Yes, iOS may well be the platform we’d always recommend, but Android has a huge content of apps and games that are well worth exploring. Thankfully you can now do this on your Mac. You can run all Android apps on your Mac. To get the world’s most popular operating system up and running on macOS read on.
Downloading an Emulator
You must be familiar with BlueStacks? If no let me tell you. Its an emulator an Android emulator. What it does is, runs Android apps on windows and even on Mac. Yes, thats how we can run Android OS apps on Mac, using an emulator.
There are quite a few emulators you can use to run Android on your Mac, most of which are free. VirtualBox is an old favourite, BlueStacks and we’ll be showing you Nox in this tutorial.
- Visit the Nox site and click on the download button. Nox is about 350MB. Once the download is finished, launch the .dmg file and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Once the process is finished, drag the Nox App Player icon into the Applications folder and the install will be complete.
- Open Launchpad, and Nox should now appear on your list of available applications.
- Click on the app, first time it will take a little time to set up. You’ll also need to log in with your system password to allow the app to make the necessary changes for it to work fully with your Mac.
Using Nox to run Android apps
The Nox desktop defaults to that of an Android tablet. On the left are various shortcuts such as volume controls, plus the Back, Home, and Recent apps buttons that make navigating Android so easy.
In the top right-hand corner of the screen you’ll see a small gear icon just above where the time is displayed. Click this to open a general settings menu where you can choose whether to use a tablet or phone display, how much memory you want the program to use, and a few other handy options.
As with any Android device you’ll need to log in with a Google account to be able to use services such as the Google Play Store. To do this, click on the Play Store icon.
At the top of the Store screen you’ll see a search bar. Type the names of any apps you want to find into this box. When you find something you like, click on it, then hit the install button.
After the app has downloaded you can launch it by going back to the Home screen. Apps optimised for a phone screen will automatically run in a vertical rectangle, so there’s no need to mess about with settings.
So, that’s it. You can now play Android games and use apps.