How to Install an Application on a Computer


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Installation instructions. Download and install Chatium on your computer for free.

Many of us began to ask a simple question: how to download, install and play our favorite game directly on the computer?

If you do not like the small screens of a smartphone or tablet, then you can do this using an emulator program. With it, you can create an Android environment on your computer and run the application through it. At the moment, the most popular utilities for this are: Bluestacks and NoxPlayer.

  1. Bluestacks
  2. Noxplayer

Install Chatium on a computer using Bluestacks

Bluestacks is considered the most popular emulator for computers running Windows. In addition, there is a version of this program for Mac OS. In order to install this emulator on a PC, you need to have Windows 7 (or higher) installed on it and have at least 2 GB of RAM.

Install and configure Bluestacks. If the computer does not have Bluestacks, go to and click the green “Download Bluestacks” button in the middle of the page. Click the green “Download” button at the top of the next page, and then install the emulator:

Windows: double-click on the downloaded.Exe file, click “Yes” when prompted, click “Install”, click “Finish” when this option becomes active. Open Bluestacks if it doesn’t start automatically, and then follow the on-screen instructions to log in to your Google account.

Mac: double-click on the downloaded DMG file, double-click on the Bluestacks icon, click “Install” when prompted, allow third-party programs to be installed (if necessary) and click “Continue”. Open Bluestacks if it does not start automatically, and follow the on-screen instructions to log in to your Google account.

Download the APK file to your computer. APKs are application installers. You can download the apk file from our website.

Click on the “My Applications” tab. It is located in the upper left of the Bluestacks window.

Click Install APK. This option is located in the lower right corner of the window. The Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window opens.

Select the downloaded APK file. Go to the folder with the downloaded APK file and click on it to select.

Click “Open”. This option is located in the lower right corner of the window. The APK file will open in Bluestacks, i.E. The installation of the application will begin.

Launch the app. When the application icon appears on the My Applications tab, click on it to open the application.

You can use Chatium on your computer now. Just download Chatium for Windows and Mac directly from this page and install the application and you will be satisfied.

Install Chatium on a computer using NoxPlayer

Nox App Player is free and has no intrusive pop-up ads. It works on Android version 4.4.2, allowing you to open many games, whether it be a large simulator, a demanding shooter or any other application.

Go to the official website of the developer

In order to install the Nox App Player emulator, click on the button “DOWNLOAD”.

Next, the automatic download will begin, after which you will need to go to the folder “Downloads” and click on the installation file of the downloaded program.

Installation and launch of the program:

To continue the installation, in the window that opens, click on the button “Install”. Select additional installation options by clicking on the button “Tune”, if you need it. Do not uncheck “Accept the Agreement”, otherwise you cannot continue.

After the emulator is installed on the computer, you will see a launch window on the screen, where you will need to click on the button “Start”.

Everything, at this stage, the installation of the Nox App Player emulator is complete. For the program to work fully, you will need to log into your Play Market account. Click on the application icon in the Google folder, enter the username and password for your account.

Download and install applications: To do this, you need to download the application file in APK format and just drag it onto the Nox App Player desktop. After that, the installation will immediately begin, after which you will see the icon of this application on the main screen.

How to copy an application from a computer to a smartphone and install it? Do I have to go to Google Play (Market)? The answers to these questions are in our article.

What should I do if there is very little traffic on the mobile Internet, but I urgently need to download and install the application on a mobile device with Android OS? It would probably be nice to download a program or game to a regular personal computer, and then just copy it to a smartphone and launch there.

We will provide some convenient ways to install applications on Android from a computer.

We will provide a couple of convenient ways to install applications on Android from a computer.

Method 1. We bring everything to InstallAPK

After you download this convenient utility to your PC, you will have an enviable opportunity to install applications on Android devices directly from your computer. This software is perfectly combined with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

All that is needed is to run the program and connect the phone or tablet via USB. In the smartphone’s settings menu, we enter the “Security” section (“Applications” for older versions of the OS), where we put a tick in front of “Unknown sources”.
In English: Settings. Application Settings (Security). Unknown Sources.
Next, double-click on the apk file previously downloaded to the computer, after which the installation will be completed.

If installation didn’t happen after that, go to the smartphone’s settings, select “For Developers” and check the box “USB Debugging”.

For the program to work, sometimes you may need to install special drivers, which you can download for free from the developer’s site.

By the way, you can download the application for Android, which a priori comes with such an extension, not only on the Google Market. Popular games and programs for smartphones based on the above OSes can be found on our website.

