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Do you enjoy playing games on your Android phone and wish you could play them on your PC too? Most operating systems don’t support Android apps by default, but with an Android emulator, you can easily run Android apps and play Android games on your PC. MEmu is one such Android emulator that is created especially to play Android games on PC.
MEmu is an Android emulator for Windows. It is free to download and use. The system requirement to run MEmu Play is quite minimal:
- x86/x86_64 Processor (Intel or AMD CPU)
- WinXP SP3 / Win7 / Win8 / Win8.1 / Win10
- Windows DirectX 11 / Graphic driver with OpenGL 2.0
- Hardware Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x/AMD-V) shall be enabled in BIOS
- Minimum 2GB of system memory
- Minimum 2GB of hard disk free space
Though if you want to play more graphic-intensive games, it is recommended for your computer to have:
- CPU: Intel i5-8400
- RAM: 16GB
- Graphic: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
- OS: Windows 10
To get started, go to MEmu website and click the “Offline Installer” link to download the installer. Do not click on the big “Download” button to download the installer, as it comes with ads/a sponsored offer in the installer that you will want to avoid. The offline installer option doesn’t come with the “Sponsored Offer.”
However, if you encounter the “Sponsored offer” in the installer asking if you want to install AVG Antivirus too, do remember to click “Decline” unless you are really keen to install AVG Antivirus.
Once the installation finishes, there is a “Launch Now” button you can click to launch the application. If not, you can also find MEmu in your Start menu.
MEmu is designed to show a tablet interface, which makes it looks comfortable on a desktop. The window is fully resizable, and you can even make it full screen if you want.
The emulator is fully compatible with your mouse, so you can use your mouse to navigate around. The control panel is on the right side of the screen and contains plenty of customization options (more on this later).
There aren’t many apps installed by default, only the few essential apps that are necessary for it to run. It is a good thing that Google Play store is included, as you can easily download apps to the emulator.
A quick look at its Settings shows that it is running on an outdated Android 5.1.1. (The latest Android version as of this date is Android 10.) Despite the old Android version, the emulator is well optimized for playing Android games on your computer.
Android 5 is no longer supported by Google, and the last security patch level is from the year 2015. I wouldn’t advise you to add your personal data to this emulator and use it as your daily driver. Personally, I created a dummy Google account to access the Play store and install apps.
To use Android 7.1 instead, you have to open the Multi MEmu app and click the “New -> Android 7.1” option for it to download a new image based on Android 7.1.
The Android 7.1 version is currently in Beta and it is not as stable. For a better gaming experience, I would recommend the default Android 5.1 version.
The default way of installing apps is via the Play Store. MEmu also supports sideloading the APK file, and the installation process is easy, too. Once you have downloaded the APK file to your computer, simply click the “APK” button on the right control panel, and it will prompt you to select the APK file from your computer. It will then proceed to install the APK.
Fine-tuning the performance settings
Going to “System Settings” (the fifth button on the right control panel), there are tons of performance settings that you can configure. You can change the number of CPU core to use, the graphic render mode, graphic memory optimization, etc. The root mode is “ON” by default, as some of the games require root access. I would advise you to toggle it to “OFF” and only enable it when necessary.
Further down the settings, you can also change the resolution, frame rate and anti-flicker mode.
Once you are happy with the configuration, it is time to play games. One of the best features in MEmu is smart keymapping. It comes with built-in keymapping for popular FPS games like Call of Duty, PUBG Mobile, and Garena Free Fire, which allows you to play the games with your keyboard and mouse. The standard WASD keys are mapped to move forward, backward and sideways, and clicking the mouse is mapped to fire. The mouse is for changing the direction. I would say that the whole playing experience is great. It is just like playing a native PC game.
When playing Call of Duty, the keymapping is already done for you, so you can start playing immediately after installing. The movement was smooth, and I am able to control it using both my keyboard and mouse. The emulator also integrates with the external speaker and the sound/voice/chat was loud and clear.
For other games, you can define your own keymap. For example, when playing NBA Live, I am able to add a WASD joystick keymap and assign keys for the Shoot and Drive buttons.
The deep integration with the Windows system makes the keymapping process very easy. Adding to the smooth graphic rendering and gameplay, it makes it fun to play Android games on the desktop, and this is what makes MEmu great.
MEmu also comes with a screen recorder. The screen recorder option is hidden but can be found inside the last folder of the right control panel.
Click the “Record” button, and it will minimize itself and start recording the screen.
During recording, you can see the recording in action in the taskbar. You can pause or stop the recording at any time.
MEmu comes with support for multiple instances. This means you can run multiple emulators at the same time. This is useful when you want to play multiple Android games simultaneously or access multiple Google Play accounts.
To start multiple MEmu instances, first launch the “Multiple MEmu” app from the Start menu. This is the instance manager for MEmu. From here, you can view the instances, as well as launch and shut down instances.
There are many other features I did not have the chance to use, like Fake GPS and Shared Folder with Windows.
MEmu is a very capable Android emulator for Windows, particularly for playing Android games on the desktop. Hopefully, it can upgrade to the more secure Android version. Other than that, the amount of optimization to produce smooth gameplay makes it nothing but enjoyable to use.