How to Allow or Block Installing Apps from Unknown Sources in the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 with WSA

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The article details how to modify settings to allow or block “Install unknown apps” on Windows 11 through Amazon Appstore using Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA). This setting, which is enabled by default, regulates the installation of untrusted apps. The guide provides step-by-step instructions to toggle this setting on or off from within Amazon Appstore…

This article explains how to turn “Install unknown apps” on or off in the Amazon Appstore with WSA in Windows 11.

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) creates a virtual machine that provides the environment to install and run Android applications as natively installed on Windows.

Through the Amazone Appstore, you can run and play Android apps and games on your Windows machine through the virtualized environment.

By default, untrusted or unknown apps cannot be installed on your Windows device through WSA. Unless you enable to allow unknown apps, all untrusted apps will be blocked.

Turning on allow “Install unknown apps” from the Amazon Appstore will enable you to sideload app APKs onto the Windows device from within another app. In other Amazon devices, it is called “allow apps from unknown sources.”

Allow or block “Install unknown apps” in the Amazon Appstore

As mentioned above, unknown or untrusted apps are automatically barred from installing via the Amazon Appstore by default.

Turning on allow “Install unknown apps” from the Amazon Appstore will enable you to sideload app APKs onto the Windows device from within another app.

Here’s how to turn it on or off in Windows with WSA.

First, you must install Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on Windows 11. If you haven’t already done so, follow the post below to learn how to install it.

How to install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11

Once installed, go to the Start menu, and search for Windows Subsystem for Android. Then, select and open Windows Subsystem for Android app under Best Match.

When the app opens, go to its Apps pane on the left.

Select the Amazon Appstore tile on the right, then click the “More option” (3 buttons) to show the App settings button.

On the App info page, under the Advanced section, click the “Install unknown apps” tile to expand.

Then toggle the.”Allow from this source” button to the On position to enable.

To disable it, toggle the switch to the Off position.

Alternatively, you can access the Amazon Appstore app settings from the Windows Settings app.

To do that, click on the Start and select Settings. In the Settings app, select the Apps tile on the left penal.

On the Start -> Settings -> Apps -> Installed app panel, locate the Amazon Appstore tile and select the More options button ( 3 buttons), then click Modify.

You should then see the same settings for the Amazone Appstore as above.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to allow or block “Install unknown apps” in the Amazon Appstore with WSA. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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