First things first:
What is an Android Emulator
An android emulator is a software application that uses Virtualization technology to create an Android Virtual Device on your computer. Android emulators are very useful for running and testing applications without using an actual android device.
Since an AVD can emulate multiple device architectures and screen sizes, they are ubiquitous among android developers as you do not need to connect various physical devices.
What is Bluestacks?
Bluestacks is a popular android emulator that brings the latest android features to PC users. It uses physical computing peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse to navigate through the installed android apps and games.
Bluestacks can be adjusted to fit various screen sizes, including full-screen applications such as games.
Although Bluestacks does not offer compatibility for all android applications, it does support popular apps and games.
Let us now look at how to install Bluestacks on your PC.
In this article, we will cover the installation for both Bluestacks version 4 and version 5. The following are the minimum requirements to run Bluestacks 4.
- Microsoft Windows 7 and higher
- An Intel or AMD processor
- At least 4 GB of RAM.
- At least 5 GB of disk space.
- Administrative privileges to install Bluestacks
- A fully updated graphics driver from the GPU vendor
If you want to run Bluestacks version 5, the following are the minimum requirements:
- Microsoft Windows 7 and above
- An Intel or AMD processor
- At least 8 GB RAM
- Virtualization Support
- An Intel/Nvidia or ATI GPU
Once you have the requirements to run Bluestacks met, we can proceed with the installation process.
Installing Bluestacks 4
Launch your browser and navigate to the Bluestacks download page provided in the resource below:
Next, select the installer for your system, 32-bit or 64-bit:
Bluestacks provides a web installer that will download and install components from the installer package.
As of writing this tutorial, Bluestacks does not officially provide an offline installer for version 4.
Next, launch the installer to begin the installation process. Select “Customize Installation” to modify the installation parameters, such as the destination path.
If you wish to change the default installation path, select the folder icon and navigate to the location of your desired destination directory.
Bluestacks will use this directory as the default location for your android games and applications.
Finally, click install now to install Bluestacks.
Depending on your system resources and download speed, it may take a while to install Bluestacks.
In some instances, Bluestacks may require you to enable Hyper-V.
Click on the start menu and search “Turn Windows features on or off.”
Select Hyper-V and mark to enable them.
This will require you to restart your system.
Once restarted, open the start menu and select the “Bluestacks Hype-V beta” icon. This will launch Bluestacks and prompt you to grant Hyper-V the necessary permissions.
Once completed, you should have Bluestacks installed and ready to go.
Installing Bluestacks 5
If you have the requirements to run Bluestacks 5, proceed with the article.
Launch your browser and navigate to the Bluestacks download page. Select Bluestacks 5 for your system architecture and click download.
The above method will download the web installer, which will require you to have internet connectivity during installation.
To download the offline installer, use the links below to download 32-bit or 64-bit offline installer.
In this article, we will illustrate how to install Bluestacks 5 using the offline installer package.
Once you have the offline installer downloaded, launch it to begin the installation process.
Like Bluestacks 4, you can customize the installation path by selecting the “Customize Installation” option.
Finally, click install now to begin the installation process.
Fix “Hyper-V Enabled” Error
In some instances, you may get a “Hyper-V Enabled” error during installation, especially if you have Bluestacks 4 installed.
To fix this, click on the start menu and search “Turn windows features on or off.”
Next, disable the following features:
- Virtual Machine Platform
- Windows Hypervisor Platform
Once disabled, restart your system to apply the changes and re-install Bluestacks 5.
And with that, you should have Bluestacks 5 installed.
The final step after installing Bluestacks is to set up and start installing apps. Open the Google Play Store app.
Next, click on sign-in to add your google account. Proceed to add your email and password.
Once successfully signed in, it will launch the Google Playstore, where you can begin installing your desired apps and games.
This complete article taught you how to install both Bluestacks version 4 and 5 on your Windows PC. Check out our other Bluestacks articles to learn how to set up your system for android apps and games.