5 Best Emulators for low-end PC (Latest 2022)

It’s really hard to find the best emulator if you have a low-end PC system. Because an android emulator work by creating a virtual environment for apps meant for android OS. Basically, it utilizes the hardware power of the system as it’s required for apps or games to run. Also, mind that it’s not possible to run heavy games such as Pubg mobile, and free fire, if your computer specs are low- regardless of how lightweight emulators you use.

But, the good news is that you can significantly increase the performance of apps or games if the emulator you are using is not taking up too many resources in the emulation process. Instead, delivering more power to the apps and games.

So, the definition of a lightweight emulator should be:

Any emulator that does not require too much processing power from your machine. Instead, saving more power to the app’s performance can be put in the category of low-end emulators. Here the processing power means, RAM, SSD, CPU and if you have GPU then it’s also included.

See our top-picked emulators below in the Table.

NameDownloading file SizeMinimum RequirementsCompatible OSBest for
Bluestacks 5 or 10527 MBMore than 4GB RAM is required.Microsoft Windows 7 and aboveOverall Best
LDPlayer602MB2GB RAM, x86 or x64 Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP, 64-bit or 32-bit.For gamers
NOX player1.5 GB1.5 GB but 4GB is at least recommended. Windows 7 and above, is also available for macOS.For running android apps on PC.
MEmu Play1GB RAMFor Windows 7 and above.Best for PUBG Mobile and free fire.
Smart Gaga Liteunder 300MB1GB RAMFor Windows 7 and aboveA Free emulator

1. Bluestacks 5 or 10– Overall Best

Any list of the best emulators for low-end PC would be incomplete without Bluestacks topping the list. That’s for some good reasons. Bluestacks emulators have outclassed the other emulators in all departments. Whether it’s the RAM usage, CPU usage, or just installing APK files. Refer to this blog post where the Bluestack 5 has been compared with other emulators, including the LD player, Nox, and Memu. In the blog post, it’s clearly highlighted the bluestack 5 got some serious upper hands.

2. LDPlayer– For gamers

Requirements

  • Minimum 2GB of RAM.
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Only available for Windows operating system. LD player is best for playing android games on your PC or just simply running android apps smoothly. This is a great choice for both purposes. The minimum system requires just 2GB of RAM to create a virtual environment. However, higher specs will deliver smoother performance. Also, to play system-heavy games like COD, or PUBG mobile you need a better GPU in your system. Otherwise, these apps will not run.

What makes this emulator our top choice can be described for two reasons:

  1. It’s packed with all the essential features that you would want in an emulator for gaming, such as keymapping, multi-instance, interactive user interface, built-in support for Google play store to download apps, and support for APK files.
  2. The second reason is simple, it’s really one of the lightest emulators despite it offering all the important functions.

Overall, if you need a powerful, feature-rich emulator for running android apps. It works great on low-end PCs thanks to its lightweight nature and optimized speed that makes it possible to run smoothly.

How to Install LDPlayer 4 Android Emulator on Windows 10

3. NOX player– For running android apps on PC.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 GB of RAM.
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, and macOS.

Nox is a powerful emulator packed with all the important features such as keymapping, Macros, Multi-instance, by default support for gamepads and controllers. Above all, the best feature this emulator offers is that it allows you to adjust the RAM, and CPU usage. Set that to a minimum for low-performance mode and if you wish to emulate more hardware power you can set it to the maximum settings.

Officially the minimum RAM requirement of the Nox emulator is only 2GB. But 4GB is better to experience smoother performance. More hardware power is also important to play high-end android games otherwise you will experience terrible lag.

Lastly, the Nox emulator is compatible with macOS as well followed by Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Different versions are available on the official websites that you can download for free.

How To Install NOX app player on Windows

4. MEmu Play (Best for shooting games)

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 GB of RAM.
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.

MEmu play is a lightweight emulator to play some high-quality android games, it’s the top rival of its alternative like bluestack, and Tencent. Every single spotlight that you look for in an emulator, you will find well-reserved there. For instance, drag and drop apk files to easily configure them, install android programs from the google play store, do keyboard mapping, and plenty of others. The best feature the Memu Play emulator offers is that it has decent support for a variety of gamepads. So, it’s like a plug-and-play.

How to install MEmu Android Emulator 7 on Windows

5. Smart Gaga Lite (Best Free Emulator)

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 GB of RAM.
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.

when it comes to free emulators to run android apps on your PC, the Smart GaGa can be a great pick as it is independently developed by the Titan engine, the world’s leading non-virtualized emulator technology. Greatly reduced machine load and running memory consumption. Even on a low-end computer with 2GB RAM, users still can play large games like PUBG Mobile and Free Fire on PC smoothly.

Some features are not offered by this emulator, and it lacks support for many gamepads. That’s why the Smart GAGA emulator is not for people looking for alternatives to Bluestacks 10 and LD player- Emulators that come up with many advanced features.

For basic use, you can use this Emulator as downloading social media apps, Multimedia players. Of course play games as well. However, features like multi-instance, macros, and VT support are not there so consider them as the lacking points in this emulator.

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