I wanted to create a second account on a game I’m playing but still wanted my main account to get notifications on my phone. I figured using an emulator would be a really good way to have a second (or more) account while still leaving my other account completely alone.
It is actually much easier to setup that I thought it would be. There is an awesome application called BlueStacks. It makes installing and setting up the emulator REALLY easy. For your benefit I’ll even give step by step instructions.
3. Follow the instructions on screen to install the application where you would like it and finally click install. After installation is complete, you should get a finish button and by default it’ll start Bluestacks. First launch of Bluestacks looks like this:
Technically, you now are running an Android emulator. If you try to install an application you’ll find it forces you to log in to your Google Account so you can access the Google Play Store. I’ll guide through the quick process of setting that up now too.
2. Click ‘Continue’ and you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account. You are given the option of using an existing one or creating a new one. I already had one so I chose to use an existing. Enter the required information for either creating a new account or using an existing one. Once done, you’ll get this screen:
3. Select which services you’d like to use and click ‘Continue’ (NOTE: It turned into a grey arrow). I chose to uncheck the Communications option. I don’t need more spam email. You’ll be back to the ‘One Time Setup’ screen that looks like this, click ‘Continue’ again. Where a dialog will popup that allows you to just select your Google Account and then click ‘Ok’. I’m omitting this screen because it shows my email address.
4. You’ll then be shown this screen where you can again just hit ‘Continue’. You’ll be redirected to a Google site where you give approval for App Sync if you wish to do so. You’ll finally be shown this screen:
Congratulations! You’re done! You can now access the App Store and you have a full Android emulator running on your PC!