UPDATED 2/15/2022: On Windows 11, you can now install Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on your computer to add support to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore (or sideload).
Microsoft has released the first preview of the Android app support on Windows 11. However, this feature is still in development, which means that you must enroll a compatible computer in the Windows Insider Program, more specifically in the Beta Channel (or Release Preview Channel). As of February 15, 2022, the first preview is available in the stable channel of Windows 11, and you no longer need to enroll a device in the Windows Insider Program.
Also, this preview is only available for devices based in the United States, meaning that computers must set the region to “United States.” Furthermore, it’s a requirement to sign in to the Amazon Appstore with a United States-based account to install Android apps.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to install WSA on Windows 11.
Install WSA on Windows 11
Although the installation of the Windows Subsystem for Android requires only one click from the Microsoft Store, you still need to complete various steps before adding the support.
The apps in the Amazon Appstore require 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended), a solid-state drive (SSD), and a supported processor (Intel Core i3 8th Generation, AMD Ryzen 3000, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c, or above), and the Microsoft Store app must be version 22110.1402.6.0 or higher. You can check the Store app version by clicking the Get updates button in the Library tab of the app (bottom-left corner).
2. Enable Virtual Machine Platform
The computer must have virtualization enabled on the UEFI firmware before enabling the Virtual Machine Platform feature. If you don’t have this feature enabled, check your computer manufacturer to find the specific details to complete this task.
To enable Virtual Machine Platform on Windows 11, use these steps:
Search for Turn Windows features on or off, and click the top result to open the app.
Check the Virtual Machine Platform option.
Click the OK button.
Restart the computer.
Once you complete the steps, you can continue with the steps to install WSA.
3. Install Windows Subsystem for Android
There are multiple ways to install the Windows Subsystem for Android. You can install the Amazon Appstore, which installs the WSA automatically, or install the “Windows Subsystem for Android with Amazon Appstore” app, which also installs the Amazon app store.
To install the Amazon Appstore (with WSA), use these steps:
Click the Install button.
Once you complete the steps, you can install Android apps on Windows 11. If you have problems installing this app, you can install WSA directly with the steps below.
Windows Subsystem for Android with Amazon Appstore
To install the Windows Subsystem for Android with Amazon Appstore, use these steps:
Click the Install button.
After you complete the steps, you can start running Android apps on Windows 11.
Force installation with PowerShell
Alternatively, you can force the installation using PowerShell commands if you have a capable machine.
To install WSA manually with PowerShell, use these steps:
Select the Productid option, paste this ID: 9p3395vx91nr, select the Slow option, and click the Check button.
Click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle link to save the app package (1.2GB).
Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to change the directory to the folder with the Msixbundle file and press Enter:
In the command, update the path with the location where you saved the package file.
Type the following command to install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 and press Enter:
In the command, update the app package name with the name of the file you have downloaded.
Once you complete the steps, the Windows Subsystem for Android and the Amazon Appstore app will install on your computer.
Update February 15, 2022: The steps have been revised to make sure they are accurate and to make it clear that you no longer need to enroll a device in the Beta, Dev, or Release Preview Channels.