How to Run Android Apps in Windows 10/8/8.1/7




1: Install the Android emulator on your PC

Since its inception, Android has been one of the most emulated operating systems on other platforms.

There are many reasons why running an Android system from a PC , from playing video games or using apps that are not available on other platforms, test in real time the performance of apps that you have developed yourself, etc.

AMIDuOS is an Android emulation system very simple to install and use, while offering a great versatility of use since it allows to use all the resources of memory and processor available in your PC. Here are some of the keys to using it.

How to Run Android Apps in Windows 10/8/8.1/7

AMIDuOS is not a free program, but you have a 30-day trial period so you can check if it meets your expectations. At the end of this period, you will have to pay for a license.

You can download the trial version of AMIDuOS from its official website .

This emulator is available in two versions of Android: AMIDuOS 1.1 that emulates an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or AMIDuOS 2.0 that runs an Android 5.0 Lollipop version.

You can download the one you like, although we will use AMIDuOS 2.0 which is the most updated. After downloading the installation file, simply double click on it to start the installation of the emulator.

During your installation you will need to be connected to the Internet, as you need to download some additional items. When the installation is finished, you can start using the emulator that will be executed from a window.

2: Enable virtualization

Before you start using AMIDuOS, make sure that your PC’s processor supports virtualization technology (Intel VT-x or AMD-V) and that you have it enabled in your computer’s BIOS or UEFI.

If it does not support this technology or is not activated, the program may not work or be unstable.

Consult the manual of your motherboard or computer for details on this option and how to activate it.

3: Configure the features of your Android

AMIDuOS allows you to configure the features and resources that your emulated version of Android will have. To set them, you will need to start a secondary configuration program that is installed next to the emulator.

From the Windows 10 Search box, type DuOS Configuration Tool and the program will appear in the results box. If you do not use Windows 10, you can find this program in the AMIDuOS installation directory in the Program Files folder .

Once the configuration application is started, go to the Advanced section . In the Memory section , slide the control to increase the amount of RAM that will be assigned to Android.

Then go to the Camera and GPS sections to activate these items on Android, as long as your device has that hardware. Enabling these components will allow you, for example, to use the camera of a laptop to make a video call from Android.

4: Add shared folders

AMIDuOS allows you to use certain folders on your Windows 10 on Android, so it will be easier to share files between both systems.

You can configure these folders from the AMIDuOS configuration application that you have already used in the previous section.

Go to the General section and, in the Shared Folders section , specify which folders on your computer will be shared with the Android emulator.

When you are finished, click Apply and the new settings will be applied at the next start of AMIDuOS and you will be able to access these folders from the Android emulation.

5: “Google” your Android emulated

After you configure the hardware features that Android emulation will use, and specify the shared folders, it is time to apply some improvements to the original AMIDuOS installation.

In origin, AMIDuOS does not include some common features on many Android devices such as Google applications ( Google Play , Google Photos , Google Maps , Google Play games , etc.). However, you can install these apps and more closely emulate the environment of most Android devices.

You will need to download an additional package with Google Apps.

First, download the file containing the Google Apps (or GApps, as they are commonly known among the Android developer community).

If you are using the Lollipop version of AMIDuOS you will download these GApps , whereas if you use the Jelly Bean version of AMIDuOS you will have to download them from these others . The download consists of a compressed file in ZIP format and an approximate weight of 155 MB.

When the download is complete, start AMIDuOS, minimize your window to go back to Windows, right click on the file and choose the option Apply to DuOS . Then the GApps will be installed on the emulator and AMIDuOS will show an animation of Andy, the Android mascot.

After this will start AMIDuOS and Google apps will already be ready to use before identification in each of Google services.

6: Do you need to install an app?

If you need to install an app that you’ve developed yourself, and it’s not yet available on Google Play or any other Apps Store, you can install it in a similar way to how you’ve installed Google Apps.

Copy the app install apk file to your computer, right click on it and choose Apply to DuOS option .

It will automatically be installed on your Android emulator and you can use it normally.

How to Run Android Apps in Windows 10/8/8.1/7

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