You have just installed BlueStacks and want to know how to optimize your Android emulator? To get the best possible performance, follow the guide!
In this article, I will show you all the points you can improve. I'll show you how to configure the emulator to increase its performance and play with better graphics!
If you haven't installed BlueStacks yet, you can download BlueStacks here 🙂.
1. Enable hardware-assisted virtualization
Enabling Assisted Virtualization is the most important thing to do to optimize BlueStacks and get better performance. You should get a warning message if it is not enabled on your PC:
Before going any further, check that your processor allows it with these 2 tools:
If your processor supports virtualization, in this case, you will be able to boost the performance of your emulator! To do this, you must reboot your computer and at boot time, access your BIOS :
- for Asus: F2;
- for Acer: F2;
- for HP: Esc.
This may vary by PC model and brand, but the most common keys are : F2, escape or del.
Once you are in the BIOS, you need to enable virtualization. Here is an example for an Asus BIOS:
Be careful, you probably won't have this formatting for your BIOS but the principle remains the same. Once you have activated virtualization, just save your changes and reboot your PC.
2. Antivirus and virtualization: it doesn't mix!
In some cases, your antivirus may degrade the performance of your virtualization. The antivirus that causes the most problems to the BlueStacks emulator is Avast Antivirus because of one of its settings.
To disable this setting and optimize BlueStacks, go to the avast Menu (top right) and then to the Avast settings :
Then, in General > Troubleshooting, uncheck "Enable hardware support for virtualization".
There you go, you shouldn't have any more problems between Avast and BlueStacks!
3. Disable other virtualization software
To set this up, simply disable other virtualization software in the Windows settings :
Then you just have to uncheck the software you are using. For the Windows virtualization service, uncheck Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Hypervisor Platform (only 1 or 2 of the previous settings will be present depending on your Windows version).
4. Accelerate BlueStacks' performance by managing power management
Manufacturers put your computers on a "Normal Use" or "Power Saving" type of power supply as a general rule. To increase the performance of BlueStacks, you can switch your power supply to "High Performance".
To do so, go to your power settings and check as below :
Small trick to access these settings quickly, just click on the Windows + R key and enter powercfg.cpl.
5. Upgrade your PC
If you have a PC that is not powerful enough, this can cause problems for BlueStacks. To fix this, you can improve your PC by changing the CPU or adding RAM for example.
I invite you to respect at least the BlueStacks system requirements for your emulator to work properly.
Personally, I advise you to have at least 8GB of RAM and to allocate at least 4GB of RAM to BlueStacks. Of course, I also advise you to keep your system and drivers up to date!
And this is where this article ends. I hope that I have helped you with this optimization of BlueStacks performance and that you are now ready to play in the best possible conditions! 😄
If you really can't get BlueStacks to work properly, I invite you to try another one by choosing from our top Android emulators for PC.
Feel free to check out our other mobile gaming tips. 😉
FAQ: Optimizing BlueStacks
What are the minimum system requirements for BlueStacks to work?
For Bluestacks 4 to work properly, the minimum system requirements are as follows:
- operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 (or higher) or MacOs ;
- processor: Intel and AMD ;
- RAM: at least 4 GB ;
- HDD: 5 GB of free disk space ;
- up-to-date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset supplier.
Here is the recommended configuration for BlueStacks 4 to work in optimal conditions:
- operating system : Windows 10 or MacOs Sierra ;
- CPU: Intel Core i5 with virtualization extension enabled in the BIOS ;
- graphics card: Intel/Nvidia/ATI ;
- RAM: 6 GB or more ;
- HDD: SSD (or fusion) ;
- Up-to-date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset supplier.
How to activate assisted virtualization?
Enabling assisted virtualization is the most important thing to do. Restart your computer. At startup, access your BIOS using the F2, escape or del keys (this varies by model and brand). Once you are in the BIOS, enable virtualization. Save your changes and restart your PC.
Installing the Android BlueStacks emulator: is it legal?
Totally! That's why we use the BlueStacks emulator every day to perform our tests. This emulator is completely secure, reliable and authorized, of course. It is completely legal to use an emulator. This software is used to simulate an Android environment on your computer. In short, it's as if you were on your smartphone, but on the big screen!
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