This post will introduce you to Bluestacks Android emulator and show you how to use proxies to improve your user experience. By the end, you should understand how to employ proxies for Bluestacks and why they are necessary. Read on!
Emulators can transform your PC into an Android device, allowing you to use apps and play games designed for portable devices. Here’s what you should know about the benefits and risks of using an Android emulator.
BlueStacks produces a virtual representation of an Android device that runs in a window on your computer, much like any other emulator. It doesn’t resemble an Android device precisely, but it’s close enough to a phone’s screen that even a novice user should have no trouble using it.
BlueStacks is available for free. While it can run any Android app (it’s compatible with around 97% of Google Play Store’s apps), it’s most popular among Android users who want to play mobile games on their desktop computers. The app is designed for gamers, but it also provides direct access to the Google Play Store, where you can download any app using your Google account, just like you would on an Android smartphone or tablet.
The BlueStacks home screen isn’t designed to look like any specific version of Android or phone screen, but it should be simple for any Android user to navigate.
A Google Play Store icon and a collection of system apps can be found on the home screen (including settings). A toolbar on the side of the window offers you access to the many modes and capabilities of the apps and the ability to control the volume, take screenshots, rotate the display, and more. There’s also a separate settings icon for tweaking BlueStacks’ settings.
You can use the back, home, and recent apps icons at the bottom-right of the toolbar for navigation.
You can set up a proxy in Windows and BlueStacks will use it, just like your browser or any other online app. If you want to use a proxy for Bluestacks exclusively, you need to download the software. The instructions on how to configure ProxyCap with BlueStacks are available on the ProxyCap website.
The main reasons you need proxies for Bluestacks are anonymity and accessing geo-restricted content.
A proxy server serves as a middleman between your computer and the internet. This server sits between your device and the websites you’re visiting. Depending on your use case, demands, or company policy, proxy servers provide various functionality, security, and privacy levels.
The main feature of any proxy server is replacing your original IP address with its own on every request you send toward online servers. This means that the destination server has no idea who sent the initial request, which helps to keep your IP address and browsing habits private.
Bluestacks allows you to access any app or game on your PC easily, but what if the game you want to play is not available in your location? You can use proxies from a location where there are no restrictions. Proxies offer a great way to get around content restrictions imposed by companies, educational institutions, ISPs, or governments.
The best proxies for Bluestacks are datacenter and residential proxies. Residential proxies use IPs obtained from internet service providers and real devices. In other words, these proxies are impossible to detect because their traffic looks like traffic made by any other regular internet user.
However, residential proxies are often more costly when compared with datacenter proxies received from cloud servers, so the right type of proxy for you depends on your priorities and budget. Both proxy types will work fine with BlueStacks.