Here is how to install and play Android apps and games on Mac (via the free Bluestacks player)

Here is how to install and play Android apps and games on Mac (via the free Bluestacks player)

The Bluestacks app player has been around for quite a while on Windows, and it does one simple thing: allow you to use/play Android apps and games on your desktop easily. Now, the Bluestacks app player has finally arrived to the Mac, giving users in the Apple ecosystem the capability to run any app of the millions available on the Google Play Store.

This final version of Bluestacks for Mac comes after an alpha version of the application has been available for several years now.

The most impressive feature of Bluestacks for Mac is how well the app is optimized for the Mac trackpad. It supports pinching to zoom in and out, as well as the swiping gestures. 

"Mac OS is a top notch platform and we worked hard to take advantage of everything it has to offer," said BlueStacks Principal Software Architect David Reese. "From pinch to zoom on the trackpad to its retina display we optimized for everything."

Bluestacks can run ARM-based applications with supports for Android TV apps, as well as regular Google Play releases. Downloading and using apps happen via the same familiar Google Play interface. The app also supports a full-screen view so that you can get fully immersed in the game that you are playing.


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6 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I dunno about the mac side but on PC its terrible. Lags a lot. Its build on a Older version of Android 4.2 or Something not sure. Games are unplayable except for smaller games. Thats why I uninstalled it completely and forgot about it. Any Alternatives except Andy?

4. rinque85

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I agree, uninstalled it in after 30 minutes of use. It's slow, very slow, and later on asks to buy premium version or keeps nagging to install extra games/apps.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6852; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can use Android apps on a Mac if you install Google's Chrome browser. For that matter the same is true for the Chrome browser on Windows as well.

2. waddup121 unregistered

nice app

3. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

phonearena now you can run android apps via chrome for both mac and pc no need for emulator like bluestack. just download chrome v.41+ then go to chrome store and download ARC welder then use it to convert android apps to chrome extension. make sure developer mode is on http://lifehacker.com/arc-welder-lets-devs-and-you-test-android-apps-in-chr-1694971713

6. krypticsoul

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 18, 2009

I don't use Bluestack due to the lack of android features in addition to their slow performance. I recommend Android-X86. You can run it via VM or dual boot it on your PC and experience the real Android. :)

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