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    clac

    It's easy to use and very fast. I tried many emulators and nox is the best for now.

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    Guest

    It's lighter than BlueStacks and provides the same quality graphics for games.

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    Guest

    It is actually faster than bluestacks on my mac. The phone controls e.g. change in volume etc. were very easy to use

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    Guest

    Nox works on Mac OS X, while BlueStacks' mac edition is outdated, bugged and forsaken.

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    Guest

    Installed Nox to play a GPU demanding game, Endless Frontier, and it rocks!

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    Xiaomei

    It's more stable and faster than Bluestacks. Like the macro recording and skin-changing feature.

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    Guest

    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

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  3. Genymotion icon

    Genymotion

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android Studio
    • Eclipse
    30 alternatives to Genymotion 

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

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    Guest

    It actually works on Linux

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    stef_granger

    both are android emulater

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    Guest

    It has a complicated yet similar design like bluestacks but has lesser abilities in managing apps compared to bluestacks

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    Guest

    Impossible to launch Play Store Games (ARM Design can do it, not x86)

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    It gives a nice experience to the users

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    MEmu

    • Windows
    27 alternatives to MEmu 

    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).

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    1.  LightweightMEmu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
      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

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      Attempts to install Avast Antivirus, can be declined.

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      Almost everyone thinks MEmu is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
      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.

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      hande

      very easy to use, and fast running apps and games like clash royale

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      Guest

      If you download the offline installer, there's no bundleware. It's fast,too!

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      Guest

      Light, easy to use and multi functional

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      Guest

      faster than bluestacks and less laggy

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    • Appetize.io icon

      Appetize.io

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      30 alternatives to Appetize.io 

      Stream iOS Simulators & Android Emulators in the Browser.

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      1.  PortableAppetize.io can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      2.  LightweightAppetize.io consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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      Anbox

      • Linux
      36 alternatives to 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 try to keep up with the latest version from the Android Open Source Project.

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      1.  LightweightAnbox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
      2.  Container VirtualizationAnbox can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
      3.  Unified inboxView e-mails (or similar) from all accounts in one unified view with Anbox.
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        only one thet is an actuall free emulator (android-x86 isnt even an emulator).

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        alwasifj

        crashes immidietely in moksha linux

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        Guest

        Only available using Snap

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      • Andy icon

        Andy

        • Mac
        • Windows
        23 alternatives to 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 with unlimited storage capacity, PC and Mac compatibility, and the freedom to play the most popular mobile...

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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/

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        Some users think Andy is a great alternative to BlueStacks, some don't.
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        Droid4X

        • Windows
        18 alternatives to Droid4X 

        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.

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        1.  LightweightDroid4X consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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        Most users think Droid4X is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
        Guest

        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...

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        Guest

        it is the best alternative i like it

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      • YouWave icon

        YouWave

        16 alternatives to 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 to run Android on pc

        Ease of Use - Easy to install. Easy to import and run apps

        Key Technical Features

        Support.

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        WayDroid

        • Linux
        • Linux Mobile
        27 alternatives to WayDroid 

        Waydroid uses Linux namespaces (user, pid, uts, net, mount, ipc) to run a full Android system in a container and provide Android applications on any GNU/Linux-based platform.

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        1.  Container VirtualizationWayDroid can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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