Best Bluestacks Alternatives To Try For Windows & Mac

Bluestacks is a popular Android emulator. It’s popular for playing Android games on PC or Mac. While it’s a great app, there are free alternatives to Bluestacks that offer better user experience. Why? Because Bluestacks using a lot of resources. Hence, if you do not have a high-end PC or gaming PC, it gets slow and laggy. Here are the best Bluestacks alternatives you should try.

YouWave Android Emulator

YouWave is a lightweight Android emulator that lets you run games and apps on your PC (up to Windows 10). I like that you can simulate an SD card for better compatibility with certain apps.

Another feature that I like is that you can play multiplayer games with friends. And, of course, there are popular games like Clash of Clans. YouWave also lets you set the interface to Portrait or Landscape.

Nox App Player

When you look up any Bluestacks competitor list, you always find Nox vs Bluestacks. Nox App Player is  a lightweight Bluestacks alternative for both Windows & Mac.

Some of the things that I like about this Android emulator are:

  • One-click root hid /unhide (disable or enable root).
  • You can specify the CPU Processor & Ram size. Great for gamers & app-testers who want to check resource usage.
  • There is Keyboard mapping for touch input
  • Works with GPS.

Andyroid – Andy OS

I like Andyroid because you can use your Android phone as a remote control when playing games. And, because the framework bases itself on VirtualBox, you don’t need a dedicated graphics card to get the best performance.

It has all the features you’d expect from a Bluestacks alternative and you get access to all the apps and games on the Google Play Store.


Genymotion runs Android 2.3 all the way up to Android Nougat. It’s one of the best alternatives if only for that reason alone.

And, because it runs within a VirtualBox environment, we can set our RAM and internal storage as we like. Genymotion works on Windows and Mac.

KO Player

KO Player claims that it is the best free Android emulator. And, I’ll admit, it’s really good for playing Android games on PC. I think the aspect that stood out the most was the HD resolution support.

And, I like that I can record my gameplay as a video to upload to YouTube later. However, KO Player focuses on gaming. So, you need to have a good bit of RAM and whatnot to get the best out of it.

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