How to Use BlueStacks on Mac

Emulate Android on your Mac for free

This article explains how to install, configure and use BlueStacks Android Emulator on macOS. These instructions apply to macOS 10.12 and above, but BlueStacks recommends 10.13 or newer for the best experience. Some instructions are only for macOS 11 Big Sur, as it is harder to get BlueStacks working on Big Sur than earlier versions of macOS.

How to Get BlueStacks on Mac

Here’s how to get and install BlueStacks on your Mac:

Update macOS if it’s not fully updated.

If you don’t have the latest version of macOS and can’t or don’t want to update, make sure your version has the latest updates installed to have the best chance of working BlueStacks.

Download BlueStacks.

Get BlueStacks for macOS.

Once the download is complete, open the BlueStacks Installer.

Double click on the BlueStacks Installer icon.

The BlueStacks installer on macOS.

If you are prompted to allow the installer to open, click To open.

Grant permission to BlueStacks installer on macOS.

Click on Install now.

The BlueStacks installer on macOS.

If prompted, enter your macOS username and password, then click Setup Wizard.

Grant permission to BlueStacks installer on macOS.

If a Blocked System Extension pop-up window appears, click Open security and privacy.

System extension blocked warning when installing BlueStacks on macOS.

You can also continue by clicking Apple > Preferences > Security and Privacy.

In the General tab of the Security & Privacy window, find “System software from developer “Oracle America, Inc.” has been blocked from loading” and click To permit.

Grant permission to BlueStacks in macOS.

You may need to click on the lock icon in the lower right part of the window first, depending on your macOS settings.

Click on To restart if you are prompted.

Restart macOS to install BlueStacks.

You won’t need to reboot at this point if you have macOS 10.15 Catalina or earlier. If you have macOS 11 Big Sur and don’t see this message, you’ll need to manually restart.

If you see a “BlueStacks restarting interrupted” message, click Cancel, then open Security and Privacy again and click To restart on the General tab.

BlueStacks interrupted reboot on macOS.

The Restart button will appear in the same place where you saw the Allow button earlier.

Wait for your Mac to restart. Once complete, BlueStacks will be ready to use.

How to Use BlueStacks on Mac

Once you have successfully installed BlueStacks on your Mac, you can use it the same way you would with a real Android device. Instead of pressing icons and buttons, you use your trackpad or mouse to click them. You sign in with a Google account to access the Google Play Store like a real Android device, and you will have access to all Android apps that you have purchased or downloaded on Android devices in the past.

Here’s how to use BlueStacks on your Mac:

Launch BlueStacks.

Depending on your Mac’s performance, BlueStacks may take a while to load.

Click on LET’S GO.

BlueStacks ready to use on a Mac.

Enter the email address you use with your Google account or create a new account if you don’t have one yet, then click Following.

Sign in to Google in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Enter your Google account password and click Following.

Sign in to Google on BlueStacks on a Mac.

Click it play store icon on the emulated Android desktop.

The Android desktop in BlueStacks on a Mac.

You can also use the App Center tab to discover apps, but you don’t need it.

Click it search fieldthen enter the name of the Android application you want to use.

The Play Store in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Once you find an app you want, click install.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper in the BlueStacks Play Store on a Mac.

Once the app has finished downloading, click To open.

Open an app from the Google Play Store in BlueStacks.

BlueStacks will automatically switch to portrait orientation for games that require it. You can use the apps just like you would on an Android device, except you’ll use your trackpad or mouse to click instead of tapping with your finger.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper playing on a Mac with BlueStacks.

Click on a tongue at the top of the BlueStacks window to return to desktop, store, or another app.

Applications running in BlueStacks on a Mac.

If you launch several applications, they will all be accessible via the tabs at the top of the screen.

Applications running in BlueStacks on a Mac.

From the desktop, press the white circular icon at the bottom center to access your app drawer.

Applications running in BlueStacks on a Mac.

From the app drawer, you can quickly access all your apps, look for function, and system settings.

The app drawer in BlueStacks on a Mac.

BlueStacks provides the same system settings as a real Android device.

System Settings in BlueStacks on a Mac.

By default, BlueStacks also includes the Chrome web browser, which works like Chrome on an Android device.

Chrome in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Click on Shares if you need to simulate Android device shaking. This menu also lets you take a screenshot and manually switch between portrait and landscape modes.

Actions options in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Click on audio if you want to adjust the volume of the emulated Android environment.

Audio options in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Click on Apple > Preferences to access BlueStacks display options and more.

BlueStacks preferences on Mac.

Click on Advanced > Choose a predefined profile if you need BlueStacks to behave like a specific phone

Selecting the phone profile in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Select a phone from the drop-down list if the default Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is not working for you.

Selecting the phone profile on a Mac in BlueStacks.

Click on Game settings if you try to play a game and it doesn’t work properly. Check optimization settings in-game and adjust other settings if necessary.

Game Settings in BlueStacks on a Mac.

Why use BlueStacks on your Mac?

BlueStacks is a free Android emulator that works on both Windows and macOS. If you have a Mac and you don’t have Android devices, this is the best way to access Android-only apps. It’s also great for gaming if you have an older Android device or a budget handset and a more powerful Mac, as you’ll find that Android games run just fine on most Mac hardware.

