How to have the Play Store on a basic PC? – Play smoothly

Lately, the trend of several Play Store applications for Android mobiles that are very well optimized for various uses has been very recurrent such as games, video editors and more. The scenario may happen that we do not have a device with this operating system and we would only have to try to use our PC instead of buying a new mobile.

In this article we will teach you how to have the Play Store on our computer or PC, in a fast, easy and simple way, of course depending on the system we use.

What are the minimum requirements to have the Play Store application on your PC?

In order to run the Play Store application, it is necessary to meet a series of basic requirements on our PC in general:

  • At least 2 or 4 Gigs of RAM.
  • Have 5 or 8 Gigabytes of storage on our computer.
  • Use Windows 7 or higher operating systems. In the case of using a Mac, it is recommended to use MacOS Sierra 10.12 and higher systems.

It is essential to comply with these requirements, since if we do not have them we could put the physical integrity of our computer at risk, therefore, we would be exceeding its capacity to use.

What do you need to get the Play Store application on a computer?

Play Store logo

Play Store is a basic Google application on your Android devices, which means that it is designed to run on this operating system and not on computers. That is, Play Store not officially available for PC. However, there is a well-known method on the internet to achieve our mission and enjoy Android apps on the computer.

To have Play Store on our PC, we will have to use external programs that will help us run this application. These programs are known as Android emulators, which serve as virtual machines for this mobile operating system. In other words, we would be using the clone of an Android cell phone inside our computer.

How can you install the Play Store on your computer?

Depending on the operating system we use, we will have several options to choose from in order to install the Google application store on the PC. It should be noted that the procedures are totally different and they must be fully complied with so that the actions of the emulators can be developed optimally.

On a Linux system

The most complicated process is with this operating system, it is important to remember that Linux belongs to a framework of free software between users, and it receives feedback from the computational development that they generate. Those who use Linux are linked to the free use of the system with ‘super user’ permissions compared to those who use Windows or macOS.

Genymotion emulator

To install Play Store on Linux it is recommended use the Android Genymotion emulator. This software is a bit more complex to install but it is also the most complete that exists for a computer, due to its extensive customization and use functions. Its installation consists of the following:

  1. Go to Genymotion official page and register by creating a username with a password.
  2. Configure the user for personal use, enabling the ‘Personal use’ box, this will allow us to use it for free.
  3. Download the installation file and executable in the ‘Get free’ section.
  4. We open the folder containing the installer with a file explorer for Linux, for example, Dolphin.
  5. Next, we will have to configure the installation file as executable. To do this we right click – Properties. We go to the Permissions tab and enable the ‘it is executable’ box.
  6. Later we will have to configure the application with administration permissions through Virtual Box.

Now, we must adjust the first parameters when starting this software. We must follow the following procedure:

  1. When starting Genymotion, a login window will appear, we click on ‘Personal use’ and accept the license agreement, terms and conditions.
  2. Being a virtual machine, we will have to create a ‘cell phone’ within the program, for this, we log in with our previously created account.
  3. We click on the ‘ADD’ button and select the Android operating system version plus the device model.
  4. We give the device a name and wait for the selected system to download and then we start it by pressing ‘Start’.
  5. Once we have the Android system, we go to settings and configure the language in Spanish.

You will notice that it will be a system with basic applications without Play Store, to install it we must click on the top right From the window in the ‘Open Gapps’ option, we click OK and that’s it, we’ll have the Play Store on Linux.

If you have Windows installed

BlueStacks and Nox Emulators

The process with this operating system is much simpler. The most recommended emulator is BlueStacks, and this time we will use version 5 of your system. To install this client we must go to the developer’s official page and download the installer. Once we download the file, we execute it and install the program like any other.

Then we open the application, we wait for it to configure itself automatically and we will have a fully optimized Android emulation with the Play Store installed by default. We only have to enter, download and use the apps that we want as games, among others.

To do it from a Mac

BlueStacks is also available for macOS, however, its performance is not very well optimized. For this operating system we recommend using the Nox App Player emulator client, which we will have to download directly from its website, since it is not available at the moment in the App Store. You can also install any emulator on iPhone or iPad.

Once the installation file is downloaded, we will have to give permissions in System Configuration – Security and privacy. There we enable the option to ‘Open anyway’, in this way we can install the program without problems. After the installation process, we run the program and everything will be configured, including the Play Store application.