The only drawback of InstallAPK. In that this program does not work with all phone models. And if your device turned out to be in a small number of such unlucky smartphones, then you will use another method that reveals how to install programs from your computer on Android.

Method 2. Installing the application through the built-in browser

In order for method number three to function, we need to install a file manager. We choose ES Explorer, but you can install any other.

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Why do we say “to work the next way”? Due to the fact that for permanent use this method is too long and inconvenient, and by installing the proposed application, everything will be done in a few clicks.

So, we connect the device to the computer and copy the apk file to the root of the memory card. Next, disconnect the cord, start the browser and enter content: //com.Android.htmlfileprovider/sdcard/ApplicationName.Apk or
file: ///sdcard/ ApplicationName.Apk (depending on the version of your OS).

Method 3. Work for ES Explorer

For this method, we need the useful ES Explorer program. This is a file manager that allows you to view all the folders located on your smartphone or tablet. But the main thing is that with its help you can copy or move files from the device’s memory to an SD card and vice versa, as well as install games and programs on your Android tablet or smartphone.

The algorithm of actions is as follows:
1. Install the ES Explorer program on the smartphone;

2. Connect the smartphone to the PC and copy the desired apk-file to the smartphone’s memory from the computer;

3. Disconnect the device from the computer and launch ES Explorer in the smartphone itself, find the apk-file and double-click on it to install the program.

Method 4. Gmail not only receives mail

This is a very convenient and original way to install the program on Android, which only a few users know about, but, judging by its complexity, we can say. Outrageously light.

So, we send the message to our gmail-mail, attaching the apk-file to the letter. Opening it through the Gmail application, we see that the Install button appeared opposite the attached file (the application automatically detects the file).
By clicking on the button, you download and install the application.


Note that if you do not install applications from GooglePlay, the window “Installation is blocked” will appear on the smartphone screen.
The fact is that for security reasons, it is forbidden to install applications from unknown sources on the device. In this case, we do the same as at the beginning of the first method.
We select: Settings. Personal (Security). Unknown sources. After that, such an operation as installing the game on Android from a computer or other methods will become quite available.

Also, do not forget: so that when the smartphone is connected to the computer, the latter has access to the smartphone’s memory, open the shutter on the phone, click on “USB connection established”, where you need to click “Turn on USB storage”.

As you can see, the first method will be the easiest, but due to the fact that the program does not work on many computers and there are compatibility problems, it is not suitable for many users.
The second method will be universal, but very inconvenient.
The third method is suitable for any device, but here you can not do without the previous one. The latter method seems to have no shortcomings, but it will be useless if there is no Internet connection.

This instruction on how to run Android on a computer or laptop, and also install it as an operating system (primary or secondary), if you suddenly have such a need. What is this useful for? Just for experimenting, or, for example, on an old netbook, Android can work relatively quickly, despite the weakness of the hardware.

Earlier, I wrote about Android emulators for Windows. If you do not need to install Android on your computer, and the task is to launch applications and games from the android inside your operating system (i.E., run Android in a window, like a regular program), it is better to use the described in this article, emulator programs. See also: PrimeOS. Android, adapted for weak laptops and computers.

We use Android x86 to run on the computer

Android x86 is a well-known open source project for porting Android OS to computers, laptops and tablets with x86 and x64 processors. At the time of this writing, the current version available for download is Android 8.1.

Android bootable flash drive

You can download Android x86 on the official website http://www.Android-x86.Org/download, where iso and img images are available for download, both customized specifically for certain models of netbooks and tablets, as well as universal ones (located at the top of the list).

To use the image, after downloading, write it to a disk or USB drive. I made a bootable USB flash drive from the iso image using the Rufus utility using the following settings (in this case, judging by the resulting structure on the USB flash drive, it should boot successfully not only in CSM mode, but also in UEFI). When prompted for a recording mode in Rufus (ISO or DD), select the first option.

How to Install an Application on a Computer

You can use the free Win32 Disk Imager program to record an img image (which was specially posted for EFI boot).

Running Android x86 on a computer without installing

Having booted from the bootable flash drive with Android created earlier (how to install boot from the USB flash drive in BIOS), you will see a menu that will offer you to either install Android x86 on the computer or launch the OS without affecting the data on the computer. We select the first option. Launch in Live CD mode.

