Who hasn’t wanted to play their favorite mobile game on a computer? Whether it’s because you want to look productive at your work PC without actually having to do your job, or because you want to play with a bigger screen, it’s actually relatively easy to emulate Android on your PC.
You will need a third-party program and install it on your computer. Be sure to only download and install them from trustworthy sources only. While there are a number of programs available that do the trick, our favorite is the Nox App Player.
Follow the steps below to get up and running with Android games on your computer:
- Download the installer
Simply download the most recent version for your operating system and then execute the installer for the Nox App Player. You can either go with the default options or select a custom save location as well as similar options like adding the player to your taskbar, have it launch on start-up, and creating a desktop shortcut.
- Run the installer & Launch the Player
It should only take a few minutes to install the Nox player. When the process is complete, simply start the program and, within a few minutes, the Android simulator should start. It could take a few minutes to boot up and start. When the process is complete, you’ll see that the installer comes with a few apps pre-installed.
If the games you are looking to play aren’t among these, you can always install more. Click on the Nox store in order to gain access to the Google Play store. It may not quite look like the version on your phone, but you’ll find it works in much the same way. Use the Search function at the top in order to look for the apps that you want to use.
- Use the Emulator!
When using the emulator, you have a fair few options to tailor your experience to what you want. On the right-hand side, you get options like shaking your virtual phone, switching between landscape and portrait view, changing the volume, and even adding a new apk file to the emulator.
You can take screenshots, record video, even use two-finger pinching controls if you’d like. They are all located on the right-hand menu bar, while cosmetic options, FPS counters and more are located at the top.
All that’s left to do is for you to enjoy your new simulated Android experience!