How to Install Google Play Apps on a PC

You can install and run Google Play apps on a PC through the free BlueStacks Android emulation program. BlueStacks emulates Android OS on a computer and works with the Google Play store to give computer users full access to Android apps without using an Android device. BlueStacks has some app limitations -- it's an emulation program, so every app is not guaranteed to work. Also, the traditional keyboard and mouse interface may also limit usability in apps.

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BlueStacks can emulate Android on a computer.
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Download and run the BlueStacks installer (see Resources).

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Click "Continue" on the installer pop-up window.

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Check the "App store access" and "App notifications" boxes, and then click "Install." BlueStacks will automatically handle the file directory part of the installation process.

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Launch the BlueStacks program through the Start Screen icon or the desktop shortcut. BlueStacks may also auto-launch after you install it.

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Click the magnifying glass icon on the top of the BlueStacks screen.

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Type in the name of the app you're looking for, and click "Find" to search the Google Play store. You can also view the Google Play store through a Web browser to browse apps.

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Click "Install" next to the app to install it to the computer.

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If prompted, click "Continue" to enable the AppStore. Follow the on-screen instructions to log in to your Google account or create a new one.

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Follow the on-screen instructions to sync the BlueStacks program with any phones or tablets tied to your account. Do not highlight any of the devices if you don't want to sync.

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Click the Google Play icon to download the App from the Google Play store. Click "Accept" to agree to the terms of service if prompted.

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Click "Download" on the app listing display, and then select "Accept and Download" to initiate the installation process.

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Press the “Esc” key multiple times until you return to the BlueStacks home screen, click the “My Apps” option and select the app from the installed apps list.