As an Android user, there is a wide variety of tools you can get through Google Play Store that will allow you to perform a variety of tasks and make your user experience more optimal on this system.
However, many times we wish to have the possibility of using Play Store from the PC, either to be able to access a catalogue from a different country with a VPN or, to be able to download or update the applications from there when this action cannot be done from the mobile device.
In this post you will find alternatives that will help you to install Play Store in the PC with Android.
Install Play Store on PC with an Android emulator
Since Play Store is a native Android application to be able to run it on the PC, it is necessary the help of a tool known as emulator, which, allows you to replicate the interface of this operating system on the PC in the same way as if you were using a mobile device.
In this area, one of the most recommended Android emulators is undoubtedly Bluestacks, which is one of the most robust on the market. With Bluestacks you will be able to access the Play Store and get games and applications to be run on Android Nougat version 7.1.2 from the comfort of Windows.
To install Play Store on a PC with an Android emulator you will need to do the following:
- Go to the official Bluestacks site and click on the button located there to start downloading the emulator installation file to your PC.
- When the download is completely finished, click on the file obtained to execute it and activate the installation of Bluestacks in your computer.
After the installation process has been completed, you should be able to see the Bluestacks logo added to the desktop of your PC. Click on it to load its interface in which you will be asked for your Google account data to synchronize it with the emulator and allow you to access Google Play Store
Install Play Store on PC with Android-X86
Besides the use of emulators to install Play Store in the PC there is an alternative called Android-X86, which refers to an open source project developed with the purpose of integrating the latest version of Android with the hardware of a PC.
In Android-X86 you will find support for Google notification features, as well as smart text selection, more effective management of background applications and OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Nvidia, AMD and Intel graphics.
If you feel convinced to try Android-X86 on your computer these are the steps you will need to follow to install it:
Before starting the procedure, you should check that your computer’s hard disk has 2 GB of available space to allow the installation of Android-X86. If so, continue with the instructions.
- Click HERE to download the Android-X86 ISO for your PC, selecting the one that corresponds to the architecture of your operating system (32-64 bits).
- After getting the Android-X86 installation file you will need to download a USB bootable program such as UNetbootin.
- After completing the download of UNetbootin click on it to load its interface, connect a USB drive to your computer and then click on the button to select the Android-X86 ISO that you have downloaded.
- Select the USB drive and click OK for UNetbootin to start the process of copying Android-X86 to the USB drive.
- When UNetbootin has finished the procedure to convert your USB bootable drive, restart your computer, click the button to enter the BIOS and select the Boot to the boot Device Selection Screen from which you will choose your booted USB drive. Then from UNetbootin click on the Install Android-X86 to hard disk option.
- Then select the partition on which you want to install Android-X86. This action will cause a message to appear on the screen asking you if you want to format the hard disk. Click OK to continue.
- On the next screen you will be asked if you want to install GRUB which you will have to click on YES and do the same in the next message. Finally, a message will appear on the screen with the question “make system r/w” which when accepted will allow Android-X86 to perform read/write actions on your hard drive.
- Once the installation of Android-X86 is complete, reboot your computer. If you have designated a partition on your hard drive to install Android-X86, then a list will appear for you to choose the system you want to log in to.
- Choose Android-X86 and wait for the interface to fully load so that you can access the Google Play Store and get all the tools and applications from there as if you were doing it from a mobile device.