Best lightweight Android emulators for PC

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Android is one of the best open-source Operating Systems out. It powers all the smartphones in the world sans Apple’s iPhones. Android has millions of apps but the sad thing is you cannot experience them on big screens unless you own a tablet or use emulator. And to select an ideal emulator is a confusing task. Thus, we bring you a list of best lightweight Android emulators for PC.

lightweight android emulator

Before getting to the list, let us understand what are emulators. As the word suggests, an emulator is a software which emulates something. In our case, the software is emulating the Android Operating System. This software known as Android emulator can be installed on PC to experience the Android Operating System on big screens. Though it seems cool, they are not as good as the theory suggests.

There are lots of developers who provide Android emulators and most of them are free to download. But not all of them perform well and each has their merits and demerits. Also, some Android emulators have specific features of their own. Thus, it is difficult to select an Android emulator for whatever purpose you want.

Hence, we have curated a list of best lightweight Android emulators to help you out. We have considered only lightweight Android emulators because that is what most people look for. No one in the world would prefer a heavy Android emulator on their PC as such emulator demands more resources to work efficiently. Therefore, lightweight Android emulators are the best way to go.

Best Lightweight Android Emulators For PC

BlueStacks 4

BlueStacks is the best Android emulator available in the market right now. The latest iteration of this emulator (BlueStacks 4) is advertised as six times faster than the Samsung Galaxy S9+. But, we all know that advertising is merely a tool to lure customers. BlueStacks is really fast, but definitely not better than the Galaxy S9+. It is however far better than the previous version.

Minimum System Requirements
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and above
  • Processor:  Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: Your PC must have at least 2GB of RAM. (Note that having 2GB or more disk space is not a substitute for RAM)
  • HDD: 4GB Free Disk Space
  • You must be an Administrator on your PC
  • Up to date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset vendor

Download BlueStacks 4

NoxPlayer 6

NoxPlayer is the second best Android emulator after BlueStacks. It is built on the foundation for Android gaming on PC and MacOS. Thus, NoxPlayer is the best option if you want to play Android games on PC. It has some unique features dedicated to gaming.

Minimum System Requirements
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and above
  • Processor: Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 2GB RAM and above
  • HDD: 4GB Free Disk Space
  • You must be an Administrator on your PC
  • Up to date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset vendor

Download NoxPlayer 6

Android x86 – VMware / VirtualBox

The Android port for the x86 platform can be virtually set up using tools like VMware or VirtualBox. Also, you can install these images on your PC as a standalone Operating System or dual boot along with Windows / Linux. The latest release is based on Android Oreo but if interested you can go away back to Android Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

Download Android x86

Download VMware Workstation

Download VirtualBox

Hope, we helped you finding an ideal lightweight Android emulator for your usage. Do not hesitate to comment if you have any doubt or query. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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