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BlueStacks For PC & Mac [Complete Tutorial]

Want to know how to install and use BlueStacks for PC & Mac?

This article is going to be a complete tutorial for you with all the steps you need to take to install and use BlueStacks on PC or Mac. So without wasting any more time, let’s start with the article by understanding what is BlueStacks?

What is BlueStacks?

BlueStacks for PC is a safe Android emulator that is capable of running Android devices on your Computers running Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s macOS. The App Player is downloadable Windows and macOS software that virtualizes an Android Operating System. The software’s basic features are free to download and use. Advanced optional features require a paid monthly subscription. The current latest version is BlueStacks 4 released on September 18, 2018.

The minimum requirements for BlueStacks 4 to run on your Windows PC are:

  • Windows 7 or higher,
  • 2 GB or higher system memory,
  • 5 GB of hard drive space,
  • administrator rights,
  • an Intel or AMD processor.

The minimum requirements for BlueStacks 4 to run on your macOS PC are:

  • macOS Sierra or higher,
  • 4 GB RAM,
  • 4 GB disk space.

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What does BlueStacks Do To Your Computer?

Bluestacks for PC runs by creating a virtual machine on your computer on which it runs the Android platform. It doesn’t change anything on your Computer but makes a new virtual machine on top of it. Not just a virtual machine, it has some emulator libraries to allow ARM-instruction set (Android device) to run on Intel/AMD-instruction set chips (PC/Desktop).

Bluestacks for PC works exactly like PS2 emulators for Computers that allows PS-2 console games to run on PC/Desktop. Note that since it is a virtual machine, the performance of the Android device emulated depends entirely on your System specifications.

How to Download Bluestacks for PC?

In this section, you will see how to download Bluestacks on your PC. Bluestacks is available both for Windows and macOS computers. The procedure to download Bluestacks on both Windows and macOS is exactly the same. So, let’s see the steps to download Bluestacks 4 on your PC:-

Step 1:- Open your browser and navigate to the Bluestacks website.

Step 2:- Click on the big green Download button at the centre of the website.

Step 3:- The download will start in your browser.

Step 4:- Let the download finish.

Yay! this will download the Bluestacks application on your PC. The next step is to install this software correctly on your PC. The steps to install Bluestacks on Windows and Mac have a slight difference. So let’s see each one of them one by one.

Bluestacks for Windows 10

You have already downloaded the Bluestacks app on your Windows 10 PC using the steps given above. Now to install it first make sure your computer has the following specification:- 2 GB or higher system memory, 5 GB of hard drive space, administrator rights, and an Intel or AMD processor. If you have all of these, then you are good to go. Follow the below steps to install Bluestacks for Windows 10 PC.

Step 1:- Firstly click on the downloaded Bluestacks setup file.

Step 2:- On the installer window, click on the “Install Now” button.

Step 3:- This can take up to a few minutes depending on your PC specification.

Step 4:- Wait for the installation process to be over.

Install Bluestacks on Windows

Step 5:- Then click on the “Complete” button for concluding the task.

Step 6:- After this, the Bluestack installer will prompt you to a one-time initial setup process.

Step 7:- Choose your desired language on the welcome page

Step 8:- After that sign, in into your Google account.

That’s it. You have successfully installed Bluestacks on your Windows 10 PC.

Bluestacks For Mac

You have already downloaded the Bluestacks app on your macOS PC. Now to install it first make sure your computer has the following specification:- macOS Sierra or higher, 4 GB RAM, 4 GB disk space. If you have all of these, then you are good to go. Follow the below steps to install Bluestacks for macOS PC.

Step 1:- Firstly click on the downloaded Bluestacks setup file.

Step 2:- Now click on the “Install” button on the installer.

Step 3:- In the next window click on “Proceed” to continue.

Step 4:- If you get a “System Extension Blocked” popup after the previous step, then click on “Open Security Preferences.”.

Step 5:- Click on “Allow” in “Security & Privacy” settings.

Step 6:- Let the setup Finish.

That’s it. You have successfully installed Bluestacks on your Mac PC.

How to use Bluestacks?

After you have finished installing Bluestacks on your PC. You can simply install various Android application from the Google play store on the Bluestacks app. Other than playing games or running applications, Bluestacks can also be used as an Android Emulator for development purposes. Various uses of Bluestacks on your Computer are as follows:-

  • Play various Android games using Keyboard and Mouse with New and Improved Keymapping.
  • Run your favourite applications like Instagram and WhatsApp directly on your PC.
  • Test your Android applications directly on the Android emulator.
  • Have the Android version of your Choice.

Bluestacks App Player

These are some of the use cases for Bluestacks for PC.

Where does Bluestacks Save Files?

Files downloaded on the Android device on the Bluestacks emulator is stored in its own virtual space. These files can only be accessed by copying it into the shared folder. Similarly to copy a file from the PC to the Bluestacks device you can again use this Shared folder. The method to access a Bluestacks file on your computer is as follows:-

Step 1:- Firstly, download a File Manager on your Android Emulator from Playstore. (Preferably ES file explorer)

Step 2:- Next, open the file manager and copy the file that you want to access from your PC.

