BlueStacks, the popular Android emulator for Windows is now back with a new revision called BlueStacks 4, users can download as well as set it up to play Android games through the guide ahead. BlueStacks has been around as an Android emulator for couple of years now, providing Android apps functionality on a desktop. Their latest BlueStacks 4 iteration, however, is the most significant update yet. It can now run games and apps faster than any flagship Android smartphone and truly harness desktop computing power. Further, for the first time, you can now run multiple instances of BlueStacks on a single computer which is a big plus! With our guide ahead, we will take you through complete BlueStacks 4 download and install procedure.
The main goal with BlueStacks 4 iteration is performance. The team has focused so much on this that they are claiming it is 8 times faster than previous BlueStacks 3 which is a very big jump. Further, it is also claimed that users can run games 6 times as fast on their computers when put head to head with Galaxy S9. You can test the performance aspect of this revision for yourself by following the steps right ahead and installing BlueStacks 4 on your PC.
BlueStacks 4 – What’s New?
Here is an official run-down of what has been changed with BlueStacks 4.
High Performance like never before
- 6x faster performance than Samsung Galaxy S9+
- 8x faster performance than BlueStacks 3
- Use BlueStacks for playing or do more: The choice is yours
- Core game playing function as part of main UI
- Add-on Features like BlueStacks Store, Quests, available at will, consume resources only once launched
New and Improved Keymapping
- Manage key controls with the all new Game Controls Window
- Key Controls divided into categories for easier navigation
- Play with default controls or create based on your own preference
- Playing multiple games from multiple Google Play Accounts at once
- Playing same game from Multiple accounts
- Huge Potential for unlocking rewards in RPGs with Multi-instance
As we mentioned, there are certain requirements this time around with the BlueStacks 4, read them ahead.
Minimum system requirements
- OS: Windows
- Processor: Intel/AMD Processor with virtualization extensions (VT/SVM) enabled in the BIOS.
- RAM: 4GB RAM
- HDD: 4GB Disk Space
- You must be an Administrator on your PC
- Up to date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset vendor
Recommended system requirements
- OS: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i5-680 (passmark 3500) or higher processor with virtualization extensions enabled in the BIOS
- Graphics: Intel HD 5200 (passmark 750) or higher
- Memory: 6GB or higher
- HDD: SSD (or fusion)
- Internet: Broadband connection to access games, accounts and related content
How to Install BlueStacks 4 on Windows PC
Follow this detailed guide on how to install BlueStacks 4 on Windows PC. Each step has been explained with screenshots.
Step 1 – Download BlueStacks 4
Step 2 – Open the downloaded installer. You would be greeted by the following screens.
Step 3 – Click on Install Now.
Step 4 – Once the install finishes, click on Complete to continue.
Step 5 – Once you click through all the features, you would be greeted by the Android wizard which will ask for your Google account / Gmail details. Fill them up as you would on a physical Android device. Once that is done, you will be take to the App Center.
Now let’s take a look at how to install Android apps and games from the Google Play Store on BlueStacks 4. It is straightforward and relatively easier than installing an app or game from an APK file.
How to Install Android Apps / Games in BlueStacks 4
Once you finish installing BlueStacks 4, you can now proceed to installing Android apps and games from the Play Store. It is very similar to installing apps on an Android device but for your ease, we have explained the whole procedure.
NOTE: You need to enter your Google account / Gmail details and login with it to install apps from the Google Play Store.
Step 1 – Open BlueStacks 4 and then click on Play Store icon.
Step 2 – This is exactly what you find on an Android device. The Play Store app is full fledged and can be used to download any Android app / game. The search is direct but if you want to browse, you can do so by clicking on either Top Charts, Categories etc. For our guide, we are going to install the classic Pac-Man game.
Step 3 – When its finished downloading and installing, you can either click on Open from the Play Store UI or just change tabs to My Apps and click on the shortcut there.
If you have done everything correctly, your app should boot up as normal and you can use it through keyboard and mouse mappings. For anyone looking to change the mappings, click on the keyboard icon given on the bottom right.
How to Install Apps / Games using APK Files
One great functionality that comes with BlueStacks 4 is the ability to install APK files that you have downloaded manually. This comes in handy when you want to test an app that isn’t listed on the Play Store.
Step 1 – Open BlueStacks 4 and tap on the three dots right next to Installed Apps and from there select, Install APK.
Step 2 – Once you click on Install APK, it will open a new explorer window from which you can navigate to your desired APK.
Step 3 – Select your APK from the explorer and click Open. Once you do, there will be a new app icon with a progress loop on it. This shows installation status. In our case, we are installing the MEGA app through APK for this guide.
Step 4 – Once installed, you will see the icon of app listed in your My Apps section. Click on it and it would run as normal.
That’s all for installing an APK on BlueStacks 4. You can experiment with different APKs and see which one works.
If you run into any sort of problem throughout this article, reach us through the comments below.