In cases where a game does not have a native Mac version, BlueStacks also gives you a way to play those games. For example, an emulator like BlueStacks is the only way to play Among Us on an Intel Mac.

What if BlueStacks doesn’t work on Mac?

If you are having trouble installing BlueStacks on your Mac, try updating macOS. BlueStacks often won’t work unless macOS is fully updated. BlueStacks recommends using macOS 10.13 or newer; versions prior to 10.12 do not support BlueStacks at all. If you don’t upgrade, you won’t be able to run BlueStacks.


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Emulate Android on your Mac for free

This article explains how to install, set up, and use the BlueStacks Android emulator on macOS. These instructions apply to macOS 10.12 and above, but BlueStacks recommends 10.13 or newer for the best experience. Some instructions only pertain to macOS 11 Big Sur, as it is more difficult to get BlueStacks up and running on Big Sur than earlier versions of macOS.

How to Get BlueStacks on Mac

Here’s how to get and install BlueStacks on your Mac:

Update macOS if it isn’t fully updated.

If you don’t have the latest version of macOS and either can’t or don’t want to update, make sure that your version has the latest updates installed to have the best chance of BlueStacks working.

Download BlueStacks.

Get BlueStacks for macOS.

When the download finishes, open the BlueStacks installer.

Double click the BlueStacks installer icon.

If prompted for permission to open the installer, click Open.

Click Install Now.

If prompted, enter your macOS username and password and click Install Helper.

If you are presented with a System Extension Blocked popup, click Open Security & Privacy.

You can also proceed by clicking Apple > Preferences > Security & Privacy.

On the General tab of the Security & Privacy window, look for “System software from developer “Oracle America, Inc.” was blocked from loading” and click Allow.

You may need to click the lock icon in the lower right part of the window first, depending on your macOS settings.

Click Restart if prompted.

You won’t need to restart at this point if you have macOS 10.15 Catalina or earlier. If you have macOS 11 Big Sur and don’t see this message, you will need to restart manually.

If you see a “BlueStacks interrupted restart” message, click Cancel, then open Security & Privacy again and click Restart on the General tab.

The Restart button will appear in the same place you saw the Allow button earlier.

Wait for your Mac to restart. When it finishes, BlueStacks will be ready to use.

How to Use BlueStacks on Mac

Once you have successfully installed BlueStacks on your Mac, you can use it in much the same way you would an actual Android device. Instead of tapping icons and buttons, you use your trackpad or mouse to click them. You log in with a Google account to access the Google Play Store just like a real Android device, and you’ll have access to any Android apps you have purchased or downloaded on Android devices in the past.

Here’s how to use BlueStacks on your Mac:

Launch BlueStacks.

Depending on the performance of your Mac, it may take a while for BlueStacks to load.

Click LET’S GO.

Enter the email address that you use with your Google account, or create a new account if you don’t have one yet, then click Next.

Enter your Google account password and click Next.

Click the Play Store icon on the emulated Android desktop.

You can also use the App Center tab to discover apps, but you don’t need to.

Click the search field, and type the name of the Android app you want to use.

Once you find an app you want, click install.

When the app finishes downloading, click Open.

BlueStacks will automatically switch into portrait orientation for games that require it. You can use apps as you would on an Android device, except you will use your touchpad or mouse to click instead of tapping with your finger.

Click a tab at the top of the BlueStacks window to switch back to the desktop, store, or a different app.

If you launch multiple apps, they’ll all be accessible via the tabs at the top of the screen.

From the desktop, tap the white circular icon at the bottom center to access your app drawer.

From the app drawer, you can quickly access all of your apps, the search function, and system settings.

BlueStacks provides the same system settings as an actual Android device.

By default, BlueStacks also includes the Chrome web browser, which works like Chrome on an Android device.

Click Actions if you need to simulate shaking an Android device. This menu also lets you take a screenshot and manually swap between portrait and landscape mode.

Click Audio if you want to adjust the volume of the emulated Android environment.

Click Apple > Preferences to access BlueStacks display options and more.

Click Advanced > Choose a predefined profile if you need BlueStacks to behave like a specific phone

Select a phone from the dropdown list if the default Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus isn’t working for you.

Click Game settings if you’re trying to play a game, and it isn’t running right. Check the Optimize in-game settings, and adjust the other settings if necessary.

Why Use BlueStacks on Your Mac?

BlueStacks is a free Android emulator that works on both Windows and macOS. If you have a Mac and don’t have any Android devices, this is the best way to access Android-only apps. It’s also great for gaming if you have an older Android device or a budget handset and a more powerful Mac, as you’ll find that Android games perform very well on most Mac hardware.

In cases where a game doesn’t have a native Mac version, BlueStacks also provides you with a way to play those games. For example, an emulator like BlueStacks is the only way to play Among Us on an Intel Mac.

What if BlueStacks Won’t Work on Mac?

If you’re having trouble installing BlueStacks on your Mac try updating macOS. BlueStacks often won’t work if macOS isn’t fully updated. BlueStacks recommend using macOS 10.13 or newer; versions older than 10.12 don’t support BlueStacks at all. If you don’t upgrade, you won’t be able to run BlueStacks.

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