How to Speed up Bluestacks 4 on Windows 10 [Complete Guide]

how to speed up bluestacks 4 on windows 10

If you are looking to play Android games or to use Android apps on a Windows device then you might have installed Bluestacks for that purpose. But the problem with Bluestacks 4 is that it might get a little heavy for you pc to handle. Even I experience soggy performance on my own brand new laptop most of the time. Just downloading the Bluestacks 4 installer and running the application without optimizing it first is not recommended. In this guide, I will show you everything you need to do in order to smoothly run Bluestack 4 on Windows 10. This guide is most useful for someone who has a low-end pc or a laptop running Windows 10 on them. Even if you use other windows versions, most of the tips are still relevant and I recommend trying all of the 12 tips in order to speed up Bluestacks 4 on Windows 10.

To ensure that your Bluestacks 4 application will run smoothly, you first need to make sure that your PC or laptop is fully capable of doing that. The first few tips in this article will guide you to optimize your system beforehand and then we will move forward to speed up Bluestacks 4 on Windows 10.

How to Speed up Bluestacks 4 on Windows 10

  • Disable Windows Update
  • Change Processor Power Settings (For laptops)
  • Turn OFF Real-time protection
  • Disable Search Indexing
  • Allocate more Cores and RAM to Bluestacks 4
  • Change Bluestacks 4 display settings
  • Change Bluestacks Notifications settings
  • Check if the Virtualization is Enabled
  • Turn off Windows services (For Low-End PCs)
  • Change pagefile settings (For Low-End PCs)
  • Additional Tip – Try updating or repairing your Graphics card drivers
  • Additional Tip – Play games in Full Screen mode

1. Disable Windows Update

There is a reason why I included that step. Windows can often automatically start downloading and updating new windows updates without even notifying the user. This utilizes more CPU and leaves very little room for any other apps to run smoothly. All you have to do is:

  1. Open Settings (Windows + I)
  2. Open ‘Update and Security’
  3. Press the ‘Pause updates for 7 days
  4. Close the Window
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2. Change Processor Power Settings (For laptops)

If you are on a laptop running on battery power, Windows will reduce the amount of power it sends to processor cores. This affects the overall performance of your pc as the processor is not running at its full potential. We need to tell Windows to supply maximum power even when the power cable is not connected. To do this:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Head over to ‘Power Options’
  3. Select ‘High Performance‘ and
  4. Click on ‘Change power plan
  5. Select ‘Change Advanced power settings’
  6. Set the values as given in the image below

3. Turn OFF Real-time protection

I don’t know if you have ever noticed but Windows Defender keeps on running continuously in the background. The service called ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ automatically starts whenever windows feel necessary and start eating up most of the valuable resources like CPU and RAM.

This is no good if it happens when you are playing games or using a resource-heavy app like Bluestacks 4. To turn this off:

  1. Open ‘Windows Security’ from the Settings App
  2. Click on ‘Virus & threat protection’
  3. Then Click on ‘Virus & threat protection settings’
  4. Turn OFF ‘Real-time protection’
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4. Disable Search Indexing

If you don’t use the Windows Search feature more frequently as I do. Then you should consider disabling ‘Search Indexing’. This is another process that Windows starts executing periodically in the background. It’s better to turn OFF. If you have a good PC then you won’t notice a difference but it is a great tip for systems with 4-8 GB RAM.

  • Search for ‘Services’ in the windows search
  • Locate and right-click on ‘Windows Search’
  • Go to its ‘Properties’
  • Change Startup type from ‘Automatic’ to ‘Disabled’
  • Hit Apply and close the window
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5. Allocate more Cores and RAM to Bluestacks 4

This step is necessary. Even if you have fully optimized your PC to run Bluestack, it won’t matter if you don’t allow Bluestacks to make use of all available resources. You have to allocate maximum Processor cores and available RAM to Bluestacks 4. To do this:

How to allocate more RAM to Bluestacks ?

