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The Windows 11 preview build comes with native support for the “Windows Subsystem for Android-WSA”, which allows you to run Android apps on your computers without the need for third-party emulators. Currently, it is only possible to download applications from the Amazon Appstore, as there is no support for other stores.

Amazon’s Appstore isn’t as big as the Play Store, as you might expect, and only a limited number of Android apps are officially available for download on Windows 11. On the other hand, it is possible to use the command line tool to install Android apps and you can even run the Windows Subsystem for Android elsewhere.

If you don’t want to use the command line, which can be difficult for many, there is an easier way to install Android apps. A new app called “WSA PacMan” available on Github allows us to install Android apps without opening the command prompt or system settings.

As the name suggests, this is a third-party open source package manager developed specifically for the Windows Subsystem for Android. It acts as a GUI (graphical user interface) and can run ADB scripts in the background to install Android apps, while also relying on the default port itself. So you don’t need to make any changes to the app or the WSA itself.

WSA PacMan is based on the original WSA included in the operating system while making use of the ADB commands. For this reason, you need to install the Windows Subsystem for Android at least once.

First you will need a device running Windows 11 and supporting the Android Subsystem for Linux. Second, make sure you have the Android Subsystem installed and the debug option turned on. Otherwise, the package manager will not be able to install applications on your device.

  • Go to GitHub’s page here and download WSA PacMan.
  • PackMan application will automatically connect to WSA as it uses default port 58526 for debugging.
  • As you can see in the screenshot above, WSA PacMan has a simple interface and you just need to find the APK file you want to run.
  • If you followed the steps correctly and selected the APK file, you will see an installation wizard similar to the native installer included in the operating system.

You can open installed applications like any other Windows application. In addition, applications installed by the package manager will appear on the Start Menu and can be fixed on the taskbar.


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