How to use Genymotion to run Android apps on Windows 10

How to use Genymotion to run Android apps on Windows 10

Genymotion is a popular Android emulator based on VirtualBox. If you play graphics-heavy 3D games, such as PUBG Mobile, that need 2GB or more, Genymotion lets you experience them on a larger laptop or desktop computer without any performance issues. In this tutorial, you will learn how to run Android apps on Windows 10 with Genymotion and play your favorite Android games on PC.

Note : Genymotion is an exclusive piece of software geared towards serious Android developers. However, the personal version for gaming is completely free and that’s enough to run all of your favorite apps.

1. Download and install Genymotion

Download Genymotion Desktop for Windows with VirtualBox. The minimum system configurations are shown here. Even though the write is 4GB of RAM, at least 8GB of RAM should keep you from experiencing any performance lag. The more RAM you have, the better the experience will be.

Minimum system configuration

During installation, select the desired setting language as English or any other language. To create the directory path in Windows 10, at least 315MB of space is required. One option is not to create a Start menu folder so that the application doesn’t interfere with the rest of the PC functions.

Wait a while for Genymotion to install on Windows 10. Once done, VirtualBox will automatically start installing on Windows 10.

VirtualBox will automatically start installing on Windows 10

2. Install VirtualBox

Click Next to agree to the Oracle VM VirtualBox Wizard setup.

VirtualBox will install some internal components. Click Next to continue. You will get an option not to create VirtualBox menu items, shortcuts and quick launch bar.

Option does not create menu items, shortcuts, and the VirtualBox quick launch bar

You may receive warnings about network interfaces that temporarily disconnect from the network. You can safely ignore this message. Click Yes and continue.

VirtualBox is ready to install. Click Install to proceed.

It only takes a little time for the VirtualBox application to install on the system.

Click Finish as soon as the installation is complete. This will automatically take you to the next step of launching Genymotion.

Oracle VM VirtualBox installed successfully

3. Launch and activate Genymotion

Select the Launch Genymotion option and click Finish to continue.

The Genymotion app will launch on Windows 10 desktop.

In the next stage, you will need to create a Genymotion account to run Android apps. This will automatically redirect you to a browser window with the Genymotion form. While filling out your information, make sure to select Genymotion for personal use / Gaming .

Create a Genymotion account

When the license window appears on the Genymotion dashboard, select Personal use , if you don’t have a paid license.

In the final stage, you must agree to the end user license agreement before the Genymotion console opens on the screen.

4. Install virtual device in Genymotion

Working with Genymotion is pretty easy. Click + to install virtual mobile device and run your emulator. You can run multiple virtual devices on Windows 10 (depending on how much RAM you have).

Select the target virtual device based on configuration. Initially try the simplest “custom phone” (you can erase these virtual devices easily).

Try the simplest “custom phone”

You can set various parameters related to your virtual device, including Android version 4.4 or higher and RAM (2GB minimum recommended).

It only takes a little while for the virtual device to be installed on Windows 10. A virtual device is slowly being installed above. As shown below, it has been successfully created.

Virtual device installed successfully

Now you can start up this virtual device easily.

Again, it doesn’t take long for the virtual device to start with Genymotion before you reach the stage of running the application.

5. Launch the virtual device and run Android apps on Windows 10

The virtual device emulator opens as a separate option on Windows 10.

The virtual device emulator opens as a separate option on Windows 10

You can experiment with apps in the Windows 10 home screen just like on a regular phone or tablet.

Go to a browser window to download the game, like PUBG Mobile. For serious emulation work, however, you need the Play Store downloaded from GApps, which can be accessed from the right system tray.

You must re-verify your Google Play account in order to download apps. GApps is only 70MB in size, so you can download it to access the Play Store.

Once the Play Store has been installed, you will be asked to restart the device. This will not restart the computer, only the virtual device. It should start up automatically in a few minutes.

You can now download any game or app you want directly from the Play Store. If some apps like PUBG Mobile are not supported, then you need a virtual machine with a higher version of Android and more RAM. Refer to the previous section to create the virtual machine that suits your needs.

Downloaded app is installed on Genymotion emulator as shown here.

Downloaded app installed on Genymotion emulator

Genymotion is a very useful application for running other favorite Android games and apps on the computer. It has many advanced options, like a joystick, accelerometer, and a remote to aid advanced features.