BlueStacks Review

This BlueStacks review covers all versions of BlueStacks including the newest edition titled BlueStacks 2.


  • Safer to use than alternatives
  • Inexpensive compared to YouWave
  • Mac version works great!


  • Very Slow
  • Setup is a hassle
  • Automatically installs apps at random which will disconnect you
  • Disconnects at random times for no reason
  • Third-party download managers spread malware and potentially unwanted programs
  • Not compatible to use alongside open internet browser windows

What is BlueStacks?

BlueStacks the name of an American tech company and Android emulator for Windows PC and Mac operating systems. The company was founded in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf and Rosen Sharma. BlueStacks is backed my many reputable investors including Samsung and Intel.

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BlueStacks App Player allows you to download and install Android apps on your computer. It is very popular for games like Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, and Candy Crush. Other popular apps for this Android emulator include Facebook and Instagram.

Is BlueStacks free?

BlueStacks is not free to use. BlueStacks allows you to download the product for free but in order to continue use you must pay a monthly subscription fee or download sponsored third-party apps.

Is BlueStacks safe?

BlueStacks is safe to use if you download the Android emulator from the company’s website: Other locations on the web will bundle malware, unwanted programs, and adware with their BlueStacks download manager.

Where can I download BlueStacks?

It is recommended to download BlueStacks on the company’s website: Other locations on the web will bundle malware, unwanted programs, and adware with their BlueStacks download manager.

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I do not like BlueStacks for Windows PC and I do not recommend it. If I had a physical version of BlueStacks for Windows PC I would run it over with a steam roller and light it on fire inside a dumpster. It is not stable enough to function properly. The Android emulator is too slow, lags far too much, takes too long to setup, and will randomly disconnect you from apps you are currently using. For example, the emulator has disconnected in the middle of a Clash of Clans war raid which resulted in a loss.


However, there are no current alternatives to BlueStacks for Windows PC that are considered safe to use. Known free alternatives such as YouWave are advertisement supported and will display advertisements in your web browser from programs that are recognized as malicious by reputable sources including OpenCandy adware. The full version of YouWave is safe to use, but too overpriced to be considered an alternative to BlueStacks.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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