  1. Open Bluestacks
  2. Go to ‘Settings’ from the lower right corner of the window
  3. Go to ‘Engine’
  4. Change CPU to custom and CPU Cores to the maximum that you have (In my case: 8)
  5. Change RAM to custom and stretch the bar to its maximum value
  6. Click ‘Restart Now’
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6. Change Bluestacks 4 display settings

  • Head over to ‘Display’ settings
  • Select the resolution of your monitor (1920×1080 in my case)
  • Change ‘DPI’ to 160 DPI for a smoother experience.
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7. Change Bluestacks Notifications settings

When a notification is needed to be prompted, the system has to halt the ongoing process and allocate a certain amount of resources in order to show that notification. This can result in frame drops while playing a game. It is best to turn all of them OFF.

  • Go to ‘Notifications’ in the settings menu
  • Turn OFF everything there is
  • Don’t forget to hit ‘Save’
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8. Check if the Virtualization is Enabled

Most of the time it will be enabled by default. However, Some old PCs and laptops might not support Virtualization. To check if Virtualization is turned ON on your system:

  1. Open your Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc)
  2. Head over to the ‘Performance’ Tab
  3. It will be visible under CPU utilization graph
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If it is turned ON then you won’t need to do anything but if it is OFF then the only way to turn it ON is by going inside the BIOS of your machine like given below:

  1. Restart your PC
  2. When the manufacturer’s logo show up while booting up
  3. Keep pressing the F1 or F2 key till you see the BIOS menu
  4. Locate an ‘Advance’ or ‘Advanced settings’ tab
  5. There will be an option to turn Virtualization ON or OFF
  6. Turn that ON
  7. Save and Restart
  8. After restarting, check if the Virtualization is now enabled or not from Task Manager as shown above.

9. Turn off Windows services (For Low-End PCs)

This step is for laptops or desktops with less than 8GB of RAM. If you have only 4GB of RAM, then this step will impact the performance. There are certain Windows services that are most of the time unnecessary. However, they don’t use much RAM but if you really need to squeeze every last drop of available performance then you can choose to disable these below services for the greater good. Such services are:

  • ELAN service
  • Fax
  • Geolocation service
  • IP helper
  • Print Spooler
  • Remote registry
  • Xbox live auth manager
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS helper
  • Xbox live game save
  • Xbox live networking service

You will find these services by searching for ‘Services’ in the windows search bar as I have shown in Tip 4. These are safe to disable services that you can disable without any harm to your system.

10. Change pagefile settings (For Low-End PCs)

If you have a low amount of total available RAM then you should have a look at this feature. When your system runs out of RAM, it will use some space on your hard disk as RAM. But we know that hard drives are slower than RAM so you will need to provide a specific amount of disk space that your windows can use as RAM. If you allocate more, Bluestacks will stutter heavily and if you allocate less, it will still lag as there is no extra RAM available.

  1. Open start
  2. Right-click on ‘My Computer’ icon
  3. Select ‘Properties’ from the ‘more’ option
  4. Click on ‘Advanced system settings’ from the left sidebar
  5. Click on the ‘Settings’ button from the Performance field
  6. Then go to the ‘Advanced’ tab
  7. In the virtual memory section, click ‘Change’
  8. Uncheck the ‘Automatically manage paging size for all drives’ option
  9. Select the ‘Custom size‘ option
  10. Set Initial size to 200MB
  11. Set Maximum size to 4096MB
  12. Click on the ‘Set’ button (Required)
  13. Then click on ‘OK’
  14. Click on ‘Apply’
  15. If it prompts you to restart, select ‘Restart now’
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Additional Tips to Speed up Bluestacks 4 on windows 10

11. Try Updating or Repairing your Graphics Card drivers

You can try updating or repairing your graphics card driver to see if it makes any difference. You can download the appropriate drivers for your graphics card from the corresponding manufacturer’s website here for Nvidia and here for AMD. They also have auto-detect software that can automatically detect your hardware and install drivers for them. If you have a laptop visit your manufacturer’s website to download them.

12. Play games in Full Screen mode

When you open an application in windowed mode the refresh rate of that particular window is scaled-down and so the FPS. If you wish to play games on Bluestacks 4, play them on Full-Screen mode by clicking F11.

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