How to use Android on your Windows computer

Any self respecting nerd enjoys tinkering with Android. Unfortunately, not all of us have enough money for a decent Android phone. So, instead of playing with an old, slow phone, why not simply use Android on your Windows computer? This article will show you how.

To do this, we will be using an Android emulator called Genymotion. I prefer it to the emulator bundled with the Android SDK, because it’s easier to use and much faster. Furthermore, it’s free for non-commercial use, which is what we’ll be doing.

Step 1:

First off, you need to create a Genymotion account. You can do this by going to this page and completing the “Sign up” form:

Genymotion signup

Step 2:

You can now activate your Genymotion account (by going to your email inbox) and download the program. (I recommend that you download the “Ready-to-run Genymotion installer”). Once the download is finished, install the program.

Genymotion account confirmation

Step 3:

Start Genymotion, You’ll see a dialog box asking you if you want to add a new virtual device. Click “Yes”. This will open the Virtual device creation wizard. You’ll need to click on the “Connect” button, and enter your Genymotion account info.

Adding a virtual device

Step 4:

Once you’re connected, you’ll be shown a list of all the different virtual devices. Select the one you wish to emulate and click “Next”. The device will now be downloaded and installed.

Step 5: Once the device is finished downloading, you’ll see it in your Genymotion menu. All that’s left to do is to select the device and click “Play”!

Pressing play

There you go, you now have a working Android operating system on your computer!

Android in action

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and don’t forget to come back for more,