Microsoft has now finally unveiled the most awaited Windows subsystem for Andoird for Windows 11. Microsoft had been working on bringing the Android app support to Windows for quite some time. However, we had to see this feature along with Windows 11 official launch, but Microsoft delayed this.
Now Microsoft has released the first preview of the Windows subsystem for Andoird in Windows Insider channels. However, the Dev channel cannot access the initial preview of the Windows subsystem for Android. To install the first preview, you’ll need to enroll in the Beta Channel.
In this guide, we will show you the steps to Install and Run Android Apps on Windows 11.
Prerequisites to Run Android Apps on Windows 11
Before we move ahead, we need to set up the environment to install and run the Android apps on Windows 11. However, there are some system requirements that your system needs to comply with.
- Windows 11 Insider Beta Channel – You need to be enrolled in the Beta channel to install the Windows subsystem for Android to run the Android app on Windows. And also, you should be on the Windows 11 build version 22000.xxx series. If you’re unsure about the build version, always open the Run box and type ‘winver’ to check the Windows build version.
- Virtualization Support – You should check whether the Virtualization is enabled on your PC. To check, open the Task Manager and navigate to the ‘Performance’ tab, then select the ‘CPU.’ Now check if it says Virtualization is enabled.
- Set Windows 11 Region to the US – If your PC region is not the US, you’ll need to select the PC region to the US. Open Windows Settings, navigate to Time & Language > Language & Region, under the Region section, set the region to the United States.
- US Based Amazon account – You’ll need a US-based Amazon account on the Amazon app store because we’ll install the Apps through the Amazon app store. However, there is a small set of apps available right now, but later in the future number may increase drastically.
- Latest Microsoft Store app version – Microsoft Store App version should be 22110.1402.6.0 or higher.
- Storage – Your PC storage type should be SSD; otherwise, you would not be able to run Android apps.
Now we are ready to install and run Android apps on Windows 11. Follow the below steps to set up the environment to run Android apps.
1. Join Windows Insider Program
The Windows Subsystem for Android is currently available to the beta channel, which means you’ll need to enroll in the Beta channel through the Windows Insider program.
Follow the below steps to enroll your Windows 11 PC in the Beta channel.
- Open Settings.
- Select Windows update.
- Click the Windows Insider Program.
- Then, click the Get started button.
- Click the Link an account button.
- Select the Microsoft account and then confirm.
- Then select the Beta Channel (Recommended) option.
- Click the Continue to term and conditions, then Restart your PC.
2. Check for Windows Updates
Open the Settings > Windows Update and then click the Check for updates. Install the update if available. Next, check the Windows build version under the System > About section; it should be on build version 22000.xxx series. If Windows is not on the latest build, update it first to the latest available build version.
3. Check for Microsoft Store Update
The Microsoft Store app version should be 22110.1402.6.0 or higher. To check the Store version, follow the below steps.
- Open Microsoft Store App.
- Click the Profile icon.
- Then, click the App settings.
- Under the About this app section, you can find the App version.
4. Enable Virtualization
Virtualization should be enabled to your computer at the hardware and software level to run the virtual machine for the Windows subsystem for Android. It is most probably that Virtualization may already be enabled on your computer if you have a modern PC.
To check whether the Virtualization is enabled, open the Task Manager, switch to the Performance tab, select the CPU, check if it says Virtualization is enabled.
5. Set Region to the United States
If you’re from outside the United States, you’ll need to change your region to the United States to install the Amazon app store. To change the region, open the Settings, go to the Time & Language > Language & region, under the Region section, select the region as the United States.
6. Install Amazon App Store alongside Windows Subsystem for Android
To install the Amazon App Store along with Android Subsystem for Android, follow the below steps.
- Open the Amazon Appstore page on the Windows Store.
- Click the Install button.
- A popup will appear “Get your PC ready for the Amazon Appstore“, click the Download button.
- Once it is downloaded, click the Open Amazon Appstore button.
- Wait for a while until Windows Subsystem for Android is being setup.
Now that you have done all the necessary steps, it’s time to install the Android app through Amazon Appstore.
7. Windows Subsystem for Android
The Windows subsystem for Android also gets installed alongside when you install the Amazon App Store from Microsoft Store, and you don’t need to install it separately.
The Windows subsystem for Android comes with a settings page that you can access from the Start Menu. Open the Start Menu and search “Windows subsystem for Android,” open it.
You can find options including Files, Subsystem Screen Reader, Subsystem resources, Optional diagnostic data, Developer mode, IP address, Reset to defaults, and Turn off Subsystem for Android.
The File option lets you access the files you download on the Android app including the Images, Audio, Videos, Documents, etc.
Under the System resources, you can switch between As needed or Continuous option. When As needed is selected, the Virtual Machine will run when needed, but when Continous is selected, the Virtual Machine will run continuously.
You also have a Developer mode option that you can enable to access the subsystem on the same private network using the IP address.
How to Install Android Apps on Windows 11
You will need a US-based Amazon account to be eligible to install Android apps. If you don’t have an account on Amazon.com, you can create a new one. To install the Android apps through Amazon Appstore, follow the below steps.
- Clcik the Start Menu.
- Find and open the Amazon Appstore you installed recentely on your PC.
- Click the Sign In button.
- Sign In with your United States-based Amazon account.
- Once you’re Signed In, select the App you want to install.
- Click the Get button.
- Click the Download button.
- Once App has been downloaded, you can option it via Amazon appstore.
Once you complete the steps, the App will be available to your App list. Then, you can open the app either from the App Store or Start Menu app list.
Android app will behave like a native Windows app. You will be able to Minimize, Maximize, and Resize the window of the App, and also, you can use Mouse and keyboard for input. You can terminate the app with the Close’X button like any other Windows app.
How to uninstall Android Apps on Windows 11
You can uninstall Android apps like any other Windows app you install from Microsoft Store from the Start menu or Settings app.
Uninstall App from Start Menu
To remove the app from the Start Menu, follow the below steps.
- Open the Start Menu.
- Click the All apps.
- Find the Android app you want to uninstall.
- Right-click the app, then select the Uninstall.
- Then, again click the Uninstall to confirm.
Uninstall App from Settings app
To uninstall the Android app from the Settings app, follow the below steps.
- Open the Settings app using Win + I shortcut key.
- Click the Apps.
- Then, select App & features.
- Under the App list section, find the App you want to remove.
- Click the vertical three-dotted button and select the Uninstall option.
Once you uninstall the app, the App will no longer be available in the App list.
The Windows Subsystem for Android is in the early stage, we can see the improvements over time. Right now we only have a limited set of applications available on the Amazon Appstore, in which there are some apps and games. However, we can also sideload the Android apps on Windows 11.
This is all about how to run Android apps on Windows 11. I hope this guide is helpful for you; if you have any feedback, feel free to mention it below in the comment section.