Play Android Games on Your Laptop or Desktop

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Many people are becoming addicted to certain Android applications, like Temple Run, 4 Pics 1 Word, Icon Mania, and some other cool game applications that are available on the Android operating system. But not all people who want to play these games have an Android device. Even if they do, they may prefer to play games on a desktop computer or a Laptop. To do that, you need to install and use an Android emulator. This emulator will serve as an Android device on your Windows PC or Mac. It will let you run and play many cool Android applications.

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There are many Android emulators out there, but a couple of the better ones worth trying are: BlueStacks or YouWave. BlueStacks is free, but it requires good computer specs. YouWave is free for 10 days, but the specs requirements are a bit lower.

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Downloading and Using BlueStacks

  1. 1
    Download BlueStacks here
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  2. 2
    Install BlueStacks and reboot your device.
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  3. 3
    Open BlueStacks and look on the upper right part of BlueStacks and you will see the search function.
    Just search for the application that you want and click on install.
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  4. 4
    Wait for the application to be installed, then open the game and enjoy.
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Installing YouWave

YouWave. YouWave is similar in function and installation to BlueStacks. However, It does not offer a free limited version of the software. Install the application and search the YouWave store for apps.

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  1. 1
    Download the application at here
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  2. 2
    Navigate to your download location and open the application.
    Youwave_Android-x-x-x.exe.
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  3. 3
    Follow the instructions provided by the installation wizard.
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    Open the application.
    The default installation location is C:\Program Files (x86)\YouWave_Android. Navigate to that location and open the executable, YouWave_Android.exe.
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    Exploring the main application screen.
     
    1. The left-pane of the application window shows the apps that are installed within the YouWave emulator. The default installation comes with OpenSudoku and Target installed.
    2. The right-pane is the output area for Android emulation. Games and applications are loaded into this screen.
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  6. 6
    Double-click OpenSudoku to begin playing the game.
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  7. 7
    How to install new apps.
     
    1. Select View from the application toolbar.
    2. Choose online content.
    3. Select a marketplace.
    4. Open View.
    5. Select Apps.
    6. Double-click the market application in the left-pane to open the application within the emulation area.
    7. Purchase and download apps from the market. The market app will handle application installation within the emulator.
    8. How to start the app? Refresh the left-pane by opening View and selecting Redraw Icons.
    9. Double-click the app to start the game.
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Other Alternatives

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    The Android Software Development Kit.
    Google's Android SDK is open-source, free, and comes with a device emulator. The emulator features hot-keys and advanced keyboard configurations to emulate mobile device technologies. Setting up the SDK may be complicated, depending on your experience with integrated development environments, and accessing the Android Market from the emulator is not intuitive, but the features available through the SDK are very useful for understanding how the Android OS works. With study you may even learn how to code your own Android apps with the SDK. Exciting!
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    Android-x86.
    This open source project brings Android applications to the x86 processing platform. It does not support the Android Market initially, but third-party applications can be installed by editing the application and unknown sources configurations. This application supports many Android apps but some, such as Instagram, are incompatible.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • BlueStacks requires 2GB of RAM, .NET Framework 3.5 or higher, and an updated video graphics driver.
  • If you cannot search for the application or are having trouble installing it, it still may work the next time you try.
  • If you are still having a problem installing it, you can try to search online for the APK installer of the application that you want. Go to Google and use this keyword: "temple run 2 .apk"," for example, or search for whatever app you are interested in, in place of "temple run 2." You can then download the .apk installer and double click on the file. It will be installed on BlueStacks. Open BlueStacks and then go to "My Apps" and look for the application.

Questions and Answers

Where can I find free Android games for Laptop?

You can get free Android games by downloading them from 1Mobile Market. 1Mobile Market is an application that goes along with YouWave and BlueStacks. You can also manually download 1Mobile apk file and install it on your computer through YouWave or BlueStacks. To download free applications to your computer, follow the procedures below:

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  • Open your Android emulator application.
  • Go to your application list.
  • Tap on 1Mobile Market to open the application.
  • From 1Mobile Market, you can then choose from thousands of free applications for your computer.
  • Wait for the download to complete before doing any further actions.
  • You have successfully learned how to download free Android applications to your Laptop.
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If you are looking to play the exact Android version of the games, you'll need to install an emulator on your Laptop. The two you can try are BlueStacks and YouWave. You can find the download and install info on their respective sites here:

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http://www.bluestacks.com/

https://youwave.com/

Once installed, you can use the emulator's included app store to look for and install the Android games of your choice.

