Whether you are currently an Android device user or not, you have probably heard of the Google Play Store, and if you don’t use any Android devices you might have some questions about what exactly it is and if you can access it without having an Android smartphone or tablet. This article will walk you through some basic information about Google Play Store, as well as how to access it with a simple download for PC.
Google Play Store is the app store for the Android platform, but it’s really much more than that. Google Play Store gives you access to music, movies, games, books and periodicals, as well as over 1 million apps, many of which are free to download and use. The possibilities for applications are endless: game applications, educational applications, applications to improve technical aspects of your device, health and wellness applications, calendars, news, and countless other tools to make your life easier and more fun. In fact, people using Google Play Store like it so much that they have logged more than 60 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) downloads.
Some PC users might have friends or family members who use Google Play Store on their Android devices, and if so, you have probably noticed that they are totally engrossed in their smartphone or tablet most of the time. If you were ever curious about what they were up to, you can find out for yourself because of a little trick that will allow to you access everything Google Play Store has to offer, for free, and without having to go buy an Android phone.
So, if you have ever wondered if you can download Play Store on your desktop or laptop PC, your answer is: yes.
What we need to do is make your PC think that it’s running the Android operating system that Google Play Store usually runs on. This might sound complicated, but it’s actually very simple and just requires one download and installation of a fantastic little program called Blue Stacks. Blue Stacks is an Android operating system emulator, which means it will allow your PC to run all the apps that a normal Android phone or tablet can run. Blue Stacks has already become very popular, with other 90 million users, because it integrates the Play Store apps, games, etc. with your Microsoft Windows operating system seamlessly, and allows you to use multiple apps at once, and even use them in full screen mode (great for gaming).
Now let’s talk about how to download Blue Stacks so that you can start downloading and using Play Store apps on your PC right away. First, let’s make sure your PC is updated enough to install Blue Stacks and run the Play Store apps, which can be hard on your memory and are often graphics intensive.
Windows 7, 8, & 8.1
If you’re using Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, make sure your PC has at least 2GB of RAM (which is not the same as disk space), at least 9GB of disk space available, and that your PC’s graphics card drivers are fully up to date.
To run on Vista, Blue Stacks has the same RAM and disk space requirements as Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (2GB and 9GB, respectively) and must also have updated graphics cards drivers. In addition, Vista users must have Service Pack 2 or higher installed before downloading Blue Stacks.
Windows XP (32-bit)
PCs running Windows XP will need the same amount of RAM and disk space as other Windows OS (see above) and the same graphics card drivers update. XP users also must have Service Pack 3 or higher installed, and have Windows Installer 4.5 installed (available for download on Microsoft’s website).
Then, you’ll need to go to the official Blue Stacks website, www.bluestacks.com. Simply click “download”, and follow the on-screen instructions to install and set up Blue Stacks on your PC.
Now you’re all set, and can start downloading Play Store apps and using them right away!