How to Access Files from Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on Windows 11

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The article provides detailed steps on how to view and transfer files from Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) apps in Windows 11. It outlines how to locate and open the WSA app, navigate to the files via the settings function, and then copy and save desired files to the Windows Downloads folder.

This article explains the steps to view files from Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) apps 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.

Files from mobile apps can be opened and transferred to Windows. Your files will appear in the settings window to browse any images, videos, audio, documents, and downloads saved from mobile apps.

Below is how to view files saved or transferred from your WSA device to Windows.

View WSA files from apps in Windows 11

As described above, files from mobile apps can be opened and transferred to Windows. You can view your files from the settings window; the steps below show you how.

First, open the Windows Subsystem for the Android app.

To do that, click on the Start menu button, and click on All apps -> select and open Windows Subsystem for Android app on the list.

When the app opens, click the Settings button on the left.

Windows WSA Settings pane
Windows WSA Settings pane

On the right, select the Files tile and click the link as highlighted below.

Windows Subsystem for Android open files
Windows Subsystem for Android opens files.

This will open the Windows File Explorer with files for your WSA device.

Windows Subsystem for Android files list
Windows Subsystem for Android files list

To save a file to your PC, right-click the file you want to save, then select Open with Using Windows default. The selected file will open in the default Windows app for the file type, which will be copied to the Downloads folder in Windows.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/manage-settings-for-mobile-apps-on-windows-000f97e8-8c20-490e-9ef4-cd90d903f847

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to open files for your WSA device in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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