Is there a simple lightweight (eats little RAM, takes little HD space) Windows desktop application that I can use, that runs just like an Android phone?

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    What do you mean by "without any virtual box"? As long as it does not require you to install virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads then it is OK? Are other virtual machine engines like VMware OK? To run Android on Windows a virtual machine engine will be needed, hidden or not.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 2:43
  • Sorry I am a layperson with software. What I don't like about the VMWare option is that I have to install VMWare first (itself already not at all lightweight) and then in addition something else. I'd like a solution that's lightweight and doesn't require me to go through two installations.
    – user32552
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 0:10

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I will put my money on MEmu - Android emulator

It is highly customizable, yet lightweight with elegant features:

Rich Features:

  • Full Android experience with an elegant desktop
  • Flexible customization (CPU, memory, resolution, device model, root mode, etc.)
    • Mapping the keyboard/joystick to screen touch for much better game experience
    • Passing through sensor data (e.g. accelerator) to Android, like Microsoft Surface.
    • GPS location simulation, show up wherever you want
    • File sharing between Windows and Android
    • One click to create/clone Android instances

System Requirements:

  • Windows Vista/Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
  • Intel or AMD CPU (with Virtualization Technology support preferred)
  • GPU with OpenGL 2.0+ support
  • At least 1 GB free system memory
  • At least 2 GB of free disk space under installation path

...and by the way it's absolutely FREE

  • I gave it a try but it's buggy and also in Chinese. Went to settings and saw that language was already set as English, but somehow everything was still in Chinese.
    – user32552
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 2:30
  • What? Really? Did you download the correct software?? Chinese? I can say I am really surprised by your allegations. Tell you what this is the most smooth lightweight emulator I've ever used and there is no Chinese AFAIK . You just have to choose your phone model, Truth is I have never seen any Chinese in this nice emulator Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 6:00
  • Comparing to other Android emulators , MEmu provides the highest performance and greatest compatibility. Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 6:04

Microsoft has an Emulator for Android.

I assume that by without any virtual box you mean that it doesn't have to be run inside an emulated OS, because obviously any emulator will be virtual in some way.

  • Tried installing but was unfortunately told that "This computer does not support the Visual Studio Emulator for Android, which requires a 64-bit Windows 8/8.1/10 Pro/Enterprise edition or Window Server 2012 or above and a computer that supports Hyper-V." I have 64-bit Windows 10, not sure if pro and not sure if my computer supports Hyper-V.
    – user32552
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 2:34
  • @KennyLJ Right click on the start button then system then see if "edition" is "windows 10 pro". Run cmd as administrator and type systeminfo and see at the end "Hyper-V Requirements".
    – User42
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 10:12

Try Genymotion. It's much lighter then Android Visual Studio Emulator and it's open source.

  • Doesn't seem to be free though. I see a trial version and "choose your plan from $136/year".
    – user32552
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 0:24
  • @KennyLJ My apologies, I've used this tool for some time and it always been free. Probably they were acquired by some moneymaker moguls. Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 13:44
  • Genymotion does require virtual box as well though (although I've not had any problems with the installation being separate, on Mac or Windows). It's always been a paid product for commercial use I think, the free edition was non-comm use. Having said that, I've always found it pretty good, including for native apps using OpenGL.
    – SGill
    Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 11:48

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