Playing PUBG for Free: Is It Possible, and How?

PUBG is definitely one of the defining games of the decade. Along with Fortnite and APEX Legends, it’s one of the whales that support Battle Royale as a genre. And it’s the only one that’s initially paid. At least, in the PC version. Well, it’s better than bloodsucking pay-to-win, but… are there any ways to play PUBG for free?

The answer is yes, there are. More than that: these are quite legal ways, so you will have to neither violate the law nor hack the PUBG servers. Still, it may have a little wit to get the thing done and enjoy the game.

PUBG Mobile: Initially Free

If you try to install PUBG on your mobile device, it will be quite a dull regular procedure that requires no payment. No matter if you use Android or Apple device, you only have to do the following:

  1. Run App Store or Google Play.
  2. Enter “PUBG” in the search bar.
  3. Tap “Install”.
  4. Confirm with your biometry if necessary.

It may be trickier on Huawei devices, as they don’t have Google Play services, and Huawei AppGallery is still missing this game. Then you will have to download .APK installation file from a third-party site and install it manually like a regular Android app. To do it, you just have to download the file to your Android device (or copy it there from a computer) and run it. Allow third-party sources if necessary. It’s worth a paragraph: this method will appear later.

PUBG gameplay screenshot

PUBG on PC: Can It Be for Free?

If you visit the PUBG page on Steam, you’ll see that the game is paid initially. If you somehow install the pirated version, your authentication will inevitably fail. And without online authorization, this game just doesn’t make sense.

But you can enjoy PUBG Mobile on your desktop, as well as on your mobile. All you have to do is:

  1. Install Android emulator on your PC. There are emulators for both Windows and Macs, so there won’t be a problem.
  2. Enter your Google credentials, so you can use your Google account with the Android emulator.
  3. Run Google Play within the emulator and install PUBG like described above.
  4. Run the game within the emulator and enjoy! 

PUBG gameplay screenshot

Which Emulator to Select?

While BlueStacks 4 is referred to as the emulator of choice, it really has lots of useful options. It emulates fresh Android versions, supports various inputs (including gamepads), and delivers stable experience. Still, there are other alternatives to consider if you have any specific requirements.

  • Tencent Gameloop (formerly known as Tencent Game Buddy). This emulator is made specifically for running games, it’s simple and easy to setup. By the way, Tencent is also the developer of PUBG itself. If you only need it in order to play PUBG Mobile on PC, that’s the tool.
  • Windroy. It’s a good option for dated or budget hardware, as it lets Android apps use the computer resources directly.
  • Remix OS Player. It’s great for those with NVIDIA GPU’s due to better performance with them.

No matter which emulator you select, it will let you install PUBG Mobile on PC, along with thousands of other games. As for experience on certain platforms and emulators, gamepads and other inputs, let’s talk about that in the comments section.

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