Release Notes - Older versions of BlueStacks for macOS

BlueStacks for macOS - Older versions

Here, you will find the Release Notes for all past versions of BlueStacks for macOS. 

BlueStacks Release Notes


  1. Optimize the quality of game graphics, based on the capabilities of your PC's GPU, through a control for processing ASTC textures.
  2. You will be able to select a mobile network to allow apps/games that require a specific mobile network to function well.
  3. You can now launch games from the BlueStacks loading screen, provided you have installed the game. We've reduced your waiting time. 
  4. Resolution settings will get preserved when you update BlueStacks. 

Detailed Release Notes

Optimize the quality of game graphics through control for processing ASTC textures

In 3D graphics, the texture is a digital representation for the surface of an object, e.g., a hero, or their weapon, or leaves on trees and grass in the surrounding scenery. Well-defined textures are very important for rendering realistic 3-D images. However, they also require a lot of memory. The Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) technology is used by games to provide a realistic, high-resolution, 3D visual experience while reducing image data size, memory footprint, and loading time, to enhance the game performance.

When running on BlueStacks, games using ASTC texture compression can have the visual experience rendered directly by modern GPUs. This enhances gameplay experience significantly by improving the overall responsiveness and performance for playing the game.

In software decoding, the CPU performs all the high-resolution texture decoding to compose and render the image. Enabling 'caching' will take some disk space but will improve the read/write operations from the CPU’s memory, improving the response time.

If you feel that the software decoding is introducing a lag during your gameplay you may disable ASTC textures, in which case you may not see some of the objects rendered correctly.

BlueStacks typically chooses hardware or software decoding automatically, however, these controls are being exposed to give you direct control over the visual experience.


Assign mobile network provider name 

You will be able to select a mobile network provider to allow apps/games that require a specific mobile network to function well.


Bug fixes:

  1. Rise of Kingdoms has been upgraded with a parachute to prevent any unwanted game crashes. 

Release date: 4 March, 2020. 

BlueStacks Release Notes


  1. Feel free to use BlueStacks as your go-to option for any voice-related apps as we have firewalled the app player not to crash during your musical times.

Bug fixes:

  1. Random crashes are in the history books now. BlueStacks will be your best pal for playing any game or using any application. 

Release date: 20 January, 2020. 

BlueStacks Release Notes

Highlights/Bug fixes

  1. BlueStacks will no longer crash while recording your melodious voice in various applications. You can also send your SoundCloud mixtape to us now.
  2. Like life, sometimes graphics in applications do not render as planned. Unlike life, we're nice, so that has been fixed. BlueStacks will not crash if you decide to crank it up.
  3. We've also upgraded our braking system, so no more random crashes.

Release date: December 16, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes

Highlights/Bug fixes

  1. You may now switch tabs without experiencing a black screen.
  2. Fixed intermittent crashes occurring in the below scenarios
    a) BlueStacks startup
    b) App uninstallation
    c) Text input

Release date: November 28, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


  1. Play PUBG M with HD graphics
  2. Play Free Fire with optimized settings.
  3. BlueStacks now supports resizing of the player.
  4. Check for available updates from the Menu bar.
  5. Install and play apps packaged as '.xapk' files.
  6. Control Android’s ABI Setting to launch games with ARM64 libraries.

Bug fixes

  1. Bug fixes to resolve app player crashes.
  2. Play PubG without experiencing any crashes.

Detailed Release Notes

Game Settings for PUBG M and Free Fire


PUBG M players - if your gaming PC’s GPU supports high-definition graphics, you may now change the display resolution to 1080p (HD) or 2k (Ultra HD) from the 720p (standard) for a rich gaming experience.

Free Fire

You can now play Free Fire using optimized settings best suited for Mac machines.


Check for available updates

You can now check for any new available updates and upgrade using the Check for Update option in the Bluestacks Menu.


