How To Install Android Apps on Windows 11 – Do you want Windows 11 to run Android apps? Yes, you do, and we’re here to help you.
When Windows 11 was first announced, the fact that it could both install and run Android apps natively was one of the most interesting things about it. This wasn’t possible when it came out, but it was made possible pretty quickly.
How does it work? Basically, Microsoft and Amazon worked together to make this happen. The Amazon app store is where you can find the Android apps you can download on Windows 11.
Unfortunately, this means you won’t have access to the whole Play Store, so there won’t be as much to choose from. Still, you don’t have to go get your phone if you want to play a quick game of Subway Surfers on your PC.
Before you can run Android apps directly on your Windows 11 PC, you’ll need to install some software. This means that setting things up takes a little while.
Once you’re done, though, it’s just as easy to install Android apps on your PC as it is on your phone or tablet. So, let’s get started. Here’s how to install Android apps on a Windows 11.
How to Get Android Apps to install on Windows 11
To install Android apps on Windows 11, your computer must be able to run virtualization. To turn on virtualization on Windows 11, check out the guide we’ve linked to.
To see if virtualization is already set up on your PC, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
Then, go to the Performance tab and look at the bottom right to see if it says “Enabled” next to “Virtualization.” If it’s on, you should be fine. If not, go to your Windows 11 PC’s BIOS/UEFI page and turn it on.
Switch on the Virtual Machine Platform.
After turning on Virtualization in BIOS or UEFI, you need to turn on Virtual Machine Platform and a few other features in Windows 11. To open the Run prompt in Windows 11, press “Windows + R” on your keyboard. Here, type optionalfeatures.exe and press Enter.
“Virtual Machine Platform,” “Windows Hypervisor Platform,” and “Hyper-V” should all be turned on in the Windows Features window. After you’ve made the changes, restart your computer. Now, you can install Android apps on Windows 11 on your computer.
How To Install Android Apps on Windows 11
- Type “Store” into the Start menu and click on it to open the Microsoft Store.
- Look for “Amazon Appstore” and click it when it comes up. Then click “Install” to install Amazon’s store. You are, in fact, installing an app store from inside an app store.
- After clicking Install, you’ll be asked to install the Windows Subsystem for Android, which is some background software that lets Android apps work on your PC. To start the process, click through the first two prompts (Set up and Download) and wait for it to download.
- When the software download is done, click Next, and your PC will ask you to restart it. Click Restart when you’re ready.
- After you restart your PC, Amazon Appstore should open on its own. If not, find it in the Start menu and open it by hand. Sign in with your Amazon account information once it’s open, or make an Amazon account if you don’t already have one.
- You will now see a small list of apps that you can use. You can also use the search bar at the top to look through the library. Once you’ve found an app you want to install, click Get under the app’s tile and then click Download.
- Once your app is installed, you can either click the Open button next to it in Amazon Appstore or find it in the Start menu to open it.
So, that’s all. Hopefully, Amazon will add more interesting apps to its Windows app store over time, because the ones that are there now are, to say the least, not very good. For now, the Play Store is still the only place to get the best Android apps.
Advantages of running Android apps on Windows 11
Native Android emulation on Windows has one big advantage: you don’t have to install third-party Android emulators.
This can be used for many things, like using chat apps like WhatsApp on your computer or trying to play mobile games on your computer. Installing Android apps on Windows has always been a long process, but when the final version of this feature comes out, it will be quick and easy, probably for good.
It may also use fewer system resources than third-party emulators. So far, in its current stage, this feature has a few bugs, but we expect things to run smoothly by the time it’s ready for public release.
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