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Free BlueStacks Alternatives

The best free alternative to BlueStacks is Android-x86, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to BlueStacks and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to BlueStacks are Nox App Player, Genymotion, MEmu and Droid4X.

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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BlueStacks runs Android OS and apps on Windows PCs with instant switch between Android and Windows - no reboot is required....

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  1. Android-x86 icon

    Android-x86

    • 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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    instal bluestacks for linux

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

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    It's a standalone operating system, not an emulator

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    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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    It is not an android emulator.

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    Android X86 isnt an emulator, its an operating system.

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  2. 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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    clac

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

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

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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

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    Nox works on Mac OS X, while BlueStacks' mac edition is outdated, bugged and forsaken.

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    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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    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

    • 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.

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    It actually works on Linux

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    stef_granger

    both are android emulater

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

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    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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  4. MEmu icon

    MEmu

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

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    Light, easy to use and multi functional

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    faster than bluestacks and less laggy

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  5. 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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    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...

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    it is the best alternative i like it

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  6. 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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    Most users think Anbox is a great alternative to BlueStacks.

    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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    Only available using Snap

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  7. Andy icon

    Andy

    • 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: 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.
  8. Appetize.io icon

    Appetize.io

    • 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.
  9. YouWave icon

    YouWave

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Runs Android apps and app stores on your PC, no phone required.

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    Most users think YouWave is a great alternative to BlueStacks.
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    WayDroid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    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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