How to Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11

Microsoft has finally started rolling out the first preview of the Windows subsystem for Android to the Beta channel. Now you can run Android apps on Windows 11. Although there is a limited set of Android Apps available on the Amazon Appstore at the moment, you’ll be able to Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11.

You can sideload any Android app like TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram, etc. In this guide, we’ll show you how to Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11.

How to Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11

First of all, you’ll need to install the Windows subsystem for Android and Amazon Appstore to install and Run Android Apps. We already have a detailed guide on this topic, which you might want to read: How to Install and Run Android Apps on Windows 11

Once you have installed and set up Amazon Appstore on your Windows 11, follow these steps to sideload Android apps.

1. Find the IP Address of the Windows Subsystem for Android

You’ll need an IP Address of the WSA to connect it through ADB (Android Debug Bridge). To find the IP address, follow these steps.

  1. In the Taskbar search, type Windows Subsystem for Android.
  2. This will bring the WSA in the search result, open it.
  3. This will open the Settings page.
  4. Enable the Developer Mode using the respective Toggle button.
  5. Now click the Refresh button next to the IP address. An IP address will be generted that you need to copy. If the IP address is not assigned, make sure the Windows Subsystem for Android is running, to start it you can run the Amazon Appstore.
Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11

2. Connect to Windows Subsystem for Android to ADB

Once you have an IP address of the Windows subsystem for Android, you can connect to WSA through ADB. Follow these steps to do this.

  1. Download a Zip file of SDK platofrm-Tools for Windows.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file.
  3. Open the Unzipped folder.
  4. Type CMD in the File Explorer address bar, and hit Enter. This will open the Command Prompt in the same directory.
Platform tool for Windows
  1. Now we will connect to the Windows Subsystem for Android. Run the following command, replace the IP with the IP address of the WSA you copied.
adb connect IP_address
Connect Windows Subsystem for Android through ADB

Suppose you get a ‘Connection Failed,’ rerun the command. To list all the attached devices, run the command ADB devices.

Once you’re connected to the Windows Subsystem for Android, then you’re ready to sideload Android apps.

3. Sideload Android Apps

You can download your favorite Android app that you want to sideload on your Windows 11 PC. In addition, you can download Android APKs from the websites like APKMirror.

You recommend downloading the x86_64 APKs if available because Intel and AMD processors are based on the X86_64 Architecture. However, in case the x86_64 version is not available, you can download the ARM64 version.

Download APK from APKMirror

Once you have downloaded the APK you want to Sideload on Windows 11, then follow these steps.

  1. Right-click the APK file you downloaded.
  2. Select ‘Copy as path‘ to copy the full path of the APK file.
Copy the Full path of the APK file
  1. Now head back to the Command Prompt and run the following command to sideload the Android App on Windows 11.
adb install APK_path

Replace the APK_path with the full path of the APK file. Right-click on the Command Prompt black screen to paste the APK_path.

Install APK through ADB

Once you get the ‘Success‘ on the screen, this means the Android App has been sideloaded on your Windows 11 PC. You can find the App in the Start Menu App list. Click the Start Menu, and you can also find the App in the Recently added apps list.

Android app in the Start Menu apps list

You can see, I have sideloaded Firefox Nightly Android App on my Windows 11. Similarly, you can sideload Android apps on Windows 11 as many as you want.

This is all about sideloading Android apps on Windows 11. I hope this guide is helpful for you. If you have feedback, feel free to mention it below in the comment section.

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