October 2021, Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs in partnership with Amazon and its app store. However, the feature was only available to beta testers participating in the Windows 11 Insider Program, and was limited to around 50 apps. Starting from Feb 15, 2022, the company is opening access to a broader audience with the arrival of the Amazon Appstore Preview in the Microsoft Store, which will now offer more than 1,000 apps and games.
The experience is built on the Android platform via the new Windows Subsystem for Android, powered by Intel’s Bridge Technology. Both AMD and Intel devices are supported, however, given they meet hardware requirements for running Windows 11.
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- Memory: 8GB (16GB recommended).
- Processor: Intel Core i3 8th Gen, AMD Ryzen 3000, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c, or better.
- Storage: Solid-state drive (SSD).
- Microsoft Store app: Version 22110.1402.6.0 or higher.
- Windows 11: Build 22000.526 or higher (stable channel).
- computer’s public ip is in US. If not, you can use VPN to achieve it.
- Amazon.com account
Installing Amazon Appstore
You will need to make sure your system meet all system requirements for WSA.
If not, you will get an error to show your pc is not meeting minimum requirement.
Manual Installation of All Components
Verify and Install Virtual Machine Platform:
Open the Task Manager on the CPU tab and check the CPU tab for the Virtualization line. If it is missing, you need to enable it in BIOS.
Now, press Win + R and type
optionalfeatures in the Run dialog
Check the Virtual Machine Platform component and click OK to install it. You may need to restart the OS to apply the change.
Search Amazon Appstore. But you might not have this in your search result.
If Amazon Appstore shows in your search result, you might be able to directly install it with all other required components. But if you are having same issue I am facing, here are the steps we can get WSA installed and other Android apps installed.
Download Two Components for WSA
Next, open you web browser and point to this Store link generator by rg-adguard (https://store.rg-adguard.net/).
- Type the following url into its search box:
- Select the Slow ring and click on the checkmark button to generate the links.
Download the huge file (1.2 GB)
MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_***_.msixbundle, where *** is its version.
You will also need to download
- Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6_2.62112.3002.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.Appx (4.65MB)
Open Windows Terminal as Administrator with PowerShell to the Downloads folder and type the following command to install Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11:
Add-AppxPackage -Path "C:\Users\winaero\Downloads\MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_<version>.msixbundle". Correct the package name and its path and hit Enter.
PS C:\users\test1\Downloads> dir Directory: C:\users\test1\Downloads Mode LastWriteTime Length Name ---- ------------- ------ ---- -a---- 3/1/2022 8:36 AM 4879744 Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6_2.62112.3002.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.Appx -a---- 3/1/2022 8:30 AM 1299657701 MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.8.32837.0_neutral ___8wekyb3d8bbwe.Msixbundle PS C:\users\test1\Downloads> Add-AppxPackage -Path ".\Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6_2.62112.3002.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.Appx" PS C:\users\test1\Downloads> Add-AppxPackage -Path ".\MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.8.32837.0_neutral___8wekyb3d8bbwe.Msixbundle" PS C:\users\test1\Downloads>
Windows Subsystem for Android is now installed and available from the Start menu along with the Amazon Store.
Sideload Android Apps
To install Android apps outside the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, the app will install, and you can then find it and run it from the Start menu like any other native app on Windows.
Installed Android Apps can be found from Windows Start menu.