BlueStacks 4 - How can I use the macro recorder

What are macros?

A macro is a recording of the sequence of clicks on different points on the screen. 

These can be activated using the macro recorder or shortcut keys assigned to that specific macro. This will repeat all the clicks recorded, saving you time and effort. You can create and record your own macro and use it for playing your games. 

You can also view the FAQ section at the end of this article, for any questions you may have.


How to use the macro recorder in BlueStacks 4?

The article is divided based on the version you have. For ease of navigation, click on one of the links below to go to the steps for that particular version:


Macro recorder in version 4.150 and above

1) Click on the Macro recorder icon on the side toolbar, as shown below.

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2) The BlueStacks macro recorder dialog box will pop-up.

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3) You can click on the 'Record new macro' option and every click, swipe or any other movement done will be recorded.

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4) You can see the recorder playing on the top bar on BlueStacks.

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5) You can click on the pause and the stop button to pause or stop the macro recording.

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  • When you click on Pause, the macro will pause recording.
  • Clicking on Stop will stop the recording and a pop up will appear, as shown below. This window will show a list of all the macros that you have recorded on BlueStacks.

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6) To start a macro, click on the Play icon in front of it, as shown in the image. The actions that were recorded in the macro will run again with the same sequence.

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How can I change the settings for a macro?

1) To access the settings, click on the gear icon in front of a macro.

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2) The Settings menu will then be displayed.

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The 'Settings' menu has the following options:

a) Repeat execution: This option allows repeating macro executions based on the following criteria:

  • Repeat action for the specified number of times
  • Repeat action for the specified duration (in Hours/Minutes/Seconds)
  • Infinite duration until explicitly stopped

b) Interval between executions: The macro will only pause for the time (in Minutes/Seconds) provided before restarting

c) Playback speed: The dropdown box will provide speed options from 0.5x (half the original speed) to 5x (5 times the original speed) to allow the macros to be executed as fast as required. The default value for running a macro is set to 1x (at its original speed).

d) Other settings which can be enabled or disabled through a checkbox:

  • Opening the macro as soon as the BlueStacks player is opened.
  • Setting the time (in Minutes) after which BlueStacks should restart.
  • Closing the macro window after the execution has been completed.

3) Click on Save to save the settings for your macro.

You can now package more than one macros into a single macro package to replay actions from multiple macros in a sequence of your choice. To know more, please read about How to merge macros on BlueStack.


Macro recorder in version: 4.140 and below

Before you go ahead, watch the video below to learn more about BlueStacks macro recorder. We've also summarized the major points in the video as follows:

  • How to run macros
  • How to import/export macros
  • Key shortcuts
  • How to customize your macros

1) Click on the macro recorder button.

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2) The macro recorder dialog box will pop-up.

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3) You can click on the Record new macro option and every click, swipe or any other movement done will be recorded.

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4) You can see the recorder playing on the top bar on BlueStacks.

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5) You can click on the pause and the stop icons to pause or stop the macro recording.

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When you click on pause, the macro will pause recording.

And, when you click on stop, the macro will stop recording and a pop up will show.

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6) When you click on the play button as shown below, the actions that were recorded in the macro will run again with the same sequence.

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Also, macros have settings that can be used to further customize the experience.

1) You can access the settings with the gear icon.

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2) The following menu will be displayed.

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The various settings are explained in detail below:

  a) Repeat execution: This option allows repeating macro executions based on the following criteria:

  • Repeat action for the specified number of times
  • Repeat action for the specified duration (in Hours/Minutes/Seconds)
  • Infinite duration until explicitly stopped

  b) Interval between executions: The macro will only pause for the time (in Minutes/Seconds) provided before restarting

NOTE: Execution begins ONLY AFTER macro recording are complete.    

  c) Playback speed: The dropdown box will provide speed options from 1x (default speed) to 5x (5 times the default speed) to allow the macros to be executed as fast as required.

  d) Other settings which can be enabled or disabled through a checkbox:

  • Opening the macro as soon as the BlueStacks player is opened.
  • Setting the time (in Minutes) after which BlueStacks should restart.

3) Click on Save to save the settings for your macro.

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I'm on an older version of BlueStacks 4. What should I do?

If you're on an older version of BlueStacks 4, click here to learn how to record and use macros.


Have any questions?

Q. Is there a shortcut key to access the macro recorder?

A. Yes. By default, you may access the macro recorder by pressing the keys Ctrl + Shift +7. If you wish to change these shortcut keys, read this to know more.

Q. Why can't I see the macro recorder icon on the side bar at the launch of BlueStacks?

A. Please make sure you are on the latest version of BlueStacks. You can check if an update is required by following the steps in this FAQ. Also, you'll be able to use the macro recorder properly only after you launch a game.

Q. Is there a way to mark macros which are more important than others in the macro list?

A. Yes. Please click on the Star in front of the macro that you want to mark important. This will then "Bookmark" the macro which allows you to spot it easily.

Q. Is there a time limit for recording a macro?

A. No. You may record a macro for as long as you want to.


Thank you for choosing BlueStacks. We hope you enjoy using it. If you have any further questions, please contact us at support@bluestacks.com. Happy Gaming!

Last updated on December 08, 2020.

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