Install Threads from Meta app on Windows 11 (two ways)

Yes, it's possible to install the Threads app on Windows 11, and here's how.

Windows 11 install Threads app
Windows 11 install Threads app
  • To install the Threads app on Windows 11, download and install “WSA” and “WSATools” apps from the Microsoft Store, download the “Threads.apk” file, open the WSATools app, click on “Install an APK,” load the APK for the Threads app and click on “Install.”
  • Alternatively, download and install “BlueStacks,” open the Google Play Store, search “Threads,” and click on “Install.”
  • Once in the app, you have to sign up with your Instagram account to access Threads.

On Windows 11, you can install the Threads app from Meta to access the social media platform, but you will have to do some workarounds, and in this guide, you will learn how. Threads is the new social media from Meta (the parent company of Facebook) that aims to take on Twitter.

Although similar to Twitter, you can share text updates (including images and videos) and engage in public conversations, some of the differences with “Threads” is that updates can be up to 500 characters, videos can be up to 5 minutes long, you have greater control from privacy, and there are no limits on the message you can view per day, and Meta is even working to bring support for ActivityPub, which is the decentralized social networking protocol that makes it possible to transfer your information to another host and more.

The only caveat is that (at least initially) it is only available on mobile (Android and iPhone) since there’s no web version of the platform. You can share and view specific threads on the web, but you cannot use the social network on the web browser, nor there’s a version of the app for Windows 11. However, if you must access the Threads from your computer without reaching your phone, you have at least a couple of options. You can install the Android version of Threads using BlueStacks or the Windows Subsystem for Android.

This guide will teach you the steps to install and access the Threads app without your phone on Windows 11.

Important: Although you can access the social network using these workarounds, these are not official support methods. Use these instructions at your own risk. You have been warned.

Install Threads app on Windows 11 using BlueStacks

To install the Threads app on Android through BlueStacks, use these steps:

  1. Open BlueStacks (web).

  2. Click the Download BlueStacks 5 button and save the installer on your computer.

    BlueStacks download

  3. Double-click the installer to launch the installation wizard.

  4. Click on Install now.

    BlueStacks install

  5. Open Start.

  6. Search for BlueStacks 5, right-click the top result, and choose the Run as administrator option.

  7. Click on App player from the left navigation pane (if applicable).

    Quick note: If some of the requirements to run the application are not met, the application may prompt you to allow the setup to make the necessary configurations that will require restarting the computer. After restarting the device, you can start BlueStacks again as an administrator.
  8. Click on System apps.

  9. Click the Play Store option.

    BlueStacks Google Play Store

  10. Click the Sign in button to access the Google Play Store on Windows 11.

    Google Play Store Sign in

  11. Sign in with your Google account.

    Quick note: If you’re prompted to set up a backup, you can turn off this feature and click the “Accept” button.
  12. Click the I agree button to accept the Google Play Store terms of use

  13. Search for “Threads, an Instagram app” and choose the app from the result.

  14. Click the Install button.

    Threads app install on Windows 11

  15. Click the Open button.

  16. Sign in with your Instagram account.

  17. Confirm your Threads username, bio, link, and profile info.

    Meta Threads sign up process

  18. Click the Continue button.

  19. Choose the privacy option, including “Public profile” to allow anyone to interface with you, like on Twitter, or “Private profile” to interact only with people that follow you.

  20. Click the Continue button.

  21. Choose some of the suggestions accounts to follow.

  22. Click the forward button in the top-right corner.

  23. Click the Join Threads button.

Once you complete the steps, you can start using Threads on Windows 11.

Install Threads app on Windows 11 using WSA

To install the Threads app on Windows 11 through WSA, use these steps:
 
  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for Turn Windows features on or off, and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Check the “Virtual Machine Platform” option.

    Virtual Machine Platform

  4. Click the OK button.

  5. Restart the computer.

  6. Open the Windows Subsystem for Android with the Amazon Appstore app page.

  7. Click the Install button.

    Windows Subsystem for Android

  8. Click the Open button or start the WSA from the Start menu.

  9. Click on Advanced options.

  10. Turn on Developer mode toggle switch.

    WSA enable developer mode

  11. Click on System.

  12. Click the Files setting to start the Windows Subsystem for Android virtualization.

    WSA start process

  13. Open WSATools page.

  14. Click the “Get in Store app” button.

    WSATools download

    Quick note: If you’re in another browser other than Microsoft Edge, you will be prompted to open the Microsoft Store app.
  15. Click the Install button.

  16. Click the Open button.

  17. Click the “Install an APK” button.

    WSATools install APK

  18. Click the Install button to download the necessary components.

    WSATools install ADB

  19. Click the Select Folder button.

    ADB select install folder

  20. Select a folder to install the required components.

  21. Click the “Install ADB here” button.

  22. Choose the Threads APK file. Quick note: You will need to manually find and download the latest “x86_64” APK version (at the time of this writing, the version is 289.0.0.77.109) of the application from unofficial sources. You can simply search for “download threads apk” on Google, and you may find many sites to download the installer on the first page.

  23. Click the Load APK button.

  24. Click the Install button.

    Windows 11 Threads app install

  25. Check the “Always allow from this computer” option.

  26. Click the Allow button.

  27. Open Start.

  28. Search for Threads and click the top result to open the app.

  29. Sign in with your Instagram account.

  30. Confirm your Threads username, bio, link, and profile info.

    Meta Threads sign up process

  31. Click the Continue button.

  32. Choose the privacy option, including “Public profile” to allow anyone to interface with you, like on Twitter, or “Private profile” to interact only with people that follow you.

  33. Click the Continue button.

  34. Choose some of the suggestions accounts to follow.

  35. Click the forward button in the top-right corner.

  36. Click the Join Threads button.

After you complete the steps, the Threads app for Android will install on Windows 11.

If you have an Android phone from Samsung, you may also be able to use the Phone Link app to link your phone to your computer and access the Threads app with the mirroring feature.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.