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How to Install Android Apps On Windows PC (Step-by-Step)

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This step-by-step guide will show you How to Install Android Apps on a Windows PC.

Installing Android apps on Windows is a common question we receive on the TROYPOINT website and our Insider Forum.

In this tutorial, I will be using a free program called BlueStacks to emulate the Android applications.

BlueStacks will enable you to use popular apps on your Windows PC like Kodi, Stremio, Downloader, Unlinked, Cinema HD, and many others.

how to install android apps on windows pc

There are other software solutions similar to BlueStacks but many of them are riddled with viruses and malware.

If you’re going to use something other than BlueStacks, I highly recommend scanning the .exe installation file with a tool such as VirusTotal (free) prior to installing.

Learn more about using BlueStacks in our resource guide below:

Is BlueStacks Safe? Everything You Need to Know


Why Install Android Apps on a Windows PC?

There are many reasons to do this and here are the most popular.

  • Play Android games not available on Windows PC
  • Enjoy free movies, TV shows, live channels, and more through Android streaming apps (APKs) on your computer
  • Project Android applications and their content to devices such as the Roku that don’t allow for sideloading
  • Use Windows PC as a Home Theater PC (HTPC) and enjoy both Windows and Android applications on the same system

Below you will find a detailed video tutorial and general screenshot guide.

I suggest following the video tutorial as it provides important details not found in the screenshot summary.

If a Windows program is available, users should always install that instead of the corresponding Android application inside of BlueStacks.

This will allow for better performance of the respective application.  Example:  Install the Windows Kodi Application instead of the Android Application.

How to Install Android Apps on Windows PC

Step 1 – Open your Internet browser and go to  Then click the Download BlueStacks button.

How To Install Android Apps On Windows PC with bluestacks

Step 2 – Save the .exe installation file to your Windows PC.


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Step 3 – Once the download completes click the open button for it in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Click menu bar where download shows

Step 4 – Click Run and if you see a confirmation box appear, click allow.

Click Run to install android apps on windows pc

Step 5 – Click Install Now.

Click Install Now to use android apps on windows pc

Step 6 – You must sign in with your Google account to use the Google Play store to install all of the applications that you want.

Sign into your Google account to install android apps on windows pc

Step 7 – To install or “sideload” Android apps not available in Google Play Store, hover over Installed Apps and then click Install APK.

To install or "sideload" Android apps on windows pc not available in Google Play Store, hover over Installed Apps and then click Install APK.

Step 8 – Choose the .apk file that you have downloaded from the Internet and click Open.

Save APK to Download folder to install android apps on windows pc

Step 9 – Your Android Application will now install.

APK will install android apps on windows pc

BlueStacks is the most popular Android emulator available today.

Over 130 million people are using this software to run android applications on their Windows PC and Mac computers.  Yes, there is a Mac version for Apple enthusiasts as well.

Minimum System Requirements to Run BlueStacks

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 & Above
  • Processor: Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: At least 2GB of RAM
  • HDD Storage: 5GB free disk space
  • You must have administrator privileges assigned to your user account on your Windows PC
  • Up-to-date graphics drivers from Microsoft or your chip-set vendor

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Install Android Apps on Windows PC?

Yes, you can install Android apps on any Windows PC using an emulator like BlueStacks.

Is Installing Android Apps on Windows PC Legal?

Yes, installing Android apps on your Windows PC is completely legal. However, what you access within 3rd party apps may be illegal. Always be sure to access content that is available within the Public Domain and not protected by copyright.

Is Installing Android Apps on Windows PC Safe?

Yes, installing Android apps on Windows PC is oftentimes safe. However, it’s always suggested to scan applications with a trusted tool like VirusTotal to ensure your installed apps are free of viruses/malware.

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What are the Best Android Apps for Windows PC?

Some of the best Android Apps to install on Windows PC include Kodi, SnapChat, Stremio, MX Player, Unlinked, Downloader, Cinema HD, Aptoide TV, and many more.

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Notable Replies

  1. I tried both Blue Stacks and Memu android emulators on my Windows 10 PC and found Memu was faster, more responsive and easier to use.

  2. Thanks @sim_bill I liked that one as well but I scanned it with VirusTotal and all kinds of bad things popped up. Could be a false positive. Another good one is Andy - Just don’t install the crap they pitch to you when installing the program.

  3. I ran Malwarebytes after installation and everything on Memu works ok. You are right about not loading the games and other stuff they pitch to you.

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