After a short boot process, you will see a language selection window, and then the initial Android setup windows, I had a keyboard, mouse and touchpad on my laptop. You can not configure anything, but click “Next” (all the same, the settings will not be saved after a reboot).

As a result, we get to the main screen of Android 5.1.1 (I used this version, today, in 2019, version 8.1 is available). In my test on a relatively old laptop (Ivy Bridge x64) they immediately worked: Wi-Fi, local area network (and this does not appear with any icons, judged only by opening pages in a browser with Wi-Fi disabled, sound, input devices), were delivered driver for the (this is not shown in the screenshot, it was taken from a virtual machine).

In general, everything works fine, although I checked the performance of Android on a computer and I’m not very hard. During the check, I ran into one freeze, when I opened the site in the built-in browser, which could only be cured by a reboot. I also note that the Google Play services in Android x86 are not installed by default.

Install Android x86

Selecting the last menu item when booting from a USB flash drive (Install Android x86 to hard disk), you can install Android on your computer as the main OS or additional system.

If you decide to do this, I recommend that in advance (on Windows or after booting from a partition utility disk, see how to partition a hard disk into partitions), select a separate partition for installation (see how to partition a disk). The fact is that working with the hard disk partitioning tool built into the installer can be difficult to understand.

Further, I will only give the installation process for a computer with two MBR (boot Legacy, not UEFI) disks in NTFS. In the case of your installation, these parameters may differ (additional installation steps may also appear). I also recommend not leaving the Android partition in NTFS.

  1. On the first screen, you will be prompted to select the partition to install. Choose the one that you have prepared in advance for this. I have a whole separate disk (true, virtual).
  2. At the second stage, you will be asked to format the section (or not to do this). If you seriously intend to use Android on your device, I recommend ext4 (in this case, all the disk space will be available for use as internal memory). If you do not format it (for example, leave NTFS), then at the end of the installation you will be asked to allocate space for user data (it is better to use the maximum value of 2047 MB).
  3. The next step is to install the Grub4Dos bootloader. Answer “Yes” if not only Android will be used on your computer (for example, Windows is already installed).
  4. If the installer finds other OS on the computer, you will be prompted to add them to the boot menu. Do it.
  5. In case you use UEFI boot, confirm the entry of the EFI Grub4Dos bootloader, otherwise press “Skip” (skip).
  6. The installation of Android x86 will begin, and after it you can either immediately launch the installed system, or restart the computer and select the desired OS from the boot menu.
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Done, you got Android on your computer. Albeit a controversial OS for this application, but at least interesting.

There are separate Android-based operating systems that, unlike pure Android x86, are optimized for installation on a computer or laptop (i.E., they are more convenient to use). One of these systems is described in detail in a separate article Installing Phoenix OS, settings and use, the second. Below.

Using Remix OS For PC on Android x86

On January 14, 2016 (the alpha version is still true), the promising Remix OS for PC operating system, built on the basis of Android x86, but offering significant improvements in the user interface specifically for using Android on a computer, was released.

Among these improvements:

  • A full multi-window interface for multitasking (with the ability to minimize the window, expand to full screen, etc.).
  • An analogue of the taskbar and start menu, as well as the notification area, similar to that present in Windows
  • Desktop with shortcuts, interface settings tailored to the application on a regular PC.

Like Android x86, Remix OS can be launched in LiveCD (Guest Mode) or installed on the hard drive.

You can download Remix OS for Legacy and UEFI systems from the official website (the downloadable kit has its own utility for creating a bootable USB flash drive from the OS):

By the way, the first, the second option you can run in the virtual machine on your computer. The actions will be similar (though not all can work, for example, I could not start Remix OS in Hyper-V).

Two more similar versions of Android adapted for use on computers and laptops are Phoenix OS and Bliss OS.

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06/17/2017 at 15:50

Guys, I put Android on the train and it does not matter which version. The first boot begins before setting up the system, enters the boot menu. I choose any point to continue downloading. And then it all starts interesting. The screen is warped, exactly where the android logo should be. I tried to poke in the bootloader menu as vga = ask. Well, yes, it goes into the choice of resolution. As soon as the command line is loaded, again before the logo, the resolution changes and skew again. With flash as a life, it is loaded with vga = ask.

06/18/2017 at 09:38

I can’t answer here. I myself would ask on the Android x86 forums in this situation. Plus, if this is a PC, then I tried to connect a monitor to the integrated monitor and see how it affects.

