Can I run FrontDesk on Windows?

While we don't have an official FrontDesk application for Windows, we offer a fairly easy way to run the Android version of FrontDesk on any Windows/Mac machine.

Please keep in mind, these workarounds utilize software that is not produced by us.  Use at your own risk.

Option 1: Using BlueStacks

  1. Blue Stacks will run an Android emulator on your Mac or Windows desktop
  2. Download and install Bluestacks from their website.
  3. Download the FrontDesk APK file.  This is the file Android devices use to install the application.  There are plenty of sites online that will allow you to download an APK from your browser.  We recommend apkmonk.com as it requires the least amount of work. If you are having troubles downloading the APK, please contact us.
  4. Open the .APK file using Bluestacks
  5. This should install FrontDesk onto the emulator and it should be good to go.

Option 2: Using ARC Welder and an older version of Google Chrome

  1. This requires Google Chrome but the latest version of Google Chrome is no longer compatible.  You will need to use a version of Chrome between v41.x and v62.x.  Make sure that your installation of Google Chrome is within this range.
  2. Next, you will need an ARC (App Runtime for Chrome).  We highly recommend "ARC Welder".  
  3. Launch ARC Welder.
  4. If this is the first time running ARC Welder, you will need to specify a folder for it to store some files.  This can be anywhere (documents, desktop, downloads folder).  This is a mandatory step that will save your session data.
  5. Download the FrontDesk APK file.  This is the file Android devices use to install the application.  There are plenty of sites online that will allow you to download an APK from your browser.  We recommend apkmonk.com as it requires the least amount of work. If you are having troubles downloading the APK, please contact us.
  6. Select "Add your APK" and navigate to the APK that you downloaded in Step 5.
  7. Set the 'Orientation' to 'Landscape'
  8. Set the 'Form factor' to 'Fullscreen', 'Maximized', or 'Tablet' depending on how large you want the app to be. 
  9. Set the 'Resize' to 'Reconfigure'
  10. All other settings can be left alone.
  11. Click "TEST" in the lower corner.
  12. You're done!  ARC Welder should launch the FrontDesk app in an emulated Android device!

NOTE:  After the installing is complete you will have a 'FrontDesk' application installed.  You may need ARC Welder open in order to run the 'FrontDesk' app.  Anytime you reconfigure your ARC Welder settings (such as changing the Form Factor) you will need to re-login to FrontDesk.