Emulate the Android experience on your personal computer with MEmu
In this article I’m going to share with you a way to emulate the Android phone operating system on your computer with MEmu, giving you a very consistent and smooth experience. If you are a long time player in the Android Emulators scene, you are probably very familiar with the name Bluestacks and Droid4x, and now I present to you another option to add to those Softwares: MEmu
Through many weeks of personal use, I have had an overall very positive experience with the software, and for my personal use, ( my main use for this is to play mobile games that require a lot of idling, something that is not too convenient to do on a phone ). I personally feel that MEmu is slightly faster to run, and is also a lot less of a strain to my computer compared to Bluestacks or Droid4x. So this article is going to be a rundown of things you need to know about the software, from its features to how to properly set it up. Let’s dive in.
The advantages of using MEmu
There are many advantages of using MEmu, such as :
- A very smooth, no-lag experience
- Completely free to use
- Great with multitasking
- Full support for mouse and trackpad
- Support fullscreen gaming
- Allows easy file transfer between the computer and the emulator
- MEmu can simulate GPS address
- MEmu supports opening multiple Android devices at once
- MEmu allows in-depth customization for in-game resolution, up to 2560x1440p
- MEmu is optimized for most modern competitive mobile games to give its users the best possible experience
- MEmu fully utilizes the perks of being played on a computer instead of a phone like better hardware, no fear of the battery running out, etc…
- MEmu is compatible with Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10
You can download MEmu from its official website
Installing and setting up MEmu to emulate Android
How to Install MEmu
Step 1 :
After downloading the software from the official website, you can open the downloaded file, run the setup file by either just left-clicking on it, or right-clicking the file and choosing Run as administrator to start the installation process
After opening running the setup file, you will be greeted with this window
Here, you can choose where to install your software. If you have an SSD or an M.2 drive and it still has some space left, I recommend installing MEmu there to further improve the software’s speed when booting up, but the software is still pretty fast even on a normal HDD, which is what I installed it on.
You can also change the language to the one you prefer (note that MEmu doesn’t have every single language available yet, but it does have all the major ones like English, French, Russian, Chinese,…)
And after that, you just click Install to start installing MEmu
Step 2 :
The installation process is pretty fast and will take only a moment to complete
When the process is completed, if you want to use it right away, you can click Launch to launch the application, otherwise, you can click finish and the window will close.
When you click Launch or launch the application for the first time, the program will take a couple of minutes to set up the proper resolution and visual settings, downloading the latest Android version
Step 3 :
When the process is finished, the application will look something like this
The UI is very simple and easy to navigate and looks very similar to your typical Android device
At the right of the screen, you can see a bar with many button functions. Now I’m going to run down what each button does.
- Screenshotting the emulator window
- Change the program to fullscreen mode
- Works like the Buzz function in Yahoo
- Changing the application between Landscape and Portrait mode
- Download apps through .apk files
- Clean up junk files and temporary files to optimize the emulator
- Download iOs apps
- Open your screen capturing files
- Screen capturing ( record what’s happening on the MEmu window )
- Settings ( this will be handy for some further customizations )
- Adjust the volume of the emulator
- Back ( return to the previous section )
- Back to the home screen
- This opens up all the apps that are running, very handy when you want to turn off the apps that you are not using to save some memory
- Setting up the app’s icon settings ( app icon size, number of rows, number of columns,…)
How to download apps to MEmu
Now you have your emulator installed, it’s time to put some apps into it. How do you do that?
Well, there are 2 ways to do this
Google play store
This process is very similar to the one in every Android device.
First, you open the Play Store and sign up using your Google email account.
After you finish signing into google play with your google account, you can simply choose which app you want to download and click Get. It’s very simple.
The second method is a bit more unorthodox but is very useful when downloading apps that are only available from the web and not in the app store.
You just download the .apk files and use the side button to run that file, follow the files’ instructions to install the program.
Note that most of these .apk files are not authorized by google so you might be at risk downloading them to your device, so only download from sites that you personally trust.
Changing MEmu’s resolution
With MEmu, you can easily change the resolution in the Settings option found in one of the side buttons. Remember that the higher the resolution, the better the image quality, but also the more resources it will take to run the application, so choose the proper settings that suit your system for the best possible experience.
First, you choose Settings, next, you choose the General tab. There you can configure the settings to your liking.
CPU: The number of CPU cores the program uses.
Memory: The amount of RAM the program uses. A good rule of thumb is to put it at around ¼ of the total amount of RAM you have, as to not slow your computer down when doing other things
Resolution: You can customize your display resolution
After you are done configuring, hit Save to save those settings.
How to run multiple Android systems on the emulator
With MEmu, you can create extra Android systems to play as many systems at the same time. This is great when you want to game on multiple accounts at the same time, and MEmu makes it rather easy to do it.
On your Home screen, open the Multi-MEmu shortcut.
Click the New button, then choose the version you want to emulate. And repeat until you reach the number of emulators desired.