Survival, dinosaurs, tribes, and futuristic technology. ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, Studio Wildcard’s hit multiplayer game, has become one of the most popular survival games on all platforms. So much so that it has even reached mobile devices with an adapted and free version available on Android. This adaptation is the ideal option for those who want to get into this experience from anywhere, but it is also a very good alternative for those who want to play it on PC— taking advantage of the fact that its requirements are lower than those of the original version.

Today there are several methods to play ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile on a computer, ideal both for those who have a PC unable to run the demanding original version of the game and for those who prefer to play it on a larger screen and with more comfort. Here we explain step by step how you can play the mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved on your computer.

Play ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile on PC through the official PC version

The first thing you should know is that ARK: Survival Evolved has its own version for computers. It is a PC game you can buy in digital stores like Steam or Epic Games Store. However, there are several drawbacks: this is a paid version, unlike the mobile adaptation, and it has much more demanding requirements. That means that if your computer is somewhat outdated or if you prefer free access, this is not your ideal choice.

Even so, if you think it fits what you are looking for, you will only have to buy the game, install it and create an account to access this world of dinosaur survival.

ARK: Survival Evolved on PC screenshot. Dinosaur and hand with a gun.

Play ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile on PC via ApowerMirror

If you are looking for a free and more accessible ARK: Survival Evolved version, you should ideally go for the mobile game. Don’t worry if you want to play it on a PC, because nowadays there are very useful alternatives to bring your mobile screen to the computer and control it with a keyboard and mouse. The most recommended is ApowerMirror, an application fully adapted to video games, so you can install it on your smartphone to play Android games on a PC.

We explain step by step how to perform this simple process:

  • Install ARK: Survival Evolved on your mobile device.
  • Install ApowerMirror on both your mobile device and PC— the Windows version on the latter.
  • Link the two ApowerMirror apps using the same WiFi network or via USB cable.
  • Use the “Mirror to PC” option and grant all permissions.

This way, you can use your cell phone on your computer, even controlling it with a keyboard and mouse, without worrying about what happens on your smartphone. Basically, you will be streaming the game from your mobile with an app that offers a very good response time, so you will hardly notice any latency. Remember to activate the “Game Keyboard” option before accessing ARK: Survival Evolved from PC so that your experience will be the most optimal.

ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile screenshot. Three dinosaurs at the doors of a building with torches.

Play ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile on PC via emulator

If you want a more traditional alternative that takes full advantage of your computer, the ideal thing is to choose a good Android emulator on a PC. This way, you can install mobile applications on your computer, including games like ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile. Today you can find very good options, so many that sometimes it is challenging to choose one. If you want our opinion, before the official emulation of Android apps on Windows 11 arrives, one of the most recommended is MuMu Player— a free option developed by the technological giant NetEase.

Here’s how you can play ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile on PC with the MuMu Player emulator:

  • Download the Windows version of MuMu Player and install it on your PC.
  • Download the ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile’s “.apk” file on Uptodown.
  • Open MuMu Player on your PC and drag the game “.apk” file to install it.

ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile screenshot. Dinosaur with futuristic armor next to a contemporary building.

As you can see, installing Android games on the MuMu Player emulator is quite easy, so this option has become one of the most convenient to play ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile on a PC. However, you will have to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements of Studio Wildcard’s game. If it does not, we recommend you opt for the previous option and run the game on your supported mobile device to stream it on your PC screen.


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