List of ARM Android emulators for PC

Are you looking for x86 emulators? Check this out: https://www.andnixsh.com/2018/10/free-android-emulator-collections.html

ARM only Android emulators does exist but they are only exclusive for computers with ARM processors. Unlike x86 emulators with ARM translation, ARM emulators works almost like real ARM devices, without x86 involved. You can even run IMGUI zygisk module and VM apps like VMOS, Virtual Master, VphoneGaga.

IMGUI Zygisk module running on rooted AVD on my Mac mini M1 (2020). Remote desktoping my Mac using Chrome Remote Desktop

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VphoneGaga app running on LDCloud. Android 10, US server

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Unfortnuately ARM emulators does NOT work on x86 processors, x86 users would have to settle with x86 Android emulators with limited ARM support, or pay for cloud emulator based on ARM like LDCloud and Redfinger

What computers have ARM processor?
They are still kind of rare or uncommon unlike x86, but I will give you some hints. These models as an example:

  • Mac Mini M1 (2020)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X13s
  • Acer Spin 7
  • Microsoft Surface Pro X
  • Samsung Galaxy Book Go
  • Asus ExpertBook B3 Detachable
  • Dell Inspiron 14 (2023, Qualcomm)

All Mac computers with M1 CPU or above are ARM-based, so you already know the latest Macs are ARM-based. They are expensive but Mac Mini M1 (2020) is the cheapest you can get

When buying an ARM-based computer, double check the specs to ensure the computer has an ARM processor or not

Fortunately, Nvidia and AMD are both reportedly planning to launch ARM-based CPUs for Windows-based PCs as soon as 2025. You will likely to see more ARM computers in the future

Windows Subsystem for Android

Android OS: 13 (Tiramisu) (64-bit).
Rootable: Yes, if you use modified WSA builds
Official build (Amazon Appstore): https://apps.microsoft.com/store/de…h-amazon-appstore/9P3395VX91NR?hl=en-us&gl=us
Modded builds: GitHub - MustardChef/WSABuilds: Run Windows Subsystem For Android on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC using prebuilt binaries with Google Play Store (MindTheGapps) and/or Magisk or KernelSU (root solutions) built in. (Ensure to download ARM64 builds instead x64)
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows™ 11: Build 22000.526 or higher (Windows™ 10: 22H2 10.0.19045.2311 or higher if using modded builds)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8c, or above
  • RAM: 4GB or above
  • Disk: SSD. Least 10GB free on the system drive (C:)
  • NTFS ONLY. WSA can only be installed on a NTFS partition, not on an exFAT partition
  • Virtual Machine Platform Enabled
  • Windows Hypervisor Platform Enabled
  • The Computer must support virtualization and be enabled in BIOS/UEFI and Optional Features.

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Android Virtual Device (AVD) (macOS ARM):

Note: Android Studio/Command line tools or Visual Studio are required to setup AVD
Android OS: 1.5 (Cupcake) (32-bit) ~ 14 (Upside Down Cake) (64-bit)
Rootable: Yes, use rootAVD
Android Studio/Command line tools: Download Android Studio & App Tools - Android Developers
Visual Studio: Visual Studio 2022 | Download for free
Requirements:

  • OS: MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) (Linux and Windows version does not have native ARM support. If you try to install on them, you will get x86 version instead)
  • CPU: Apple M1 chip or above
  • RAM: 8 GB or more
  • Disk: 8 GB of available storage space or more

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Genymotion (macOS ARM)

Android OS: 5.0 Lollipop ~ 12 Nougat
Rootable: Yes, pre-rooted
Download: Downloads Archive - Genymotion – Android Emulator for app testing
Requirements: ARM computers running macOS. Linux and Windows ARM are not natively supported. If you try to install on them, you will get x86 version instead

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LDCloud (Cloud emulator) (Paid)

**This is the only option for x86 who don’t have an ARM computer. Check the website or the app for pricing **

Android OS:** 7 (Nougat) ~ 10 (Quince Tart) (64-bit).
Rootable: No, but you can use any VM apps like VMOS, Virtual Master, VphoneGaga, etc. for root
Official website: LDCloud | Best Android Cloud Gaming Emulator - 24/7 Online Cross-platfrom Cloud Phone
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows, Android, iOS, or Web browser
  • Good Internet connection

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Redfinger (Cloud emulator) (Paid)

This is the only option for x86 who don’t have an ARM computer. Check the website or the app for pricing

Android OS: 6.0 (Marshmallow) ~ 10 (Quince Tart) (64-bit).
Rootable: Yes, enable in Tools > Root
Official website: REDFINGER GLOBAL | Best Cloud Android Emulator, Cross-Platform Virtual Android Smartphone | Cloud Gaming App
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows, Android, or Web browser
  • Good Internet connection

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