How to Run Android Apps on a Mac Using BlueStacks 2

Any product launch by Apple is a guaranteed media event. People would endure the long queues; some even camping out the night before, just to have their hands on the latest Mac, iPhone or iPad. One would think that after shelling out the big bucks, nothing would come between them and the Apple.

So why would anyone want to run Android apps on a Mac?

If you’re a software developer, you may be interested in creating apps for both platforms. It takes longer to develop an Android app and the process is more expensive compared to an iOS. But it seems the wait was worth it because the consensus is Android apps perform really well.

You may also want to run social media apps on your Mac. You could have Instagram for Mac or your Facebook for Mac. A fast rising social media network is SnapChat. By downloading SnapChat for Mac, you will be able to take better quality pictures for faster delivery to your customized groups.

Also despite its popularity, not many have embraced iOS. In fact, the Android platform is more popular in Asia.

If you’re interested to run Android apps on your MacBook turned Chromebook on the Mac itself you can consider using BlueStacks2.

BlueStacks2 is an Android emulator that can run on either an OS X or Windows OS. It does not matter what type of PC you use. By downloading the free BlueStacks2 app you can run Android apps.

Here are the steps you need to take to install the BlueStacks2 app:

Simply follow the easy instructions to install and you’re good to go in no time.

Or are you?

There have been reviews that report some issues installing BlueStacks2. In a number of cases, installation of BlueStacks2 generated o less than 3 kernel panics. With a kernel panic, the Mac completely locks up and you’ll see this message on the screen:

You need to restart your computer. Hold down the power button for several seconds or press the Restart button.

What you would need to do is hold the power button until the Mac shuts down. Wait for a few seconds then press it again to start it up.

So what’s the best way to get BlueStacks2 to run properly on your PC?

The first thing you have to do is to shut down every other app that is running on your Mac. Keep this in mind: You may have to dedicate the Mac to just run the emulator with every other app closed down. If you have other apps in your Mac that are part of your usual routine, they’ll have to close down as well.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that since BlueStacks2 is an Android emulator, you will be getting the apps from Google Play. This means you should open a Google Account.

Google Play to Android is like the App Store to the iOS.

During the login process, you will be asked to give permission to back up data to your Google account. Also you will be advised that you will receive e- mails from the Google Play Store.

When it comes to sharing personal information online, it is always better to err on the side of caution. With all the reports of hacking happening worldwide, you should keep a tight watch on what types of communiqué you receive in your e- mail.

Remember, e- mail is the most effective and efficient way of communication but is also the least safe. Anyone can intercept an email as you probably never encrypt it.

It would be to your best interest to say “No” to Google’s request for security reasons. Besides, you should limit the amount of junk e- mail you receive. All of this unnecessary e- mail will not just expose you to security risk and data breach but will slow down your Mac.

One more thing

You will also get an e- mail from Google advising you that your account is signed into a Samsung Galaxy S5. Devotees of iOS or the iPhone may take offense to that but it is a small inconvenience to get things running properly.

Astute observers will notice that a lot of the apps that are in Google Play are also in the iOS App Store. Keep that in mind before entering the realm of the Android App.

As mentioned in the early part of this article, it is more expensive to create an app for the Android platform. It also takes considerably more time to develop an Android app than one for the iOS platform.

iOS apps come out in the market much earlier than Android apps. Software app makers while aware of the discrepancy in development time are never in a rush to make versions for the Android platform.

android nougatBecause of its comparatively higher cost, software app makers are content to wait it out and assess the reception for the app in the iOS platform. If demand is good and the trend is enough to validate the budget, then they will proceed to make a version of the app for the Android platform.

So what’s the verdict?

Based on the available reviews and personal experience, BlueStacks2 may not be worth the inconvenience.

An iMac can run Windows 10 full speed by using Boot Camp or similar emulators such as Parallels and VMWare Fusion.

BlueStacks2 can potentially result in frequent crashes in your Mac which will be a huge inconvenience. It also will not run at full speed which will lead you to think, “Why bother?”

Installing BlueStacks2 itself can be a problem. It may be free and downloadable but think of how the experience would be knowing every other app has to be shut down. For most people, the Mac contains everything they need for work and life.

What is the best option if you want to run an Android app without breaking the bank?

First, forget everything else and just go out and buy yourself an Android tablet. If you look hard enough, there are a number of Android tablets in the market which are highly affordable. You may come across some Android apps that may not be available for the iOS platform and give them a test drive.