How to Play Android Games on a PC with BlueStacks
This wikiHow teaches how to play Android games on your PC by installing the BlueStacks Android emulator.
Part 1Installing BlueStacks
4It's fairly large, and may take a few minutes depending on your connection.
5You'll be notified in your browser when the download is finished. You can also find it in your Downloads folder.
8You can click Brose and select a different installation location if you'd like.
11This is the quickest way to get up and running in BlueStacks.
12If you don't want to use your regular Google account with BlueStacks, you can create a new free one.
15This isn't necessary, and may hurt game performance if you keep it open.
17It looks like a large Play button.
19This is for the Android emulator that runs BlueStacks, and will provide you access to the Play Store.
20It looks like a Play button
21If you want to purchase paid games from the store, you'll need to enter a payment method. If you're just planning on playing free games, you don't need to add one. If your Google account already has a payment method associated with it, you won't be prompted to add one.
22You'll be shown the various parts of the interface.
Part 2Installing a Game
1You'll find this at the top of the Android tab in BlueStacks, which is the main screen.
2This will be at the top of the Play Store.
5If the game costs money, you'll need click Buy instead and use the payment method associated with your Google account to purchase it. It is highly recommended that you try a free version first if possible to make sure the app runs well in BlueStacks (many apps don't). BlueStacks does not support games that require Android 5.0+
7This button appears after the game has installed. You can also launch any installed game by clicking the All Apps button on the Android tab (it looks like a grid).
8You can use APK files, which are Android app installers, to install a game instead of going through the Play Store: Click the APK button in the left navigation menu. Browse for the APK file on your computer in the window that appears. Open the APK file in BlueStacks. Click Install and wait for the app to install.
Part 3Playing the Game
1Clicking on the screen emulates a tap with your finger.
2If the game required you to drag objects with your finger, you can click and drag them with your mouse.
3If the game requires you to shake the device, you can click the Shake button on the side of the window.
4You'll see this in the upper-left corner of the window. It looks like the arrow keys on your keyboard.
6When you press the key associated with this shortcut, a tap will occur where the shortcut is placed on the screen.
7This key will perform the tap action.
8This will allow you to play games that require more than one tap at a time.
9This will allow you to create a directional pad that you use with keys.
18Controller mappings only apply to the current game, which means you can set up custom controls for each game you have installed.