This extensive Clash of Clans PC guide will teach you how to download and play the game on all PC platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Clash of Clans, or CoC in short, is a mobile-exclusive game and that means it is only available for Android and iOS officially, but fortunately… there are multiple ways to play the blockbuster game on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.
Sure Clash of Clans have a few issues now and then, but with over half a billion downloads and more than 100 million active monthly players, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular games of all time.
As a quick recap, Clash of Clans is a multiplayer strategy game where users can build their villages, form communities in the form of clans, and raid and destroy other players to earn resources and experience points.
Without further ado, let’s dig into all the options in which you can play the Clash of Clans game on PC platforms.
How To Download Clash of Clans on Windows PC?
In order to download and play Clash of Clans on Windows PCs, you will need to first download and install a Windows-compatible emulator software. And what follows are the steps to setup CoC on some of the best emulator software available on Windows operating system.
Clash of Clans on BlueStacks
BlueStacks is the most popular Android emulator software available on Windows, and this is how you can have Clash of Clans up and running with BlueStacks+Windows:
- First, download the BlueStacks application from their official website and complete the installation process.
- After launching the application, open the Google Play Store app and sign in with your Google account.
- Now, search and find the Clash of Clans app on the Play Store app and click on ‘Install’ to install the game. That’s it!
- Alternatively, BlueStacks also come with their own app store called ‘App Center’ that can also be used to install apps and games. For installing apps not on official stores, you may want to scout the APK from the web and install it by going to ‘My Games’, clicking the ‘+’ icon and then selecting the APK file in question.
Clash of Clans on GameLoop
You can install apps and games on GameLoop in the same way as you would using BlueStacks, but if you would like to install CoC APK downloaded from the web, you may follow the steps below:
- Launch the GameLoop emulator and navigate to ‘My Games’.
- Select ‘Others’ from the side navigation menu and tap on ‘Add an app’.
- Find and select the APK file with the file explorer.
Clash of Clans on MEmu Play
MEmu Play is also a very popular emulator app among Clash of Clans fans, and they too have their own app store called ‘Game Center’ besides Google Play. But if you would like to install an APK downloaded from third-party website on MEmu, follow the steps below:
- Launch MEmu Play app and click on APK icon (that shows ‘Install APK’ as you hover) from menu on the right.
- Find and select the APK file with the file explorer and that will kickstart the installation process.
Clash of Clans on LDPlayer
LDPlayer is another great, light-weight Android emulators out there for Windows OS, but you may want to make sure you’re using LDPlayer v9.0.36 or later to ensure smooth running of Clash of Clans game. Installing APKs on LDPlayer software is pretty straightforward and you can do so by simply dragging and dropping it over the app or following the same procedures as we’ve discussed with MEmu Play.
Clash of Clans on NoxPlayer
NoxPlayer is also a great option to run the mobile game on Windows PCs, but users have been reporting issues with running Play Store version of CoC on Nox. One popular workaround is using Amazon AppStore to install the game on the emulator.
How To Download Clash of Clans on Mac?
Again, Clash of Clans is available for Apple iPhones and iPads, but you will need a MacOS-compatible Android emulator to play the game on Mac PCs and MacBooks. BlueStacks and NoxPlayer are the best Android emulator options for Mac users to download and play the game on their device. You may follow the same procedures as above to get started.
Downloading Clash of Clans on Linux
For PCs running Linux, you can either use an Android emulator like Genymotion or an Android container like Waydroid. Keep in mind that mobile games like Clash of Clans are designed to work only on ARM-based chipsets and so you will need to setup ARM translation tools prior to installing the game on emulator software.
How To Play Clash of Clans Online on PC
There are various websites offering a lite version of CoC, but if you would like to play the real thing online you will want to try a browser-based Android emulator.
These cloud-based Android emulators are mostly used for app testing purposes, but you can also double it as an online virtual Android machine to play your favorite games.
Among the most popular browser Android emulators are BlueStacks X, APKOnline android emulator, Appetize.io, and Redfinger.
How To Play Clash of Clans on PC WITHOUT Emulator
Many are wondering if they could play Clash of Clans on PC without downloading any emulator software like BlueStacks, and the answer is YES.
One, you can use one of the screen mirroring applications to mirror your phone to a PC so that you can enjoy the game on a bigger screen.
Two, a new tool from Microsoft called Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) now lets you run full-fledged Android applications on Windows PCs, but do note that not all Android apps and games are compatible as of now.
Three, you can go for an online browser-based Android emulator as mentioned above and eliminate the need for an offline emulator software.