Setup process

How to install Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on Windows 11

You can install the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) to run Android apps on Windows 11 using the Microsoft Store or PowerShell. Here's how.

WSA install on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can now install Windows Subsystem for Android on your computer to add support to install and run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore.

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.

Also, this preview is only available for devices based in the United States, which means that computers must set the region to “United States.” Also, 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 your computer running the latest beta version of 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.

1. Prerequisites

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 by clicking the Get updates button in the Library tab of the app (bottom-left corner).

2. Enable Virtual Machine Platform

The device must have virtualization enabled on the UEFI firmware before you can enable 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:

  1. Open Start.

  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.

Once you complete the steps, you can proceed to enroll the computer in the Beta Channel. 

3. Enroll Windows 11 in the Beta Channel

To enroll Windows 11 in the Beta Channel, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

  4. Click the Get Started button.

    Windows Insider Program settings

  5. Click the Link an account to link your Microsoft account.

  6. Click the Continue button.

  7. Select the Beta Channel option.

    Beta Channel enroll option

  8. Click the Continue button.

  9. Click the Restart now button.

After you complete the steps, you can proceed to install WSA and the Amazon Appstore.

4. 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.

Amazon Appstore

To install the Amazon Appstore (with WSA), use these steps:

  1. Open the Amazon Appstore app page.

  2. Click the Install button.

    Amazon Appstore

Once you complete the steps, you can start running Android apps on Windows 11. If you have problems installing this app, you can try installing 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:

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

  2. Click the Install button.

    Windows Subsystem for Android

After you complete the steps, you can start running Android apps on Windows 11.

Force installation with PowerShell

Alternatively, if you have a capable machine or you have a computer in the Dev Channel, you can force the installation by using PowerShell commands.

To install WSA manually with PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open the rg-adguard.net website.

  2. Select the Productid option, paste this ID: 9p3395vx91nr, select the Slow option, and click the Check button.

    Search Microsoft Store apps

  3. Click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle link to save the app package (1.2GB).

    WSA direct download

  4. Open Start.

  5. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  6. Type the following command to change the directory to the folder with the Msixbundle file and press Enter:

    cd C:\PATH\TO\Msixbundle

    In the command, update the path with the location to where you saved the package file.

  7. Type the following command to install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 and press Enter:

    Add-AppxPackage MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle

    PowerShell WSA install

    In the command, make sure to update the app package name with the one you downloaded.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows Subsystem for Android and the Amazon Appstore app will install on your computer.