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Easy Way To Run Android Applications On Windows

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Have you ever wondered, how would it feel like to play an Android game on a computer? If you ever wanted to try one, but the only thing that’s stopping you is a good emulator that can let you install and play it on your computer, today’s your lucky day.

BlueStacks is an application, or I must say a player for Windows, which can play Android application on your Windows machine. The installation is very simple and is just like any other Windows application. Just follow the on screen instruction to complete the setup.

BlueStacks comes with 10 preloaded applications comprising of some popular apps and games like Drag Racing, Talking Tom, Pulse, Alchemy, etc. If you are on a touch enabled display it will be more fun but mouse pointers does a decent task as well.

BlueStacks AppDrawer

Though the application runs on full screen, but I would advise you to keep the application in Windows mode. As the Android applications are designed to run on hand-held devices with limited resolution, some of you who have bigger screens, which support high resolution may find a bit of a tearing.

You can change the orientations with the button located at the bottom of the player. There’s is a setting/option button as well in the player so that you can use the application just as it would run on an Android device.

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Running Talking Tom

Now, here’s a catch. As there’s no market in BlueStacks, you cannot download and install application directly. If you want to try out any of a non-default application using BlueStacks you must install the application on your Android device first.

You can now use BlueStacks Cloud Connect application to connect to your BlueStacks on your computer using and sync the needed application to the desktop player. Don’t forget to make a free BlueStacks account first.

BlueStacks Cloud Connect

My Verdict

As an Android is necessary to install new application in BlueStacks the application may not be that appealing to people who don’t have one yet. I personally use BlueStacks to play some Android games on PC and also to take screenshots while testing the app.

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(By) Ashish Mundhra a tech blogger from LostInTechnology, Editor at WorkYourOffice is an enthusiast in the field of technology.

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    • fussedblogger

      It would be awesome running Android apps on Windows phone.
      Thanks for sharing the turorial

    • Reviewriter

      Wow!
      That would be awesome. Using android apps on our Pc. I had android 2.3 version phone and i’ll definetly try this. 

    • Nancy

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      Best android experience ever… enjoy 🙂

    • Chintan Jain

      This is really cool, now all my favorite android apps could run even on windows as well.. Thanks..

    • Dr. Robert Doebler

      You know, I've started to really become a fan of android but you're right about this. The two just don't get along well as I would expect. I'm sure they are making progress though. It's about time that they do.

    • Rasel Rony

      wow, thats great, thansks for share

    • Eapen

      I never knew this, will definitely use Bluestack, thanks for the wonderful review Ashish !

    • DJ

      will be getting an android fone within days 😀 let me test it !!

    • Thomas@Motorhome hire

      Android applications on windows is going to be the trend of the season I guess. Playing Android games on computer would be a great experience! BlueStacks cloud connect account will be no issue for those are true fan of Android. But the fact that they still be played in windows mode is making little depressed. But playing them in full screen mode will be sooner i guess.

    • Jasmine

      BlueStacks looks really cool. Will check that out, … hopefully can run my favorite Android apps on my computer!

    • Jass

      Thanks for sharing this great applications, I was not aware of it. But it sounds cool to have android applications on my windows plateform

    • Mathew@computer repairs hobart

      Its good to hear that Android applications can be run on windows. Android games are just awesome! I just love playing them! It will be very refreshing to use it on PC rather than using it on usual mobile phones. Getting to use these applications on windows, one will willingly create BlueStacks account! But using them on windows mode is making me little depressed. Just hoping that they should make some progress to make it better for playing in full screen. This would be more fun! Thanks for sharing this information!

    • Harry@Pool service in ct

      Android phone and applications are the way forward and in my view the next step in technological progress. It is great that the innovation of mobile phones is being applied to computers. Windows is surely going to move forward in its business strategies after this adoption. Thanks for your helpful steps and this sharing was really helpful.

    • Adeline

      I was really excited to try bluestacks, but have been put off as the darn thing keeps crashing my PC!

    • Isha Singh

      Really feeling lucky to find this post. That seems a genius software. I can't stop myself to play Android games on pc.

    • pegasus

      Thanks for this info, I am going to have a go with this app. Cheers

    • Hari Narayan

      I had a Android phone 3.2.1 . I lost it . So I wanted to use android apps in Pc . Thanks for the post ! . Nice!

    • Anna @ Weight Watchers Recipes

      I am actually gonna try this now. Been curious for quite some time now about android applications since I only own a PC. Thank you for the post.

      Cheers

    • Aman Arora @ Tech Blog

      Worst part is you cannot directly install applications in bluestack. I would have loved it if it had that feature 🙂

      • amit sharma

        Hey Aman, there are ways using which you can install Android apps from Android Market too..Have a look at this
        http://www.pcmastero.com/2012/01/how-to-download-android-apps-from-android-market-in-bluestacks.html

    • George@merchant account

      I am a big fan of the android and love the graphics, applications and clarity that it has. Am very happy to read this post and become aware of other uses for it. If windows is able to reach the perfection level of android it will be a great thing. I have just brought an android phone, I chose Motorola over Samsung as I heard that Motorola has taken over android rights and also the Defy plus is a very nice and effective piece perfect for people like me who travel a lot. Good to know that android perfection can be transferred to Windows will use it soon.

    • Ankit

      Thanks for this informative article..

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