This post shows students and new users steps to install and use Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in Windows 11. Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is a feature that enables Windows 11 devices to run Android apps that are available from the Amazon Appstore.
As of now, Windows Subsystem for Android is currently only available for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel in the United States. If you’re in another location, it may not be possible to install and use Windows 11 as of yet.
Also, only Android apps available in the Amazon Appstore can be installed on Windows 11. Apps from Google Play Store are not yet supported and will not be installed.
You may be able to enable WSA and install Android apps in any location once it leaves Preview and Beta stages. However, some requirements must be met before you can install it on a Windows 11 PC.
Below we’ll list the requirements and steps to install WSA on Windows 11.
How to use Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11
As mentioned above, WSA enables Windows 11 devices to run Android apps that are available from the Amazon Appstore.
However, before you can install WSA in Windows 11, these requirements must be met:
- Your PC needs to be on Windows 11 and meet these hardware requirements.
- You may need to enable virtualization for your PC’s BIOS/UEFI. Click here for a guide on how to enable this on your PC.
- Make sure you’re running Microsoft Store version 22110.1402.6.0 or higher.
- Your PC’s region must be set to the U.S.
- Your PC must be in the Beta Channel. If you are new to the Windows Insider Program, click here to get started with registration and joining your PC to the Beta Channel.
- You will also need to have a U.S.-based Amazon account to use the Amazon Appstore.
Once all the requirements above are met, continue below to get WSA installed on Windows 11.
How to install enable Virtual Machine Platform on Windows 11
You must enable the Virtual Machine Platform optional feature in Windows 11 to install the Amazon Appstore app. To enable, press the Window key + R to open the Run apps box. Then type in the commands below into the box and press Enter to open.
When the Windows optional features panel opens, select Virtual Machine Platform from the list and click OK install.
Once the Virtual Machine Platform is enabled, continue below to install the Amazon Appstore in the Microsoft Store.
How to install Amazon Appstore in Windows 11
Now that the Virtual Machine Platform is installed and ready to use, click on the link below to install the Amazon Appstore in Windows 11. As mentioned above, at this time, only Android apps available in the Amazon Appstore can be installed in Windows 11.
Click on the link below to open the Microsoft Store, then install the Amazon Appstore.
Once the Microsoft Store opens with Amazon Appstore apps, click on the Install button to install the app.
Once the Amazon Appstore is installed, go to the Start button ==> All Apps and select Amazon Appstore from the apps list.
Select the Amazon Appstore as shown below.
Once the Amazon Appstore app opens, log in with your Amazon account. If you don’t already have an account, create a new one and then sign in with it.
After successfully logging in, you should see the Amazon Appstore dashboard. Select the app you wish to install on Windows 11.
Any Android app you install should be added to Windows All apps list similar to any other apps.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.
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