How to Use BlueStacks 4 to Run Android Apps on Windows

Bluestacks is a well-known Android emulator and is used by numerous people from all around the world. The user interface of Bluestacks is quite easy to use and understand. However, here we are with a guide that lets you know how to download and use Bluestacks in much detail. We will be discussing some of the basic functions and some hidden tricks of the Bluestacks Android emulator which you can use while using this app. So let’s start with the guide.

How to Use BlueStacks

Editor’s Note: Running popular Android Apps on PC using BlueStacks is very easy. You can simply download Bluestacks then download the apk from the web and start using that android app on your PC. By following this simple method you can run many Android apps like Shareit for pc, WhatsApp for pc and others on your computer. For more info, read the rest of this article.

How to Use BlueStacks

starting bluestacks

#1 Installing Bluestacks: You need to download the necessary files for installing Bluestacks on your PC/laptop. You can find them on the official website which is accessible using ‘‘ this link. Once the files are downloaded, double-click on the installation file to initiate the installation process of Bluestacks on your device.

#2 Installing an app: Bluestacks is compatible with 96% of the total apps which are available for Android devices. There are two methods we can use to install the APK of any app on Bluestacks.

  • Method 1- You can use the Google Play Store which is pre-installed on Bluestacks. In the search bar, enter the name of your desired app and click on ‘Install’ to initiate the installation process.
    installing whatsapp on bluestacks
  • Method 2- The APK of all the apps available for Android devices is available on their official websites. You can download them on your device and open it using Bluestacks to install them on it.
    installing apk in bluestacks

#3 Using any particular app: Once you install an app on Bluestacks, its shortcut appears on the Bluestacks home screen. An icon is also placed on the menu. To launch the app, double-click on the shortcut or on the icon. When the app launches, you can use it.

#4 Play games: Many people use Android emulators to play games on a bigger screen with external controls. Bluestacks is compatible with most of the games available for Android devices such as Subway Surfers, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, etc. Bluestacks also supports external mouse and keyboard support. It also comes with microphone and camera integration which helps gamers while playing their favorite games. Bluestacks has an integrated Twitch API which allows players to stream their game online very easily.

uninstall icon

#5 How to uninstall an app: There might be a situation where you might need to uninstall an application that may be due to insufficient storage or if the app is useless to you. In such a case, you need to execute certain steps to uninstall an application from Bluestacks. In Android devices, you can hold and drag the icon to uninstall it, which is not the case in Bluestacks.

Here, you need to launch the ‘Settings’ app and navigate to ‘Advanced Settings.’ Then, under ‘Apps,’ select the app which you wish to uninstall and click on ‘Uninstall‘ to initiate the uninstalling process. Now, click on ‘OK‘ from the dialog box which appears on your screen to confirm that you wish to uninstall that particular app from Bluestacks.

#6 Root Bluestacks: Just like you root an Android device, you can root Bluestacks too! On rooting Bluestacks, you can run penetration testing software like wifi hackers and packet sniffers developed for Android. Also, you can hack games and use various cracked versions of a game. There are two methods using which you can root Bluestacks Android emulator.

  • Method 1- KingRoot is an app that you can use to root Bluestacks. It is a one-tap root app which means that all you need to do is press a single button to start rooting Bluestacks.
  • Method 2- If you are unable to root Bluestacks using the 1st method, you can install BS Tweaker on your device and then, retry rooting Bluestacks using KingRoot again.


How can I copy files from my PC to Bluestacks 4?

Step 1: Open Bluestacks and click on Library
Step 2: Open system apps, and click on the Media Manager app.
Step 3: A pop up appears as “Import Windows File to Andriod”. Once you found the file, select it and click Open
Step 4: The selected file has been copied to Bluestacks.

Final Thoughts

These were some of the tricks and tips which you can remember while using Bluestacks. If we have missed out on any information which would help people to know how to use Bluestacks, then please let us know about those in the comments section below.

9 thoughts on “How to Use BlueStacks 4 to Run Android Apps on Windows”

  1. No matter what I try I cannot zoom in or out. Im playing Tropic Escape (Farmville). Ive tried Ctrl and + or -, also tried Ctrl and mouse scroll. Yes I using the ctrl on the right of the space bar and the + and – near the backspace button. Nothing works and its quite aggravating when the game is zoomed in all the way. What can I do? The older version of Bluestacks had an icon for Zoom in/out but not Bluestacks 3. Please help !!

    • I had the same problem with another game, the solution was to use ctrl and ‘Up Arrow’ or ctrl and ‘Down Arrow’ for zoom in and out.

  2. I had problem when synchronized my account with bluestacks when i uninstall i try used an device but it didn’t work since it am link to the bluestacks i had uninstall

  3. I’ve been having a problem with my bluestacks app last week. And this article helps me know everything about how to use bluestacks so I can use it according to my needs.

  4. I would argue Bluestacks has a much better approach – I started a project by following links to their documentation for some basic things like ‘heck if it worked in the wild, what would you expect to be working on’. The docs don’t seem to have much explanation of what to do with Bluestacks. If I were working on a project in the wild on a project for 6 months, the most interesting questions I got from them were the ‘what does it do’ and ‘what can it do with the data we have’. The only thing I got from them when I read the ‘how’ documentation was something like: heck, if you have to build a database in order to manage a database, you should probably do something like: heck, if I have to build a database, you shouldn’t be doing any sort of heavy lifting to your database. It probably shouldn’t be a concern if a server does not have access to it.

  5. This article is a lot more interesting to me than anything in the article, because it has a lot of good points and is actually very interesting.

  6. i installed bluestacks but i cannot launch it and when i try redownloading it it says i have the lattest bluestacks app running but its actually not running in my pc
    anyone to help me i tried launching the bluestacks app after i installed it and i its not running i also tried re-downloading it but it says i already have it running in my opc but its actually not running in my pc what do i have to do or install for it to run inmy pc .


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