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How do I use Nox emulator? (Starter’s guide)

Nox Player is one of our favorite Android emulators. Here’s how to use it effectively.
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If you love gacha games, but prefer a bigger screen (and mouse and keyboard), adding an Android emulator like Nox is a great start. But how do you get it, and how do you use the Nox emulator?

These are all valid questions, as downloading an unknown program and running it on your computer can feel a bit worrisome.

First, it’s important to understand that the Nox emulator is not a virus and that it is safe to download. Now, with that out of the way, let’s dive in.

How to download Nox Player (emulator)

If you are ready to start your Android emulation journey and have settled on Nox Player as your emulator of choice, you’ll first need to download it.

To do so, head to the official site for Nox and hit the big download button in the middle of the screen shown below.

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Next, you’re going to want to make sure you download the emulator on the drive you would like it to stay on.

Migrating locations on emulators can be a pain, so it is better to set it up appropriately right from the start.

Time needed: 5 minutes

Once Nox downloads and you open up the .exe file, continue below

  1. Click the new download file

    Once the .exe downloads, find it, and open itdownload bar showing nox setup

  2. If prompted, allow the app to make changes

  3. You’ve now opened the Nox installer

    The installer will now open, but don’t press install yet

  4. Instead, you’ll see the download location below the Install button

  5. Click browse and decide on the Drive and Folder for the installationnox custom install path showing d drive and install button

  6. Once you select the install location, click Install to finish the installation process

There you go, you’ve now successfully installed the Nox emulator. Additionally, you have made sure to install it in a good, future-proof place. Let’s gooo.

Now, it’s time to learn about what you can actually do with the Nox emulator. Let’s continue.

How to use the Nox emulator

Once you have successfully downloaded the popular Android emulator, it’s time to learn about using it.

This can seem overwhelming at first. But, don’t stress, it’s actually pretty intuitive once you know what’s up.

Download Android games through the Google Play store

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One of the easiest — and quickest! — ways to get up and running with mobile games on the Nox emulator is through Google Play store.

Typically, your installation will come with the Play Store installed. It will either be an icon on your main Nox screen, or you can find it under Tools.

Next, simply click on the icon and when it opens, you’ll be prompted to log in.

We recommend using your main (or main gaming) Gmail address to login. This is because this will be the easiest way to make in-game purchases on your Android emulator.

Download Android games through TapTap

taptap logo with nox player badge on blurred background
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If you prefer to use something other than Google Play for your games, we highly recommend TapTap.

TapTap is a safe, third-party option that gives you access to games not always readily available in your region. It’s a great way to play Southeast Asia and Korean games ahead of their US or Global launches.

To download TapTap, you will need to snag the APK by going to this link. Then, you can follow this guide for downloading TapTap on Nox.

What is Multi-Drive (multi-instance) Manager and how do you use it?

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Now that we’ve gone over the basics of the Nox emulator, it’s time to make you a power user. The best place to start with this is Multi-Drive.

Multi-Drive allows you to clone your Android emulator and create new instances of it, as well. But why would you want to do this?

For one, if you are starting a new mobile game and want to get the best start possible, you might want to reroll multiple times. Cloning your instance allows you to do that quickly over multiple copies of Nox.

Secondly, creating a new instance allows you to utilize a different version of Android — 64-bit vs 32-bit. Some games have different requirements and this can help with that.

So now that we know why we use multiple instances on Nox, let’s dive into the how of it all.

How to create multiple instances on Nox Player

If you are ready to try this out for yourself, you can get started in just a couple of steps.

We’ll walk you through the Nox multi-instance process below.

  1. Open Nox Player and click the MulDrive icon (shown below)
nox player multi-instance manager called muldrive
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  1. Click Add emulator near the bottom of the window
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From here, you’ll choose the Android operating system you want to use, as shown below.

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Once you select an Android version, Nox will install it as a new instance. Then, it is as simple as choosing your version from the same MulDrive icon highlighted above.

Using the Nox emulator doesn’t have to be overwhelming

And there you have it, a quick guide to understanding how to use the Nox Player Android emulator.

Whether you need to know how to install it or where to download mobile games, we’ve covered that in this article.

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