Step 3:- Now paste this file into the following address: (Root)/ sdcard/ (bstfolder)/ BstSharedFolder.

Step 4:- From your computer go to this location: C:\ ProgramData\ BlueStacks\ UserData\ SharedFolder

Step 5:- You will get the copied file here.

Bluestacks shared folder

So this is how you can easily access Bluestacks saved files on your computer.

How to zoom out on Bluestacks?

Sometime you may need to Zoom in and Zoom out on the Android device on your Bluestacks for PC. You can easily do so by using two methods. Both the methods are very simple and are as follows:-

  • Hold the Ctrl key while pressing the – key to zoom out and the + key to zoom in
  • Hold the Ctrl key while scrolling up or down using the mouse wheel

These methods are enough to let your Zoom in and out of your Android screen on the Bluestacks app for PC.

How to Update Bluestacks?

To update the Bluestacks applications both for Windows and Mac computers you can follow these simple steps:-

Step 1:- Open the Bluestacks application.

Step 2:- Click on the Settings (gear) icon on the application window.

Step 3:- Now click on Settings from the drop-down options.

Step 4:- Click on the About tab.

Step 5:- Here click on the Check for Updates button to check for any new update.

update bluestacks

Step 6:- If there is any new update, it will display that on your screen.

Step 7:- Lastly, click on Download update to download the latest update of Bluestacks for PC.

This will surely update your Bluestacks application to the latest version. You can regularly check this tab for any new update of your software.

How to Uninstall BlueStacks?

Method to uninstall Bluestacks from your Windows PC and Mac is different. Here, you will learn both the method to completely uninstall the Bluestacks application from your Computer. So let’s start with the first one.

Uninstalling BlueStacks from Windows

To uninstall Bluestacks from your Windows PC, follow the steps mentioned below:-

Step 1:- Click on the Start Menu.

Step 2:- Click on Control Panel in this Menu.

Step 3:- In the Control Panel window, click on Uninstall a Program under Program option.

uninstall bluestacks

Step 4:- Find the Bluestacks application from the list of applications.

Step 5:- Now right-click on the Bluestacks.

Step 6:- Click on the uninstall option.

Step 7:- Click on Yes for any warning sign appearing on the screen.

And that will completely uninstall Bluestacks from your PC. After the uninstallation completes, there will still be some temporary Bluestacks files available on your computer. You can locate and delete them one by one in the C:/ProgramData folder.

Uninstalling Bluestacks from Mac

To uninstall Bluestacks from your macOS PC, follow the steps mentioned below:-

Step 1:- Quit the Bluestacks application and stop all the Bluestacks processes.

Step 2:- Next, go the Finder app and choose the Applications folder.

uninstall bluestacks mac

Step 3:- Scroll down to find BlueStacks in the Applications list. Right-click on its icon.

Step 4:- Select Move to Trash. It is also possible to grab the tool’s icon and drag-&-drop it to the Trashcan of your choice. As you may know, Macs have several Trash cans.

Step 5:- Select Empty Trash. Such method of deletion will take no longer than several seconds.

And that will uninstall Bluestacks from your Mac. After the uninstallation completes, there will still be some temporary Bluestacks files available on your computer. You can locate and delete them one by one in the /Library folder.

Common Bluestacks Problems

Till now you have learnt all the things you may need to successfully download and install Bluestacks on your PC. Also, you have seen methods to update and uninstall Bluesatscks completely from your PC. As you use Bluestacks, you will face some common problems with it. So, here in this section, let’s discuss solutions to some of the most common problems you might face with Bluestacks.

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Bluestacks Engine won’t start

This problem occurs whenever the Bluestacks engine fails to start or crashes while launching the application. This can happen due to various reasons. This error is caused mostly due to bugs in either the latest Bluestack update or due to the latest Windows update. There are a number of solutions to fix this problem. Let’s try them one by one.

Change Bluestacks RAM capacity

It may be possible that the Bluestacks engine is not starting due to low RAM allocation to the engine. You can change the RAM capacity of your Bluestacks applications by following these steps:-

Step 1:- Open the Bluestacks application.

Step 2:- Click on the options button from the top right corner. This button will look like a downward arrow.

Step 3:- Now select Settings from the drop-down options.

Step 4:- Click Engine from the left pane.

Step 5:- Change the RAM allocation. Make it at least equal to the Recommended memory.

Step 6:- Now click on the Restart now button.

Change Graphics Mode

The default Graphic mode for your Bluestacks engine is set to OpenGL. Try changing it to DirectX to solve the engine problem. You can do so from the same Engine Menu as in the above method. Select the DirectX option and click on the Restart now button. Most probably you will not face the Engine problem after changing the default engine’s graphic Mode.

Try rebooting your Computer

A lot of users facing this problem got it solved by simply restarting their computer. You can try the same if you have not solved it by trying the above two methods.

Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Application

Improper installation of the Bluestacks application may be the cause of you facing this error. You can try solving it by uninstalling and then again installing the Bluestacks on your Computer. To learn how to uninstall and again install Bluestacks on your PC, you can follow the steps given above in this article.

Reverting back to the Older update

If your Bleustacks was working fine before updating the Bluestacks or Windows to the latest version. The cause can be the bug in the latest update. Try reverting back to the older version and check if you still got this error.

The problem can be solved using one of the solutions mentioned above in this section.

How to make Bluestacks Faster

If your Bluestacks is laggy and run slow while playing games or running various apps, you can make it faster by simply following the below-mentioned points.

  • Update Bluestacks:- Bluestacks 4 is currently the fastest version of Bluestacks application. If you have not yet updated to the latest version, update it to make Bluestacks fast. Also regularly check for any new update for a fast and seamless experience with Bluestacks.
  • Allocate more RAM to Bluestacks:- Allocating more RAM to Bluestacks will make the app run faster. But it will also leave less RAM for your Computer. So allocate the RAM wisely to make both your Bluestacks and computer run fast.
  • Close any running Third-party Applications:- Running third-party application along with the Bluestacks app will decrease its speed. Close other apps using the Task Manager to make Bluestacks faster.
  • Turn Off Antivirus Utilities:- Antivirus software features can also have a notable impact on the performance, or speed, of BlueStacks’ Android games. So temporarily turning those features off, by disabling the antivirus packages, might speed up BlueStacks.
  • Update the Graphics Card Driver:- Updating the latest graphics card drivers can notably enhance Windows gaming. Of course, that is primarily in respect of visual quality but new graphics card drivers can also optimize gaming in other ways.

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Bluestacks Alternatives for Windows & Mac

In this section, I am going to list down some of the most popular alternatives to the Bluestacks application. The alternatives in this section include applications compatible with both Windows and Mac. So let’s check them one by one:-

  • Andy Android Emulator:- Andy android emulator is one of the most popular and oldest android emulators available on the Internet just like Bluestacks. It provides a lot of unique feature like the ability to use a Smartphone as a controller while playing games on the emulator.
  • MeMuPlay:- MeMu play is a smart and fast android emulator. The main focus of this emulator is to provide a lag-free and fast gaming experience.
  • YouWave:- This Bluestacks alternative is specially designed for computers with low specifications. It works on Windows XP as well as Windows Vista.
  • Genymotion:- Genymotion Android emulator is most preferred by Android developers for development purposes. You can also use it for its high streaming performance and low latency.
  • Nox App Player:- Available for both Windows and Mac. Nox Player is the best Android Gaming Emulator For PC. It has been specifically designed for gamers and has some amazing features. The UI of the emulator is a little different from others, but once you start using it you will easily get used to it.

These top 5 are the best alternatives that you can use if you don’t want to use the Bluestacks applications.

So that’s it for this article. If you are having any other trouble while using Bluestacks feel free to tell me in the Comments section below. I will always be ready to help you. So, I believe now you don’t have to search on the Internet regarding any detail about “Bluestacks for PC”.


Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

In this section, some frequently asked questions you might have regarding Bluestacks, its use and its compatibility will be answered. So let’s start with the first question.

Minimum Requirements For BlueStacks 4 For Windows PC?

  • Windows 7 or higher,
  • 2 GB or higher system memory,
  • 5 GB of hard drive space,
  • administrator rights,
  • an Intel or AMD processor.

Minimum Requirements For BlueStacks 4 For Mac?

  • macOS Sierra or higher,
  • 4 GB RAM,
  • 4 GB disk space.

Is BlueStacks for PC Safe?

Yes, the BlueStacks application is completely safe to use on your computer. It is just a simple android emulator that works on your PC. It causes no harm to your PC.

Is BlueStacks for PC Free?

Yes, BlueStacks is completely free to download and use. You can download it for free from BlueStacks Website.

Is BlueStacks for PC Legal?

Yes, BlueStacks is completely legal as you are simply emulating a virtual legal operating system on top of the primary Operating system of your computer.

Can BlueStacks run without a Graphics Card?

Yes, you can run BlueStacks without a graphics card on your computer. BlueStacks is not that kind of application that requires intensive use of graphics memory.

Can BlueStacks run on 1Gb RAM?

BlueStacks requires a minimum of 2Gb of RAM to run properly on your computer. Running it on 1Gb RAM PC will either crash the installation or the installed BlueStacks will work extremely slow or not at all.

Does BlueStacks slow down your PC?

BlueStack consumes a lot of your PC resources. If your PC or Mac is not powerful enough then running multiple applications on your PC will put pressure on CPU, RAM and GPU which in turn can make your PC slow.

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Bhupinder Singh

I'm a programmer. I basically write about tech and programming languages. I'm currently pursuing in Information Technology in Bhopal. I'm a geek and a self-learner. I love python. ;-)