07/17/2017 at 18:56

Hello, there is a question of how to fasten Ppoe to Android, that is, I put the x86 system, but there is no connection on the wire, only the Fivi, I do not have a router, only the computer and the provider are just hardcore

07/18/2017 at 08:06

I give up.
Googled now in Russian and in English, too, somehow everything is giving up 🙂 There are applications that are at the request of PPPoE, but I can’t say anything about their performance, they are clearly designed for Wi-Fi too.
And on Remix OS. It seems like there is PPPoE over Ethernet, but the forums (the same xda-developers, are also full of messages that does not work.

08/14/2017 at 00:13

Have you tried shaman with dialing?

07/24/2017 at 19:21

Can you tell me which Android emulator for PC works with Bluetooth PC modules?
You need to emulate Android, where you can run an application that works via bluetooth with a separate device.

07/25/2017 at 08:12

Well, in general, Android x86 / Remix OS supports Bluetooth modules, but only if you’re lucky and the module will be among the supported ones.

08/11/2017 at 18:46

1. Is Russian language present in Android Remix OS?
2. How much memory on the hard drive needs to be allocated for installation?
The site says that when installed on a USB flash drive, its size should
be 8 GB the presence of USB. 3.

08/12/2017 at 08:34

1. Yes, there is.
2. But I don’t know for sure. I think 8-16 is enough.

08/28/2017 at 08:07

How to find out in the prog installation which discs the one that I selected?

08/28/2017 at 09:23

Most likely sda3 will be, i.E. The third partition on the first disk (if I understand correctly how everything is broken there). In general, take a look at Windows Disk Management for a start and see how the Android partition works.

08/28/2017 at 18:20

The system was supposedly installed, but there is no boot menu. What to do?

08/28/2017 at 18:21

And viewfinder 10 loads

09/14/2017 at 11:46

Thank you for your detailed article, everything is very clear and easy.
But after installing it on a laptop, a problem came out. Every time you restart, you have to configure the system a new way, i.E. Language. Date. Time and all that.
Can you help me please?

09/15/2017 at 08:38

Hello. I’m afraid I can’t: I myself only “got acquainted” with Android x86 when I wrote the article, but I don’t know about all the nuances and bugs in detail.

01/16/2018 at 15:01

Good afternoon, I am interested in the following question: if during installation you format the hard drive for Android (whether it be an SSD or HDD), and then you need to tear down Android and install Windows again, can there be problems with the reverse formatting of hard in ntfs?
That is: Windows after this is installed normally or not?

01/17/2018 at 09:01

OK. Just when installing at the selection stage, delete all the partitions that are there and install.

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04/21/2018 at 07:59

Hello, I started from a USB flash drive, everything works fine, the language is English, can I translate into Russian?
When installing on a hard drive, will this problem remain?

04/21/2018 at 11:58

But just in the android settings does not change like on any phone?

06/30/2018 at 11:25

Tell Dmitry, here I am starting to install and he does not see the hard drive, does not see partitions. Linux and ubuntu are installed without any problems.

07/01/2018 at 08:23

Those. Doesn’t even see the physical disk? Or just sections? If so, then I do not know what could be the matter.

08/31/2018 at 19:13

Android installed, the OS selection does not appear at boot time, Windows 10 is loaded. How to fix it?

09/01/2018 at 12:37

And they didn’t put on a separate hard (physical) disk by chance? If all of a sudden, try changing the boot order in BIOS.

12/07/2018 at 19:29

Hello, I recorded the latest version of android x86_64bit, before trying to install, I decided to launch it as a Live-CD, but the launch failed. Tell me, maybe I wrote the wrong version, and here it’s not like the bit rate is determined in Windows. Launched an Atlon x2 4 64bit processor on the computer.

12/09/2018 at 13:33

I think it’s connected with the processor. I’m not sure that it will work on such old atlons.

05/08/2019 at 15:25

Pavel, I managed to install android x86 on AMD.
My system
Motherboard. MSI MS-7367,
Processor. AMD Athlon ™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000, 2992 MHz, 2 cores
card. I use the integrated mat. Motherboard. ATI Radeon X1200.
(it used to be in the slot, but died long ago. ATI Radeon hd 2600 pro)
Installed OS-
The main C drive (100 GB, NTFS) is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
Logical drive D (50 GB, NTFS). Android-x86-8.1-r1.Iso 32bit.
Logical drive E (220 GB, NTFS). For photo, archive.
Yesterday, half a day dancing with a tambourine, what would you choose the right version of android.
The difference is 32 and 64 bits. Versions. Remix OS, PrimeOS, Phoenix OS and android x86_64bit did not start with me.
It turned out only when the disk partition left NTFS, and took 32bit. Version of android-x86-8.1-r1.Iso
At the end of the installation, vibrate reboot, while the computer restarts, hang up the bootable USB flash drive. Otherwise, the installation process starts again.
Android-x86-8.1-r1.Iso started up, everything was just like on a phone, even wired internet worked. Through chrome, I launched a from YouTube, slowed down the sound.
I don’t like chrome eating resources, I still need to understand the Android settings, for me this is new on my computer.

