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Back in January, BlueStacks was introduced to MUO readers 3 Ways To Run Android Apps On Windows 3 Ways To Run Android Apps On Windows Interested in Android? You don’t have to buy a device or go to a physical electronics store (do those still exist?) to try it out. You can run individual Android apps and play with the... Read More in an article that provides similar alternatives to the emulation software. Since then, the development of BlueStacks has progressed in a way that, in my opinion, blows the other two right out of the water. BlueStacks has officially joined my circle of “holy grail” software like Dropbox and Steam.

If you’ve never used BlueStacks before, it’s a way to bring the Android platform to you right from your desktop or laptop. It works with both Windows and Mac, too. There are so many useful and unique ways to use BlueStacks to your advantage that I’d like to give it a proper introduction to our readers and hopefully have you guys experiencing an OS like never before.

BlueStacks

While BlueStacks doesn’t emulate the entire Android experience, it’s easily the best and smoothest solution to running Android apps from your computer. The most awesome feature of the BlueStacks software is cloud connectivity. This means you can actually sync your Android phone with BlueStacks to immediately carry over apps, updates, photos, text messages, and more. There are a lot of ways to remotely access phones on Android and iOS, but none of those experiences are as fluid as syncing to BlueStacks.

This feature opens up a lot of things that you and I could get into. Work at your PC but not interested in always checking your phone for text messages? Text from your desktop. It’s faster anyway.

BlueStacks is extremely sleek and easy to learn to use. The My Apps page is the equivalent of a home screen. It looks like this:

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Everything is as simple as pointing and clicking. Mouse gestures like clicking and dragging down or swiping are fluid in emulating finger gestures on your touchscreen. BlueStacks’ settings menu will also allow you to customize certain options that aren’t as comfortable when translating from a touchscreen phone to your desktop.

For example, automated capitalization and word correction? Don’t need that at a keyboard. Thankfully, that stuff can be switched off. But how do apps actually look on BlueStacks? That’s what it’s good for after all! They’re beautiful, if you ask me. Some come in sizes native to Android phones, like Instagram:

Others, like Evernote, will be able to stretch and fit the screen:

And who could forget about Android games? When I first heard about this Android app emulator, that was my immediate reaction. Along with that, I had to assume that games would skip, lag, and respond terribly. That isn’t the case at all. Everything is incredibly smooth. You can even enjoy MMOs on BlueStacks. Here I am playing Warspear Online:

I had originally checked out BlueStacks just to get a feel for Android. I’m an iOS guy and I’ve actually never played with the Android platform. What I got out of this software is a whole new realm of games and neat software that I’ll eventually even be able to sync to a device if I do choose to pick up an Android phone. Awesome stuff.

What do you guys think of BlueStacks and what it does for the Android platform? Let me know in the comments.

  1. Ctian
    January 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Iruna online is Not Working T^T

  2. Tirorah
    January 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

    When I heard Bluestacks is out for Mac? *tears of joy* I can play Iruna Online (MMORPG) when my phone battery died. Awesome stuff! <3

  3. John
    December 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I got a dual core notebook with 1gb RAM.
    There is any possibility (with the use of Virtualbox maybe) to install the awesome bluestacks?
    Someone can help me?
    Thanks!!!

    • Adam
      February 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Do not even bother !!!!

      I have OS Win7
      8GB RAM
      Quad Core CPU 2.66 GHZ
      2GB GTX Geforce

      This is running so slow.......
      Normal menu and navigation is not that bad but APPS and GAMES are working far too slow.....................

      Very disappointing!!!

    • Nathan
      November 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I have used bluestacks for years. it has gotten a lot better and runs much more smoothly than it used to. i have 4GB of ram.

  4. Amrou Bouaziz
    November 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    It made my computer too slow even with it's i5 CPU and 4GB RAM ! :/
    BAD APP

  5. sauruman
    November 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    is there any way to use my Keyboard to play the games, like bus parking 3D....
    anyway it's a great application..
    thank you.....

