Use This Android Emulator Extension to Run Android Apps in Chrome
Want to quickly run an Android app on your PC without downloading a heavy PC Android emulator? You can get a tiny Android emulator Chrome extension that should be able to run most of the basic Android apps without trouble. I happen to know the perfect Chrome extension that is easy to use and runs most apps and small games.
Let’s see how you can use this Android emulator to run Android apps in Chrome:
Warning: You should not use an online Android emulator to run apps with confidential information, such as financial accounts. The information inside the emulator can be tracked by a third-party and could lead to accounts being stolen.
Introducing Android online emulator
The extension I am talking about is Android online emulator, which is completely free but ad-supported. The emulator emulates an Android 8.0 Oreo tablet and comes with all the features a regular Android device comes with. It has internet access and you can navigate the emulator just like an Android device using a mouse and keyboard. You can also login to a Google account and access Google apps, and even download apps and games from the Play Store. Although I will recommend you to not use your personal Google account for security reasons.
If you have APK of an app on your PC, it can also load it to run immediately in the emulator.
How to use Android online emulator
Click on the extension button and then click on “Run Android online emulator”.
A new tab will open, here click on “Start” and once the emulator loads, click on “Enter”.
The emulator will load and you should be able to see the home screen in a tablet layout.
You can navigate the emulator using your mouse pointer as a finger. Swipe up to see all the installed apps and access settings to make changes. You can install apps from the Google Play Store after logging in with a Google account.
If you want to run apps using an APK file, then first you need the APK file in your PC. You can download APK files of your favorite apps using Evozi APK downloader. Just copy/paste the app link from Google Play Store in Evozi search bar and it will give you a link to download the APK file.
Afterward, click on the extension button and select “My Apk manager and Apk upload”.
Now click on the “Upload APK” button and select the APK file in your PC.
Once uploaded, you can click on the “RUN APK” button to launch the emulator.
The app will immediately start and you can control it using the mouse. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer any special keyboard controls to make it easier to use some apps. Although, it should work fine for most apps that don’t require multi-touch functionality.
In my experience, this Android emulator extension is great for basic use to get access to Android apps on your PC and experiment. I would have definitely appreciated some better control options as you find on dedicated PC Android emulators, but I appreciate that it lets you use your physical keyboard to type.
And of course, just like other Android emulators, this emulator can also lag and be slow if your PC doesn’t have enough power.