Top 5 Best Android emulators for Windows 7 and 8 PCs

Unless you have very little to do with online gaming, you will have noticed the recent trend for installing and running Android emulation platforms on our PCs. Android Emulators are clever little applications that allow users to host the myriad of games and other software packages that could previously only run on Android devices. Although these have been around for some time, the previous incarnations were full of bugs and had a particularly high error percentage. The beauty of these easy to install emulators is the fact that a plethora of previously unavailable to Windows games are now there for the taking. So let’s take a look at the best of this beautiful bunch and perhaps you may see one that fits your requirements like an Android flavored glove, if you’ll excuse the pun!

Bluestacks Android emulator for Windows 7,8,8.1 Touch and Mac:

We’ll kick off with the formidable Bluestacks, this bad boy is seen as the best Android Emulator currently available and you can install it with ease by visiting the official Bluestacks website. As well as being totally free, Bluestacks is extremely user friendly and the Game Play is just as you would expect when playing a desktop game, albeit via an Android Emulation platform. Searching for the available apps is a piece of cake and it’s easy to get a real rush when you first spot all of those awesome games just ready and waiting for your call!

Click Download Bluestacks emulator for Windows PC

Youwave emulator:

Proving to be almost as successful and popular as Bluestacks, is the very likeable Youwave Android Emulator. This little bag of tricks is anther free option but will only run on Windows 7,8,8.1. The application itself is easy to install and once on your desktop, the screen will split into two halves. Your installed applications sit on the left hand side of your screen and you actual smartphone desktop populates the right side. Simply grab the application that you want and drag it over as you desire. Very easy to use and this is why people seem to like this so very much.
Click Download Youwave emulator for Windows Desktop and Laptops

Official Android Emulator:

The Official Android Emulator offers all users the look and feel of an Android Smartphone on their PC and this really appeals to Android smartphone fans everywhere. You’ll also get a Google Android Development kit as part and parcel of the whole shebang. If you needed any proof that this application is top drawer, apparently the Android application development team are big fans and use it exclusively. This is also a free option and well worth a closer look, particularly if you enjoy the more technical side of Android.
Click Download Android emulator for Windows 7, and 8
Android Emulator

Jar of Beans Emulator:

You probably already guessed it; this Android Emulation platform was based on the famous Jelly Bean OS and is geared towards high resolution applications. You can get your very own Jar of Beans Emulator by visiting their official website and installation is a cinch. Simply download the apks that you need thereafter and everything falls into place rather nicely. Jar of Beans works well with all of the available Windows platforms and the work performance ratio is surprisingly high!
Click Download Jar of Beans emulator for Windows 7,8,8.1 Touch
Jar of Beans

Genymotion Android emulator:

Genymotion is the last of the Android Emulation platforms that we are looking it but it is certainly not the least by a long shot! It has been enhanced with integrated quality performance quality and supports all OS updates without breaking a sweat. Genymotion will work on Linux, Windows 7,8,8.1 Touch, Mac and Ubuntu and is probably the most adaptable out of the whole bunch. You will need to create a virtual box before installing this on Mac or Linux, but we think it is well worth the effort involved.
Click Download Genymotion emulator

One of the reasons why these Android Emulation platforms are so darn popular is because of the way that we have taken the original games to our hearts over the past few years. Windows has it fair share of decent PC games but sometimes it’s nice to have a few from the dark side, don’t you agree?

  • Tai The Guy

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  • Tai The Guy

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    • RajVasireddy

      Thanks for letting me know this, Let me try to fix it.

  • Nice list. I am now considering one of these as replacement for Andy emulator which has been giving me problems lately. Every time I try to run it the program freezes and would just shut down on its own. I’ve tried contacting their support but to no avail.

    • Manny Montrond


  • i think andy is the better one. i wrote article about it here

    • Epiphany K

      …Andy not good at all, fat as hell and can’t even chose installation folder

  • Ankit Das

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  • Roslyn Lu

    good list but a little lacking..what about Leapdroid?