Optimization

How to always run WSA in background on Windows 11

You can speed up the startup of the Android app on Windows 11 by enabling this option.

Windows 11 WSA always running

On Windows 11, the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is simply a virtual machine that provides the environment to install and run Android applications as if they were natively installed on Windows.

The only caveat is that every time you start an Android app on Windows 11, the system also has to spin the virtual machine, adding extra time to get to the application. However, if you have the resources to spare, there’s an option to allow the subsystem to stay always running in the background to speed up the app start process.

In this guide, you will learn the easy steps to allow WSA to run continuously on Windows 11.

Enable Windows Subsystem for Android option to run continuously

To allow WSA to always run in the background on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for Windows Subsystem for Android and click the top result to open the settings page.

  3. Under the “Subsystem resources” section, select the Continuous option to allow WSA to always run in the background.

    WSA always running

  4. (Optional) Click the Turn off button to shutdown WSA on Windows 11.

Once you complete the steps, the Android virtual machine will keep running in the background, allowing you to launch apps more quickly.

Enable Windows Subsystem for Android option to run as needed

To run WSA only when an app starts, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Windows Subsystem for Android and click the top result to open the settings page.

  3. Under the “Subsystem resources” section, select the As needed option to allow WSA to start only when an Android app is running.

    WSA run as needed

After you complete the steps, the subsystem will stay dormant until you start an application, but the startup will delay the application.