Install and play apps packaged as xapk files

An XAPK file is an alternative packaging for Android apps and games available from some of the mobile app stores. In addition to the standard.APK format, it may contain other assets used by the app, such as an.OBB file, which stores graphics, media files, and other app data. If you are a developer, it gives you the ability to test games before they are launched in the Google Play store. It also gives many users the ability games that are not available for their geo, e.g., many users in China play KR or JP games and vice versa.

Switch ABI from Settings

An Android app may bundle libraries for the ARM64 and ARM32 family of processors since it is designed to run over a large class of devices that can have very different CPU architecture. Android detects the Application Binary Interface (ABI), i.e., whether the underlying CPU is ARM64 orARM32, and loads the appropriate ARM library. This ability enables an app to simply run without having to worry about the type of the device.

Release date: November 26, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes

Highlights/Bug fixes

  1. You may now use portrait mode applications without any graphic issues in the Advanced graphics engine mode.

Release date: October 07, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes

Highlights/Bug fixes

  1. You may now play Marvel Strike Force without observing any black screen issues.
  2. You may now play Star Trek Fleet Command without experiencing any crashes.
  3. Microphone related improvements.
  4. Bug fixes to resolve app crashes and graphic issues.

Release date: September 17, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


  • BlueStacks now supports macOS Catalina

Bug fixes

  1. Fixed some installation and startup failures.
  2. You may now use the BlueStacks in full-screen in the default graphics mode.
  3. You will no longer experience black screen on resizing BlueStacks in the default graphics mode.
  4. Enhanced keyboard controls for PUBG for a lag-free experience.
  5. You will notice that the title bar no longer overlaps BlueStacks in full-screen.
  6. You may now copy and paste text seamlessly.
  7. You will now have a smooth input experience on switching between tabs

Release date: September 10, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


1. Select device profile for game compatibility.
2. Improve your gameplay by using different keyboard control schemes. 
3. Showcase your winning moments by capturing screenshots. 
4. Change the preferred language through a preference setting.
5. Control the notifications you see through notification settings.
6. Rotate the screen.
7. Toggle controls in the game.

Bug fixes

1. Boot failure issues have been resolved.

2. Support for non-English IME’s like Japanese.

3. Have a smooth shooting mode experience without any mouse dissociation during gameplay in games like Free Fire.

4. Free Fire: You may now play this game without experiencing any BlueStacks crash.

5. Rise of Kingdom: Play this game without any game crash issues.

Detailed Release Notes

1. Select device profile for game compatibility

If you cannot install a game on BlueStacks because the BlueStacks device is not compatible with that game, you may now select another device profile compatible for installing that game.

2. Improve your gameplay by using different keyboard control schemes.

Use different keyboard control schemes in games like PUBG and Mobile Legends to improve your gameplay and for a seamless gaming experience.

3. Showcase your winning moments by capturing screenshots.

Capture screenshots of your wins and share them on social media platforms. 

4. Change the preferred language through a preference setting.

Select  your preferred language from the Language settings dropdown in Preferences settings.  

5. Control the notifications you see through notification settings.

Choose what notifications you see and what you don’t by customizing them from the notification settings.

6. Rotate the screen.

You may now change the orientation of the game screen from landscape to portrait or vice versa.

7. Toggle Controls on Game

You can now view the game controls mapped on your game screen using the Toggle Controls on Game settings option.

Release date: July 31, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


1. Copy and paste shortcuts (Command +C & Command +V) are now supported in Mac version.

2. Users can now update the key mapping within the game.

Key mapping can only be edited for only those games which already have default keymapping associated with them.
New actions, taps can’t be added as of now, only the existing keys can be replaced with new keys.


3. Epic 7 app will now work in Mac version of BlueStacks without any crash.

4. Girls' Frontline (com.sunborn.girlsfrontline.en) app will work smoothly without any crash in the new Mac version of BlueStacks.
    Package: com.sunborn.girlsfrontline.en

5. Crash for Dynasty Warriors (com.nexon.dynastywarriors) has been fixed and this app will now work without any issues.
   Package: com.nexon.dynastywarriors

6. You may now navigate to Preferences and enable android debugging bridge


7. Security bulletin 2019-001 DNS rebinding vulnerability.

BlueStacks’ inter-process communication (IPC)  mechanism exposes security vulnerabilities that are exploitable via malicious web pages. An attacker can use DNS Rebinding to gain access to the BlueStacks App Player IPC mechanism via a malicious web page. From there, various exposed IPC functions can be abused.

