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    How to use joystick controls on BlueStacks (Android Emulator)

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    Find out how to do any joystick work on emulador do Android to Windows. In this tutorial, you will see how to configure the emulator to work with any control, even those cheap street vendor controls (like the one in the image above).

    [Updated Post 2016]

    New Method

    A new method for using USB controls in Bluestacks. To play with controls in an easy and uncomplicated way, just use the program Xpadder.

    Xpadder is a program that maps keyboard keys and converts them into joystick buttons. So, whenever you press a button, Xpadder will replicate the keyboard action.

    How to configure xpadder

    The secret is to run Xpadder and Bluestacks with the same user level. That is, if you run Bluestacks as a regular user (double click), run Xpadder as a regular user as well. If you run Bluestacks as an administrator, Xpadder must be run as an administrator as well.

    Configuring buttons in Bluestacks

    After configuring Xpadder, just map the buttons in Bluestacks. To do this, click on the icon with keys in the upper right corner of the screen. To open the edit option, click on the places where you would play (if you were playing on mobile) and define a button, pressing the joystick buttons. To finish, just close the “X” and then click save. The saved configuration varies for each game.

    Testing in some games


    Xpadder is the method that works not only with Bluestacks but with any Android emulator for PC. It maps any keystroke and even mouse movement. You can use Xpadder mapping in any Android game.

    [originally published May 14, 2014]

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