  6. Raghav Gupta
    November 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Tried but alwys says cant find graphics driver :(

  7. yuvraj
    October 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

    it says failed to install blue stack pls reply soon

    • Craig Snyder
      October 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Will need some details. Operating system? Version of BlueStacks?

  8. Mulyadi Pasaribu
    October 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Found some problem using this software but at least it's a good free software to test our own apk before submitting it to google play...

    Thanks for the info...

  9. Julien Dion
    October 23, 2012 at 12:29 am

    This app looks amazing on pc!... But on mac, it is still on the Alpha version... No possibility to download other apps or connect your phone...
    I'm waiting for the Beta !

  10. Deya
    October 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Hey!

    Is there a way to downgrade Bluestacks to the previous version? I prefered the "Homepage" much more (apps on a black background) and the resolution (apps icons) was better.
    So yeah, how can I downgrade Bluestacks?

    THanks!

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      October 14, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Deya,

      Why don't you simply install NOVA / ADW / Go launcher EX to the workspace environment.

  11. vid jaklin
    October 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    wow i like it allready :D.

  12. Aeman Amin
    October 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    the last time i tried,there's still some games that cnnot be run..

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      October 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

      They still do not run. I am facing problems with Games in Bluestack. :(

  13. Drew Butler
    October 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    glad to see some of these changes. tried bluestacks when it was in beta but dropped it because it seemed like anything I really wanted to use it for didn't work. I'll have to give it another go now :). thanks for the info

  14. Nara Tsaturyan
    October 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Super :) I just love it...everything works and its really useful! I recommend it to everyone :)

  15. Jake Thompson
    October 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Wow! Definitely checking this out :)

  16. salim benhouhou
    October 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    i will download it right now . awesome software

  17. rag
    September 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    how to change the mouse setting on blue stack to play temple run freely just like playing on a mobile

  18. Mark
    September 29, 2012 at 4:42 am

    tried it, installed it. disappointed with it.
    cant do anything with it other than emulate your phone.
    it doesn't "sync" anything with my android, except the apps. and that's it the apps are synced, then what? cant do anything with it. other than click here, click there...that's all.

    this is just in beta and only few hundred downloads...i wouldn't recommend it until it is really established.

  19. GrrGrrr
    September 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I have been planning to install BlueStacks from a long time, but ur article gave me a big push!

    going to check it out over the weekend.

    btw say BlueStacks released a new Beta. Is it ok to install Beta?

  20. HLJonnalagadda
    September 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Does not work for me. Never has. I signed on as a beta tester, but could not get it to work.

  21. Mark
    September 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    i read the comments at google play. that BStack does sync with your phone. when you play games on your pc, u cant continue it at your hp.

    anyone tried this? is it right?

  22. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Ashwin / Ravi / Aayush / Saurabh / Dr. Ramraj,

    Most of the top honchos of this company are Indians by origin.

    Rosen Sharma - President & CEO
    Jay Vaishnav - SVP, Product
    Apu Kumar - SVP, Global Sales & Strategic Alliances
    Suman Saraf - CTO
    John Gargiulo - VP, Marketing and Business Development

    Indians have proved there mettle in application software development, good to see that they are now foraying into system software also. :) Proud to be an Indian!!! :D

  23. Saurabh Banwaskar
    September 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Nice App for those Who Doesn't have Android Phone !!!!

  24. Aayush
    September 28, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I have a blackberry smartphone ( plz dont judge me :P ) so i really missed having fun with some cool android apps . Bluestack is an awsm software . I even play temple run and enjoy Whatsapp through PC ..

  25. Ravi Meena
    September 28, 2012 at 2:40 am

    where is the thanks button, thanks anyway

  26. Ashwin Ramesh
    September 28, 2012 at 2:18 am

    nice :)

  27. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I simply love BlueStacks. Specially the phone sync feature and I have installed the ADW Launcher on it to get the workspace environment.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      October 4, 2012 at 4:14 am

      All the applications runs perfectly except games. Games are not running on my HP Pavilion. :(

  28. Declan Lopez
    September 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

    bluestacks has been rooted already

  29. Benoit Rainville
    September 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I can't wait to try the lost city on my pc!

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