How to Run Exe Files on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will explore the process of running .exe files on Android devices. While Android is primarily designed to support APK files, it is still possible to execute some .exe files with the help of certain tools. So, let’s dive into the steps involved in running .exe files on Android.

Step 1: Download and Install a File Manager App
Firstly, you need to download and install a reliable file manager app from the Google Play Store. There are various options available, such as ES File Explorer, Solid Explorer, or FX File Explorer.

Step 2: Download a DOSBox Emulator
To run .exe files on Android, we need an emulator that can simulate a DOS environment. One of the popular choices is DOSBox, which is compatible with Android devices. You can download it from the Google Play Store.

Step 3: Locate and Open DOSBox
Once you have installed DOSBox on your Android device, open your file manager app and navigate to its location. Tap on the DOSBox icon to launch it.

Step 4: Mount a Virtual Drive
After launching DOSBox, you will see a command prompt-like interface. To mount a virtual drive within DOSBox, type the following command:

MOUNT C: /sdcard

This command will mount your device’s storage as drive C within DOSBox.

Step 5: Transfer .exe Files to Your Device
Next, transfer the .exe file you want to run to your Android device. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable and copy the file into any directory on your device’s internal storage or SD card.

Step 6: Navigate to the Directory
In DOSBox, navigate to the directory where you have placed the .exe file. To change directories, use the following command:

CD directory_path

Replace “directory_path” with the actual path of the directory where your .exe file is located.

Step 7: Run the .exe File
Finally, it’s time to run the . In DOSBox, type the name of the .exe file and hit Enter. DOSBox will execute the file as if you were running it on a Windows PC.

That’s it! You have successfully run an .exe file on your Android device using DOSBox.

  • Tips:
    • If you encounter any issues while running the .exe file, try using different versions of DOSBox or explore alternative DOS emulators available for Android.
    • Keep in mind that not all .exe files are compatible with Android devices due to differences in hardware architecture and operating system.
  • Note:
    • This method is primarily intended for running DOS-based applications or games on Android.
    • The performance of running .exe files on Android may vary based on your device’s specifications.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to run .exe files on Android devices using a DOS emulator like DOSBox. By following these steps, you can explore older Windows applications or games that are compatible with a DOS environment.

Remember to carefully select compatible files and be aware that not all .exe files will work on Android devices. Enjoy exploring new possibilities with your Android device!

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