You should remediate this vulnerability by downloading the BlueStacks 4.90 release from and installing it using the usual update path.

Release date: June 18th, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


  1. Your PubG application account will no longer get temporarily block.
  2. Upgrade is now supported only from the previous live build (Upgrade supported Ver: 

Release date: May 28th, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


  1. Listen to crystal clear audio and join voice chats uninterrupted while playing a game.
  2. You may now play several games, like, PUBG M, CSR Racing 2, Battlejack: Blackjack RPG, NITRO NATION™ 6 that rely on advanced graphics support on BlueStacks for macOS.  
  3. WeChat users can now shake their BlueStacks device.
  4. Temple Run players can now tilt while playing the game using the mapped Z and X keys
  5. You can control the audio volume using the volume control now available in the menu bar.
  6. BlueStacks for macOS now employs a 64-bit Android. In general, apps and games are expected to run faster and be more responsive.
  7. You will be able to identify apps/games that are already installed in MyApps by means of a white border surrounding the app/game’s icon.
  8. You will notice that the guidance popup for keyboard controls has a new look.
  9. You may now choose the wallpaper and it will be displayed consistently
  10. Changing the orientation from portrait to landscape and vice versa will no longer cause a black screen to be shown
  11. Translations for keyboard control guidance and for the overall product are now available.
  12. Other  bug fixes and performance enhancements

Release date: May 09th, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


  • Game guidance screen should be visible only on app launch & not on tab switch.
  • Fixed an issue where on pressing space bar, the cursor use to jump two spaces ahead
  • A confirmation message will now be available while closing the app player
  • Rest all fixes are the same as
 *Note: Supported platform remains same Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave OS.
Release date: February 20, 2019

BlueStacks Release Notes


  • It is now equipped with Android N! It uses updated key-mapping which should result in more fluid and precise game controls for DPAD, FPS and MOBA (ie. Mobile Legends).
  • Fixed camera issue. The camera should activate now.
  • Added System preferences so users can customize RAM, CPU, and Resolution.

Additional Improvements

  • Enhanced report problem tool with a list of categories and sub-categories.
  • Home app with latest Torque launcher (based on Oreo) is now bundled in this build.
  • Support upgraded from previous KitKat version ( Users will get a message when they try to upgrade from the old build (ver <
  • Key mappings are now pre-bundled in this build.
  • Miscellaneous behind-the-scene fixes that will help you play your games more smoothly!

*Note:  Supported platform remains same Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave OS.

Release date: January 2, 2019

BlueStacks macOS EAP (Beta) Release Notes


  • Powered by Android Nougat.
  • Redesigned for gamers and gaming - more fluid and precise game controls. Enhances gameplay experience for games that use DPAD, First Person Shooter games and MOBA games like Mobile Legends
  • Camera works now.
  • System preferences let users customize RAM, CPU and Resolution.

Known Issues 

  • Many games are known to not work
  • Audio is choppy and crackles. Suggest muting your audio.
  • A keyboard control editor for creating new or editing existing controls is not available yet. You can only use the pre-built (default) keyboard controls that are provided.

Game Compatibility

Amongst some of the Top games we have tested
The following apps/games are known to be working well
  • Free Fire
  • Grand Chase 
  • Idle Heroes
  • Lineage M
  • Mobile Legends
  • Rise of Civilization
  • Seven Knights
  • Whatsapp
The following games are working but you may experience the issues described below
  • Looney Tunes™ World of Mayhem - Slight lag during gameplay
  • Lords Mobile - Occasional lag on some screens
  • 風之國度 - Slight lag during gameplay

The following apps/ games are known to not work in this version

  • Instagram - Does not install from Google Play but can be sideloaded
  • PUBG Mobile - Distorted graphics


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