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Play PUBG Mobile and BGMI on PC using BlueStacks

PUBG Mobile or Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is the most popular game nowadays. Youths, in particular, have developed great affection towards these sorts of shooter & multiplayer games. I will be lying if I don’t count myself among the gang. I have played PUBG on my phone since it launched back in 2018. Having played enough on the mobile, I wanted to try PUBG on PC. I installed the popular Android Emulator BlueStacks and attempted to install the game. But despite multiple attempts, I couldn’t get past the launch screen.

I even installed Chrome OS on my PC to tackle the issue, which has an in-built Play Store but faced the same problem. On a side note, I must say that Games run way smoother on Chrome OS than they would on the phone.

Later, I realized that I was doing it wrong and finally discovered how to get PUBG up and running on my Windows PC using BlueStacks.

Run BGMI & PUBG Mobile on Windows PC

To accomplish this task, you need to make a few changes to your Windows PC, including rebooting the PC and the BlueStacks emulator. Read on further to know about it all.

Disable Windows Hyper-V for PUBG Mobile/BGMI

Hyper V is a virtualization software mainly used for running virtual machines. Microsoft has pre-included it in all Windows versions except home editions. So, if you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11 home editions, you can skip this part and straightway go to the BlueStacks installation.

Now, you must be wondering why there is a need to disable Hyper-V feature? Well, BlueStacks is an Android emulator software and can run multiple instances of Android at once. It offers to create both 32-bit and 64-bit instances. As per BlueStacks, PUBG Mobile & BGMI runs smoother and lag-free with a 32-bit instance of the emulator. To create Nougat 32-bit instance, you must disable the Hyper-V feature of Windows.

Follow the steps given below for disabling Hyper-V and related Windows features.

  1. Press the Windows key and type Windows features in the search box. Click on Turn Windows features on or off application.
Search Windows Features
  1. Uncheck the Hyper-V feature from the list and press the “OK” button. Restart your Windows PC for changes to take effect.
Disable Hyper-V

BlueStacks Emulator Installation

Now that you have disabled the Hyper-V feature, you are ready to install the BlueStacks emulator and create a 32-bit instance within. Steps to install BlueStacks are as follows.

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  1. Download BlueStacks from their official website. Once downloaded, run the .exe file. Further, the installer will download the BlueStacks setup (~700MB) from the official servers.
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Downloading BlueStacks to play PUBG Mobile on PC

  1. Run the BlueStacks application and open Play Store. Sign-in to your Google account.

Create BlueStacks Nougat 32-Bit Instance

To run PUBG Mobile & BGMI lag-free, we will create a 32-bit instance in BlueStacks. The steps are as follows:

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  1. Open the BlueStacks application and navigate the Multi-Instance Manager from the right side menu. Alternately, you can use Ctrl + Shift + 8 key combination within BlueStacks.
BlueStacks Multi-instance manager
  1. Click on the Instance button and select Fresh instance. Under the ‘Choose Android Version’ dropdown, choose Nougat 32-bit and click next.
BlueStacks Creating new Nougat 32-bit instance
BlueStacks New Instance
BlueStacks choosing Nougat 32-bit instance
  1. Now, assign CPU and RAM to your PC configuration on the next screen. For example, if you use a high-end system like ASUS ROG or any other gaming PC, then set CPU to High (4 Cores) and RAM 4GB. A Medium (2 Cores) CPU and 2 GB RAM are sufficient for a PC with medium specifications. Keep Resolution, ABI Setting, and DPI as is. Click on the “Create” button.
BlueStacks Nougat 32-bit instance settings
  1. BlueStacks will immediately create the instance, rename it to the name of your liking and finally click on the “Start” button. The initialization process won’t take more than 2-3 minutes.
  2. Click on the Play Store app on the top left corner and sign-in into your Google account.

PUBG Mobile/BGMI Installation within BlueStacks

Here comes the most awaited part of this tutorial: the PUBG Mobile/BGMI installation. And if you think it’s as simple as installing a mere apk or downloading the game from the Play Store, then you are wrong. I have seen many people following this method and getting the famous “Error code:restrict-area” message in BlueStacks. Even I had made the same mistake myself.

