How to Run Android Apps on Windows 11

How to Run Android Apps on Windows 11

For years, running Android apps on your PC has required using an emulator like Bluestacks or NoxPlayer. But shortly after the release of Windows 11 came the Windows Subsystem for Android.

It was originally only available for Windows 11 Insider builds. But as of February 2022, you can use it to run Android apps on the stable channel of Windows, making it easier than ever to run Android apps.

However, there are still a few things you’ll need to take care of to use them. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get your Android apps up and running on your Windows 11 PC.

Find the Build Version of Windows 11

First things first – if you’re not on version 22000.526 or later, then you’ll need to update your copy of Windows.

To find the version of Windows 11 you’re running, start by pressing Win+R on your keyboard to open the Run app. In the Run window, type in winver to pull up the About Windows app.


If you’re on an older version of Windows 11, you’ll need to update.

Windows 11 Version

Open up Settings from the Start menu, and go to the Windows Update tab. Click on Check for updates, then click Download & Install.

Check for Updates

Enable Virtualization Machine Platform on Windows 11

Next, you’ll need to enable the Virtualization Machine Platform. Start by going to the Start menu and typing Turn Windows features on or off and opening the app.

Turn Windows features on or off

Scroll down until you find the Virtualization Machine Platform, and then click the checkbox and press OK.

Virtual Machine Platform

Once it’s installed, Windows will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Restart now and wait for your computer to restart.

Restart Now

Install the Amazon Appstore

In order to run Android apps on your computer the official way, you’ll need to download the Amazon Appstore. The Google Play Store isn’t officially supported on Windows 11, though there are workarounds that we linked to below.

To get the Amazon Appstore, start by going to the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Store

Once you’re in the Microsoft Store, in the search bar, type in Amazon Appstore and click on the app.

Amazon Appstore

Now click Install. It’s important to note that if you’re using your computer with a local Windows account, and you haven’t yet signed in to your Microsoft account, you’ll need to do so now to continue.

Install Amazon Appstore

Once it’s installed, you’ll need to sign in to your Amazon account to start using the Amazon Appstore.

Amazon

Using the Google Play Store

As we mentioned earlier, the Google Play Store isn’t officially supported on Windows. But some clever developers have found a way around this, and have made tools available to allow you to sideload the Google Play Store on your PC.

Unfortunately, getting the Google Play Store to run is a bit more involved than getting the Amazon Appstore running. It requires using third-party tools, and since Microsoft may nerf these projects with future updates, they may not work on your PC.

Since these are beyond the scope of this article, we won’t be diving into how to do it here. But you can check out the tutorials on the respective project pages if you’re truly determined to get the Google Play Store running on your computer.

Alternatively, if those are too involved for your liking, you can also use one of the Android emulators we mentioned earlier to access the Google Play Store, which we’ll link below.

Cody Brown

Cody is a gamer, writer, and computer programmer who's always looking to optimize and automate everyday tasks. When he's not immersed in prose and code, he's busy tinkering with computers, automating his home, and spending time with his wife and kids.

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