Android Subsystem for Windows 11 was one of the biggest new features expected to arrive on October 5th. Microsoft needs more time to test this feature, and it has recently started rolling out to Insiders. We have also prepared a detailed guide for installing and running applications. Now, we will describe a method where you can install Android applications on Windows 11 even without joining the beta channel.

Microsoft has confirmed that testers in the United States series can download and install Android apps from the Amazon AppStore on Windows 11. However, the Android Subsystem for Windows 11 is being rolled out gradually, so downloading the Amazon AppStore may not be possible when the Store app is not updated.

Windows 11’s Android Subsystem is available for compatible devices with Intel, AMD and Qualcomm processors. Additionally, a minimum of 8GB of RAM is required to sideload Android APKs on Windows 11, while 16GB of RAM is recommended for the best experience on supported devices.

Thanks to WSA, we can install Android applications on Windows 11 without the Google Play Store. It also allows you to install and use mobile apps that you can’t find in app stores like Amazon, Google or Samsung.

The great thing about Android Subsystem for Windows is that it allows you to install almost any Android app without making changes to device settings. The process is similar to sideloading apps on your phone, but you may need to be a little familiar with Command Prompt for this.

Below you can see the simplest ways to install apps in Windows 11 using Command Prompt. If you know the basics of Command Prompt and ADB (Android Debug Bridge), installing APKs on your Windows 11 PC may sound simple.

Before you begin, make sure you have downloaded APKs for the apps you want to install on your device. To sideload Android APKs on Windows 11 using WSA without joining the beta channel, follow these steps:

  • Download Windows Subsystem for Android with this link.
  • Open PowerShell (as administrator).
  • Enter Add-AppxPackage “file path”. To get the path to the Windows Subsystem file you downloaded, right-click on it and click Properties. Then copy the path opposite “Location:” here.
  • Go to Google’s website from this link and download Android SDK Platform-Tools.
  • Extract the Android SDK Platform-Tools to a folder of your choice.
  • Open Windows Search and type “Windows Subsystem for Android” and click on the result.
  • Scroll down in “Windows Subsystem for Android” and turn on “Developer mode”.
  • Click “Files” to get the IP address. This step is required when the IP address is not available in the settings page.
  • If you still don’t see the IP address, click Refresh or reopen the settings.
  • Open Command Prompt when done. For this, you can type “Command Prompt” in the Search section.
  • Use the “cd” command to navigate to the Android SDK Platform-Tools folder. For example, if you extracted the tools from the Downloads folder, just type “cd c:Users”username”downloadsplatform-tools” and hit enter.
  • Enter the IP address you copied earlier in Command Prompt.
  • To install the APK “adb install applicationname. apk” command. For example, the name of the application is “technopat”. So we can enter the command: adb install technopat. apk
  • If you have followed the steps correctly, a successful message will appear in the Command Prompt.

You can find the app listed in your start menu and these Android apps can be uninstalled like any other app.

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Michael Lewis


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