Now, PUBG has a code in its apk for emulator detection. So, whenever you start the game from BlueStacks, it will immediately block you from accessing the game. It won’t allow you to get to the main menu, let alone play the game. So what’s the remedy? Bypassing BlueStacks emulator detection, you think? Well, no. We will not use any hack or script to run PUBG Mobile/BGMI on the PC. There is a simple trick to bypass the “restrict-area” message. Follow the steps below to get this working.

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BlueStacks Game Center Method

  1. Open BlueStacks and run the 32-bit Nougat Instance that we created earlier. Upon running, you should see N32 written on the window bar at the top.
  2. Inside BlueStacks, Click on the Game Center icon beside Play Store. Search for Game Center if you can’t see it on the home screen or have multiple Android apps installed.
Highlighting BlueStacks Game Center
  1. Search for ‘PUBG’ in the search bar of the Game Center app. Click on the PUBG Mobile/BGMI icon and hit the install button. Note that global users will see an option to install PUBG Mobile here, while Indian users will have the Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) icon. PUBG download size is around 1 GB, so depending on your network speed, it can take up to 15 mins to 1 hour for BlueStacks to get the game ready for you.
Search PUBG in BlueStacks Game Center
Install Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI)
  1. Once the installation is complete, a shortcut to the game shall appear on the desktop—double-click on it to launch the game. Upon the launch, the game will download a few update files. Sign in with your Play Games or a Twitter account on the next screen. You can even play as a guest to test the game.
PUBG Mobile Login Screen

Have Fun Playing PUBG Mobile/BGMI on PC with your Friends

There you have it, folks! Now, you can enjoy PUBG Mobile and Battlegrounds Mobile India with your friends on PC. From our observation, when you play PUBG from your Windows PC, you are matched with the PC players only and not with the mobile ones. To make the gaming experience fair for both PC and mobile users, Krafton has implemented such an algorithm.

PUBG Mobile Starting Interface

Another thing we learned from the other users is that when they used BlueStacks for playing PUBG, their accounts got banned. However, we didn’t experience anything with the ban yet, so we can’t say if it’s a thing. I hope you don’t get banned too. Let me know your PUBG gaming experience in the comments below. And don’t forget to check the FAQs section as well.

FAQs

  1. I am not able to play PUBG Mobile from the Windows PC. When launched, it shows a “Network error, login failed. Please check your network settings” error. What's the fix?

    The error appears if PUBG Mobile is banned in your country. Try using VPN software and select the US servers. You'll be able to log into the game.

  2. Why does a Black screen appear while launching PUBG New State? Is there a solution?

    According to BlueStacks, PUBG New State has stopped working on BlueStacks. They are in talks with developers to get it fixed. As of now, there is no fix available to play PUBG New State on PC.

  3. Why is PUBG Mobile not available in BlueStacks Game Center?

    If you are an Indian user, then instead of PUBG Mobile, you'll have an option to play Battlegrounds Mobile India, popularly known as BGMI.
    For global users, if PUBG is banned in your country, try installing the TapTap app, and from there, you can install PUBG Mobile. You'll have to use VPN to play the game.

  4. What are the optimum BlueStacks settings to play PUBG Mobile/BGMI on PC?

    To get the lag-free experience, use the following BlueStacks settings:

    Under Settings -> Performance
    1) CPU Allocation: High (4 Cores)
    2) Memory Allocation: High (4 GB)
    3) Performance Mode: High Performance
    4) Frame rate: 60
    5) Enable high frame rate: off
    6) Enable VSync: off
    7) Display FPS during gameplay: User choice

    Under Settings -> Display
    1) Display resolution: Landscape (1600×900)
    2) Pixel density: 240 DPI (Medium)

    Under Settings -> Graphics
    1) Graphics engine mode: Compatibility
    2) Graphics renderer: OpenGL
    3) Interface renderer: Auto
    4) ASTC textures: Hardware decoding
    5) Prefer dedicated GPU: on

    Under Settings -> Device
    1) Device Profile: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

  5. Can I play PUBG Mobile even if it's banned in my country?

    Yes, you can. Download the TapTap app in BlueStacks. Search and download PUBG Mobile from the app. Once the installation is complete, use VPN to play the game.

  6. I am getting a “Your Device isn't Compatible with this version” error. Why?

    You get this error while installing PUBG New State from Google Play Store. If you want to Play PUBG New State on PC, make sure you use a 64-bit instance of BlueStacks. Once you do that, you'll be able to download the game.
    Unfortunately, PUBG New State doesn't work on emulators like BlueStacks anymore.

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