How to install Android applications on Windows 11

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Among the various noteworthy innovations introduced by the new Microsoft operating system, Windows 11, there is certainly that of being able to download and use some applications also available on Android. There are obviously some limitations, set for the moment by Microsoft: first of all it must be said that this feature is currently only available for developers, moreover it is possible download only the applications present in the Amazon store, which has a very limited selection of installable apps. But we will discuss this "problem" later. But how to install Android applications on Windows 11? Let's see it in this guide.

Before you can proceed with the actual installation of Android apps, your system must meet two basic requirements:

  • The installed version must be Windows 11 Insider Build 22000.282 or higher. If you are not part of the program "Windows Insider“, You can sign up by going to Settings> Windows Update> Windows Insider;
  • La processor virtualization must be active: to verify this, simply start Activity Management, move to the tab Performances and read what is written next to the item "Virtualization". If it is not active, it is possible to change the setting by accessing the BIOS of your PC.

If you meet these two requirements, you can continue reading the guide and find out how to install Android applications on Windows 11.

How to install Android apps on Windows 11: Run apps from the Amazon Appstore

  1. Connect to this link and download the application Windows Subsystem for Android with Amazon Appstore by clicking on "Get";
  2. After downloading and installing via the Microsoft Store, you should find the Amazon app store among the installed apps;
  3. Open the application and log in with your Amazon account;
  4. Here you will have the opportunity to download all Android applications currently available also on Windows: once the application is downloaded, to start it, simply type the name in the Windows search bar and start it like any other program.

How to install Android apps on Windows 11: sideload apps

We have seen how to install Android applications on Windows 11 using the Amazon Appstore, but now let's go back to the problem we discussed in the introduction: the amount of applications available is currently very limited, which could be a bit of a nuisance for those users who wanted to take advantage of this function to better synchronize their work between smartphone and PC. But, as with everything, the solution is there: 99% of Android owners know that it is possible to install an application on their smartphone without using the Play Store, simply by searching for the .apk file on Google and installing it. The procedure that we will follow in this case is very similar, and only involves the use of a tool we have already told you about, called WSA Tools, who will do the dirty work for you.

  1. Install WSA Tools from the Microsoft Store (you can search for it in the app or visit this link);
  2. Download (possibly from a reliable source, such as APKMirror) the .apk file of the application you want to install;
  3. Open the app WSATools;
  4. Click on Select an APK, select the file you downloaded earlier and then click on install;
  5. Once the installation is finished, the app will be available for use among other applications installed in Windows 11.
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