The official stable build of Windows 11 went live two weeks ago. Just recently, Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel were able to install Android Apps on their new Windows 11 PCs. Fair enough it is available to a limited number of users, mostly for those in the US. Of course, you could simply join the Beta program and even change your system’s region to the US. However, this won’t work for systems that are running Windows 11 on unsupported hardware those with 4GB of RAM, since the Windows Subsystem for Android requires you to have a minimum of 8GB of RAM. Here’s how to install Windows Subsystem for Android on any Windows 11 PC.
Being able to run Android Apps on a Windows 11 PC might seem strange, but in fact, it does have a lot of benefits. The idea of being able to run apps right away on your PC without having to install Android emulators is a pretty big deal.
Of course, the Windows Subsystem for Android might feel like an emulator indirectly, but then there is a major performance improvement over traditional emulators that are currently available. You also get to use the Amazon App Store, but it has a limited number of apps, the majority of which aren’t useful for everyone at all. So, if you are someone who doesn’t want to switch to the beta channel or have an unsupported Windows 11 PC, here is a guide on how you can easily install Android apps on your Windows 11 PC.
How to install Android Apps on any Windows 11 PC
Before we go ahead with the process, you will need to understand that there will be several bugs and performance issues and the final product is quite far away, hence its availability on the beta channel. So, expect some issues here and there while using the program.
Step 1: Sideload Windows Subsystem for Android Apps on any PC
Now, you would be able to install the app only if you are part of the Windows Insider beta channel program. Because, if you aren’t, you will see that the app cannot be downloaded from the Store. There is, however, a way that you can sideload the software. Simply head over to this Microsoft Store link generator that has been created by @rgadguard.
- Open up the website by clicking here.
- Once it opens up, simply copy and paste this link into the search box https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-subsystem-for-android/9p3395vx91nr
- Next to the search box, at the right will be a box that says RP. Click on it and change it to Slow.
- You will see a box with a checkmark. Click on it.
- In a few seconds or so, you will see a list of various files.
- Scroll to the end and click on the link that has the largest file size, it would be around 1.2 GB.
- Click on the link to download the MSIXBUNDLE file.
- That’s it.
Step 2: Install Windows Subsystem for Android
Now, that you have downloaded the file, you can’t simply double click and run the program, as it is a BUNDLE file. In this case, to install it we will be making use of the Windows Terminal.
- Press the Windows and the X keys on the keyboard. This brings the context menu from the Start button.
- Select and open the Windows Terminal (Admin) option.
- You will now want to type in the following in the Windows Terminal Add- AppxPackage -Path (insert downloaded file’s path address here).
- To get the path of the file, simply hold the Shift key and then right-click the file. You will see the copy as a path option.
- With all of it done, simply hit the Enter key.
- The app should now be installed on your PC and you will find it in the Start Menu right away.
Step 3: Sideloading Android Apps
Now that you have the Windows Subsystem for Android App installed, you can simply go ahead sideload APKs right away. To know how to sideload Android Apps on Windows 11, you can check out this guide that talks and explains how you can sideload Android Apps easily.
And that is how you can install Android Apps on almost any Windows 11 PC easily. But, you need to be sure to have Virtualization enabled in the BIOS menu as well as have Virtual Platform Machine enabled. You can find all of these details in our guide to Sideloading Android Apps on a Windows 11 PC.
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2 thoughts on “How to install Windows Subsystem for Android on any Windows 11 PC to run Android apps”
Please find me a way to run Windows Subsystem for Android on my computer, I have 4GB RAM
The method should work, but it will be buggy.