At a time when millions of us are being told to stay at home, there isn’t much reason to reach for our phones and burn through our batteries three times a day. PUBG Mobile, while obviously designed to be played on handheld devices, has official emulator support, meaning you can play it at home on practically any computer or laptop.
No matter where you are in the world, your average PC can probably run PUBG Mobile better than your mobile phone. Give your tiny device a break, sit up at your desk, and let us guide you back to the world of the keyboard and mouse combo.
Step 1. Download Tencent Game Buddy
Sometime last year, we published a roundup of all the best PUBG Mobile emulators capable of running the game. Tencent Game Buddy took the crown for its ease of setup, but its the official Tencent branding that makes it the only truly necessary recommendation one year on. The emulator shed its Tencent moniker sometime last year to emerge simply as Gamloop. But as anyone who’s used it before will tell you, it’s still the same program with all the same key features — and it’s still made and distributed by the game’s publisher.
If you’re afraid of Tencent flagging your account as a potential hacker for playing the game on an emulator, just remember that Gameloop is its own program that it actively advertises as a way for people to play PUBG Mobile on something other than a powerful phone or tablet. You’re absolutely free to play PUBG Mobile on another emulator featured in our roundup, but we’ll be focusing on Gameloop here to make things as quick and easy as possible.
To download TBG, all you need to do is head to the Gameloop website here, or search Gameloop in Google and hit up the result with the .mobi domain. The .Fun one works to a degree, but we kept ending up with the Chinese language install no matter which language we specified on the download page. So safe you from that hassle, just click the Download PUBG button on the .Mobi site to get everything in one go (and in English).
Step 2. Install and Update Gameloop on Your PC
Once you’ve downloaded the program, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. You should probably read up on the minimum requirements here, but given it only requires a mid-range GPU from 10 years ago, it’s safe to say any PC bought within the last five years will be able to run it just fine from the integrated graphics chip on its Intel or AMD CPU.
With the install finished, you might see the emulator download and install a couple of updates and key services. It’s an Android emulator, after all, so it’s basically setting up a virtual phone/tablet in the background. The kind developers would use to create their apps.
Step 3. Download PUBG Mobile (or any other game)
Once that’s all up and running, you just need to create an account and get signed in. From that point on it’s as simple as heading to the program’s app store equivalent and downloading PUBG Mobile. It’s by far the emulator’s key use-case, so you’ll see banners and buttons for the game all over the place ready to start the process.
You’re not just limited to PUBG Mobile, though. Gameloop has a bunch of officially supported Android games like Call of Duty Mobile, Arena of Valor, and MMORPGs and idle games. If you’ve been held back by PUBG Mobile sapping your limited phone storage space, now’s the time to try out a few other games. Fill up that hard drive!