You just installed BlueStacks and you 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 explain 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 virtualisation
Enabling assisted virtualization is the most important thing you can 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 virtualisation, then you can boost the performance of your emulator ! To do this, you need to restart your computer and access your BIOS at startup:
- for Asus: F2 ;
- for Acer: F2 ;
- for HP: Escape.
This may vary between PC models and brands, but common keys are : F2, escape or del.
Once you are in the BIOS, you need to enable virtualisation. Here is an example for an Asus BIOS:
Note that you will probably not have this layout for your BIOS but the principle remains the same. Once you have enabled virtualisation, simplysave your changes and reboot your PC.
2. Antivirus and virtualisation: not a good match!
In some cases, your antivirus software can degrade the performance of your virtualization. The antivirus that causes the most problems for 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 Avast Settings :
Then, in General > Troubleshooting, uncheck "Enable hardware support for virtualisation".
There you go, you should have no more problems between Avast and BlueStacks!
3. Disable other virtualization software
To fix this, simply disable other virtualization software in the Windows settings:
Next, simply uncheck the software you are using. For the Windows virtualisation service, uncheck Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Hypervisor Platform (only 1 or 2 of the above settings will be present depending on your Windows version).
4. Accelerate BlueStacks performance by managing power
Manufacturers usually put your computers on a "Normal Use" or "Power Save" power supply. To increase the performance of BlueStacks, you can switch your power supply to "High Performance".
To do this, go to your power settings and check the box below:
A quick tip to access these settings is to click on the Windows key + R and then enter powercfg.cpl.
5. Improving your PC
If you have a PC that is not powerful enough, this can cause problems for BlueStacks. To fix this, you can upgrade your PC by changing the CPU or adding more RAM for example.
I invite you to respect at least the system requirements of BlueStacks for your emulator to work properly.
Personally, I advise you to have at least 8GB of RAM and toallocate at least 4GB of RAM to BlueStacks. Of course, I also advise you to keep your system and drivers up to date!
And that's where this article ends. I hope I've helped you with this BlueStacks performance optimization and that you're 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 of the best Android emulators for PC.
Check out our other tips on mobile games 😉
FAQ: Optimising BlueStacks
What are the minimum system requirements for BlueStacks?
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 available disk space;
- up-to-date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset vendor.
Here are the recommended settings for BlueStacks 4 to work in optimal conditions:
- Operating system: Windows 10 or MacOs Sierra ;
- Processor: 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 vendor.
How do I enable assisted virtualisation?
Enabling assisted virtualisation is the most important thing to do. Reboot your computer. When booting up, access your BIOS using F2, escape or del (this varies between models and brands). Once you are in the BIOS, enable virtualization. Save your changes and reboot your PC.
Installing the BlueStacks Android emulator: is it legal?
Totally! That's why we use the BlueStacks emulator every day for our tests. This emulator is completely secure, reliable and licensed, of course. It's completely legal to use an emulator. This software is used to simulate an Android environment on your computer. In short, it's like being on your smartphone, but on a big screen!
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