How to sideload apps into Bluestacks – The Android emulator for PC or Mac

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If you’ve never heard of Bluestacks before, it’s a great little Android emulator for your PC or Mac on which you can run mostly any app or game in an Android tablet environment.

It’s handy for when you have Play Store restrictions, or you just want a bigger screen to test some apps out on.

One thing you may notice though is the lack of file managers and the ability to install apps  from places other than the Play Store and the other few markets Bluestacks provides access to.

Well it’s easier than you thought and here’s how to do it (in Windows).

1. Open up Windows file explorer and navigate to the Bluestacks install folder. If you chose the default location, it should be in either ProgramFiles or ProgramFiles x86.

2. Open up anopther Windows explorer window but this time navigate to where you store your app file (APKs)

3. In the Bluestacks install folder you should be able to see a file called  HD-ApkHandler.exe. Now drag your APK onto the HD-ApkHandler.exe and a Bluestacks dialog box should pop up saying it’s installing your app.

4. Open Bluestacks and click the  app icon to run the app like you normally would.

How to sideload apps into Bluestacks   The Android emulator for PC or Mac http://anoma.net

Of course, Bluestacks isn’t easier in all ways. Seeing as you use the mouse as your finger, apps that require more than one touch input at a time aren’t going to work that well unless you have a touchscreen monitor.

In saying that though, it’s not a deal breaker at all, Bluestacks does have it’s good points and deserves a try out at least.

Do you use Bluestacks? Is there a better Android emulator out there? Let us know what you think, in the comments section.

  • riesdepies

    I was looking for a way to install AdAway on BlueStacks and this seems like the solution. Thanks!

  • Donar Mjollnir

    I just simply double clicked the apk and it installed.