BlueStacks Guide: How to Use Android Apps on Your PC

BlueStacks Guide: How to Use Android Apps on Your PC

/ Shayne Sherman

There’s a lot of amazing android apps out there, and it’s a shame that they’re mostly available only on our smartphones.

If you’ve ever wondered how to use android apps on your PC, this guide is here to help you.

There is a simple way to use these apps on your PC, and all it takes to start is one quick software installation. After that, you’re free to enjoy your favorite games and apps such as Viber, Instagram, Badoo, while comfortably operating on your PC. Since these app files come in a .apk format (Android application package), you need to install an Android Emulator on your PC to run them.

Android Emulators

Android emulators are programs that run applications (.apk) files on Windows, iOS and so on.

There are many popular Android emulators to choose from, such as:

  • BlueStacks
  • NoxPlayer
  • MEmu
  • Ko Player
  • Remix OS

They each have their own features but all of them are designed to do one thing — run Android apps on your PC.

All you have to do is choose and install one of them, and you can enjoy your favorite apps. In this guide, we’re going to cover using BlueStacks android emulator since it’s one of the most popular ones out there. You will learn how to download, install, and use BlueStacks to run your favorite Android apps on your PC.

Downloading BlueStacks

Head over to the official BlueStacks website to begin.

Step #1

On the BlueStacks website, click on the green “Download” button.

download BlueStacks

Go through the onboarding tutorial (or skip it), and wait for the download to finish.

Step #2

Once finished, open the download folder and run the installation file.

BlueStacks Installer

Step #3

Proceed to installation!

Installing BlueStacks

Step #1

When the installation window pops up, select “Install now” to begin the installation process.

Additionally, you can click on “Customize installation” in the bottom right to select a different installation folder.

Customize BlueStacks Installation

Step #2

Once the installation is finished, click “Complete” to complete it.

BlueStacks Installation Complete

Step #3

The installation is almost complete, and you just have to wait until the software loads up, as shown below.

BlueStacks LoadsUp

Step #4

Setup your Google account by entering your login info to start using BlueStacks.

setup BlueStacks account

Step #5

Your BlueStacks is now ready to go, feel free to start downloading some apps!

BlueStacks logged in

Downloading apps with BlueStacks is simple, and we’ll show you the whole process below.

Using Android Apps with BlueStacks on PC

Android emulators are usually simple to use, and the process is pretty straightforward.

The “home” screen looks similar to mobile phones, and in the top right you can find a “Search” bar to browse apps.

As an example, let’s install and use the Instagram app with BlueStacks.

Step #1

In the search bar, type in the name of the app you want to download, in this case: Instagram.

BlueStacks search bar

Find the correct app and click on it.

Step #2

Click “Install” to begin the installation process.

install Instagram app

Have some patience and wait for the download to finish (40MB).

Step #3

Once finished, click “Open” to start using the app.

You will also have to enter your login information to sign up.

InstagramApp login

As you can see, the UI is now smartphone-shaped, but you can enlarge the screen per your liking.
Step #4

Have fun using your app!

Use these steps to download any app that you want, it’s always this simple.


Using apps on your PC is easy, and android emulators are always there to help you. There are many emulators you can choose from, and BlueStacks is one of the oldest and most popular software in this field, so you shouldn’t have any problems with it. Be sure to check out our other useful guides including how to download Facebook videos, how to use the VidMate app on your PC, transfer files with SHAREit, and how to take screenshots in Windows.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.