The arrival of Android for mobile phones marked a significant change to the platform ecosystem and today Android is used on millions of devices. This has produced a demand for tools like BlueStacks to let users do what they can do on their phone in an emulated environment on their PC.
BlueStacks is essentially a virtual Android machine that has versions allowing it to be installed under Windows or Mac operating systems. Emulation of the Android OS is a relatively recent development which has been successful for a variety of reasons, so BlueStacks is not the only emulator you can find. However, it is possibly the best – very stable and fine-tuned to make the emulated experience almost identical to using a phone or tablet with Android installed.
If you want to take full advantage, you need to understand what it is and how to use virtual machines, how to install it on your computer correctly and which directories to put it in and how to make it work so that no APK can resist you. There’s loads of advice you can read if you decide to play Android games in a virtual Windows environment or if you just want to check out a few APKs you’ve downloaded from our website.
The best thing is that the developers have reconfigured Android’s touch control to work with keyboard and mouse, and brought in other components like the webcam to replace the camera built into our mobile device, which makes this section on tricks perfect to guide you through the initial configuration and find out at first hand exactly what the program has to offer. You can read everything you need to know to work with multimedia files (videos, photos or audio) and the easiest way to transfer files from the emulator to Windows or the other way around and we explode a few myths round the software. After all that, you’ll be able to take fullest advantage of one of the fastest-growing programs of recent years.
- How to transfer files from BlueStacks to Windows
You’ve downloaded something with BlueStacks and now you want to move it onto your computer? This is how it’s done:
- How to transfer files from Windows to BlueStacks
To transfer files from your Windows computer to the BlueStacks emulator, there are two options:
- BlueStacks Portable: can you download it?
Unfortunately, there is no portable version of BlueStacks. The developers have made a Windows version and a Mac version, but they are regular versions which need to be installed in the operating system and so they’re not at all portable. Plus, the very nature of the app as a virtual machine means it needs some hefty files to be installed for it to work. That means that a slimmed down, portable version of the program is not really a viable proposition. As you know, there are tools that can generate portable versions of some programs, but they don’t really work with BlueStacks and you shouldn’t attempt to use them.
- How to use BlueStacks and how it works
You don’t need to be a technical genius to use BlueStacks. If you have already used the Android operating system, you will have no difficulty adapting to BlueStacks. When you launch the software, you will have to select the language and enter your Google account information or create a Google account if you don’t have one. If everything is okay you will see a message and be on the Home screen, which is the main screen for shortcuts. Some are pre-loaded, but you can also create your own to open apps quickly. One that you will see is the Google Play icon (which gives you access to the app store from inside the emulator), YouTube and even Play Google Games. That’s where you can download the games you want. There is also a browser so that can find what you’re looking for either in the emulator or on the Internet. As usual with Android, you can also see the notification bell at the top of the screen, access your user account details, settings, and the counter for BlueStacks points, a type of digital currency that rewards you for using the app. You also have the classic Windows buttons to close or minimize the program on the taskbar or expand it to full-screen.
- How to install BlueStacks
To install BlueStacks the first thing you need to do is get hold of the EXE file normally found in Windows operating systems to allow installation of a program on the hard disk. You can download that file by clicking the green Download button at the end of this note. Once you’ve downloaded it (how long that takes will depend on the speed of your connection) search for the EXE file in the folder you have set as the default destination for files downloaded from the Internet. Then double click the file and the installation window will open in a few seconds.
- What is BlueStacks and what is it for
BlueStacks is an Android emulator for computers, or to say the same thing in different words, a virtual machine that can run an Android operating system on your PC. It’s mainly so you can try out APKs for Android applications in Windows or Mac set-ups, since there are versions of BlueStacks for both platforms. More specifically, lots of users use it so they can play Android games on a PC, to use apps that aren’t available on desktop platforms and even to test out software they’ve developed themselves if they are APK creators.