01/15/2019 at 08:25

After installation, the android inscription was eaten and then the black screen how much will the intel celeron n3150 processor

04/07/2019 at 10:38

Same problem as a few people above. Installation is successful, it starts at startup immediately after installation, but when rebooting, it does not select Windows or Android, Windows 7 loads immediately.

04/07/2019 at 11:23

Take a look at BIOS: are there any separate items for launching Android in the boot options (Boot)? (on UEFI systems this may be).

07/01/2019 at 16:53

I installed android on the laptop everything started but does not see more than one Wi-Fi network, tell me what you can do

07/02/2019 at 15:29

Perhaps you won’t do anything: there were no drivers on your Wi-Fi adapter in the android.

01/24/2020 at 16:04

Installed android on a disk where there was a Windows partition (just a partition, non-boot). Accordingly, when loading android, the menu popped up to download android or windows with default loading of android. Later combined on one disk android and boot windows. Everything works. You can download either one or the other. The question is how to edit the boot menu so that Windows is loaded by default?

01/25/2020 at 10:29

Most likely you have a Grub bootloader there. Accordingly, look on the Internet about editing the menu of this bootloader (I do not have such instructions).

01/25/2020 at 17:05

Most likely you have a Grub bootloader there.
But when did you write this at least somewhere, at least once watched? Yes the truth is there
the loader Grab. AI trouble? Nobody knew about this? Since I undertook to write about it, then hold on. If only I wanted to look for the boot order in Linux, I would have looked for

01/26/2020 at 11:30

Not Grab but Grub. But in fact. Did not understand what angered you? If you read it from your previous comment, no details and details should be given, including what you have already been looking for, and therefore I assume first of all the standard situation. The grub menu after installing Android x86 on the computer.
And if there is the usual Windows menu, then using bcdedit / default ID, well, or easier. In EasyBCD

02/21/2020 at 08:23

Is it even worth trying to install an android on a computer with Intel Pentium inside 2.2ghz, 3GB of RAM and 512 MB of memory? Or is it a dead room and a home laptop just moult fit?

02/21/2020 at 08:53

In principle, it should be delivered. But how much everything will work there (sound, Wi-Fi) will not work. Maybe norms, or maybe not, and in the second case, it is unlikely to be able to win.
But in general, most of these Android-s (RemixOS, PhoenixOS) allow you to record a USB flash drive, boot from it without installation and check how it works. This is not too time consuming and will help to decide whether to go this way)

02/21/2020 at 19:25

Thank you for your prompt reply and recommendations.

02/29/2020 at 18:56

Running away from the W7 home base, I installed Andryusha 7.1.1 64 bits of “Foenikas” on the PC. ALL is good!
. But he infection in Anglo-Saxon does not have any pills in order to Russify his entrails? Here in the settings I dug there there is Russian, but it seems like for a clave board skateboard (I’m not strong in ang). Or maybe there is a version of the Russian-language version (after all, on TV boxes and android smarts, how is it worth it) Please tell me what to do in this regard? And then this with switching and translation tormented.

03/01/2020 at 10:19

There is also support for Russian. It is necessary to add not in keyboards, but in languages ​​and rearrange Russian to the first place. Described here: https://remontka.Pro/phoenix-os-android-for-computer/ (the 1st and 2nd steps in the “basic settings” section)

04/01/2020 at 07:30

Hello, please tell me, I installed Androyd x86 32 bits on a laptop with 6 GB. Androyd sees 2.5 GB.

05/30/2020 at 01:54

Guys tell me pliz! The processor does not support rendering. Can I put and work on this laptop in the android? Tried different emulators nothing worked (

05/30/2020 at 07:30

You can try it. Just do not immediately install, but first just run from a flash drive (images of Android x86, Phoenix OS which is also on Android) allow you to run without installation and see if everything works.