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What are the requirement specs for installing YouWave Android Emulator?

Processor:Intel Pentium 1.6GHz CPU or higher RAM: 1.5GB DRAM or Higher Hard-disk Space: Minimum 500 MB disk space Operating System Support: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 32/64 bit - See more at: here

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There are no such requirements in order to install the YouWave onto your computer, however to avoid an error during installation, you must make sure that you have updated drivers. Also running some applications might affect your computer, depending on the type of games or applications you are running.

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It says, to updates my graphics driver. What does that mean and, how do I do that?

Auto update drivers It means that your graphics driver is out-dated and out-dated drivers can compromise performance of your PC like gaming, graphics and many more. By upgrading your drivers, you are upgrading your PC performance. And if your older driver had a major bug the program will fix it and tweak them to work at their best> Here is the Example of Graphic Driver. You can update your Graphics driver in Driver Checker:

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  • It will update all your system drivers.
  • Driver checker will make drivers of your PC up-to-date:

Graphics Cards, Display, WiFi, Printer drivers, mouse drivers, keyboard drivers, Ethernet drivers Etc. Here are the steps on how to use the driver checker.

  • Download The Driver Checker, Save and Run it on your Computer.
  • You can now start scanning. It will show you how many drivers are out-dated and require attention.
  • Click next, and then choose and install them.
  • After you finished downloading the file, click "install".

That is an example of how you updates your graphic Driver

In order to update your graphics driver, you will need to know what type of graphics card you have. http://download.cnet.com/Video-Card-Detector/3000-2094_4-76062374.html Something like this will allow you to identify the graphics card type. Once you know what type it is, just simply go to Google or your favorite search engine and search for the name of the graphics card. This should lead you to a website for the product that has driver updates if there are any available.

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Hi. I want to use Android app and games with my Laptop.

I am using Windows 7 on my Laptop

Please follow the instructions below on how you can play Android games on your Laptop with Windows 7 OS.

  • Once it is downloaded, Install it on your Laptop.
  • After installing BlueStacks, open it.
  • You may now search for an Android game using BlueStacks search button located at the upper-right corner of the app.
  • Then select the app that you searched from the search result and then tap Install to install the app you selected.
  • That's it. Just wait until the app you selected is installed.

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Please, I want to know how to play Android games on my Laptop.

Please I want to know to play Android games on my Laptop. Will be glad if you can help

Your Laptop will need to have a dedicated graphics chip with the latest drivers installed in order to get Android games to play on it. Install either the BlueStacks or youwave Android emulator, found here:

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http://www.bluestacks.com/

https://youwave.com/

After installation, you will have the app stores and play stores available to you. Simply install the apps and games you would like on an Android device and start playing. Obviously you will not have touch screen controls like on an Android, but you can play using the keys and buttons on your Laptop's keyboard.

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How should Android apps be used on PC/ Laptop?

I have Windows PC with 3GB RAM & vista service pack 2 installed. I want to use Android apps on PC, be it games or apps. What is the best software to use?

There are a couple Android emulators that you can try to run Android apps and games on your Windows PC. The first one is called BlueStacks, and you can find their website here:

http://www.bluestacks.com/

This emulator is graphics heavy and will require that your PC runs a separate, dedicated video card in order to work.

The second emulator you can try is called Youwave and you can find their site here:

http://youwave.com/

Youwave is trial-ware, meaning you can try it on your computer for a specific time �" like a month, first, and if you find it useful, you will need to purchase a license key if you wish to continue using it.

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I want to install BlueStacks app player beta 1. Can you tell me the website where I can download BlueStacks beta 1?

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You can find the software here

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I have a Windows8.1, its a Laptop 1.70 GHz and Android is very loss and not all apps are working. I am using BlueStacks

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