If you do not have an Android or iOS mobile device then you may think that you cannot use Snapchat. This is not the case. You can use Snapchat on your PC with Windows with and without the Bluestacks emulator application.
The creators of the popular Snapchat app never created a version for desktop and laptop computers. Therefore, people that prefer to use a PC have to use workaround’s to install it and use it. So, in this article we will show you how you can get Snapchat up and running on your Windows PC using Android emulators.
1. Installing and Using Snapchat on your PC with Bluestacks
The following method is for a PC that uses Windows 10. If you have Windows 7 or 8 then you can use this method too with success. Bluestacks is probably the most popular Android emulator application out there.
If you want to use Bluestacks on your PC to run many Android apps then you will need a desktop or laptop that has a fair amount of power. In this article, we are just focusing on Snapchat, which will not consume significant resources.
The first step is download Bluestacks on your PC. Here is the download link. Bluestacks is a large download and it might be over 1 GB so it could take a while depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
Now you are going to download Snapchat from within Bluestacks. Go to the “App Center” tab and then search for “Snapchat”. You will need to login to the Google Play Store with your Google account details.
You will see a paragraph about the hardware necessary to make Snapchat work properly. If your desktop or laptop falls short of these resources then we do not recommend that you download it. We are going to assume that you have the necessary resources.
Use the download link where you can download the Snapchat app and install it. It is quite common to experience some problems such as crashes when you are setting up Snapchat using Bluestacks. Do not concern yourself with these problems, as Bluestacks 4 (the latest version) should resolve these issues automatically.
2. Using Nox App Player with Snapchat
If you don’t want to use Bluestacks to run Snapchat on your PC with windows then a very good alternative is the Nox App Player. Many Nox users claim that it is better than Bluestacks and the best Android emulator available.
When you install Nox on your PC it will become another window that you can use just like other applications. The purpose of Nox is to allow you to use Android applications using your mouse and keyboard rather than a touch screen.
You can install the Nox player on a PC with Windows XP and upwards, although the recommended starting point is Windows 7. Before you go ahead and install Nox, we recommend that you check out the system requirements here.
If everything is good then go to the main website www.bignox.com and click on the “Download” button. You can then download the right version for your PC. Nox is a reasonably large app so it will be a few hundred megabytes or possibly more than 1 GB.
Open the Nox player after installation and on the home screen you will find an icon for the Google Play Store. Sign in using your Google account details and then search for the Snapchat app. Install it so it will appear in your Nox player. Then you can sign in and use Snapchat.
3. Ko Player for many versions of Windows
One of the best things about the Ko player is that it will work with a lot of Windows versions without the need for a huge amount of computing resources. You can install Ko Player on Windows XP, Vista. 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Please bear in mind that you may experience a mediocre performance compared to using Bluestacks or Nox Player.
The first thing that you need to do is to install the Ko Player on your PC. Go here to download the Ko Player. Once you have Ko Player installed on your PC open it and look for the google Play Store link. Go to the Play Store and use your Google account credentials to log in.
Once you are in the Google Play Store you can search for the Snapchat app. It is easy to find and you can then download and install it. When the installation is complete, you will be able to sign in and use Snapchat from within the Ko Player.
We recommend that you choose the Ko Player if you don’t have sufficient computer hardware resources for either Bluestacks or the Nox Player. Ko Player will let you use Android apps like Snapchat on your Windows PC but the other two apps are higher quality and you will probably get a better experience with them.
4. Using Snapchat with Google Chrome and Arc Welder
This is a different way to use Snapchat on your Windows PC. Unlike the other methods we have discussed, there is no requirement for you to download and use an Android emulator. You just use your existing Google Chrome browser and you can sign in and use Snapchat.
In order to do this you will have to install the Arc Welder Chrome plugin. This is a very good plugin for running Android apps from within Chrome. The creators of Arc Welder use it to test Android apps without having to use an emulator.
When you use the Arc Welder plugin and Google Chrome to access Android apps such as Snapchat you will find that they work really well with your mouse and keyboard. So, let’s install the plug so that you can use Snapchat from Google Chrome.
Open your Chrome browser and use this link to navigate to the Arc Welder plugin page. You will see a large “Add to Chrome” blue button on the top right of the page so click this so that you can install the plugin.
Once you have installed the plugin you will need to open the Arc Welder. You will see a message box asking you where Arc Welder should store the files that it will require to run Android apps on your computer. Click on the “Choose” button and then select an appropriate folder.
You will need to install the Snapchat APK file from the Google Play Store first. Now go to the “Test App” section and then “Add your APK”. You will see Snapchat available and you can select it and click on the “Test” button. You will see the Snapchat spp popup in a new window where you can use it.
All of the methods above provide you with a secure way to use the Snapchat app on your Windows PC. They all work well and you will be able to use all of the functions of Snapchat the same as you would with a mobile device.